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Etymology & Historical Origin - Blaine
Blaine is the anglicized version of the Scottish-Gaelic personal name Bláan which had its origins as a nickname, a diminutive of the Gaelic “blá” meaning “yellow”, probably given to a blonde or yellow-faired fellow. The name was made famous by a 6th century Scottish saint, Saint Bláan, who was born on the western Scottish Isle of Bute. Educated in Ireland, Bláan returned to Scotland to perform Christian missionary work among the ancient pagan Picts (a now extinct Scottish/Celtic tribe). Saint Bláan became legendary among the Scots for miraculously bringing a dead boy back to life. Remarkably, ruins of St. Bláan’s ancient church in Bute still stand today; it is also where the venerated saint (who died in 590) is buried. The name Bláan has since been anglicized to Blane and Blaine. Outside of Scotland, the name gained wider usage by the 19th century.
Popularity of the Name Blaine
Blaine has a long history of usage in the United States dating all the way back to the late 19th century. Not only that, but since the early 20th century, Blaine is a name that has enjoyed moderate and consistent usage. Never super popular, overused or trendy, Blaine remains a familiar yet original choice today. We don’t know why exactly but Blaine sounds so refined and upper-class. This simple one-syllable gently handsome name is loaded with ancient Scottish charm. Blair and Blaine are names that just conjure up an image of schoolboys at the high-brow prep-school Eton in England. Some might even argue pretentious. Remember the character Blane in the 1986 teenage-angst film “Pretty in Pink”? Played by a young Andrew McCarthy, Blane was a “preppie” rich kid whose snobby friends foiled his attempts at forming a romantic relationship with a working-class girl (played by Molly Ringwald). Classic 1980s stuff. Some parents might find Blaine a little too “plain” or edging too close into the unisex category. However, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, has helped to remind parents just how cool a name like Blaine is. Furthermore, the “yellow” etymology feels symbolic of brightness and happiness, like sunshine. A great choice for a blonde baby boy of Scottish heritage.
Popularity of the Boy Name Blaine
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Blaine
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Blaine
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Popular Songs on Blaine
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Blaine
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Famous People Named Blaine
Famous People Named Blaine - Blaine Gabbert (football player)
Children of Famous People Named Blaine
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Personality of the Boy Name Blaine
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Blaine