All posts by dan amos

Leanne

Meaning of the Name Leanne

The Country Singer LeAnn Rimes
The Country Singer LeAnn Rimes

Leanne is a combination same of Lee and Anne. It means many things because of the combination of wood and air. However, it usually comes out to mean beautiful woman, youthful, and strong bonds. Someone who has this name is blessed with beauty, and they have an inner core that is hard to deny. They can form strong bonds with people, and they have a chance to show how beautiful they are in many settings.

There are other places where it could mean things like hairy, or the wood part of the name could be taken literally. This is interesting because the people who are using the name are often the ones that are going to be able to have the strongest constitution. These same people will be very interested in the way that they are going to interact with the people around them because they know that their interactions mean something to these people.

The name Leanne and the meaning of Leanne have a lot of significance because of what they have come to mean over time.

Popularity of the Name Leanne

The popularity of Leanne has been static for a while, but it always comes up in girls who have strong hearts and minds.

The name is not currently in the top 100 baby girls names in England however this name was popular between 1975 and 1995.

Famous People Called Leanne

Here’s a few famous females with the name:

  • Leanne Battersby -a character from the Manchester based soap opera Coronation  Street
  • Leanne Wood – a Plaid Cymru politician and Assembly Member.
  • LeAnn Rimes – an American country singer and song writer.

Useful Resources

Discover the meaning and popularity of other English female names.

Brenda

Meaning and Origin of the Name Brenda

Brenda a female name originating from the old Nordic male name Brandr.

Brenda therefore has the same meaning as the name Brandr which meaning both torch and sword.

It is generally thought that Brenda is the feminine form of the male name Brendan in Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This name has a long history in these nations with the name dating back to medieval history.

Popularity

Brenda was not in the top 100 baby girls’ names in England in 2016.  The name has been popular in Britain especially during the 1930s.

Famous People with the Name

The English Actress Brenda Blethyn
The English Actress Brenda Blethyn

Some famous Bendas that you may have heard of are:

  • Brenda Blethyn an English actress from Kent who famously played the starring role in the TV series Vera.
  • Brenda Edwards is an English singer who is known for her time on the talent show the X Factor and singing West End.
  • Brenda Lee an American sing popular in the 1960s
  • Brenda Song also an American singer.
  • Brenda Bruce is an English actress who performs on TV, theatre and on radio shows including Doctor Who, Casualty and Lovejoy.

Useful Resources

Discover the meaning and origin of other English girls’ names like Brenda.

Fanny

Meaning and Origin of the Name Fanny

The meaning of Fanny is a feminine given name, or a nickname for Frances.

Today, Fanny is a very unusual name for any child these days. It is probably down it to it’s use as a meaning for a person’s buttocks in the United Stated whilst in Britain the name refers to the female genitals.

Popularity

The name Fanny isn’t very popular for boys but it is very much a girl’s name. Even so this name was not in the top 100 most popular baby girls in England in 2016.

Famous People Called Fanny

Fanny Cradock a Famous English Cook
Fanny Cradock a Famous English Cook

From the names below you can see Fanny’s popularity in the  19th and 20th Centuries:

  • Fanny Adams who was murdered by a solicitor’s clerk by the name of Frederick Baker. The murder was an outcry in the UK. The popularity of Fanny isn’t only with names but also with plays, films, music, places, and ships.
  • The next one is Fanny Brice, which is an American illustrated song model, comedian, singer, theatre, and film actress.
  • A third one is Fanny Cradock, whose real name is Phyllis Nan Sortain Pechey, is an English restaurant critic.
  • Another one is Fannie Mae, an United States financial mortgage enterprise.
  • The last but least of this name is Fanny Crosby, known to the world as an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. Along the lines of boys’ name, Fanny is one of those names that would never be heard in the United States.

Useful Resources

Discover the meaning and popularity of other English girls names.

Vera

Meaning of the name Vera

The meaning of Vera comes from Russian origin and means “faith”! The name is also sometimes associated with the Latin word “verus” meaning “truth”! Very strong names for any baby girl to carry through life.

History of the name

Vera has been around as a baby name for quite awhile first appearing in the 19th century when the name started appearing in novels of the time. The popularity of Vera peaked in the late 1800’s and was the 340th most popular girls name in 2017.

