The name Beckett is a boy's name of English origin meaning "bee cottage". Beckett is ranked #213 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Literary Baby Names 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. Beckett came in last year at a very respectable Number 213, after only appearing in the Top 1000 for the first time in 2006.
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 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.