Top 100 baby names number 88

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 88s - Amelie and Louis - both French names with Germanic roots.  

 Amelie is one of my favourite films

Amelie is one of my favourite films

Amelie (French) 

Ah Amelie, with your quirky attitude and your cute, little bob! The perky Parisienne from the 2001 Jean-Pierre Jeunet film, starring Audrey Tautou, launched the name in the UK and it’s been going strong ever since.

Amelie is French, but comes from a German root, Amal which means work. A rather prosaic meaning for such a pretty name. Before researching this, I was hoping it would relate to the Latin mel, meaning honey, but no such luck.

 
 This boy is definitely a famous warrior. Just ask him!

This boy is definitely a famous warrior. Just ask him!

Louis (French)

Louis is well-known as the name of many, many, many French kings. What’s less well known is it’s history. Louis is from Ludovicus which is itself a Latinised version of the German Ludwig. Ludwig is derived from the Old Frankish name Hlōdowik which is composed of the elements for famous and battle/war, so Louis means 'famous warrior'.