Showing posts with label D. Show all posts
Showing posts with label D. Show all posts

May 26, 2009

Dylan

Dylan ~ Son of the Sea ~ Welsh

Trends & American Use
It's hard not to think of Bob Dylan when I first hear this name, and while some parents will love that, others won't. Those that aren't particularly Bob-Dylan-fanatics are taking this name back from the realm of enduring 60s folk, giving it not only a trendy feel that has nothing to do with the artist, but a bit of an Irish association that goes back to its roots.

The name has a past grounded in Welsh mythology, and parents have been using it for a long time, even in the United States. That was helped along not only by Bob Dylan, but by the famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, whose verses became well known and honored throughout the world, especially "Do not go gentle into that good night." Thomas' poetry readings in the U.S. were quite famous and well-attended, but only lasted three years, ending with his death in 1953.

The baby name Dylan first showed up on Social Security statistics in 1966, and it's been a strong choice since. While it did hit a peak in 2004, it is still an on-trend choice and one that will be well-liked by most who hear it. If you like trendy names that have strong roots, look no further.

Celebrity Baby Names
Celebs who chose Dylan for their baby include:
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas
  • Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee
  • Joan Cusack
  • Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith
  • Mia Farrow and Woody Allen

Famous Dylans
  • Jakob Dylan (musician)
  • Bob Dylan (musician, songwriter)
  • Matt Dillon (actor)
  • Dylan McDermott (actor)
  • Dylan Patton (actor)
  • Dylan Sprouse (actor)
  • Dylan Thomas (poet)

March 19, 2009

Declan

Happy St. Patrick's Day! This week's baby name is in honor of Ireland.

Declan ~ unknown, a saint's name ~ Irish

Popularity
A modern-sounding baby name for Americans, Declan (DECK-lan) didn't show up on our charts until 1999. Considering its newfound use in this country, Declan took off incredibly quickly. It's distinctively Irish while also being easy to pronounce and on-trend in its sound.

History
So where does it come from, you ask? Saint Declan is a cherished and popular Irish saint, perhaps second only to...yes...Saint Patrick. He founded a monastery and converted many people to Christianity in Ardmore, Ireland, around the 5th century. His feast day is July 24th. You can read all about his lore and significance to the Irish people on this page.

Most sources indicate that the meaning of the name is unknown. A few out there cite it as "full of goodness," and that makes me smile. I think Declan is a cute name with a nice sound, and it's perfect if you want an Irish name that isn't common.

Pop Culture/Stats
  • Declan is #143 for U.S. stats in 2012.
  • Celebrity babies with this name:
    • Pro wrestler Shane McMahon's son
    • Singer Cindy Lauper went with an alternate spelling for her son, Declyn
    • Comedian/Actor Danny McBride's son
  • There are characters named Declan in the TV shows RevengeKyle XY, Criminal Minds, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent.


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November 14, 2008

Dominic

Dominic ~ Of the Lord, Belonging to God ~ Latin

Dominic is a name that has been used for a very long time, traditionally for babies born on Sunday. Why? If you are familiar with Spanish, for example, you may know that the word for Sunday is Domingo (the day "belongs to God"). It all goes back to the Latin, dominica, for Lord. The history and meaning is really lovely, especially if you are religious. Several saints are named Dominic, including the founder of the Catholic Dominican Order. It might be that much more appropriate if your son is born on a Sunday as well, or if you have connections to the Dominican Republic.

Dominic is gaining popularity right now because of its sound. It's not overused, and it has a cultured air to it. Because it has such deep roots, you can be certain that no one will say they have never heard of it or think it's "out there." After all, it has been gaining popularity in America since the 1900s. I like it because the sound is just a little different, and I find it refreshing since a lot of popular boys' names are beginning to sound alike.

September 11, 2008

Delaney

Delaney ~ from the adler grove ~ English

Like a top-40 song on the radio, Delaney keeps getting stuck in my head—but in a good way. It's got a lot of appeal right now because it's a surname and therefore unisex (though most often used for girls), and it's stylish but not snobby. Personally, I love the sound; and in case there's any confusion, it's pronounced Deh-LAY-nee.

The English meaning, from the adler grove, is so lovely. But don't be surprised if you see another definition floating around the web. Delaney is sometimes cited as having Gaelic roots. In that case, it's said to come from the Irish surname Dubhshláine. Honestly that's a pretty big stretch for me; whereas the English surname came directly from the French words de l'aunaie—practically a carbon copy of the English spelling. Besides, I don't like the definition of Dubhshláine, which is defiant. I'm going to pretend I never saw it because the English origin is more commonly accepted. You may just choose to do the same.
  • Delaney first showed up in U.S. rankings in the year 1998, so it's a relatively new name.
  • Delaney is currently the #204 name for girls.
  • Delaney is the name Martina McBride chose for her daugher, born in 1994
  • A somewhat obscure actress, Delaney Driscoll is the only celeb I could find with this first name.

December 18, 2007

Daphne

Daphne ~ Laurel Tree ~ Greek origin

This name has never broken into popularity, though it's used with enough frequency most people are familiar with it. It immediately makes me think of the Frasier character Daphne Moon, a quirky physical therapist from England. You might also associate it with the indie band Daphne Loves Derby, actress Daphne Zuniga, or the red-head from Scooby Doo.

When I decided to post about this name, I thought for sure the meaning had something to do with the ocean or a fairy. After researching the name (which I always do before I post) I discovered I wasn't entirely crazy. In Greek mythology, Daphne is a nymph of the river. She was chosen by Eros to be Apollo's first love. Daphne ran from Apollo's pursuit of her, asking Peneus to change her form for protection. And so she was transformed into a beautiful laurel tree.

Daphne is referred to in several works of poetry because of the mythological story. The poem Daphne was written by Edna St. Vincent Millay, the first female Pulitzer Prize winner in poetry.

I think this name is beautiful and fits both a little girl and a grown woman just perfectly. If you choose this name for your child, most likely she will be the only Daphne in her class.

December 12, 2007

Damian and Damien

Updated: October 2013
Damian, Damien ~ to tame, to subdue ~ Greek, French origins

Popularity
The name Damian is becoming quite fashionable in the US, finally following suit with England, Germany, and Ireland, where it has been used for quite some time. I'm happy to report that it's so well-liked here, it recently hit the top 100 names in America, at #97 for the year 2012.

Associations
Damian has qualities that make us think handsome, intriguing, and intelligent. It got those connotations from a few sources, including the use of the name Damien in the movie The Omen. Horror-movie characters shouldn't deter parents from using a name they love. Sure, there are a small amount of people who won't quite understand the choice, but there are may more who will only hear a stylish name when Damian is introduced.

My personal experience with this name is that my husband once had a coworker named Damian. The fact that he knew a person with this name taints it for him a little, so it's not on my personal list of favorites. But it's still a great name for a boy with an artistic flair and a bit of class, which is what the name conjures up for me.

Religious History
Damian has quite an extensive background. It has been the name of ancient Greek Christian martyrs, physicians, and bishops. Saint Damian was a physician known for providing miraculous healing free of charge, along with his twin brother Cosmas (both are pictured above). He is the patron saint of physicians, pharmacists, and more. Pope Damian of Alexandra is recognized in the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Celebrities Named Damian
You may have heard of this name due to celebrities:
  • Damien Rice, an Irish singer
  • Damian Lewis, an English actor
  • Damien Hirst, a British artist
  • Damian Marley, reggae artist and son of Bob Marley
Actress Elizabeth Hurley chose the name Damian for her son, born in 2002.



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