Famous ‘Veras’

Many notable women have the name Vera. Famous actor, comedian Mindy Kaling’s first name is actually Vera she’s in pretty good company with fashion designer Vera Lang, actress Vera Farminga and Vera Lynn. Vera Lynn is a beloved English singer who has been “rocking” the name for 100 years. During WWII Vera was known as “the forces Sweatheart”.

The name Vera has appeared everywhere in popular culture. From film: 2004’s Vera Drake, to literature: Vera Dietz 2010.

Another popular English Vera is Vera Duckworth a popular character who was in the Manchester soap opera Coronation street for over 35 years.

Uesful Resources

Discover the meaning and popularity of other English girls’ names on our website.

Elsa

History Of The Name Elsa

Elsa is a girls’ name that has seen a recent resurgence in popularity thanks to Disney’s Frozen. Elsa is a shortened variant of the Christian name Elisabeth. The name Elsa first appeared in print in 15th century Swedish texts. Other related names include: Elizabeth, Elisabet and Elisabetta.

Meaning Of Elsa

The biblical name from which Elsa derives (Elisabeth) means “God is abundant.” By extension, Elsa can mean the fulfilment of God’s promise or, more simply, a blessing.

Popularity Of Elsa

Else from Frozen is a Populary Girl's Costume
Else from Frozen is a Populary Girl’s Costume

Though the name Elsa is almost 700 years old, it wasn’t commonly used until the 19th century. Even then, the name was used primarily in Sweden. After Frozen, the name rose to the top spot on the Swedish list. In 2014, Elsa also made the Top 500 names list in the United States for the first time in over a century.

Famous People Called Elsa

While children will recognise Elsa as the name of the Snow Queen in Frozen, there have been many other notable Elsas throughout history. Jewellery designer Elsa Peretti and noted Italian fashion designer (and rival of Coco Chanel) Elsa Schiaparelli are just two influential Elsas from recent history.

Useful Resources

Discover the meaning and popularity of other English girls’ names.

Agatha

Meaning and Origin of the Name Agatha

Agatha is a girl’s first name and it is derived from the Ancient Greece and the name agathos.

The meaning of Agatha is “good.” That is a simple meaning, and one that a parent will feel is a good choice for their daughter. Agatha has a simple sound to it, easy spelling, and its meaning is better than some names. It isn’t popular, but it is well known, and that makes it an interesting pick.

Popularity and Famous People Called Agatha

Agatha Christie the famous English author
Agatha Christie the famous English author

The name Agatha isn’t listed as one of the 100 top baby names used in England in 2016, but it is a name that has been around for many years.  There was St. Agatha of Sicily, who was the 3rd century saint.

The most famous English Agatha must be Agatha Christie from Torque in Devon. She was a well known for her crime novelist in the 1900s. These include Miss Marple, Hercules Poirot and Death on the Nile.

Agatha is the title of a popular British film. Agatha is also a name that is used in Pokemon. There are many other uses of the name that have made it popular, as well, and one of those uses is for Agatha Raisin, a British TV series.

Summary

So, the popularity of Agatha as a baby name isn’t too great at the moment, but it is still a name that is well known in England and beyond.

Useful Resources

Discover the meaning and origin of other English girls’ names.

Lena

History Of The Name Lena

The name “Lena” is a name given to females and its origin is from Greece. The name Lena is derived from the name Alina, Elena, Magdalena, and Helena; in the United States, many people name their child as Helena rather than Elena or Lena. However, the name has evolved in different languages because of the variations of the name.

Meaning Of Lena

Lena can mean multiple things depending on the country or region. It can mean the woman of Magdala, generous and kind, sunlight, palm tree, or holder of the torch.

Popularity

The popularity of Lena can depend on the country. In the England it was not in the top 100 baby girls’ names in 2016. In the United States, the name Helena and its derivative Lena has never been more popular.

Famous People Called Lena

Lena Headey plays Cersei Lannister in hit show 'Game of Thrones'
Lena Headey plays Cersei Lannister in hit show ‘Game of Thrones’

 

The number of famous women called Lena is quite surprising. Starting with the English actress Lena Headey, born in Hamilton, Bermuda. She has won three Emmy Award Nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series ‘Game of Thrones’ and a Golden Globe Awards nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Lena Ashwell is historically known as the first to organise large-scale entertainment at the front during World War I. She was a British actress and an acting manager. The Russian Lena Katina, which is a former singer who is best known for her work with duo t.A.t.u.

