Top 100 baby names number 89
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 89s - Katie and Aaron.
Katie is a standalone variation on Catherine/Katherine/Caitlin/Kathleen/Katrina which interestingly has overtaken the longer ‘full’ forms of the name to be the only variant in the top 100 last year. These names can be traced to the Greek but the actual meaning is really unclear. They may come from Hecate, the goddess of magic, although the Oxford Dictionary of first names says that’s dubious. What we do know is that the name became popular as a saints name because of an early saint, Catherine of Alexandria, and that it became associated with the Greek word katharos which means purity.
This name can be traced to the Hebrew name Aharon and has come to English via the Greek. There are a couple of plausible theories about its meaning. It may have come from the Ancient Egyptian meaning either ‘warrior lion’ or referring to the ‘fields of heaven’. It may also be from the Hebrew for ‘high mountain’, ‘mountain of strength’, ‘exalted’, ‘enlightened’, or ‘bearer of martyrs’.