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Gender: M Meaning of Blake: "fair-haired, dark" Origin of Blake: English Blake's Popularity in 2016: #127

Blake -- an early unisex option -- dropped out of the Top 100 last year for the first time since 1988, to Number 127, but remains a sophisticated choice. And yes, both conflicting meanings of Blake are accurate. It originated as a surname in England derived from a nickname. Much of its masculine image was influenced by the wealthy, silver-haired character Blake Carrington in the massively popular 80s TV series Dynasty. Rosie O'Donnell has a son named Blake.

Famous People Named Blake

Blake Edwards (born William Blake Crump), American film director/producer
Blake Austin Griffin, American basketball player
Blake Tollison Shelton, American country music singer
Blake Colin Lewis, American pop singer
Blake Adam Ritson, English actor
Blake McGrath, Canadian dancer/choreographer
Blake Michael, American actor
(Randolph) Blake Farenthold, U.S. Congressman from Texas
Blake Alexander Jenner, American actor and singer
Blake Sennett, American musician of band Rilo Kiley and former child actor
(Philip) Blake Morrison, British memoirist and poet
Blake Raymond Anderson, American actor/comedian
Blake Clark, American actor/comedian
Blake Harrison (Keenan), English actor
Blake James Wheeler, American ice hockey player
Blake David Annen, American NFL football player
Blake Mills, American musician
Blake Smith, American fashion designer of TV's "Under the Gunn"
Blake Richardson, singer and guitarist in British band New Hope Club
Blake Pieroni, American swimmer
William Blake, English poet
Blake Parnell, son of singer Lee Roy Parnell
Blake Pyatt, son of singer Iris Williams and Clive Pyatt
Blake Dennis, son of rapper Willie D
Blake Watt, son of singers Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt of Everything But the Girl
Blake Noll, son of singer Shannon Noll
Blake Nickolas Masche (b. 2007), sextuplet on reality TV's "Raising Sextuplets"
Blake Ray Stone (b. 2010), son of Megan McConnell and Nathan Stone of TV's "16 and Pregnant"
Blake Benjamin Dellacqua (b. 2013), son of tennis player Casey Dellacqua
Blake Richard Lynch (b. 2016), son of athletes Kim Clijsters and Brian Lynch

Pop Culture References for the name Blake

Blake Carrington, character on TV's "Dynasty"
Blake Sofian Gripling, character on TV's "As Told By Ginger"
"One (Blake's Got a New Face)", a song by Vampire Weekend
Robin John Blake, character in "The Dark Knight Rises"
Octavia and Bellamy Blake, characters in "The 100"