 

 

Useful Resources

Discover the meaning and popularity of other English girls’ names.

Bridget

Meaning of the Girls Name Bridget

The meaning of Bridget, or the “exalted one”; Goddess of Fire, is originally Irish or Gaelic. Broken down as “brigh”, signifying a person with lots of strength and vigor, who’s also powerful, yet wholesome and virtuous.

Popularity

Bridget was not in the 100 most popular girls’ names in England in 2016.

The popularity of Bridget came when a saint who was goddess of agriculture, poetry, fire and healing was introduced to German and Scandinavian countries. She is also expressed as an intelligent woman who is talented in music as well. In America the name Bridget was very popular in the 1970’s and many newborn girls were named Bridget.

Famous Females Called Bridget

The attractive model Brigitte Bardot
The attractive model Brigitte Bardot

Bridget Bardot, spelled “Brigitte”, is well-known for the popularity of Bridget, the famous and sexy French actress, model, singer and animal rights activist.

Two other famous name Bridget’s are the Danish-Italian model, actress and popular culture British TV reality personality, Bridget Nielsen, and Bridget Fonda, beautiful and retired actress, daughter of renown actor Peter Fonda whose 1960’s part in the movie Easy-Rider is still a talk of the town. Bridget Fonda is also the grand-daughter of iconic actor Henry Fonda.

The most famous character with the name must be Bridget Jones. A comedy of the life of an English woman in her 30s looking for a romantic relationship. Bridge was played by Renée Zellweger.

Let’s face it though anyone with a name Bridget will make you laugh, and being in the exciting presence of any Bridget’s company can be an amazing experience!

Useful Resources

Discover the meaning and origin of other English girls’ names.

Bonnie

Meaning and Popularity of the Name Bonnie

The meaning of Bonnie is pretty, and charming. It is a beautiful name with the perfect meaning for a baby girl.

The origin of the name if likely to come from France with the word “bonne” meaning good.

Popularity

Bonnie was not in the top 100 baby girls names in England in 2016. However this name was much more popular in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. The name being the most popular in the 1940s

Today if you were to call you girl Bonnie it would be unlike to hear other girls in the class with the same name.

Famous people Called Bonnie

The singer Bonnie Tyler
The singer Bonnie Tyler

Despite Bonnie, not being a particularly popular name at present there are a few famous ladies with the name including:

  • Bonnie and Clyde were famous American criminals back in the 1930s, and everyone has heard of them.
  • Bonnie Raitt is an American singer who release the popular album “Nick of Time”
  • Bonnie Tyler is a Welsh singer famous for her hit songs “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “Holding out for a Hero”.
  • An English woman with the first name Bonnie is Bonnie Wright, an actress who played  Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films.

 

Summary

Bonnie Raitt, Bonnie Tyler, and Bonnie Wright are all incredible woman for a baby girl to be named after, and Bonnie and Clyde are a pair that will make the name fun. Bonnie isn’t one of the 100 most popular baby girl names, but it is still well known enough, and its meaning is special.

Useful Resources

Discover the meaning and popularity of other English girls’ names.

Thelma

Origin of the Name Thelma

English writer Marie Corelli is credited for inventing the name Thelma. Corelli published her novel Thelma in 1887. As her third novel became popular in the 19th century, many expectant mothers in Great Britain wanted to name their baby girls Thelma. Thelma is of Portuguese origin.

Meaning of Thelma

Many people believe that the meaning Thelma comes from the Greek word for will.

Popularity of Thelma

The last time Thelma was at the height of popularity in the UK, it was the 1930s. From 1940 to 2010, the name Thelma declined sharply. In 2017, the name Thelma is 2208 in popularity.

Famous People Named Thelma

Thelma Barlow is a famous English actress and writer best known for the soap opera Coronation Street where she played the character Mavis Wilton.

Thelma Cazalet-Keir was known for being a British activist and member of the Conservative party in the 1920s and 1930s.

Thelma Hopkins isn’t to be confused with America singer Thelma Hopkins of Dawn.

Thelma Hopkins was a British athlete in the 1950s, who won a silver medal in the Summer Olympics in the high jump event. Hopkins is known for jumping 1.74 meters in the high jump at age 20.

Useful Resources

Discover the meaning and popularity of other English girls’ names.