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Etymology & Historical Origin - Archer
Archer is the transferred use of an English surname originating as an occupation name to signify one who made a profession out of being a bowman. The word comes directly from the Old French “archier” from the Latin “arcus” meaning “bow”. In medieval England, archery would have been practiced for the purposes of hunting, combat and/or sport. In fact, the invention of the English/Welsh longbow in the 14th century proved effective for England during the Hundred Years’ War against the French, so the archers who were skilled in their usage were greatly valued as protectors of their countrymen. The first recorded spelling of the surname came in the form of “L’archier” in the 12th century. After the invention of firearms, the bow and arrow was abandoned as a now less effective weapon in war. Archery was revived by the English upper-classes in the 18th century as a fashionable sport. Today, bowmen compete in field archery and/or bow hunting competitions across North American and Europe. Some well-known archers you’re probably familiar with: Diana (goddess of the hunt) and Cupid (god of love) from Roman mythology; Apollo, Artemis and Eros from Greek mythology; Robin Hood and William Tell; and Native American Indians. Archery is one of those talents hearkening back to the days of yore and the surname was probably one which was worn with pride. As a surname-turned-first-name, Archer is a pretty modern choice and most popular in Australia and America.
Popularity of the Name Archer
Although we see Archer on the American male naming charts back in the late 1800s, the name was so rare that it hardly made notice. For all intents and purposes, Archer didn’t really come to the party until 2009. Within a few short years, Archer has risen from complete obscurity to levels of relative moderation. We expect this one to improve even more as the years advance and believe it will soon become an ultra-trendy favorite. Archer is great alternative to Asher, for instance, while coming across as stronger and more masculine. As a surname derived from an occupation, Archer is more refined and sophisticated than, say, names like Gunner and Hunter. In general, surnames ending in “-er” are quite popular: Tyler, Carter, Hunter, Parker and Cooper are all Top 100 favorites right now (all of which originated as occupational surnames just like Archer). We think this little bowman may have his eye on the top of the charts. It’s just a matter of time, so you may want to get in front of the trend right away before your son’s kindergarten class fills up with a bunch of little Archers! We also think Archie is a cute nickname. Lastly, consider Archer as a name perfectly suited for any baby born under the sign of Sagittarius (their astrological symbol happens to be the Archer representing the quest for both knowledge and adventure). Not surprisingly, Archer is also a Number 8 in numerology: the people who generally take aim and hit the bull’s-eye every time.
Popularity of the Boy Name Archer
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Archer
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Archer
Newland Archer (The Age of Innocence) Newland Archer is the protagonist of Edith Wharton’s 1920 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Age of Innocence, played most fittingly by Daniel Day-Lewis in the 1993 film version. Newland is a somewhat superior gentleman lawyer, a member of one of New York’s finest families in 19th century New York, who is happily engaged to be married to the lovely and innocent May Welland. Enter Countess Ellen Olenska, May’s sophisticated cousin from Europe, trailing the whiff of scandal with her and, well, things turn somewhat away from innocence. Newland begins to be intrigued by, and then enchanted by, Ellen, while still feeling the pull of his society-approved connection to May. Although he goes through with the planned marriage, Ellen looms larger and larger in his emotional life, until he is reduced to pining for her as a mistress. When May announces her pregnancy, Newland does “the right thing”; Ellen leaves for Europe and all settle into their pre-ordained lives. Was the price too high? Were the rewards enough? Will true love ever win? These are enormous, if elemental, life questions, and they are all tackled, if not necessarily answered. In the end, you are the judge; is Newland Archer victim or conqueror?
Popular Songs on Archer
Dream of the Archer - a song by Heart
Teen Archer - a song by Blue Oyster Cult
The Spanish Archer - a song by Deep Purple
Children's Books on the Baby Name Archer
Archer's Quest (Linda Sue Park) - Twelve-year-old Kevin, A Korean American math whiz, is shocked beyond belief when a young man, complete with bow and arrows, crash lands in his bedroom. And that’s just the beginning. The man, called Skillful Archer, claims to be a legendary ruler from ancient Korea. While Kevin tries explaining contemporary life to the man he nicknames Archie, the young ruler teaches Kevin about focusing his thoughts in an attempt to help him return to his kingdom. There’s not a moment to lose as Kevin uses Korean history and folktales, math, and the Chinese Zodiac to help his friend travel back through time before the Year of the Tiger ends. If Archie can’t get home, history will be forever changed. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Archers, Alchemists, and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed (Priscilla Galloway) - A fascinating guide to strange-but-true jobs. If you could go back in time to the Middle Ages, what do you think you would be? A bold knight? A Princess? A Cardinal? In reality, most people did jobs we can barely imagine today. Barbers cut off beards...and sickly limbs; illuminators painstakingly decorated books with gold and silver for their rich lords; gong farmers cleaned out latrines and sorted through the excrement for dropped treasure, like pennies or buttons! This fascinating and original guide presents 100 careers, described with historical accuracy and the author's renowned wit. Sidebars expound on intriguing elements of medieval life, including the Bayeux Tapestry, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, medieval cosmetics, and torture techniques! This book is richly detailed with humorous illustrations that invite exploration and discovery. Recommended for ages 9-12.
The Spirit Archer (Mike Evers) - Some secrets are meant to be shared; and a boy’s encounter with England’s most legendary archer will change his life forever. In 1237, a man journeys to a priory in Yorkshire to seek refuge and treatment for battle wounds. He is betrayed and murdered. His final, dying act is to fire an arrow through a window, asking to be buried where it lands. Nearly eight hundred years later, a schoolboy’s incredible discovery will lead to a friendship that will alter his life forever. And he’ll hear some tales and secrets of England’s most legendary archer of all. Recommended for ages 8-11.
Famous People Named Archer
Famous People Named Archer - Archer John Porter Martin (Nobel Prize winner, chemistry)
Children of Famous People Named Archer
Famous People Who Named Their Son Archer - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Archer.
Archer - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Archer - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Archer.
Personality of the Boy Name Archer
The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done. They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.
Variations of the Baby Name - Archer