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Quick Facts on Travis

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 232
Simple meaning:
To cross; Toll-taker

Characteristics of Travis

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Travis

The name Travis came to England by way of the Old Norman French. It was originally a surname derived from an occupational name from the word “traverser” meaning ‘to cross.’ The name described a person whose job it was to collect toll from users of a bridge or some section of a particular road. The surname first appears as “Travers” in England during the medieval period in the 12th century. The name was adopted as a given male name in modern times, especially in the United States.

Popularity of the Name Travis

The name Travis has maintained a position on the American popularity charts since the U.S. began tracking naming trends in 1880. Even though it’s been around for well over 100 years, Travis doesn’t hit a Top 100 spot on the charts until 1970. The name’s high-point in usage was during the 70s and 80s when Travis was one of the 50 most-commonly used boy’s name for almost 20 straight years. The name fell off the Top 100 list in 2004 and it looks to be headed in the other direction on the charts now. It’s still a Top 200 favorite and it’s not losing a lot of ground quickly, so we expect to see it linger for a good long while. We like that Travis has a number 8 personality in numerology which is the number of material wealth. As a toll-taker, maybe your little boy will be collecting money his whole life. Not an altogether unpleasant notion! The name also has a certain cowboy ruggedness thanks to country musicians Randy Travis and Travis Tritt. Travis is a simple, unpretentious choice. It’s a bundle of little boy cuteness and masculine coolness all in one.
Popularity of the Boy Name Travis
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Travis

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Travis

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Travis

    Travis Younger (A Raisin in the Sun) Travis is the youngest, at ten, in the African-American family depicted in Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play, A Raisin in the Sun. He is representative of the future of hope that we pray for this family, who are victims of racial economics. He is a likeable innocent, loved and sheltered by the rest of the family to the best of their ability. It is his very innocence which saves the dignity of the family and ensures its passage into a brighter future when his father, unable to shame himself in Travis’ eyes, declines to take money for not moving into a white neighborhood.

  • Popular Songs on Travis

    Popular Songs on Travis

    Travis - a song by Jennifer Hanson

    Travis Walk - a song by Stevie Ray Vaughan

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Travis

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Travis

    Partners in the Wilderness: Travis's Choice (Ed Kienzle) - Travis Driskoll is dreaming of the perfect outdoor experience. The twelve-year-old Wyoming boy fantasizes about his idol John Colter, the famous mountain man who discovered Yellowstone National Park. When Travis's father, Matt Driskoll, announces it's time for his son to go on his first hunting trip, Travis can hardly contain his excitement, not knowing what adventures and tragedy lie ahead. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Nine Lives of Travis Keating (Jill MacLean) - The School Library Journal says: “Travis is likeable and sympathetic...a boy of imagination, courage, and empathy. This is a solid piece of contemporary fiction with an interesting story." Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Travis & the Courageous Path (Randy Whiteside) - The Courageous Path is set in motion when a bright-eyed kitten, named Travis, is flung overboard into the icy Atlantic Ocean. Struggling to stay afloat, he watches his mother, his ship, and his security all sail off into the horizon. It is up to Travis to survive frigid Atlantic Ocean and find his way back to his ship and his mother. Along the way, he encounters a menagerie of friends, bargains with foes, discovers mystical caverns, and must solve three ancient riddles. Travis has no other choice but to embrace his courageous path if he is to fulfill his heart’s purpose of reuniting with his Mother on the other side of the world. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Travis and Scoop's Big Race (Sarah Willson) - ON YOUR MARK...GET SET... Scoop is racing past Travis toward the finish line, but not if Spud has anything to say about it. Look under the flaps to find out what tricks Spud is up to now! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Travis Pastrana: Motocross Legend (Dougherty) - A biography tracing the life and career of motocross racing and motocross freestyle star Travis Pastrana. Includes career statistics and highlights. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Travis

    Famous People Named Travis

    Famous People Named Travis - Travis Tritt (country musician); Travis Barker (drummer); Travis "Stonewall" Jackson (baseball player); Travis Pastrana (action-sports legend)

  • Children of Famous People Named Travis

    Children of Famous People Named Travis

    Famous People who Named their Son Travis - Barry Gibb (musician); Kevin Bacon (actor); Kyra Sedgwick (actress); Marcia Clark (attorney)

  • Historic Figures

    Travis - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Travis

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 - Travis

  • No Variations Found.
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