What’s In A Name?

I’ve got two daughters, Olivia and Bridget. Olivia will 13 in July and Bridget 7 in October. My mom helped me pick out Olivia’s name and I’m glad I went with it. I cringe now at some of the names I had originally picked.  I didn’t really looking into the meaning of names when I was deciding on what to call my girls. My husband and I had to come to an agreement on a name we both liked and Olivia Bronwyn and Bridget Elizabeth was our final decision. It’s interesting, however, to take a look at what these names actually mean.

Facts about Olivia Bronwyn

  • Olivia refers to “olive tree” and is of Latin origin; Bronwyn means “fair one” and of Welsh origin.
  • Olivia was invented by Shakespeare for his play “Twelfth Night.
  • Olive Tree and Olive Branch are symbols of peace and therefore the name Olivia is associated with peace as well.
  • Olivia was somewhat common since 1880 (ranking in the 200s) and then between 1950-1970 it declined.  It begin climbing in the mid 1980s and by 2001, it was the top 10 name and made top 3 name in 2009!  My Olivia was born in 1998 so I like to think I got it before it became as popular as it is now.

Facts about Bridget Elizabeth

  • Bridget is Gaelic for “exalted one”; Elizabeth is a Biblical name, Hebrew for “God’s promise”
  • Bridget is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Brighid. In Irish mythology Bridget was the daughter of the god Dagda. Kris’s mother’s middle name was the Spanish version of Bridget. I also really liked the name.
  • It reached its peak popularity in 1973 and these days, ranking at #424, it’s recognizable, but relatively uncommon. Maybe another trend for it may start someday??
  • Elizabeth is very popular of course.  It’s ranked #11 and it’s been popular since the 16th century, when Queen Elizabeth I ruled England. Since 1880, Elizabeth has always been a top 20 name and usually a top 10 name. It’s my grandmother’s name and I liked how it sounded with Bridget so that’s why we went  with it.

I am always fascinated in looking over the trends of what was popular over the years. For instance, my name, Stacie, was popular in the 70s and early 80s and now you barely hear anyone calling their baby, Stacie. Makes sense though since I was born in 1978!

When you were deciding on names for your children, did you look into their meaning?

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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