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Quick Facts on Blake

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 75
Simple meaning:
Black and white

Characteristics of Blake

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Blake

Blake originated as a surname in England derived from a nickname. The etymology of the name is totally contradictory. There are two Olde English words “blæc” meaning “black” and “blāc” meaning “white, pale.” Odd though it may seem, both words likely derive their meanings from the same Proto-Indo-European root *bhleg- "to burn, gleam, shine, flash" – hence, “burned” (dark) and “shine, flash” (light, colorless). In essence, the surname originated from two distinct nicknames that signified a person with hair or skin color that was either remarkably dark (as in the Celts) or extremely pale (as in the Anglo-Saxons). Eventually, the nicknames came together to form the same last name Blake. As English surnames started to develop in the 11th century (as a means of identification for the purposes of taxation), they were either created from a man’s occupation, the town in which he was born, a nickname, or one passed down from the father’s or mother’s personal name. Blake is an example of a surname derived from a nickname; one which first appeared in the 12th century rendered as “le Blake” in Devonshire. It was also an early surname in the New World in the 17th century, specifically in the settlement of Virginia. It’s unclear when Blake transferred into a masculine forename, but we do know it’s a reasonably popular one in Canada, Australia, the United States, England and Scotland. In America, we also use the name Blake for girls (but at a much lower rate).

Popularity of the Name Blake

For boys, the name Blake is experiencing some of its highest usage right now. Having achieved a place on America’s coveted Top 100 list of favorite baby boy names in 1989, Blake has hit a plateau of sorts, averaging around position #85 for the past twenty years. Interestingly, the name got a little bump up the charts (120 places) between 1981 and 1982, representing its quickest advancement in popularity to-date. These were the early years of the very popular TV series, “Dynasty” in which the patriarch of the fabulously wealthy family is named Blake Carrington. Blake is a good, solid choice for a one-syllable name, and a great name for a little male Gemini – given the name’s “yin and yang” etymology, thus representing the dual nature of the twin. Even though it’s considered a male name, it doesn’t feel particularly masculine. The young, popular actress, Blake Lively, may get parents to reconsider.
Popularity of the Boy Name Blake
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Blake

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Blake

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Blake

    Blake We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Blake.

  • Popular Songs on Blake

    Popular Songs on Blake

    Blake - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Blake.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Blake

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Blake

    A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers (Nancy Willard) - The Newbery Medal-winning, Caldecott Honor book about an imaginary inn belonging to William Blake, where remarkable guests are attended by an even more remarkable staff. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Poetry for Young People: William Blake (John Maynard) - Maynard opens with an account of Blake's life and a persuasive explanation of why he is worth knowing, then supplies brief commentary for each poem. He mixes such familiar selections as "The Lamb" and "The Tyger" with less well-known poems, all of which are ccompanied by beautiful illustrations. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Adventures of Blake & Mortimer (Yves Sente) - The main protagonists of the adventures are Philip Mortimer, a leading British scientist, and his friend Captain Francis Blake of MI5. The main antagonist is their sworn enemy, Colonel Olrik, who has appeared in all but one of the books. Their confrontations take them into the realms of detective investigation and science-fiction, dealing with such themes as time travel, Atlantis and espionage. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Blake

    Famous People Named Blake

    Famous People Named Blake - Blake Lively (actress); Blake Edwards (director); Blake Shelton (country musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Blake

    Children of Famous People Named Blake

    Famous People who Named their Child Blake - Bobby Hull (hockey player); Brent Musberger (sportscaster); Rosie O'Donnell (TV personality)

  • Historic Figures

    Blake - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Blake - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Blake.

Personality of the Boy Name Blake

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Blake

  • No Variations Found.
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