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Names that Peaked in 1881

  1. AlphaHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek, first letter of the alphabet
    • Description:

      The first letter of the Greek alphabet ande the brightest star in every constellation, this would make an interesting choice for a first daughter, though it does give off some spectral sci-fi reverberations--and references to the term "alpha male.".
  2. GarfieldHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "triangular field"
    • Description:

      Despite the presidential pedigree, it's still hard to shake the image of the cartoon cat (named after his creator Jim Davis's grandfather). However, there are other Garfields, such as Barbadian cricket player Sir Garfield Sobers, who carries it with gravitas.
  3. DeforestHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "living near the forest"
    • Description:

      Nature surname with an aristocratic edge. Spelling it DeForest distances it from deforestation.
  4. AlabamaHeart
    • Origin:

      Place-name; Choctaw
    • Meaning:

      "vegetation gatherers"
    • Description:

      Alabama is a hot southern place-name, picking up from Georgia and Savannah. This is not a geographical name come lately, though--there have been girls named Alabama dating back well over a century.
  5. OleHeart
    • ManningHeart
      • Origin:

        Irish surname
      • Meaning:

        "monk"
      • Description:

        For football fans who have decided Peyton has become too feminine. Or they could look to brother Eli for inspiration.
    • CasimiroHeart
      • Origin:

        Spanish form of Casimir, Polish and Slavic
      • Meaning:

        "destroyer of peace"
      • Description:

        All names Cas are cool right night, from Cassius to Cassian to Caspian to, yes, Casimir and its Latin form Casimiro. An attractive possibility in this appealing group.
    • ZaidaHeart
      • Origin:

        Arabic
      • Meaning:

        "properous"
      • Description:

        Could be some disconnect between spelling and pronunciation.
    • BrownHeart
      • Origin:

        Color and surname
      • Description:

        Most color names, like Scarlet and Violet, are definitely female, but not this one. Brown is as rich and warm as the tone it denotes, though we must admit the Italian version Bruno has more spark and substance.
    • ClaribelHeart
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "bright and beautiful"
      • Description:

        Claribel improves on its mother name Clarabelle by distancing itself from the clown and the cow.
    • DentonHeart
      • FinisHeart
        • ClemHeart
          • Origin:

            Latin
          • Meaning:

            "mercy"
          • Description:

            Once a cowboyish old man name, Clem is now more commonly heard as a nickname for the fashionable Clementine, meaning "merciful one". Clemency, Clemence and Clementia are other possible long forms.
        • WingHeart
          • Origin:

            Chinese surname, meaning unknown
          • Description:

            A common Chinese surname that made the Top 1000 in 1881.
        • GerritHeart
          • Origin:

            Low German variation of Gerhard
          • Description:

            An undiscovered cousin of Garrett and Gerard. Gerrit has some merit, especially for its arty credentials as the name of several Old Master painters.
        • LovinaHeart
          • AsburyHeart
            • Origin:

              Place name
            • Description:

              Asbury Park, a quirky town on the Jersey Shore, was named for Francis Asbury, the first American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Springsteen fans will likely be among those most drawn to Asbury as a first name; the Boss's first album was called "Greetings from Asbury Park."
          • ByrdieHeart
            • Origin:

              Nature name
            • Description:

              Just the kind of vintage nickname (think Hattie, Josie, Mamie, Millie) that's coming back into style in a big way. Actress Busy Phillips named her little girl Birdie.
          • MameHeart
            • Origin:

              Diminutive of Mary or Margaret
            • Description:

              Has a dotty, antic feel via dotty, antic Auntie Mame.
          • NanaHeart
            • Origin:

              Diminutive of Anna and Nancy; also Hawaiian
            • Meaning:

              "spring"
            • Description:

              To most English speakers, Nana is the dog in Peter Pan, the daughter played by Emma Stone in Crazy Stupid Love, and another name for Grandma.