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I’ve covered only female names for the past few days, and that bothers me somewhat; part of my new year’s resolution was to cover more male names, or at least cover them equally. Since I enjoyed researching Tuesday’s post, this one follows a similar thought pattern: It’s the 8th March, so we’re looking at eight names given to eight lads in England&Wales in 2010.

Again, there were plenty of fascinating names to sift through, amongst them were a few rather interesting word choices: Jet, Joy, Roux and Zen.

Aside from the above four, the eight which stood out for me were:

1. Abe

He’s the short form of the Biblical name Abraham. He is usually taken as meaning father of many, and has been closely linked to the name Abram. In the Bible, the character of Abraham was originally called Abram until God changed his name.

2. Dallas

Quite strongly associated with the Texan city, the 3rd largest in its respective state. It’s usually seen as a surname, and I’ve occasionally seen it suggested/used as a female name. It derives from a Scottish place name, meaning meadow dwelling.

3. Eamon (AY-mon)

The Irish version of the name Edmund, which derives from Old English and means rich/blessed protector.

4. Ike

A short form of the name Isaac, which comes from Hebrew; he means he laughs. Aptly, Isaac was the son of the aforementioned Abraham in the Bible.

5. Leopold

A rather dapper name of Germanic origins – he means bold people, but has also been associated with the Latin leo, meaning lion.

6. Marlo/Marlowe

The second surname of the post, and coincidentally this one too has been seen to be suggested for/ used by girls. He comes from Old English and means drained lake.

7. Ruaridh

A Scottish form of the name Ruaidhrí, which the English speakers usually spell as Rory. Again, also has a slight unisex edge to him, and he means red king.

8. Tor

May simply look like a short form of Victoria, but he’s also the modern Scandinavian form of the name Thor, which means thunder. It came into use circa the 18th century. It is also used as a short form of other Tor- names.

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6 thoughts on “Eight

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  2. Interesting to see some of the names lower down on the list!

    I’ve recently seen an Abe and a Dallas, and Eamon was a Top 100 here in 2010 (seems to have dropped off). Marlowe has become very fashionable, but seemingly only for girls – it doesn’t seem very feminine to me, but there you go.

    I like Leopold a lot, and I wonder whether anyone is using Tor as a nature name, as it’s also a vocabulary word for “hill”, as in Glastonbury Tor?


  3. Eamon is my fave boys name. I discovered it when I was 9 while watching the 2008 Olympics. (for those who don’t know I was watching swimming as in Aussie swimmer Eamon Sullivan)


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