Quick Facts on Destiny
- African-American, French, Latin
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To determine, fate
Characteristics of Destiny
Etymology & Historical Origin - Destiny
Destiny is a vocabulary word which indicates somebody’s preordained future (i.e., fate) or an inner purpose of life that can be actively discovered and carried out. The name suggests the “power of fate” from a religious perspective, or an idea that there exists a fixed natural order in the universe from a secular point of view. The word originates from the Old French “destinee,” a derivative of the Latin “destinata” meaning ‘to determine.’
Popularity of the Name Destiny
The name Destiny debuted on the U.S. popularity charts in 1975 and climbed very steadily until it hit the Top 100 in 1994. The name’s peak of popularity (position #22) happened in 2001. The popular singer, Beyoncé Knowles, was originally in a girl’s group called “Destiny’s Child” between 1997 and 2006. These years mirror the height of the name Destiny on the U.S. popularity graph. To further cement the name into contemporary pop-culture, Destiny Hope is the birth name of Disney sweetheart and iconic pop-star, Miley Cyrus, born in 1992. In the year 2010, the name Destiny was tied with Alyssa as the 9th most popular girl’s name among African-Americans. Naming a child Destiny is a lovely way for parents to place their future hopes on and dreams for their daughters.
Popularity of the Girl Name Destiny
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Destiny
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Destiny
The Moirae (Greek Mythology) In Greek Mythology, the goddess of Destiny is known as the Moirae (Roman equivalent: Parcae). The name Moriae comes from a Greek word meaning “the apportioners” but they are most often referred to as The Fates (there were three of them). They created and controlled the thread of life for all mortals at their birth. Even the gods feared the Moirae so powerful were these women/goddesses! They were known only to obey the king of gods, Zeus. Each Fate had a job to do: One spun the life on her spindle, one measured and allotted the life, and one was the inevitable cutter of the thread to end the life. It is said that young brides in ancient Greece would offer the Moirae locks of their hair in an effort to gain favor with them.
Popular Songs on Destiny
Destiny - a song by Simple Minds
Destiny - a song by Stevie Nicks
Destiny - a song by The Jackson 5
Destiny - a song by Lenny Kravitz
Destiny - a song by Gloria Estefan
Destiny - a song by Zero 7
Destiny - a song by Bo Steele & Ben Rubino
Destiny - a song by Jim Brickman
Destiny - a song by Dave Hollister
Destiny Rules - a song by Fleetwood Mac
Destiny's Child - a song by Waylon Jennings
Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny) - a song by A.R. Rahman
My Destiny - a song by Lionel Richie
You Are My Destiny - a song by Paul Anka
Children's Books on the Baby Name Destiny
Beatle Meets Destiny (Gabrielle Williams) - Imagine your name is John Lennon, only everyone calls you Beatle. And then you meet your Dream girl and her name is Destiny McCartney. But what if you're already with the perfect girl? Recommended for ages 13-18.
Destiny (Vicki Grove) - Destiny needs a job. So when Destiny's favorite teacher finds her a job reading to the elderly Mrs. Peck in the big stone house surrounded by gardens, Destiny's world turns upside down. With Mrs. Peck, Destiny discovers worlds she never knew: ancient Greece and Rome. But she also discovers something that will shed light on her family's darkest secrets -- something that ties her closer to Mrs. Peck than she would have imagined. Recommended for ages 9-14.
Famous People Named Destiny
Famous People Named Destiny - Miley Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus, actress/pop-star)
Children of Famous People Named Destiny
Famous People who Named their Daughter Destiny - Billy Ray Cyrus (singer)
Destiny - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Destiny - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Destiny.
Personality of the Girl Name Destiny
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Destiny