Top 100 baby names number 86
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!
Today we have the number 86s - Hallie and Liam.
Oh goodness! I tried, I really tried, but sources are very confused about the origin and meaning of Hallie.
There are a few saying it’s a derivative of Harriet and therefore comes from the same root as Henry. I’m not going to do that one this time because, although it’s the most plausible, variations on a theme of Henry are plentiful in this list. I’ll save it for later.
There are also a few claims for a Norse/Old English origin. If that’s right, then the name means ‘dweller in the manor by the meadow’. Or 'dweller in the meadow by the manor', which sounds less comfortable.
Then apparently there’s a Greek origin, ‘thinking of the sea’.
Then there’s… well, who knows. I gave up.
It’s a pretty name and is short and cute enough to be a nickname for lots of different longer names, all of which may have different meanings. Pick one you like.
Liam is a short version of the Irish name Uilliam, from the same family as William, Gwilym, Guillaume and Wilhelm. Wilhelm is the closest to the original Germanic name, which is made up of willa ‘will’ or ‘resolution’ and helma, ‘helmet’ or ‘protection’. So Liam is a resolute protector.