Quick Facts on Aspen
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Aspen
Aspen is the English vocabulary word denoting a type of poplar tree, the aspen tree; from the Olde English “æspe”. Aspen trees are native to the cool northern climates of the Northern Hemisphere, but extend south to mountainous regions with high altitudes. The aspen generally grows to reach between 50 and 100 ft. in height, and, although they dwell in colder climates, they flourish with direct sunlight. What makes an aspen tree unique is its ability to quickly take root and reproduce itself. Its complex root system allows the tree to spread underground great distances from the “parent” tree and sprout up more trees (creating a grove from a single specimen). As old trees die, new trunks will spring up. It’s for this reason that certain aspen groves are considered among the oldest living organisms originating from continuous colonies derived from a single “parent” tree. For instance, the “Pando” colony in south central Utah is estimated to be 80,000 years old (considered one of the oldest and largest living organisms in the world!). The Latin word “pando” aptly means “I spread”. Aside from their unique root system and hearty reproduction, aspen trees are also known for the pleasant, gentle sound they make. The quivering, shimmery leaves of the aspen gracefully rustle in even the lightest of winds. In the autumn, the leaves leap from their branches in vivid colors of yellow, orange and red. In terms of mythological symbolism, the aspen tree represents one’s ability to overcome fears and doubt in the face of change. The indomitable aspen will persist with tenacious determination. The aspen tree also symbolize the strength and power of community as represented by the large colonies or groves created by one single organism (united as one). As a female given name, Aspen is new to the “tree” names for girls (e.g., Willow, Olive, Laurel, Holly and Hazel). It is also most commonly used in the United States.
Popularity of the Name Aspen
Aspen first sprouted up on the female naming charts pretty recently in 1993. Within five years the name climbed from complete obscurity to levels of low moderation. This is where she appears to be rooting herself for now. In terms of “tree” names for girls, Willow is the most popular today, followed by Hazel. Even the Olive and Holly trees have grown higher than the Aspen on the American popularity charts. But the Aspen tree is now more popular than the Laurel or Magnolia trees. Since the aspen is so familiar to Americans living in states where the Rockies or Sierra Nevada mountain ranges cut through, we weren’t surprised to learn that Aspen is currently a Top 100 favorite girl’s name in the high-altitude states of Wyoming, Montana, Utah and Idaho. Many people think the name Aspen is trendy, but it really isn’t, and never has been. It may be a trendy choice among the mountaineering or camping and nature-loving crowd whose children share names like Aspen, Canyon and Sierra. But truth be told, Aspen is really only given to less than 600 baby girls per year compared to the 22,000 Sophias! That’s not a whole lot; Aspen is still an original choice. Some people see Aspen as a gender-neutral name, but for us, the aspen tree has a certain delicate, feminine beauty despite its perpetually vigorous nature.
Popularity of the Girl Name Aspen
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Aspen
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Aspen
Aspen We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Aspen.
Popular Songs on Aspen
Aspen/These Days - a song by Dan Fogelberg
Starwood In Aspen - a song by John Denver
Children's Books on the Baby Name Aspen
A is for Aspen (Maria Kernahan) - Kindle edition. A is for Aspen is the new and charming picture book that explores Aspen through short, sweet rhymes. Clean, graphic illustrations explore this iconic town with interesting tidbits, locals' customs and a few tucked-away animals. A keepsake for any local or visitor. Designed to take advantage of Kindle Fire's vivid colors and landscape orientation. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Quaking Aspens (Bonnie Holmes) - From the Nature Watch series. Quaking Aspens describes the life-cycle of the quaking aspen, its role in the ecosystem, and the threat to aspens from animals and people. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Famous People Named Aspen
Famous People Named Aspen - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Aspen.
Children of Famous People Named Aspen
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Aspen - Ty England (country musician)
Aspen - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Aspen - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Aspen.
Personality of the Girl Name Aspen
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Aspen