Tuesday, 28 February 2012

To Honour: Part II


Part I was about female names and their connected pairs, so today it's all about masculine names. The names below were taken from the England & Wales top 100 and have been paired up with a name that has much in common with it.

Alexander (#21) and Santeri - Alexander, from the Greek name Alexandros meaning 'defending men', seems like a timeless staple, but it is rather popular. Santeri, a Finnish short form for Alexander, could be an unusual choice to honour an Alexander.

Evan (#76) and Jock - Evan is the Anglicized form of Iefan, a Welsh form of John, and Jock is the Scottish form of Jack, which derives from a medieval diminutive for John. Two very different names with one very common factor.

James (#10) and Jago - Both names are connected through the popular Jacob. James and Jacob derive from the Hebrew name Ya'aqov. Jago is the modern-sounding Cornish form of Jacob. While James remains in the top 10, Jago is at #552, a name that is being used but still remains kind of hidden from the masses.

Lewis (#27) and Lutz - Through a number of twists and turns Lewis derives from Ludwig, meaning 'famous warrior'. Lutz is also connected - it is a Germanic diminutive of Ludwig. Again, two names that have much in common but seem worlds apart in style.

Michael (#53) and Mitchell - Michael, meaning 'who is like God?', is a classic and continues to be popular in England & Wales; however, in the US, it is Mitchell that has the higher ranking, although it does seem to be losing its appeal, dropping 20ish places every year since 1999. Mitchell is a surname name derived from the Middle English name Michel, a form of Michael.

Robert (#90) and Hopkin - Hopkin is a medieval diminutive of Hob which was used as a short form of Robert, a Germanic name meaning 'bright fame'. It could appeal to many, especially to film buffs who admire Anthony Hopkins' work.

Image: Filippo Emanuele and Vittorio Amedeo I of Savoy by Giovanni Caracca.