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Quick Facts on Drake

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 285
Simple meaning:
Dragon, snake

Characteristics of Drake

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Drake

The name Drake is the transferred use of a surname of Anglo-Saxon origin which developed from a nickname. In Olde English the word “Draca” meant ‘dragon, snake’ which became Drake in Middle English. In Old Norse, the word “draci” meant the same thing. All of these words were ultimately derived from the Latin “draco” meaning ‘snake or monster.’ It was used as a nickname in pre-7th century England, presumably for a person formidable and fearsome in battle. As with many English surnames developed in England following the 11th century Norman Conquest, Drake originated from a nickname (rather than a place name or occupational name). Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596) is perhaps the most famous name-bearer. He is most notable for being the second person and the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe (Ferdinand Magellan was the first), for which he received knighthood directly from Queen Elizabeth I herself. Drake was also known for helping to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588. The usage of Drake as a male given name is mostly distinct to the United States and a relatively recent coinage.

Popularity of the Name Drake

The name Drake first appeared on the U.S. naming charts for boys in 1961. During the 1960s and 70s the name was so rarely used that it jumped on and off the charts for about 25 years. The name finally stuck and grew on the charts in the mid-1980s, right around the time that using Last Names as First Names became a popular trend in America. By the 21st century, the name appeared to have reached a plateau with very moderate usage. In 2010, however, Drake managed to squeeze onto the Top 200 list of most commonly used boy names. It’s difficult to say where the name might go from here; we’ll have to wait and see. As a one-syllable name, Drake is easy to say and simple to spell. It’s strong and straight-forward. We like the connection to the English explorer, lending the name added currency even if Sir Francis Drake was legendary for his rather (eh-hem) draconian exploits. Mighty like a Dragon who spits fire, perhaps this is a good choice for a feisty little fire sign (Aries, Leo or Sagittarius). Drake is a strong, confident and smart choice. Particularly for parents who like the “Last-Name-First” style of naming.
Popularity of the Boy Name Drake
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Drake

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Drake

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Drake

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

  • Popular Songs on Drake

    Popular Songs on Drake

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

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Drake

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Drake

    Drake Bell & Josh Peck (Joanne Mattern) - Drake Bell and Josh Peck grew up on opposite sides of the country, but they came together when they both appeared Nickelodeon s The Amanda Show. In time, the boys became fast friends as well as costars of their own television show, Drake and Josh. Along the way, they faced illnesses, injuries, poverty, and other hard times, but their love of comedy and performing helped them achieve their dream. Follow Drake and Josh s journey in this exciting biography, and see how these talented young men overcame life s difficulties and discovered fame, fortune, and a wonderful friendship. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Sir Francis Drake: His Daring Deeds (Roy Gerrard) - The Booklist says: "Action-packed watercolors embellish the tongue-in-cheek account with rollicking visual humor. Rarely is history recalled with such verve or inspired liberty." And the School Library Journal says "A book that children will love to discover and explore." Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Sea King: Sir Francis Drake and His Times (Albert Marrin) - In this lively, detailed account of his adventurous life, Sir Francis Drake is firmly set within the context of his times--and what times they were! From his circumnavigation of the globe (1577^-1580) to his days as a privateer to his part in the defeat of the Spanish Armada, Drake cuts a dramatic figure. Quotations, meticulously attributed in the source notes, bring an immediacy sometimes lacking in biographies. Not every reader, though, will appreciate the many scenes of "execution and torments," whether they appear in quotation marks or not. Numerous black-and-white reproductions of period paintings, engravings, and maps appear throughout the book. Recommended for ages 10-16.

  • Famous People Named Drake

    Famous People Named Drake

    Famous People Named Drake - Drake Bell (actor); Drake Hogestyn (soap opera actor); Drake Berehowsky (hockey player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Drake

    Children of Famous People Named Drake

    Famous People who Named their Child Drake - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Drake.

  • Historic Figures

    Drake - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596) - Sir Francis Drake was hands-down the most renowned seaman of the Elizabethan Age. Born in England, Drake’s father abandoned the family and young Francis was brought up among relatives in Plymouth who combined vocations as merchants and pirates. He enlisted in the family fleet by the time he was 18 and participated in the seizing and plundering of ships off the French coast. By his late 20s, Drake was in command of his own ship involved in slave-trading in the Spanish colonies of the Caribbean. Not the most honorable of starts in the world, his lowly beginnings would forever make him disrespected by his other “well-born” contemporaries. A couple of bad experiences with the Spanish during Drake’s voyages to the West Indies made him vow for revenge and retribution; the Spanish would become his archenemies forever. This brought him to the attention of the Queen who would finance his next voyage and give him implicit permission to plunder away. Drake set sail for America set on Panama where he successfully attacked a silver-bearing mule train which made him both famous and rich. On this trip he also viewed the Pacific Ocean from Panama and became intent upon sailing an English ship on those seas. In 1577 he was chosen to lead a circumnavigation expedition financed by the Queen Elizabeth herself which he also used as a successful pirating adventure that made his future fortune permanent. He would return three years later in 1580 on his ship the Golden Hind (nee Pelican) and Queen Elizabeth came aboard to knight him. He was also made mayor of Plymouth. As hostilities broke out again with Spain, Elizabeth would call on him to “impeach the provisions of Spain.” With a fleet of 30 ships, Drake stormed the Spanish harbor of Cádiz and destroyed critical vessels and supplies meant for the Armada. This action would weaken the Armada in their later battles with the English, thus helping the English to defeat them. In summary, Drake was a fearless if ethically questionable man. It’s no surprise that the Spaniards referred to him as Franciscus Draco, or 'Francis the Dragon.'

Personality of the Boy Name Drake

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 - Drake

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