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Gender: M Meaning of Beckett: "bee cottage" Origin of Beckett: English and Irish Beckett's Popularity in 2014: #244

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 35 places to Number 244, 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. Although Beckett is unlikely to crash into the Top 20 next year, we predict that it will continue to climb the US rankings.

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 comedienne Nicole Sullivan
Beckett Finn Pasdar, son of actor Adrian Pasdar and singer Natalie Maines
Beckett Robert Lee Willis (2008), son of designer Stella McCartney
Beckett Thomas Strickland, son of Melissa Rycroft & Tye Strickland
William Beckett, American lead singer of band The Academy Is...
Samuel Beckett, Irish novelist and playwright
Josh Beckett, American baseball pitcher

Pop Culture References for the name Beckett

Beckett Fowl, little brother of Artemis Fowl in the series by Eoin Colfer
Sam Beckett, character on TV's "Quantum Leap"
Carson Beckett, character on TV's "Stargate Atlantis"
Cutler Beckett, character in the Pirates of the Caribbean series
Kate Beckett, character from TV's "Castle"

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