By Jocelyn Chamberlain
The official ‘Toy of the Century’ is guaranteed to feature heavily on Christmas lists this year. However, it’s amazing to think that Lego bricks have been around for 85 years and that their timeless design means the old and new still fit together perfectly. The ‘LEGO’ brand name was created by using the first two letters of the Danish words ‘Leg’ and ‘Godt’, meaning ‘play well’. The Lego Movie, starring Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowski, was a big hit in 2014, followed by The Lego Batman Movie in 2017. Here are some names from the many Lego TV products and platforms that may make a great sibling choice for the little Lego-mad person in your house!
Axl is the giant muscle man on the Lego Nexo Knights team. It was the Guns ‘n’ Roses musician Axl Rose who originally created this rising name, but the traditional Scandinavian Axel is more popular, currently at Number 116 nationally and 18 on Nameberry.
Blake is a Lego Movie character; its now being seen as a unisex option helps it remain a sophisticated choice.
Kai is the red ninja in Lego Ninjago and a strong name with multiple meanings including, ‘sea’ in Hawaiian, ‘forgiveness’ in Japanese, ‘willow tree’ in Navajo, and ‘food’ in Maori. It packs a lot into one syllable!
Lloyd is the ‘Ultimate Spinjitzu Master and takes the position as leader of the Lego Ninjajo team’. This Welsh surname was initially noted as a first in the English-speaking world in the early twentieth century, originally as a nickname for someone gray-haired.
Zane is the white Ninja in Lego Ninjago, and his crisp name, dating back to Western writer Zane Grey (born Pearl) now feels modern and fresh. However, the Arabic name Zayn (as in musician Zayn Malik) may sound the same but has different roots.
Emma is a Lego Friends character whose lovely simple name is now the top girls’ name in the US, so feels overexposed for some, leading them to choose alternatives such as Amelia, Emilia, Amelie, Emmeline, and Ella.
Harley – ‘You wanna play? Okay. Let’s play’ This is Harley Quinn‘s soundbite from LEGO Batman 2. The unisex name Harley came over to the girls’ side in the early nineties and now feels like a true bad girl name.
Stephanie has had twelve variations in appearance over her years as a Lego Friends character. The name, which means ‘garland or crown’, was in the Top 20 in the 70s and 80s.
Velma features in The Lego Movie and also in Lego ‘Scooby Doo’, giving it a decidedly retro 1970’s feel.