Top 100 baby names number 79
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 79s - Heidi and Elliott.
Heidi is a short version of the name Adelheid, the English version of which is Adelaide. Adelheid means nobility. The name Heidi became popular after the publication of the Swiss children's book about an orphan called Heidi by Johanna Spyri.
Oh goodness, there are a lot of possible origins for Elliott. Or at least, there are a lot of possible spellings and histories for families with similar surnames. It could be the Old English, "Æþelgeat" (meaning 'noble gate'), or the Anglo-Saxon, Elwald, or the Southern Breton, d'Alliot. Or it could be an example of different names converging on a familiar structure. Anyway, it seems likely that the meaning is along the lines of 'with strength and right' or 'bravely and truly' or 'boldly and rightly'.