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.
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.
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'.