First names: Origin, History, Ethymology and Meaning
An eminently delicate choice for generations of parents, a first name is not just a more or less harmonious assembly of syllables and sounds. Whether it evokes a cultural reference, foreign roots, belonging to a social environment or even nostalgia for a bygone era, a first name draws its origins from its etymology and its history. Discover here the meaning of many male names.
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In 2014, Lucas is the most common male given name for newborns. Very popular in the French-speaking and German-speaking countries of Europe, this first name is very popular in the "BCBG" families, but not only. It is emblematic of the first names which owe their success to a fashion phenomenon since the 1980s. Celebration on October 18th.
Nathan is one of the many biblical names in fashion in nurseries for the past twenty years. Nathan was a prophet at the court of David in the tenth century BC, this first name meaning "God gave". Common in North America for a long time, it has spread more recently in Europe. Celebration on March 7.
The Julius were the members of a patrician family of Rome, supposed to descend from Iule, the son of Aeneas, and from which Jules Caesar. This first name spread throughout the ancient world. It was popular in the 19th century, then disappeared until 2000 before coming back into fashion. Celebration on April 12.
As its meaning indicates, "God healed", Raphael is the archangel of healing and the Bible cites his interventions with Tobias, curing his father of blindness. This first name did not achieve the success of Gabriel, but it was discreetly present in the civil registry from the 1970s to finally invest the first places of the most chosen first names since the beginning of the 21st century. Celebration on September 29.
First name of legend, Arthur was immortalized in the Middle Ages thanks to the famous knights of the round table of Chrétien de Troyes. Its origin would be Celtic and it would mean "bear". Running in the Middle Ages, it disappeared during the Renaissance, to become a great classic since the 1980s. Celebration on November 15th.
Long less used than its derivative Hugues, the first name Hugo enjoyed a popularity record between the years 1990 and 2000. We celebrate the Hugo on April 1, the day of Saint Hugues, who directed theCluny abbey in the 11th century.
Royal name and steeped in history par excellence, Louis has enjoyed almost unheard-of success through the ages. Closely linked to the French monarchy, the first name Louis experienced a logical decline in popularity after the Revolution. Often perceived as obsolete in the previous century, it has made a remarkable comeback since the 1990s. Saint Louis, King of France in the 13th century, is celebrated on August 25.
Long associated with the first name Jean, Baptist has now made a lonely comeback since the beginning of this century among the most popular first names. Baptist is an adjective that was used to qualify the future Saint John, who practiced baptism by immersion on the banks of the Jordan in Palestine. Feast on June 24 (nativity) and August 29 (death).
Biblical first name par excellence, Gabriel, which means "man of God" or "strength of God" is the archangel messenger of God. It is he who explains his dreams to the prophet Daniel, announces to Zechariah the imminent birth of Saint John the Baptist and to Mary that of the Messiah. Also available in the feminine (Gabrielle), this first name celebrated on September 29 has experienced a resurgence in popularity since the 1990s.
Of Germanic origin (Friedrich), this first name which means "peace" and "powerful" was worn by many monarchs of northern Europe (Denmark, Sweden, Prussia ...) and by several emperors of the Holy Roman Empire including Frédéric Barberousse, in the 12th century. Available in many languages (Frederico, Frederick ...), its French variant comes from the Latin Fredericus. The first name Frédéric was one of the great classics in Europe between the 1940s and 1980s.
If the first name Fabien experienced real success during the last two decades of the 20th century, its history is much older and dates back to the early days of Rome. From Ancient History to that of Christendom, from the French Resistance during World War II to TV series of the 1980s and up to the 1998 Football World Cup, discover the wealth of references linked to this first name.