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Gender: M Meaning of Beckett: "bee cottage" Origin of Beckett: English and Irish Beckett's Popularity in 2013: #279

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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 35 places to Number 279, 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 designer Stella McCartney

Pop Culture References for the Name Beckett

Sam Beckett, "Quantum Leap"
Detective Kate Beckett from "Castle"
Dr. Carson Beckett, fictional Scottish character in "Stargate Atlantis"
Lord Cutler Beckett from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Beckett Fowl, little brother of Artemis Fowl in the series by Eoin Colfer

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