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Gender: Male Meaning of Beckett: "bee hive, little brook or bee cottage" Origin of Beckett: English and Irish Beckett's Popularity in 2017: #226

The name Beckett is a boy's name of English origin meaning "bee hive, little brook or bee cottage". Beckett is ranked #226 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Water and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Beckett

Beckett Bould, British 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

Pop Culture References for the name Beckett

Beckett Fowl, little brother of Artemis Fowl in the series by Eoin Colfer
Beckett, character in video game "Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines"
Beckett Cobalt, character in the Addicted Series
Sam Beckett, character on TV's "Quantum Leap"
Carson Beckett, character on TV's "Stargate Atlantis"
Cutler Beckett, character in the Pirates of the Caribbean series
Katherine "Kate" Houghton Beckett, main character on TV's "Castle"
Beckett Bradstreet, character on TV's "Backstage"
Beckett, Character in mobile game "High School Story"

Becket, Beckitt


kriselle_e Says:


i’m not a fan of it’s pronunciation, but it is cute on a child and suitable for an adult. I do love the meaning “bee cottage” and Samuel Beckett.

LV51sfan91 Says:


Great name for a BOY!!!

SimoneKadele Says:


Same here! I like Bennett much better.

Zelliew Says:


Me too

Carrie Says:


We named our second son Beckett, and the name seems to fit his personality. He has a brother Ethan and cousins Ian and Owen, so we needed something different from that. We have not had any issues with anyone understanding it. In fact, there is another Beckett in our eldest son's class! We have also run into 2 other Becketts. The nickname of choice from friends and family seems to be "Becks", which works fine for us. It stands out, but doesn't seem weird or hard to spell. I will say, we did not commit to it until we had a middle name that flowed, we chose Beckett Connor, and suddenly it sounded perfect to us. The best moment was hearing his older brother say "Beckett Connor", it sounded so sweet. Our area has a lot of non-traditional names, so it doesn't seem odd at all. If for some reason he does not like it when he is older, he can always go by Connor!

bootsie Says:


"bee cottage" that's so cute. I see this name as being very unisex.

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Ismeralda Says:


i totally agree with you

Guest Says:


I'm trying to like it. Really trying.

Paige_Mackenzie Says:


I met a little Beckett the other day at work and it was a little girl! The mom's name was Brooke and the name book she had said the meaning of the name was "from a little brooke". That little girl is going to love that story when she's older!

Paige_Mackenzie Says:


I watch a lot of the TV series "Castle", am I the only one who sees this name working for a girl because of Kate Beckett?

caroblaise Says:


I know many people love this name, but when I see this name, I can only see "bucket".