Top 100 baby names number 66
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 66 - Emilia and Reuben.
Aemilius/Aemilia was the family name of one of the first noble families in Ancient Rome. Emilia originates from these names. The possible origins of Aemilia/Aemilius are uncertain, but it's thought they might come from the word aemulus which means 'rival' as in 'compete'.
The possible meanings of Reuben all relate to the biblical story of his mother Leah, wife of Jacob. In the stories she was not his favoured wife so when she gives birth to her first son, Reuben, she hopes that will change. So the meanings of Reuben could be either 'he has seen my misery' in other words 'God has answered my prayers for a way to make Jacob love me', or 'he will love me' where the 'he' refers to Jacob.
There's a related but less sad meaning, which is the one given in classical rabbinical literature, and that's 'Behold! A son!'. I like that version because, let's face it, that's the emotion most parents feel about their children. 'Look! Our wonderful child!'