Dantea's Baby Names

{May 3, 2012}   Kansas City Names — Boys

Name                        Origin                          Meaning

Albert                         English                          “Noble, bright” Albert is an old, strong name, but I don’t see it coming back very quickly. Walter is sort of like it and I’ve been seeing it around lately, so Albert might follow but the best part of Albert in my opinion is Al or Albie as a nickname.

Alden                          English                          “Old wise friend” It’s another -en name, but definitely not as stylish as Aiden or that group. I think it has potential though.

Alexander                Greek                             “Defending Warrior” Alexander is a strong and extremely popular name with tons of nicknames possibilities and variations. Alexander the Great (or Alexander III) conquered a good chunk of Asia, and is perhaps the most well known of the Alexanders. There are a ton of other great Alexanders though including Alexander Hamilton, Alexander Graham Bell, and Alexander Fleming.

Alton                          English                          “Dweller at the old town” I like it a bit, but I think it sounds and looks like Dalton with the D dropped off. I think it would be fine though.

Anthony                   Latin                               “Priceless One” Anthony is strong and classic, but it is #10, which means more than 15,000 boys had this name last year. However, that shouldn’t matter if you love it. Anthony is the patron saint of Italy and the poor. It’s also a Shakespearean name via Anthony and Cleopatra.  Tony is still just as strong as the whole name.

Arnold                       German                         “Ruler, strong as an eagle” Despite the connection to Arnold Schwarzenegger,  this name doesn’t seem to have enough muscle to get back onto the list.

Benedict                    Latin                              “Blessed” Despite the fact that all I hear is Benedict Arnold, this name has a rich history. Benedict is the name of the saint who formed the Benedictine Order and of fifteen popes. Shakespeare used the variant Benedick for a character in Much Ado About Nothing. It still gives you Ben, Benny, or Benji so that’s great!

Bentley                      English                          “Meadow with coarse grass” When I hear Bentley, all I think of is the incredibly expensive English car. Not long ago, it has a huge leap, maybe due to a teen on 16 and Pregnant who had a son named Bentley.

Clyde                          Scottish                       Bonnie and Clyde. Besides that, I sort of get a backwoods kind of vibe, but I think if I were to hear it on a kid, I might like it better.

Colby                          English                         “Coal town” I like it okay, but it seems a little childish to me, and I’ve been seeing it and hearing about it on girls recently. I prefer Cody.

Dennis                        French                        This seems to be a French form of the Greek Dionysus, but all I hear is Dennis the Menace.  Dennis is also the patron saint of France.

Dexter                        Latin                             “Dyer, right handed” Dexter, with that popular X, has a lot of appeal right now. To me, Dexter is one of those names with “Geek Chic” and I really love it! Dex is a pretty cool nickname too.

Dwight                        German/Dutch        “white/blond”  This seems really nerdy. I wish the character on the Office could make it better, but it doesn’t.

Easton                        English                        “East facing place” Easton is just a new take on Weston and at #145 it’s on it’s way up the list. I actually like Easton a little, but mostly for the nickname East.

Emmett                      Hebrew/English     “True/Universal” Emmett is definitely on the rise. It’s got a laid back feel and it’s on the rise as a male competitor for Emily and Emma. Also, Emmett is a name from the Twilight books and those names are all getting more attention right now.

Hunter                       English                        “one who hunts” Hunter is just outside the top 50 and gaining in popularity as it combines a soft sound with a masculine image. Also, occupation names are all the rage.

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.

Leon                           Greek                            “Lion” This city is named for Juan Ponce de Leon, a Spanish explorer who named Florida. Leon is a very attractive Greek variation on Leo, and is one of many Lion-like names popular in Europe right now. I really like Leon. It’s a more serious and mature version of the name Leo.

Lewis                          English                         “Renowned Warrior” This is a neat name and the phonetic spelling of the French Louis. It’s been #1 or 2 in Scotland since 2000 according to my sources, but parent’s in the USA are just noticing it. Lewis Carroll, of Alice in Wonderland fame, is probably the most famous bearer of the name here in the US. Louis Armstrong pronounced his name like Lewis. It’s got a great nickname, Lew.

Lucas                          Greek                            “From Luciana” Lucas is getting more and more popular. Lucas has always been popular with TV writers and in literature. There’s the German Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach, Contemporary artist Lucas Samaras, or the Director George Lucas. Plus, Luke is a nice, strong and ever popular nickname.

Sawyer                       English                         “Wood cutter” Sawyer has a nice, friendly sound to it, but all I think of is Tom Sawyer, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Seneca                        Latin/Native American          “People of the standing rock” Seneca’s distinguished heritage as the name of the ancient Roman philosopher-playwright who tutored Nero, and of an Iroquois tribe makes this an interesting choice. I think this would make a very cool middle name.

Solomon                    Hebrew                       “Peace” Wise old biblical name that, along with other patriarchal classics, is finally beginning to shed its long white beard and step from the pages of the Old Testament.

Sterling                      English                        “Of the highest quality” I love Sterling! I think it has a very cool sound and a great image to impart on your son. He’s of the highest quality.

Ulysses                      Latin                             This is a Latin variation of the Greek name Odysseus. Ulysses is one of the few U boys’ names anyone knows — with heavy links to the Homeric hero, eighteenth president Grant, and the James Joyce novel — all of which makes it both distinguished and kind of weighty for a modern boy. I love it though!

Virgil                          Latin                             “Staff bearer” The name of a Roman Poet and an early Irish saint, it’s not really heard any more. I love it. I think it would be better for a middle name though, as some people might try to say “virgin” to make fun of him.

Walker                       Occupational             “worker in cloth” I’m not really big on occupational names, but this one seems more western to me than anything. The W in George W. Bush stands for Walker. Then there’s “Walker Texas Ranger”.


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