Quick Facts on Trenton
- American, English
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Strongly flooding, trespasser
Characteristics of Trenton
Etymology & Historical Origin - Trenton
The name Trenton is most likely derived from the capital city of New Jersey of the same name. Trenton, New Jersey was a settlement founded by Quakers in the late 17th century, and it was also the site of an important Revolutionary War battle in 1776, led by George Washington and marking his first military defeat of the British. Originally named “Trent-Towne” after William Trent (the most significant land-owner in the area), it later became shortened to Trenton. The family name Trent has Anglo-Saxon beginnings and is derived from a topographical place, referring to the River Trent. The name "Trent" comes from a Celtic word possibly meaning ‘strongly flooding’. It is also said to be derived from the elements “tri” meaning ‘through, across’ and “santon” meaning ‘road’ which together translate to ‘trespasser’ given that the river was prone to floods. However, the influence of the name Trenton as a given name is mainly in reference to Trenton, New Jersey or other Trenton cities across the United States.
Popularity of the Name Trenton
The name Trenton first appeared on the U.S. naming charts in 1963 and slowly gained usage as the decades persisted. The high-point of Trenton’s popularity has so far been experienced in the 21st century, likely influenced by the growing trend of using place names as given names (think: Brooklyn). Interestingly, the name Trenton is not a favorite among New Jerseyans, likely due to the fact that this old colonial town isn’t exactly a thriving city today. Rather, the name Trenton has experienced success in states like West Virginia, Kentucky and Arkansas. It’s not clear where the name might go from here. The “flood” gates have yet to open before Trenton “trespasses” onto the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy names. Trenton is a strong, masculine name that is easily shortened to the one-syllable Trent (like Brent). And given the state of Trenton, NJ, the name Trenton has a “tough” edge to it that makes it dangerously attractive.
Popularity of the Boy Name Trenton
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Trenton
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Trenton
Trenton We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Trenton.
Popular Songs on Trenton
Brasilia Crossed With Trenton - a song by Bob Mould
Children's Books on the Baby Name Trenton
Andy & Mark and the Time Machine: The Battle of Trenton (Wilfred Reed) - In the second book of the series, Andy and Mark race home from the baseball field and discover that a mystery intruder has activated the time machine! Worse than that, the intruder has traveled back in time and changed history the United States is gone! The new world is mired in violence and the population has no hope. The boys mission is clear. Find out what happened, return to the past, and stop the person that disrupted the time line. But the new world has some surprises, and the task proves harder than it sounds. Follow along as Andy and Mark befriend a local teenager, dodge the secret police, and participate in one of the key battles of the American Revolution! Recommended for ages 9-12.
The Battle of Trenton (Wendy Vierow) - Provides an overview of the Revolutionary War battle that took place at colonial Trenton. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Trenton
Famous People Named Trenton - Trenton Hassell (basketball player)
Children of Famous People Named Trenton
Famous People who Named their Son Trenton - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Trenton.
Trenton - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Trenton - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Trenton.
Personality of the Boy Name Trenton
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Trenton