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Quick Facts on Preston

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 148
Simple meaning:
Priest settlement

Characteristics of Preston

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Preston

The name Preston is the transferred use of a surname which originated as a place name in England. Preston is derived from the Olde English words “prēost” meaning ‘priest’ and “tūn” meaning ‘settlement, enclosure.’ Therefore, the name essentially means Priest Town. Incidentally, there are many towns and places named Preston throughout the United Kingdom and the United States. Preston was adopted as a given name in the 19th century but appears mainly associated with North America.

Popularity of the Name Preston

Although it’s never achieved a spot on the Top 100 list of most-favored boys’ names in the United States, Preston has maintained a respectable position on the charts for over 100 years. After dipping to its lowest point of usage in the 1970s, Preston starts to demonstrate improvement in the 1980s. Although the name never really makes any significant jumps one way or the other in the past 20 years, it still appears to be following the trend of “Last Names First” in America. Considered a male name (it’s not on the charts for the girls) Preston still retains an androgynous sound that doesn’t make it distinctly masculine. Given its “priestly” origin, the name doesn’t give off a religious fervor either. Rather, Preston sounds like a genteel, aristocratic boy’s name loaded with English charm. Oh, and here’s a bit of trivia for you if you’re interested in this name: John James Preston is the full name of Mr. Big from the Sex and the City television series.
Popularity of the Boy Name Preston
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Preston

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Preston

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Preston

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

  • Popular Songs on Preston

    Popular Songs on Preston

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

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Preston

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Preston

    Hmm...Preston Pig (Colin McNaughton) - Mister Wolf is hungry! for a plump pig -- like Preston! Mister Wolf is considering getting a job so he can buy his dinner instead of having to go out and catch it! But what could he be! a footballer, a teacher, an astronaut? It's a difficult decision when all he's good at is eating pigs! Hmm! it's certainly food for thought! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Little Boo! Preston Pig (Colin McNaughton) - A board book featuring Preston Pig and Mister Wolf who are up to their antics again. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Little Suddenly! Preston Pig (Colin McNaughton) - A board book featuring Preston Pig and Mister Wolf who are up to their antics again. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Oomph! Preston Pig (Colin McNaughton) - Preston Pig makes another appearance, once again dogged by the tenacious Mr. Wolf. Preston and his parents head off for a week at the beach, where Preston literally bumps into a little porker named Maxine. When Preston says his nose hurts, Max "kisses it better." So starts a fabulous friendship that sees the two of them surfing and sunning, with a playful subtext: Will Max kiss Preston's nose again? Meanwhile, Mr. Wolf lurks in the background, trying to have a little fun and grab some pork. The sunny art with plenty of ocean greens and skies of blues has immediate appeal, as does the sweet, silly text. Unlike McNaughton's previous books, this one puts Mr. Wolf's shenanigans behind the main action, so it will take slightly older children to appreciate the simultaneous stories as well as the many asides that appear as balloon text. Fans of Preston will certainly be pleased. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Oops! Preston Pig (Colin McNaughton) - McNaughton has revamped "Little Red Riding Hood" with Preston's perfectly timed clumsiness and Mr. Wolf's forgetful memory. When the wolf observes the pig being sent off to visit Granny, he says, " hood, basket of food, Granny's house? That reminds me of a story, but which one?" He finally remembers his role and jumps through Grandma's window, ties her up, and pops Preston into a sack. As Mr. Wolf wonders about how the story ends, a turn of the page reveals Preston's father, holding a gleaming ax. The fast-paced text is sure to grab the attention of listeners. The oversized artwork, with its exaggerated features, is a feast for the eyes, bursting with a successful combination of fine detail and comic relief. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Preston's Goal! A Preston Pig Story (Colin McNaughton) - In the fourth adventure of bold and brash Preston, the intrepid pig takes his soccer ball when he's sent to get a loaf of bread. A most brilliant player, Preston scores one goal after another, totally oblivious of anyone or anything, including his nemesis, the wolf. As Preston dribbles along his merry way, destroying a flower garden here, knocking a bully down there, and sending the supermarket displays flying, the wolf takes the heat. Steamed at being a furry fall guy, the wolf pounces on the pig and the loaf, and in a double-page spread, he's seen smacking his lupine lips. Could this be the end of Preston Pig? Get this winning book, with enough slapstick fun for every young soccer fan, and find out. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Preston, the Not-So-Perfect-Pig (Janie Robinson) - Preston P. Piggington, an ordinary eight year old pig, is quite different from his refined family. He is a dirty and messy piglet! After discovering his family's frustration with him, he changes his ways and becomes a perfectly cultured pig. But Preston soon learns he is loved just the way he is. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Shh! (Don't Tell Mister Wolf) Preston Pig (Colin McNaughton) - Preston's fans and newcomers alike will delight in this, the sixth title about the playful porker and his archenemy. Indefatigable Mr. Wolf yet again stalks the young pig. Instead of finding him, he discovers other members of Preston's family and community. After each encounter, Mr. Wolf appears a little worse for wear until, by the end, he is dazed and covered in bandages. Meanwhile, Preston has been hiding under the flaps and he asks readers not to give him away. Children will enjoy being Preston's accomplice in outfoxing the villain. The flaps are easy to manipulate, but some of the smaller ones might hinder effective group reading. Still, the brief text printed in large, bold type and the simple, bright illustrations combine to make this new episode an enjoyable selection for one-on-one sharing. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Suddenly! A Preston Pig Story (Colin McNaughton) - Every time Preston "suddenly!" deviates from his path, he just misses being gobbled up by the big, bad wolf stalking the pink, plump pig. Clueless, Preston safely negotiates the walk home from school, going to the grocery store, returning to school to collect his grocery money, stopping at the park to play, collecting the groceries at the store, and coming home to his mother's arms. The incompetent wolf ends up being carried off to Wolf Hospital. The humor is visual, the mayhem is of the "Coyote and Roadrunner" cartoon variety, and the soft and sunny pastel-colored pencil-and-watercolor illustrations keep the mood light and jolly. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Preston

    Famous People Named Preston

    Famous People Named Preston - Preston Sturges (playwright); Preston Foster (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Preston

    Children of Famous People Named Preston

    Famous People who Named their Child Preston - Don Mattingly (baseball manager); Larry Hagman (actor); Mark Grace (baseball player)

  • Historic Figures

    Preston - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Preston

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Preston

  • No Variations Found.
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