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Quick Facts on Savannah

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • American
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 37
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Savannah

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Savannah

Savannah is a female given name used primarily in the United States and derived from a place name. Savannah, Georgia is a well-known southern city established in 1733 and built on the Savannah River. The river’s name is believed to have been derived from variant names given to the Shawnee tribe, a Native American people who migrated to the river in the 1680s (which became southernmost part of the Algonquin nation). Apropos, in the Algonquian language the word “shawano” means “southerner” – the word which purportedly gave the area its name. Other scholars believe Savannah may have been derived from a Shawnee word meaning moderate, warm climate. A savanna, or savannah, is also a grassland ecosystem characterized by small, widely spaced trees unable to form canopies, thus providing very little shade. As a female given name, Savannah is quite modern and she shares space on America’s Top 100 list with other geographical places such as Madison, Brooklyn, Sydney and London. Ironically, as a baby girl’s name, Savannah is more popular in Australia and Sydney is more popular in the United States!

Popularity of the Name Savannah

The name Savannah has actually been used in America for over 100 years despite its modern trendiness. It was a name mainly isolated to the south at the turn of the 20th century so its familiarity and usage was not widespread. By the early 1920s, the name completely disappeared from the U.S. popularity graphs. It wasn’t until 1983 that the name jumped back onto the charts pretty dramatically. This may have had something to do with a 1982 movie called “Savannah Smiles” about a well-to-do little girl who orchestrates her own disappearance in an effort to get her parent’s attention. The movie probably reminded Americans how charming the name Savannah sounds, so parents started using it again. Since 1982, the name has stayed on the charts, further bolstered in the mid-1990s by the popular book and movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” which depicts an assortment of eccentric Savannah personalities. The name’s peak popularity was achieved in 2006 and 2007 when she was ranked #30 in the nation. Today she appears to be parking herself comfortably on America’s Top 50.
Popularity of the Girl Name Savannah
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Savannah

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Savannah

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Savannah

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

  • Popular Songs on Savannah

    Popular Songs on Savannah

    Blue Savannah - a song by Erasure

    Savannah (Don't You Ever Think Of Me) - a song by Vince Gill

    Savannah Fare You Well - a song by Jimmy Buffett

    West Savannah - a song by Outkast [explicit]

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Savannah

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Savannah

    Dear Calla Roo...Love, Savannah Blue (Sudie Rakusin) - Savannah Blue, a Great Dane, has made a new friend, a little girl named Calla Ruth. Unfortunately, they live far away from each other. In order to stay close they become pen pals. This book is part of a series. In this first letter we are introduced to Savannah Blue. With love, humor, and wisdom she explores her world. We learn, as does Savannah Blue, that others can help us grow and that friendship can endure no matter the distance. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Savannah Grey (Cliff McNish) - It's a difficult time for fifteen-year-old Savannah Grey - she's settled into her latest foster placement, but her body is acting strangely. Then other strange things begin to happen: nature, it seems, is exerting an overpowering force on the world. Birds behave erratically. Gusts of wind blow leaves so fiercely they seem to lure people away. And Savannah discovers she has supernatural powers. Meanwhile, she feels drawn to the new boy Reece whose life is even stranger than hers. Quickly Savannah and Reece realize that nature has a purpose for them both. They are being prepared for battle with the universe's ultimate monster. The time to fight is almost here. The weapon is Savannah Grey. Recommended reading for Young Adult.

    That's Soooo Savannah Coloring Book (Carole Marsh) - Whether you live or vacation in the south, kids will want to grab their crayons or markers and bring That's Soooo Savannah Coloring Book to life! Go on a memorable adventure through The Queen City with pages of facts and trivia about colonial-era forts, historic homes, spooky cemeteries and more! Take a stroll around beautiful fountains and garden squares. Boys and girls will have hours of fun! Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Savannah

    Famous People Named Savannah

    Famous People Named Savannah - Savannah Guthrie (journalist); Savannah Stehlin (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Savannah

    Children of Famous People Named Savannah

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Savannah - Janice Dickinson (model/TV personality); Jimmy Buffett (musician); Steven Seagal (actor/martial artist)

  • Historic Figures

    Savannah - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Savannah

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 - Savannah

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