English and Irish
"bee hive, little brook or bee cottage"

Beckett Origin and Meaning

The name Beckett is a boy's name of English origin meaning "bee hive, little brook or bee cottage".

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.

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 baby names of 2015. Although they were a little off the mark -- Beckett hasn't even cracked the Top 100 -- we predict that it will continue to climb the US rankings.

# 196 in the US

Beckett Rank in US Top 1000

# 73 on Nameberry

Beckett Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Beckett Popularity

Famous People Named Beckett

  • Beckett BouldBritish actor
  • Beckett Etheridge (b. 1998)son of musician Melissa Etheridge
  • Beckett Taylor McDowell (b. 2004)son of actor Malcolm McDowell
  • Beckett Finn Pasdar (b. 2004)son of actor Adrian Pasdar and singer Natalie Maines
  • Beckett O'Brien (b. 2005)son of TV Host Conan O'Brien
  • Beckett Mancuso Chung (b. 2007)son of actress Diane Farr and Seung Yong Chung
  • Beckett Robert Lee Willis (2008)son of designer Stella McCartney
  • Beckett Edward Packham (b. 2009)son of actress/comedienne Nicole Sullivan and Jason Packham
  • Beckett Staton (b. 2010)son of actor Aaron Staton
  • Beckett Thomas Strickland (b. 2014)son of reality TV personalities Melissa Rycroft & Tye Strickland
  • Paris Beckett Brosnan (b. 2001)son of actor Pierce Brosnan
  • Jaxx Beckett Johnson (b. 2014)son of soccer player Will Johnson
  • Beckett Scott Robinson (b.2017)son of country music singer Dylan Scott and Blair Anderson
  • Beckett Richard Phelps (b. 2017)son of swimmer Michael Phelps
  • Beckett Mercer FergusonMikita (b. 2020), son of actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita

Beckett in Pop Culture

  • Beckett Fowllittle brother of Artemis Fowl in the series by Eoin Colfer
  • Beckettcharacter in video game "Vampire: The Masquerade , Bloodlines"
  • Beckett Cobaltcharacter in the Addicted Series
  • Sam Beckettcharacter on TV's "Quantum Leap"
  • Carson Beckettcharacter on TV's "Stargate Atlantis"
  • Cutler Beckettcharacter in the Pirates of the Caribbean series
  • Katherine "Kate" Houghton Beckettmain character on TV's "Castle"
  • Beckett Bradstreetcharacter on TV's "Backstage"
  • BeckettCharacter in mobile game "High School Story"
  • Beckett Marinercharacter in the upcoming animated series, Star Trek: Lower Decks
  • Beckett "Beck" Sinclaircharacter in the novel "Possessed" by Elise Noble

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