Top 100 baby names number 97
I thought it would be fun to look at the top 100 boys and girls names from last year. I am doing a series on these with their meanings. Enjoy!
Today number our 97s - a classical pairing.
Zoe’s an interesting name, having begun as a Greek translation of the Hebrew name Eve, meaning life. The originators were Alexandrian Jews and the name has a long history including popularity with early Christians and within the Byzantine empire. The English-speaking world was a little slow to catch on, however, and the name only began to be used in the mid-nineteenth century.
Now here’s a name with pedigree. Austin is derived in a roundabout way from the Latin Augustus, as in Caesar Augustus, the title of the Roman Emperor. The original Latin meant ‘majestic’, ‘venerable’, and ‘the increaser’. Over time the name Augustus became Augustine, in French, which became Augustin, then Agustin and finally Austin.