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Man from Thracia
Etymology & Historical Origin - Trace
After going down a few avenues, we were finally able to “trace” the origin of Trace. In brief, Trace is a masculine abbreviated form of the unisex name Tracy. Tracy is the transferred use of an English surname derived from a place name and borrowed from the Norman French. The Norman baronial name was used in reference to the “domain belonging to Thracius” (from the classical Roman-Gallo personal name Thracius meaning “of Thracia”). Thracia was an ancient province of the Roman Empire located in present day southeastern Europe now divided between Greece and Turkey. In 1837, Charles Dickens used the name Tracy for one of his central male characters in “The Pickwick Papers”. For females, Tracy was popularized by the 1940 film “The Philadelphia Story” in which Katherine Hepburn portrays the wealthy socialite character of Tracy Lord. (Please note: for females, Tracy is considered a diminutive of Theresa). Trace is a modern masculine shortened form of Tracy developing in the latter half of the 20th century.
Popularity of the Name Trace
Trace made his debut on the American male popularity charts in 1965, but didn’t stick to the charts until 1990. Between 1996 and 1998, the name leaped over 400 positions on the charts, a remarkable achievement indeed. This was influenced by country musician star Trace Adkins (born Tracy Darrell Adkins in 1962) who made his successful entrance onto the country music stage in 1996 with the release of his album “Dreamin' Out Loud”. Therefore, we have to assume that the success of the name Trace in the 1990s was mainly propelled by country-loving music fans. Trace has seen moderate declines on the charts since the turn of the 21st century, so he may be going out of fashion. Still, Trace is another snappy one-syllable choice that’s both easy to say and easy to spell. It has a definite relaxed, no-nonsense quality to it and formidable country coolness.
Popularity of the Boy Name Trace
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Trace
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Trace
Tracy Samantha Lord (The Philadelphia Story) Tracy Lord is the main character of the 1939 Philip Barry play, The Philadelphia Story, which he wrote for Katharine Hepburn, who played her both on Broadway and in the 1940 film of the same name. And Ms. Hepburn was born for this one. Tracy is a divorced young Main Line socialite on the eve of her second wedding, whose former husband, as well as a tabloid magazine writer, both arrive on her doorstep. The husband-to-be is a nouveau riche dullard with political ambitions, while the husband-who-was is a charming alcoholic (this was okay in the 30s and 40s). The tabloid journalist is a tabloid journalist. Naturally, Tracy finds her romantic leanings torn among all three of them. This is pure screwball comedy at its finest, with all the plot twists and tricks, pratfalls, mistaken identities and tipsy swimming scenes you can bear. Tracy is perfect, heedlessly rich, slightly snobby, but just sarcastically funny enough to keep us liking her. In the end, Tracy reconnects with her chastened husband, and we’re actually cheering her on.
Tracy Tupman (The Pickwick Papers) Tracy Tupman is one of the band of four travelling fellows in Charles Dickens’ first published novel, The Pickwick Papers, which he began as a serialization in 1836. It is Samuel Pickwick who suggests that they all travel out of London to remote areas of England, seeking “scientific” information about the cultures and societies in these nether regions, and reporting back to the other members of their club. Like a group of excited schoolboys, they enthusiastically take to the road, on expeditions that resemble nothing so much as an extended pub crawl. Our Tracy is a chubby, elderly man whose rose colored glasses allow him to see himself as a romantic, boyish and irresistible ladies’ man – case in point - he has a flirtation with a woman who runs away with another man, who has actually borrowed ten pounds from Tracy to finance the little (aborted) elopement. Not a good sign, but our dear Tracy Tupman, Esq. M.P.C. (endearingly known as “Tuppy”), bumbles on ahead, never losing his faith in his own amorous magnetism. We should all be so lucky.
Popular Songs on Trace
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Trace
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Famous People Named Trace
Famous People Named Trace - Trace Adkins (country musician); Trace Cyrus (musician and brother of Miley)
Children of Famous People Named Trace
Famous People Who Named Their Son Trace - Billy Ray Cyrus (country musician)
Trace - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Trace - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Trace.
Personality of the Boy Name Trace
The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.
Variations of the Baby Name - Trace