Names That Mean Cleared

  1. Ridley
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "cleared wood"
    • Description:

      Director Ridley Scott made this one known, but few parents would get beyond the negative first syllable.
  2. Ridley
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "cleared wood"
    • Description:

      Can one prominent character affect the gender identity of a name? Definitely, as has supernatural bad girl Ridley Duchannes of the Beautiful Creatures series-turned-movie, played by the gorgeous Emmy Rossum. Before Duchannes, director Ridley Scott all but owned this unusual surname and so gave it a male spin, but it feels girl-appropriate too. And the trendy -ley ending, as in Hadley and Ashley, helps.
  3. Wellington
    • Origin:

      English surname from place name
    • Meaning:

      "people living in the hamlet in the cleared area near the temple"
    • Description:

      Wellington is a tony-sounding English surname turned baby name by pregnancy guru Rosie Pope, who calls her son Wells for short. It's also the middle name of one of the Sweet Home sextuplets, Blu Wellington.
  4. Barnett
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "place cleared by burning"
    • Description:

      Has some creative credibility via abstract painter Barnett Newman, but we'd prefer his nickname, Barney.