Top 100 baby names number 47

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 we have numbers 47 - Imogen and Tommy.  

 Imogen (English) 

 Imogen by Herbert Gustave Schmalz - Shakespeare Illustrated, Public Domain

Imogen by Herbert Gustave Schmalz - Shakespeare Illustrated, Public Domain

The name Imogen was either invented by William Shakespeare for his play ‘Cymbeline’ or was a misprint by publishers of the play. If it’s a misprint, Shakespeare probably meant to use the name Innogen which was the name of a queen in legends about early British history. Innogen itself may be a misspelling of inghean, Gaelic for ‘maiden’.

 

 Tommy (English/Aramaic)

 Twin boys playing together, jumping off a tree stump.

Twin boys playing together, jumping off a tree stump.

Tommy is, of course, the English nickname for Thomas which originates from the Aramaic, תָּאוֹמָא (Ta'oma') meaning ‘twin’. So if you’re expecting a pair of little ones, then one of them could be a Tommy.