Quick Facts on Blaise
- French, Latin
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Characteristics of Blaise
Etymology & Historical Origin - Blaise
Blaise is a French masculine name with Latin origins. The Latin “blasesus” means “lisping” so most likely the name developed as a cognomen (nickname) in ancient Rome. The name survived beyond Antiquity not because parents wanted to point out their children’s manner of thpeech but rather because of a notable early saint. One of the most common naming practices in the Middle Ages was to name one’s child after some venerated early saint around whom legends and cults became popularized during precarious medieval times (it was seen as a protective measure). Saint Blaise of Sebastea (modern-day Turkey) was a 4th century physician and a bishop. However, it wasn’t until much later in the 11th century during the Crusades when Western Christians were exposed to the saint’s legends (spreading usage of the name westward, particularly among the French). Legends regarding Saint Blaise’s miraculous ability to cure both the body and the spirit led to stories of wild animals arriving in herds to be healed by the pious saint. Blaise was martyred when the then-Emperor Licinius ordered all the Christians be killed during the pagan days of the Roman Empire. Blaise’s Feast Day is February 3 and he’s the patron saint of throat ailments (but could he cure lisping? We’re not sure). The most famous French name bearer in modern times was mathematician Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) who invented the adding machine (an early crude form of the calculator).
Popularity of the Name Blaise
Blaise is no longer a commonly used name in the Western World, but he still survives in the United States. The name appeared once in the 1950s and again in the 1960s, but for all intents and purposes, Blaise didn’t really return to the U.S. charts until 1996. Although he seems to be sticking around, the name remains at the bottom of the Top 1000 list and would be considered a rare choice by any definition. Not to mention he’s in competition with Blaze, too. Some parents find the spelling of Blaise as feminine (but trust us when we say, historically speaking, this is a boy’s name). Blaise also has some cultural connection with “wizardry” thanks to a Harry Potter (minor) Slytherin character or, several centuries ago, the name’s appearance in some versions of the Arthurian legends. Blaise is mentioned as the sorcerer Merlin’s master. Or should we say “math-ter”?
Popularity of the Boy Name Blaise
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Blaise
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Blaise
Blaise We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Blaise.
Popular Songs on Blaise
Blaise - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Blaise.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Blaise
A Piece of the Mountain: The Story of Blaise Pascal (Joyce Mcpherson) - A biography of one of the most important scientists and mathematicians of the 1600's. Not only was he a brilliant scientist, but he was converted to Christianity as an adult and became a devoted apologist for the Christian faith. Of special interest to home schooling families, this book recounts the recognition by Pascal's father of his remarkable talents and the provisions he made for his son's education - one of the earliest and most successful examples of home schooling! For Christians, the account of Pascal's conversion is particularly moving as well as Pascal's immediate response to share the Gospel with his father, his sister and even with the nobleman who was his financial patron. This book is written on a 5th-6th grade reading level, but younger children will enjoy having it read out loud to them. Recommended for ages 10-14.
Famous People Named Blaise
Famous People Named Blaise - Blaise Pascal (French mathematician); Blaise Cendrars (Swiss-French novelist); Blaise Nkufo (Swiss footballer); Blaise Garza (actor); Blaise Alexander (racecar driver); Blaise de Montluc (notable 16th century French soldier); Blaise Winter (football player); Jean-Blaise Martin (French opera singer); Blaise Ilsley (baseball player/coach)
Children of Famous People Named Blaise
Famous People Who Named Their Son Blaise - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Blaise.
Personality of the Boy Name Blaise
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Blaise