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Names That Mean Village

TrevorHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "from the large village"
  • Description:

    Trevor, a British standard, took a long time to cross the Atlantic, but finally began its rise here in the 1980s. It is now a thoroughly naturalized citizen, though it still retains a touch of Anglo class.

CrosbyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "village with crosses"
  • Description:

    Crosby is an attractively laid-back Irish surname with retro musical associations to Bing and Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and with a jaunty air. Crosby Braverman was the name of a character on the TV show Parenthood, played by Dax Shepard.

HalstonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "hallowed stone"
  • Description:

    This choice feels more familiar than other hall-related English surnames, thanks to designer Halston, the single-named disco-era society playmate of Liza and Elton.

WyndhamHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "from the windy village"
  • Description:

    This artistic and aristocratic surname would not blend in on most playgrounds – and Windy is not the choicest of nicknames. Notable namesakes include artist (and founder of the Vorticist movement) Wyndham Lewis, as well as authors John Wyndham and Francis Wyndham.

ActonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "village with oak trees"
  • Description:

    This name's buttoned-up British vibe is what makes it cool - that, and the fact that it was chosen by Anne Bronte as her pseudonym - Acton Bell. That's quite the literary - and may we add feminist - credential for a name. For those with an adventurous edge, Acton is one of the highest peaks in Antarctica.

FultonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "fields of the village"
  • Description:

    One of the surname names used more in the last century, à la Milton and Morton.

BrighamHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "little village near the bridge"
  • Description:

    Mormon leader Brigham Young may inspire some namesakes.

WinthropHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "friend's village"
  • Description:

    Proper Bostonian.

VicusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "village or street"
  • Description:

    Vicus, an unusual ancient Roman place-name, is used for modern-day boys in Africa.

BalfourHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "the village by the pasture"
  • Description:

    Historically interesting via the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which supported the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine.

ShuriHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "village"
  • Description:

    Though Shuri is a well-established unisex name in Japan, most parents considering it now will be thinking instead of the iconic Princess Shuri from Marvel's Black Panther, memorably played in the 2018 movie by Letitia Wright. The movie character, sister to King T'Challa, is strong, smart and winning enough to make a great namesake -- and it's worth noting that in the Black Panther comics, Shuri eventually becomes Black Panther.

CanadaHeart

  • Origin:

    Iroquois place-name
  • Meaning:

    "village"
  • Description:

    Canada is an undiscovered but attractive place-name possibility, up till now a masculine territory.

KiriahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "village"
  • Description:

    Unusual name that's close -- possibly too close -- to several more familiar choices.

ThorpeHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "farm, village"
  • Description:

    Brusque and charmless, two things you don't want your son to be.

TiraHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "small village"
  • Description:

    Tyra would be a more modern pick.

DenhamHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "village in a valley"
  • Description:

    Legitimizes the newly coined Denim, as does the Scottish place-name Denholm (both pronounced DEN-um).

SelbyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "from the willow farm"
  • Description:

    Selby, a rarely heard British surname, feels sleeker and more distinctive than Shelby. Todd Selby, known primarily by his last name, is a hip photographer of interiors.

TrevenaHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "village on a mountain"
  • Description:

    The original Cornish name for the town better known today as Tintagel. With its Arthurian heritage, this makes a good choice for those fond of the legends of Lancelot, Guinevere and King Arthur.

NicklebyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "Nicholas's village"
  • Description:

    Charming Dickensian route to Nick.

NomuraHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "field village"
  • Description:

    Japanese surname occasionally heard as a first.