It was then only registered a further 20 times up until 1960s but saw much more of an increase from the 1980s onwards. It is difficult to pin point the origin of Zalie. It is also used as a girl name. var e=document.createElement('script');e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8');e.setAttribute('src',''+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e); Spencer: Excellent. 68. Jack: This could be a nickname for a variety of other names. My investigations continue. Norfolk has more medieval churches and pubs than any other British county -- An interesting combination! This was the name of an 11th-century archbishop of Canterbury, a saint and martyr, who is commonly known as Alphege or Elphege. From 1916-2007, Vaila has only had a small handful of registrations (fewer than 30) in England and Wales. You can watch Iskra (full name Iskra Arabella) explain where her name comes from here: Her parents chose the Slavic word iskra (и́скра) "spark" for its symbolic meaning to them. Marcery - This name found in Cumbria at 0.2% looks to be a variant of Margery (which ranked at #9 overall). Joshua: Josh is a good nickname for Joshua. | Just over a week later it was revealed what they had named him Ennis Howard Plemons. While more modern names may temporarily become popular, many of the names on this have a lasting popularity because family members and loves ones keep using them over time. Houde - Found at 0.2% in Shropshire, this looks to be a variant of Hudd, a medieval diminutive of Hugh. Despite the cool 'x', Foxon actually has nothing to do with foxes. 35. Kourtney Kardashian and Melissa Joan Hart named their sons Mason. As regular readers will probably know by now, I'm a big history geek and love watching history documentaries whenever I get a bit of down-time. Many celebrities have also decided that old English baby names provide just the right balance of tradition and trend for their children. Not only is it reminiscent of the word 'heart', it is also a vocabulary word in English referring to a stag, giving it a cool nature vibe. With so many choices of names out there, it can be hard to know which ones will stand the test of time. Most likely it was coined based on sound and its similarity to names like Sadie, Zelie and Millie. A famous bearer is Hart Crane (1899-1932), the American poet, who was born Harold Hart Crane. Arthur. Instead it derives from the patronymic surname "Folk's son". With its surname -on ending like fashionable Mason, Harrison and Jackson, and its similarity to nature-inspired Fox -- which is on a steep upward curve and now ranking #521 -- you can see its appeal. It reached #362 in 2016 with 128 births. Zalie, aged 2, was the youngest of the bridesmaids. I love finding out about interesting people from them, especially if they have an interesting name to boot. Walter: Nice. 3. It means “roof-maker.”. It is thought that Osanne was used for girls born around Palm Sunday, as hosanna was sung on that day. 90. Luke: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John will always be popular since they were the four Gospel writers. 71. Basically, you want old AND different at the same time. 88. The most popular middle names in 2017 are generally expressions of pride, joy and thankfulness and appear to be religiously influenced.". Aveline - Found in Norfolk (0.3%), Aveline is a diminutive form of the Old Germanic name Ava. It was possibly used thanks to St Justina of Padua. When interviewed by the Daily Mail shortly after their birth, Zoe said, "There's no particular inspiration behind the names. 79. The name Hart has multiple meanings. — and also lots of new babies — even a little Louis who was born a week before the new prince. Jedidiah: You could use “Jhed” for short. Naja was created in 1835 by Elias Lönnrot for his Finnish national epic Kalevala. 17. Julian: Julian is another variation of Julius, which was once the name of a Roman emperor. Yet nowadays, although baptism is a religious ceremony, names are bestowed without any regard for their meanings. At #81 for boys in Spain, Biel also captured my attention. Not a celebrity birth, but the celebrity-inspired name, Zalie came to light this month with the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle -- now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Gunnora (936–1031) was the name of of the wife of Norman Duke Richard I, whose Danish family were one of the most politically significant in Normandy. 3 respectively. The Name Meaning >> Articles >> Baby articles >> Top 20 Old English Boy Names for Baby. How to Have a Minimalist Christmas With Kids, The Ultimate Christmas Tree Craft To Keep Kids Busy This Holiday Season, The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for 11-Year-Olds. Old English names were heavily influenced by the German and Scandinavian invaders that came before the Norman Conquest. Wymark - A unisex name representing 0.4% of all female names in Kent. Nikias has not been registered in England and Wales since 1985 and has always been rare. Derived from the Old English element ælf "elf" combined with noð "boldness, daring". In 2003 it was given to 4 girls (#3594) and it was given to 3 boys in 2007, 2008 and 2014, and 4 boys in 2012 (#3987). In fact, the top 5 for both boys and girls contains the same four names: This massively high level of the use of unisex names is almost alien in English-speaking countries, and just shows the difference that culture can make in the choosing of names. In Old English, Goda was a masculine name and Gode a feminine. After all, who wants their child to be in a kindergarten class with four other children of the same name? Wymark is an anglicised form of the Old Breton name Wiuhomarch made up of the elements wiu "worthy, noble" and march "stallion, horse, steed." Carlos: An excellent choice. For more parenting tips and tricks, find us on Pinterest: Are you a writer, expert, or influencer?