Quick Facts on Reagan
- Celtic, Gaelic, Irish
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- Ranking popularity:
RAY-gin or REE-gin
Characteristics of Reagan
Etymology & Historical Origin - Reagan
Reagan is an Irish surname which has transformed into a unisex first name in modern times. The clan name Ó Riagáin indicates a descendent of Riagán. The personal name Riagán developed from the Irish-Gaelic "riodhgach" meaning “impulsive”. The Ó Riagáins were widespread in medieval Irish kingdoms and important because they were very active against the Viking invaders. As a given name, Reagan became popularized in the United States some say in honor of America’s 40th President Ronald Reagan. However, the name Reagan appeared on the U.S. charts for baby girls before Reagan’s term. Its initial usage was probably more in response to the emerging popularity of Irish names in the 1970s. This name is also commonly pronounced two different ways: RAY-gin and REE-gin.
Popularity of the Name Reagan
Reagan is a given name used for both girls and boys in the United States, although it’s quite a bit more popular for girls. In fact, we expect the name to drop off the boy’s Top 1000 list in the next couple of years (which basically means the name has such low usage for baby boys in America now it’s barely detectable). It just hasn’t managed to take hold as a male name. For females, however, the story is a bit different. Reagan debuted on the female popularity charts in 1975, perhaps inspired by the character of Regan MacNeil in the classic horror film “The Exorcist” (released at the end of 1973). 1975 also marks the year Ronald Reagan left the office of Governor of the state of California. Mostly, though, we think parents were inspired by the “Irishness” of the name. Reagan slipped off the female charts for a while, but returned in the early 1990s, jumping over 600 positions on the girl’s naming charts in five short years. The next significant jump came in 2004, the year Ronald Reagan died. Reagan has yet to secure a spot on the Top 100 list of most favored girl name but it looks to be headed that way. For boys, Reagan first appeared on the charts in 1996 and has not seen the same successful usage as his female counterpart. Despite the likely association with our 40th U.S. President, Reagan still has a simplistic elegance as a female name. We also like the “impulsive” meaning behind this name – it’s charmingly appropriate for those feisty Irish natures.
Popularity of the Boy Name Reagan
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Reagan
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Reagan
Reagan We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Reagan.
Popular Songs on Reagan
Old Mother Reagan - a song by the Violent Femmes
Reagan Knew - a song by Mucky Pop
Reagan Sucks - a song by NOFX
Reagan Youth - a song by Reagan Youth
Children's Books on the Baby Name Reagan
Reagan (Jacky Gray) - Kindle. Reagan, the chosen boy who decodes the mysteries of white horses, crop circles and ley lines to save his people. Reagan didn't think he was anything special, lots of boys could sense ley lines and knew the healing properties of plants and trees. Whatever he did would never be good enough for his mother, not even when he won the Garlanding or scored 100% on his graduation tests. With the help of his white horse and spirit guide, Blaise, and a master trainer, Kalen, he tries to determine the position of the next white horse. After an unsteady start they were aided in their quest by Reeve, daughter of the leading authority on white horses. Reagan's mathematical skills help him to decode the complex patterns of ley lines and crop circles but it becomes a race against time as the dangerous accidents in the village lead to more serious casualties. Can Archer help him to find the missing pieces of the puzzle or will Reagan's perilous gift destroy him as it destroyed so many other chosen children? Recommended for ages uncertain.
Ronald Reagan: Young Leader (Montrew Dunham) - From “The Childhood of Famous Americans” Series. One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily read by children of eight and up -- today's youngster is swept right into history. Recommended for ages 8-12.
The Story of Ronald Reagan (Ben Mahan) - This title is suitable for children of ages 18 months to 5 years. President Reagan is emerging as perhaps one of the most popular US presidents of modern time, and this little story, of only about 200 words, tells his story in a way toddlers can understand. Here is Reagan as the lifeguard who saved over seventy people from drowning. Here is the Reagan who starred in the movies, once with Bonzo, the chimp. And here is the Reagan who, when he was shot, quipped 'I forgot to duck'. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Reagan
Famous People Named Reagan - Reagan Gomez-Preston (actress); Reagan Maui'a (football player)
Children of Famous People Named Reagan
Famous People Who Named Their Child Reagan - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Reagan.
Reagan - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Ronald Reagan (6 Feb 1911 – 5 Jun 2004) - "The Great Communicator" and former Hollywood actor knew just how to speak rhetoric to the American people and tell them exactly what they wanted to hear. He was tough-talking, conservative and deeply patriotic. He was also the oldest president ever to be elected at the age of 69. Love him or hate him, Reagan was a substantial figure in American history and many events marked his time in office. On his day of inauguration the hostages were sent home from Iran. The next eight years saw the following: the explosion of the Challenger, the almost-assassination of Reagan, the Iran-Contra Affair, Reaganomics, the head-scratching "Star Wars" initiative and the end of the Cold War. Reagan almost viewed America as a place he remembered from a 1930s movie - and he was often emotionally detached from very real domestic issues such as AIDS, women's rights and homelessness. He will never be known as the brightest or most hands-on president, but he was a solid leader and a good talker. He also had a wonderful sense of humor. His wife Nancy was said to be quite influential - providing him with guidance based on her astrological readings. As First Lady she is often remembered for the "Just Say No!" slogan associated with her fight against alcohol abuse among young people.
Personality of the Boy Name Reagan
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Reagan