Top 100 baby names number 100

I thought it would be fun to look at the top 100 boys and girls names from last year.  I will be doing a series on these with their meanings. Enjoy!

We'll begin at those ranked 100 and count down. 

 Megan, from Margaret, means pearl. 

Megan, from Margaret, means pearl. 

Megan (Welsh) also Meghan, Meagan, Meaghan

Megan was originally a pet name for Margaret, like Meg or Meggie. Nowadays it’s mostly a standalone rather than a nickname. It was super-popular in the 90s and is still in the top 100 girls names today, although it’s slipped from the top of the pile.

Margaret comes from the Greek 'margarites' meaning 'pearl'.

 
 Ben is a straightforward name meaning 'son'

Ben is a straightforward name meaning 'son'

Ben (Hebrew)

Ben is short for… well, lots of things! A Ben could be Benjamin, Benedict, Bengt, Bennett, Benoit, Benvolio, or even Ebenezer. Or he could just be plain old Ben.

In the original Hebrew Ben just means ‘son’, so, if you like to keep it simple, calling your son Ben is a straightforward choice. If you want something a little fancier you have lots of options with the same classic nickname.