Boy Names of Northern theme
Northern names for baby boys, with 26 entries. Place names have inspired baby names since medieval times, when it was common to name people after their place of origin. Apart from place names, it seemed natural to incorporate directional indications in order to create some variation to the names, hence names like Norton, which means ‘northern town’ and Norwood, which means ‘northern spring’. While many such names have the “Nor” prefix, others do not, as with Seymour, a name which means ‘an estate in northern France’.
Northern names are popular baby names for boys. At the height of their usage in 1937, 7.759% of baby boys were given Northern names. There were 10 Northern names ranked within the top 1000 baby names then. Northern names have since experienced a decline in frequency, but are nonetheless used on a heavy scale now. In 2018, 8 Northern names listed among the top 1000, with a combined usage of 1.664%. Within all Northern names, the English, French, German, and Hebrew Benjamin was the most commonly used, with a ranking of #6 and a usage of 0.6937%.