Category Archives: Meaning of Names

Part of fascination of researching baby names is discovering the meaning of names. Nearly every name has a story behind it. Posts in this category are all about discovering the meaning and origin behind the name.

The Story of the Name Isabella

Wikipedia lists no less than 21 Queen Isabellas — an astonishing number. From Isabella of Hainault, the 12th-century queen of King Philip II of France, to the 19th-century Queen Isabella II of Spain, it is no exaggeration to say that … Continue reading

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A Weekend Name Story…The Meaning of Michael

In the United States, it was the 4th most popular boy’s name of the 20th Century. In its various forms in different languages, it is one of the best-loved names in the world. It currently ranks # 3 in the … Continue reading

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A Weekend Name Story…The Origin of Finn

The name Finn comes from Ireland. It’s a very old name, almost as old as Ireland itself. The story of Finn begins almost 2,000 years ago, in the south and east of Ireland. There, according to Irish mythology, Fionn mac … Continue reading

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The Meaning of the Name Martin

Today is the 25th anniversary of the establishment of a federal holiday in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. It got me wondering about the origin and meaning of the name Martin. It’s actually rather ironic, given … Continue reading

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How Residents Of A Small Oregon Town Choose Baby Names

An excellent, well-researched article about baby naming just appeared in the Bend, Oregon, Bulletin. This is one story worth checking out, because the writer went out of her way to interview local people about how they come up with their … Continue reading

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The American Name Society

One of the cool things about running a baby names website is that you get to see just how many different types of people are interested in names, and why. Certainly, the majority of visitors to our site, predominantly women … Continue reading

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