Boy Baby Name

Memphis

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Quick Facts on Memphis

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • American, Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 635
Pronunciation:
mem-FISS
Simple meaning:
Enduring and beautiful

Characteristics of Memphis

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Memphis

Memphis is the name of an ancient Egyptian capital established near the mouth of the Nile River delta circa 3000 B.C. Today the city is uninhabited and only ruins stand in its place reminding visitors of its glory days gone by. As the capital city of Lower Egypt, Memphis is said to have been founded by Pharaoh Menes (who is often credited for the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt) during the period of the Old Kingdom. The city went through various name changes until circa 1500 B.C. when it became known as “Men-nefer” which is Egyptian for “enduring and beautiful”. We get the name Memphis from the Greeks (Μέμφις) which is basically a corruption of the Egyptian name. It was believed that Ptah, the Egyptian god of craftsmanship, watched over Memphis as the city began to thrive under the production and distribution of food and merchandise. The city also flourished in commercial trade given its favorable location and proximity to the Nile River. It became a royal residence and a cultural center of Egypt’s ancient religious traditions. By Late Antiquity (circa 5th century A.D.) Memphis had already lost all of its economic power and cultural significance to Alexandria. By the time the Romans arrived, Memphis was a mere passing memory, abandoned and left in ruins. Today it is nothing more than an open-air archeological museum. Interestingly, when the American city of Memphis, Tennessee was founded along the shores of the mighty Mississippi River in 1819, it was aptly named after Memphis, Egypt which itself was situated along the Nile River. As a given name, Memphis is a 21st invention and generally considered unisex (although it’s not used for baby girls frequently enough to land her a spot on the Top 1000 list). Mainly used in the United States (and occasionally Australia), Memphis is more often considered masculine.

Popularity of the Name Memphis

It’s unclear what triggered the usage of Memphis suddenly in America. It only first appeared on the charts in 2006 (and has yet to appear on the female naming charts). Perhaps the name is being bestowed in honor of Elvis Presley’s birthplace Memphis, Tennessee, or perhaps (and probably more likely) it’s just following the trend of using geographical place names as forenames. For boys we see names like Austin, Carson and Dallas. For girls we’re familiar with Savannah, Brooklyn and Madison. Memphis is a natural follower. U2 front man Bono (b. Paul Hewson) was way ahead of the trend when he named his second daughter Memphis Eve in 1991. Oddly enough, Memphis still hasn’t caught on for girls (and we secretly like this moniker better for females – it just sounds more feminine to us). The thing that’s awkward about Memphis is that it doesn’t shorten easily to any pet form. As a place name it’s not as popular as the ones we mentioned above, so from this perspective it’s a much more original choice. The “enduring and beautiful” etymology is very lovely (again supporting our notion that Memphis feels more female).
Popularity of the Boy Name Memphis
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Memphis

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Memphis

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Memphis

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

  • Popular Songs on Memphis

    Popular Songs on Memphis

    18 Miles to Memphis - a song by the Stray Cats

    Back to Memphis - a song by Billy Ray Cyrus

    Can't Go Back To Memphis - a song by the Stray Cats

    Cinco De Mayo In Memphis - a song by Jimmy Buffett

    Don't Mention Memphis - a song by Tim McGraw

    Going To Memphis - a song by Johnny Cash

    Halfway To Memphis - a song by Sammy Hagar

    I've Been to Memphis - a song by Lyle Lovett

    Letter to Memphis - a song by the Pixies

    Mama I've Got to Go to Memphis - by Merle Haggard

    Meet Me In Memphis - a song by Jimmy Buffett

    Memphis - a song by the Hollies

    Memphis - a song by Joe Jackson

    Memphis - a song by Peter Tosh & the Upsetters

    Memphis Beat - a song by Jerry Lee Lewis

    Memphis Flyer - a song by Neil Diamond

    Memphis in June - a song by Nina Simone

    Memphis in Your Mind - a song by Ringo Starr

    Memphis Lives in Me - a song by Bon Jovi

    Memphis Midnight/Memphis Morning - by Lyle Lovett

    Memphis Pearl - a song by Lucinda Williams

    Memphis Tennessee - a song by Chuck Berry

    Memphis Tennessee - a song by Elvis Presley

    Memphis Time - a song by the Gin Blossoms

    Midnight in Memphis - a song by Bette Midler

    Midnight Train To Memphis - a song by Kid Rock

    Montgomery To Memphis - a song by Lee Ann Womack

    Move to Memphis - a song by A-Ha

    Music Makin' Mama from Memphis - a song by Hank Snow

    Night Train to Memphis - a song by Hank Williams, Jr.

    The Wrong Side of Memphis - a song by Trisha Yearwood

    Walking in Memphis - a song by Cher

    Walking in Memphis - a song by Marc Cohn

    Wrong Side of Memphis - a song by Trisha Yearwood

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Memphis

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Memphis

    Memphis - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Memphis.

  • Famous People Named Memphis

    Famous People Named Memphis

    Famous People Named Memphis - Memphis Bleek (rapper); Memphis Monroe (porn star)

  • Children of Famous People Named Memphis

    Children of Famous People Named Memphis

    Famous People Who Named Their Child Memphis - Bono (musician with U2, named his daughter Memphis)

  • Historic Figures

    Memphis - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Memphis

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Memphis

  • No Variations Found.
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