Dantea's Baby Names

{February 11, 2012}   Arkansas County Names


Name                          Origin                        Meaning

Baxter                          English                        “baker” I think Baxter is a cool name and Bax is just as neat as Max and Jax, but I think of a dog when I hear this name. Don’t let that deter you, most people probably won’t. Singer Ian Dury named his now-grown son Baxter and Dr. Baxter Stockman was a scientist in the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Series

Boone                           English                        “A blessing” Boone is one of those that gives me a cowboyish feel. It makes me think of a strong, dark and handsome cowboy though. Then I think of Daniel Boone, the frontiersman.

Bradley                        English                        “Wide meadow” This name is still sitting in the back end of the 100s on the popularity list, though I haven’t met a Bradley who wasn’t my mom’s age. I think Brad is a nice, sporty nickname, but be aware it’s a little dated. However, I work with a baby whose middle name is Bradley.

Clark                             English                         “scribe, secretary, cleric, scholar, clerk” Clark immediately makes me think of Clark Gable or Gone With the Wind Fame, and Clark Kent, Superman’s alias. It’s only in the 600s and that’s great! You could bring it back.

Clay                               English                         Short form of Clayton. Clay is another of those cowboy feeling names, but it doesn’t give me the same feeling or image as Boone. Clay makes me think of the sidekick who stays in the background. It’s a name used on soap operas and reality TV and whose popularity is starting to go up. I prefer it in a longer form.

Drew                             Diminutive                 “Manly” This is typically a diminutive of Andrew, but really, it’s getting to be its own name now. It’s in the mid 200s, so not all that popular. Drew gives off a sort of polished feel to it, which is nice. There’s, of course, Drew Carey, the comedian and Drew Lachey, the singer-song writer, for real life credit. Of course, there’s also Drew Barrymore, so be aware that it is a little unisex, but it’s never been too popular for the girls. Variations include: Dru, Drue

Franklin                      English                          “Free landholder” Frank is okay, Franklin reminds me of a green turtle from children’s cartoons and Franklin Roosevelt. The latter isn’t that bad of a name sake in my opinion. Variations include: Francklin, Francklyn, Frank, Franklinn, Franklyn, Franklynn

Grant                            Scottish                        “Large” I’ve only known one Grant, and he was a little know-it-all. I find Grant to be no nonsense, like Brent, and strong. Variations Include: Grantland, Grantlen, Grantley

Howard                       German                         “brave heart” This is a cool meaning, old name. Howie and Ward make it much more accessible though.  Howard is getting dangerously close to falling off the top 1000, and that’s just wrong. I think Howard is a nice, solid name, and the only one I’ve known was a genius who could do advanced math in his head…it’s a good image!

Lafayette                    French                           “faith” This is a such a guilty pleasure name for me. It’s got a nice sound and a distinguished namesake, Marquis de Lafayette who fought in the American Revolution. Lafaiete, Lafayett, Lafette, Laffyette

Lawrence                   Latin                               “From Laurentium’ This name has survived a long time, from back in ancient Roman times when Laurentium was still a city with it’s prized laurel trees. It’s sitting at the middle of the Top 1000 and has the cool nickname Law. Variations Include: Lanny, Lanty, Larance, Laranz, Laren, Larenz, Larian, Larien, Laris, Larrance, Larrence, Larrens, Larrey, Larry, Lary, Laurance, Laurence, Laurentios, Laurentius, Laurenz, Laurie, Laurits, Lavrans, Lavrens, Lavrenti, Law, Lawerence, Lawrance, Lawren, Lawrey, Lawrie, Lawron, Lawry, Lencho, Lon, Lonnie, Lonny, Loran, Loreca, Loren, Lorence, Lorentz, Lorenzen, Lorin, Loritz, Lorn, Lorne, Lorrence, Lorrenz, Lorrie, Lorry, Lowrance

Lee                                English                           “pasture, meadow” It’s a fine name, but just doesn’t seem very substantial. I guess I just like it in the middle better. It’s also a fairly popular middle name for girls. Although, I guess Robert E. Lee is there as a sort of namesake.

Logan                           Scottish                         “Small Hollow” Logan is a Scottish surname that originated from a place of the same name in Ayrshire. It’s got a nice sound to it, but is pretty popular at #17 on the list right now. Wolverine, known as Logan, from the X-men comics and movies, gave the name a big boost too. Variations Include: Llogen, Loagan, Loagen, Loagon, Logann, Logen, Loggan, Loghan, Logn, Logon, Logun, Logunn, Logyn

Scott                             English                          “from Scotland” Scott is one of those short and strong names that I don’t see why it’s not more popular. I like it well enough and even work with a little boy whose middle name is Scott. Like Logan, Scott is another name from the X-Men franchise that deserves a good boost.

Sebastian                    Latin from Greek      “person from ancient city of Sebasta” I see this name around the forums a lot lately and since it’s sitting at #68, I’m sure it’s bond to get popular. Sebastian is an ancient martyr name and also a disney name. Sebastian is a name with a substantial history, first as the third-century martyr whose sufferings were a favorite of medieval artists, then as the name of memorable characters in such varied works as Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and The Tempest and Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. It’s got a lot of great nicknames too like Seb, baz, and Bastien (though my mother recently told me this is too close to Bastard).


Name                           Origin                        Meaning

Ashley                           English                        “dweller near the ash tree meadow” Ashley was mega-popular in the 80s and 90s but now it’s starting to go back down while still managing to stay in the top 30. It’s pretty but I like the nickname Asha much more. Variations include: Ahshlee, Aishlee, Ashala, Ashalee, Ashalei, Ashaley, Ashely, Ashien, Ashla, Ashlan, Ashlay, Ashlea, Ashleay, Ashlee, Ashleigh, Ashleye, Ashli, Ashlie, Ashly, Ashlye

Carroll                           English                        “Free man” It’s pretty enough, but the spelling makes it more of a surname. Carol is mostly used on the older generation, the moms, but I do know one my own age. Variations Include: Caral, Carel, Carey, Cari, Cariel, Carla, Carleen, Carlene, Carley, Carlin, Carlina, Carline, Carlita, Carlota, Carlotta, Carly, Carlyn, Carlynn, Carlynne, Carola, Carole, Carolee, Carolena, Carolenia, Carolin, Carolina, Carolinda, Caroline, Caroll, Caroly, Carolyn, Carolynn, Carolynne, Carri, Carrie, Carrol, Carroll, Carrolyn, Carry, Cary, Caryl, Caryle, Caryll, Carylle, Charyl, Cherlyn, Cheryl, Karel, Kari, Karinka, Karla, Karleen, Karli, Karlie, Karlina, Karlote, Karlotta, Karole, Karolina, Karrole, Karryl, Karryll, Karyl, Karyll, Kerril, Kerryl, Keryl

Desha                              English?                     I couldn’t find a meaning for this, but it has a pretty sound. DEH-shuh… I think it would make a pretty name with an exotic sound.

Madison                         English                       “son of Maud” Historically a boy name and extremely popular, #8, for girls. I don’t like this name too much, but I understand that most parent’s like it for it’s upscale kind of feel, or as a way to get to Maddy. Variations Include: Maddison, Madisen, Madisson, Madisyn, Madsen, Madyson, Mattison


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