Quick Facts on Alaina
- Celtic, French
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Little rock, beautiful
Characteristics of Alaina
Etymology & Historical Origin - Alaina
Alaina is the feminine form of the French male name Alain which is the equivalent to Alan. The name Alan originated in Brittany, an area of northwest France that is distinctly Celtic in origin, and was brought to the British Isles by way of the Norman Conquest. The name’s Celtic etymology comes from the word “alp, ail” meaning ‘rock’ which can also be found in the modern Irish “ailín” meaning ‘little rock.’ Related perhaps is the Gaelic meaning ‘cheerful and harmonious’ or the Scottish Gaelic “àlainn” meaning ‘beautiful.’ There were a couple early St. Alans from Brittany and Cornwall which likely influenced the name’s usage in the Middle Ages. However, it was the Norman Conquest of England that had the most significant impact. William the Conqueror’s army at the Battle of Hastings (1066) was largely comprised of men from Brittany. One of his finest allies, Alan, the Earl of Brittany, was awarded large swaths of land in England for his participation. Alan (French: Alain; Welsh: Alun) and Allan/Allen have always been fairly popular names in Brittany and on the British Isles since medieval times. Due to its popularity, feminine versions of the name were soon to be developed. Alaina is the French example of this. Alana is the English.
Popularity of the Name Alaina
Alaina has only been on the U.S. popularity charts since 1978, so it’s only been in use in America for less than 40 years. The name has been increasing in usage as the years progress, albeit slowly. The name is experiencing the height of its popularity right now as it dances more closely to the Top 200 list of most commonly used girl names. Still not super-popular, Alaina is not in danger of being overused. It is also one of those lesser thought of French names. French, yes. But as French sounding as names like Chloé or Camille? Not quite. Also, the spelling of Alaina renders it difficult to pronounce. Is it ah-LIE-na, ah-LAY-na or ah-LEE-na? This is something to consider. Your child may have to go through life correcting people. Not a big deal to some, but to others it is. Nonetheless, Alaina is a beautiful name like its Gaelic meaning suggests.
Popularity of the Girl Name Alaina
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alaina
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alaina
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Popular Songs on Alaina
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Alaina
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Famous People Named Alaina
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Children of Famous People Named Alaina
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Alaina - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Girl Name Alaina
The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.
Variations of the Baby Name - Alaina