Quick Facts on Randy
- English, Nordic
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Shield of the wolf
Etymology & Historical Origin - Randy
Randy is the diminutive form of the masculine names Randall or Randolph. Randolph originated from the Old Norse Randúlfr, from the components “rand” meaning ‘rim of a shield’ and “úlfr” meaning ‘wolf’. The French Normans brought the name to England, although it may have already existed through the presence of Viking invaders and Scandinavian settlers pre 11th century. Randall became a medieval nickname in England which eventually transferred into a surname. Randy is a pet form of both Randolph and Randall. It is also sometimes used as a pet form of the female name Miranda.
Popularity of the Name Randy
Randy has long been used as a pet form of Randolph and Randall in the United States. However, as an independently given name, Randy first appeared on the male naming charts in 1935. This short form took off in popularity pretty quickly and hit the Top 100 list by 1948. The height of Randy’s fashionable use came in the 1950s and 60s when it was often a Top 50 pick for little boys. As such, Randy is a distinctive mid-century name. It fell off the Top 100 in 1985 and has been going backwards on the charts ever since. Other similar 1950s styles of names (Larry, Terry, Jerry and Ricky) have had a similar experience on the charts. That is to say, they have become outdated in today’s naming fashions. Nicknames as names based on current trends are more about Jack, Sam, Max and Ben. One of the things to be aware of when it comes to the name Randy is that it’s a colloquial term in England for ‘horny’. Maybe that’s part of its charm for some parents. Who knows?
Popularity of the Boy Name Randy
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Randy
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Randy
Randy We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Randy.
Popular Songs on Randy
Cousin Randy - a song by the Infectious Grooves
Fat Randy - a song by Voodoo Glow Skulls
Randy - a song by Cat Stevens
Randy - a song by Dolly Parton
Randy Described Eternity - a song by Built To Spill
Randy I Don't Need You - a song by Randy
Randy Scouse Git - a song by The Monkees
Children's Books on the Baby Name Randy
Randy Kazandy, Where Are Your Glasses? (Rhonda Fischer) - Randy Kazandy, Where Are Your Glasses? was rated the best children's book for the fall through SheKnows magazine. The book is helping kids all around the nation adjust to eyeglasses in a fun and clever way. Randy's motto of loving himself is reflected into the minds of children as they read this musical rhyme over and over again. Randy doesn't like glasses but his mom is a detective and keeps her keen eye on her rambunctious child. Mom is like a rocket who takes off into action as Randy tries to ditch his specs at every turn. Mom is loaded and ready to fire by bringing out a new pair of glasses, then another pair, then another. Will she win this war with Randy? Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Randy
Famous People Named Randy - Randy Travis (country musician); Randy Jackson (American Idol judge); Randy Newman (musician); Randy Johnson (baseball player); Randy White (football player); Randy Quaid (actor); Randy Moss (football player); Randy Orton (wrestler); Randy Owens (musician); Randy Jackson (member of the Jackson 5); Randy Jackson (baseball player); Randy Johnson (baseball player)
Children of Famous People Named Randy
Famous People Who Named Their Son Randy - Aaron Spelling (TV producer); Judy Blume (author)
Randy - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Randy - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Randy.
Personality of the Boy Name Randy
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 - Randy