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Gender: M Meaning of Beckett: "bee cottage" Origin of Beckett: English and Irish Beckett's Popularity in 2012: #314

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Beckett is one of the big baby name hits of the decade.

A handsome name with an attractively brisk sound, and rich in literary associations via major Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, it is especially hot among celebs. Melissa Etheridge jump-started the trend in 1998, followed by Conan O'Brien, Stella McCartney, Malcolm McDowell, Nicole Sullivan and Natalie Maines. In the past year alone, Beckett's popularity has shot up 16 places to Number 314, after only appearing for the first time in 2006!

Another worthy namesake is the martyred saint Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, whose story was the basis of the Anouilh play "Becket," which became a film starring Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole.

In 2005, the authors of Freakonomics predicted that Beckett would be one of the most popular names of 2015. They could be right!

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Famous People Named Beckett

Beckett Etheridge, son of musician Melissa Etheridge
Paris Beckett Bronson, son of actor Pierce Bronsan
Beckett O'Brien, son of TV Host Conan O'Brien
Beckett Taylor McDowell, son of actor Malcolm McDowell
Beckett Edward Packham, son of comedic actress Nicole Sullivan
Beckett Finn Pasdar, actor Adrian Pasdar & singer Natalie Maines' son
Josh Beckett, Red Sox pitcher
William Beckett, lead singer of the band The Academy Is...
Samuel Beckett, Irish novelist and playwright
Beckett Robert Lee Willis (2008), son of fashion designer Stella McCartney

Pop Culture References for the Name Beckett

Sam Beckett, "Quantum Leap"
Detective Kate Beckett from "Castle"
Dr. Carson Beckett is a fictional Scottish character in the science fiction television series "Stargate Atlantis."

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