Quick Facts on Skye
- English, Nordic
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Skye
The female name Skye is an elaboration of the English vocabulary word “sky” signifying the uncertain distance high above us or the topmost limit. The sky is where we look to find the sun and moon, the stars and the heavens, and perhaps the dwelling place of the image known as “God”. In daytime, the sky is blue because the air scatters blue sunlight more than it scatters red. At night, with the disappearance of the sun, the sky is dark except for the appearance of stars and moonlight. The English word is actually borrowed from the Old Norse “ský” meaning ‘cloud’, the visible mass of water particles which both obscure and define the elusive sky. The name could also be used in homage to the Isle of Skye, located in the Inner Hebrides of northern Scotland, perhaps called Skýey by the Scandinavian settlers and Viking invaders (Isle of the Clouds). As a nature name, Sky/Skye could be considered a “hippie” throwback like River or Rainbow. Skye is currently Top 50 favorite girl’s name in Scotland, and it’s on the Top 100 in the countries of England, Wales and Australia.
Popularity of the Name Skye
Surprisingly, Skye only dates back to 1987 on the American female naming charts. We guess there weren’t enough flower-children in the 1960s using this moniker on their daughters to achieve a spot on the Top 1000. The name’s sudden usage in the late 80s was actually influenced by Skye Chandler Quartermaine, a soap opera character on All My Children who first appeared in 1986. Naming children after daytime characters was a popular trend in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Today, however, Skye is making a home for herself on the charts despite the fact that daytime dramas are almost passé. Skye’s peak popularity came in 2004 when it hit #400 on the charts. Today, the name is in decline, albeit slowly. Apparently Skye has shown us her limits. This name is uncommon and likely used by nonconformist or nature-loving parents today (rather than bon-bon eating, soap-opera watching fantasy parents of the past). Don’t be deceived, this little one syllable name packs a lot of punch. It’s strong and confident, yet bright and friendly. Skye gives us a sense of beauty and being. It’s a lovely notion that one would choose a name of such powerful simplicity.
Popularity of the Girl Name Skye
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Skye
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Skye
Skye We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Skye.
Popular Songs on Skye
A Song for Skye - a song by Case
Skye Boat Song - a song by Real Mckenzies
The Skye Boat Song - a song by John McDermott
Famous People Named Skye
Famous People Named Skye - Skye Edwards (singer/songwriter); Skye Sweetnam (singer); Skye McCole Bartusiak (actress); Skye (wrestler)
Children of Famous People Named Skye
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Skye - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Skye.
Skye - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Skye - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Skye.
Personality of the Girl Name Skye
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Skye