Like any other trend, baby names come in and out of popularity every few years. While classics like Ethan and Noah have remained steady, new and creative trends are constantly emerging. But what is the meaning of these unique names? Take a look at the popular names of 2008:
Caden – Welsh origin, meaning “spirit of battle”.
Addison – English origin, meaning “son of Adam”.
Jayden – English origin, simply a contemporary spelling of “Jadon”, which is a Hebrew name, meaning “Jehovah has heard”.
Emma – German origin, meaning “Whole, complete, universal” . Or of Dutch origin, also meaning “whole”.
Xavier – Spanish or Basque origin, meaning “owns a new house”.
Isabella – Hebrew origin, meaning “devoted to God”. Italian origin, meaning “consecrated to God”. Spanish origin – a variant of Elizabeth, meaning “My God is bountiful, God of plenty, devoted to God”.
Aiden – Celtic origin, meaning “fire”. Gaelic origin, meaning, “fiery”.
Sophia – Greek origin, meaning “wisdom”.
Jamison – Scottish origin, translated into a pet form of the name James, often used when speaking to women.
Nevaeh – American origin, this name is simply “Heaven” spelled backwards.
Bryten – American origin, this name is used for both boys and girls, and is simply a variant of the word “brighten”.
Lily – English or Hebrew origin, meaning “Lily flower, pure, innocent, purity, and beauty”.
Cairo – American origin, the capital city of Egypt.
Paris – French origin, the capital city of France.
Ariance – American origin, variation of the spelling of “Arain”.
Ava – English origin, a variation of the medieval names “Avis” and “Aveline”.
Bennett – French origin, a variation of the spelling of “Benedict”, meaning “blessed, from the old French”.
Hailey – Old English origin, meaning, “a field of hay”.
Trucker – American origin, from “truck driver”.
Willow – American origin, from the dainty willow tree, meaning, “slender, graceful”.
Braxton – English origin, meaning “Brock’s town”.
Blessing – American origin, meaning “consecrated”.
Carrington – Celtic origin, meaning “name place, hometown”.
Hannah – Hebrew origin, meaning “favor, grace”, Hannah was the biblical mother of the prophet Samuel.
Caleb – Hebrew origin, meaning “like the heart”, often confused with the Hebrew word for “dog”.
There you have the top baby names and meanings for the year of 2008. What will 2009 hold? As long as we don’t allow celebrities to continue to set the trends, a few of the biblical favorites and American classics just may make a come back yet.