Quick Facts on Haven
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Safe place; Sea port
Etymology & Historical Origin - Haven
Haven is an English vocabulary word, a noun that means “a place of shelter, safety” or a “refuge”. In Olde English the word hæfen was used to signify a haven, port or harbor, from the root element “hæf” meaning “sea”. Originally used to describe a harbor, or safe place for ships to anchor or dock, the word “haven” acquired its figurative meaning of “refuge” by the 12th century. Today when we use the word haven we’re exclusively referring to a protective place (as in a haven for wildlife). A haven is a place where people or animals can rest and flourish without the impediments of negative or hostile outside elements. As a female given name, Haven was probably coined in the same way that Heaven came to be used (or Eden or Zion for that matter). These are more symbolic place names rather than geographical ones. They connote a sense of peace and safety which are positive qualities any parent might wish for their beloved baby. Haven’s usage as a baby girl’s name is currently restricted to North America (the United States and Canada). It is sometimes, although rarely, bestowed on baby boys.
Popularity of the Name Haven
Haven first appeared on the American female naming charts in 1996 and jumped up to levels of pretty low moderation. It seems that’s where Haven is parking herself, at least for now. Although now that high-profile actress-turned-mother Jessica Alba named her second baby daughter Haven in 2011 we might see a good little boost in usage in the coming years. Alba’s name choice for her baby girl was more than just a pretty name. When little Haven was delivered into this world she was still inside mama’s amniotic sac (a rare event). Alba’s husband remarked that their new baby “was born in her safe haven” and right then, the name clicked! You have to admit, it’s a pretty meaningful story and a cute one at that. Haven is a serenely beautiful name without the religiosity of Heaven. Plus, it’s only given to about 500 baby girls per year, so it remains an underused and original choice.
Popularity of the Girl Name Haven
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Haven
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Haven
Haven We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Haven.
Popular Songs on Haven
Breath of Haven - a song by Vince Gill
Children's Books on the Baby Name Haven
Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand (Gail Carson Levine) - In this best-selling sequel to Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg, Newbery Honor–winning author Gail Carson Levine and illustrator David Christiana spin a riveting fairy tale about the dangers of dreams come true. The mermaid Soop has sent a flood to Fairy Haven! Water-talent fairy Rani must bring Soop a wand, or the Home Tree and all the Never fairies will be swept away. But wise Mother Dove isn’t sure which is worse, a wand or a flood. Wand wishes, tantalizing wand wishes, are risky. The most innocent wish can cause untold trouble. And not even Mother Dove knows that wands have hearts and minds—kind hearts or cruel hearts, sympathetic minds or minds filled with spite and mischief. Rani, Tinker Bell, and Ree, queen of the Never fairies, set out on a perilous quest for a wand, a journey that takes them across an ocean to the palace of the terrifying Great Wanded fairies. Many obstacles stand between the questers and success: Tink’s disappearance, a mermaid’s magical song, wand madness, and even Never Land itself. Meanwhile, the floodwaters are rising…Recommended for ages 6-9.
Haven's Heaven (Katie Grant) - This sweet story is full of adorable illustrations and questions Haven and her sister imagine Heaven is like. This book will quickly become a treasured favorite! Perfect as a bedtime story, in memory of someone special, or to help a grieving parent or child. Half of the net proceeds will be donated to three foundations chosen by the families who inspired the questions in this book. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Famous People Named Haven
Famous People Named Haven - Haven Gaston (model); Haven Gillespie (composer/lyricist); Haven Moses (football player)
Children of Famous People Named Haven
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Haven - Jessica Alba (actress); Lisa Whelchel (80s actress/Gospel singer); Schae Harrison (daytime actress, has a son named Haven)
Haven - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Haven - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Haven.
Personality of the Girl Name Haven
The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change. Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy. This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive.
Variations of the Baby Name - Haven