|I couldn't resist posting about this name for July 4th. It's a charming baby name with a long history.|
I hope you have a safe and happy Independence Day!
America ~ Ruler of the Home ~ English
History and Perceptions
I honestly didn't expect to find a meaning associated with this name other than "the country"... but I was wrong. The country America gets its name from the explorer Amerigo Vespucci, who determined that the continent was not part of Asia, but a "new world". His name is Italian and comes from Amalric, which has links to the name Henry and therefore shares its meaning. America is the feminine latin form of his name.
However, the name America can't be removed from the country. It's a name brimming with patriotism and, particularly for Americans, the weight that can only come from being named after the country you were born in. Whether positive or negative (hopefully positive!), this name will create a reaction the first time people hear it. It's a bold choice, but not a bad one.
I think most will find this name to have a nice sound. It's similar to other names (Angelica, for example) and it has potential for some cute nicknames—possibly Amy, Amery, Meri, or Erica.
Use and Popularity
Americans have been using the name America since Colonial times. After dropping out of the mainstream in the 20th century, it's showing new signs of life.
I believe the events of 9/11 inspired parents to use this name as a show of support and pride for our country. It rose 193 places for 2001—the highest it has ever jumped in a year. Another factor that keeps this name on the minds of parents is the career of actress America Ferrera, who helped soften the name and made it feel more accessible.
America is currently ranked at 503.
Read about name rank here.