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Quick Facts on Trevor

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Welsh
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 235
Simple meaning:
Large settlement or farmstead

Characteristics of Trevor

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Trevor

The name Trevor is the transferred use of a Welsh surname derived from a place name. Trevor comes from the Welsh or Cornish elements “tref” (meaning settlement or farmstead) and “fõr” ( meaning large). The word “tref” is also connected to the Irish Gaelic “treabhadh” which means ‘ploughing.’ Trefor is most notably the name of a peaceful seaside village on the northwest coast of Wales in Gwynedd but is also shared by many other settlements and villages throughout Wales and Cornwall. It was rare for Welsh surnames to be derived from a place name, but Trevor is one of the few examples. The surname was established by the 16th century although it’s not clear when it was adopted as a given name. We do know that Trevor became widely popular outside of the Welsh borders in the 20th century.

Popularity of the Name Trevor

Trevor marked his debut on the American popularity charts in 1956. During the 1960s, the name made some pretty impressive jumps up the list (over 650 positions) to firmly cement itself into the American consciousness. Although its growth in usage slowed during the 1970s, Trevor was still advancing up the charts. In 1986 the name finally achieved a hard-won spot on the Top 100 list of most-favored boys’ names. The height of Trevor’s popularity was undoubtedly during the 1990s when it averaged #64 on the list of most commonly used male names. Trevor slipped off the Top 100 list in 2004 suggesting its heyday has probably come and gone. The cool thing about this name is that it’s from the Celtic nation of Wales, a country with a self-confident and spirited national identity. Like Cornwall and Brittany, the Welsh developed from the Brythonic branch (as opposed to the Irish/Scottish Gaelic branch) of the Celtic peoples. The name Trevor shares the same spirit and confidence of the homeland from which it came. It’s a name to be worn with pride.
Popularity of the Boy Name Trevor
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Trevor

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Trevor

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Trevor

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

  • Popular Songs on Trevor

    Popular Songs on Trevor

    Clever Trevor - a song by Ian Dury

    My Rival Trevor - a song by No-Man

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Trevor

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Trevor

    Clever Trevor (Sarah Albee) - In an attempt to reclaim the playground, Trevor figures out how to use an uneven seesaw to teach Buzz and his bully buddies a lesson. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Thomas and Trevor: Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Series (Rev. W. Awdry) - Trevor, a Traction Engine, is happy that he can be useful when he helps Thomas with his work at the harbor. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Trevor Trevor (Diane Twachtman-Cullen, PhD) - Diane Twachtman-Cullen uses metaphor to tell the story of Trevor, a primary school aged child whose problems with social relationships suggest a form of autism. Unfortunately, like so many children with social interaction problems, it is not Trevor's strengths that his classmates notice, but rather his differences. Change comes through the efforts of a caring and sensitive teacher Metaphor, as it is explained in the preface, is a type of storytelling pioneered by Milton H. Erickson that concentrates on indirect or symbolic communication in order to transfer the message or meaning of the story in a lasting and powerful manner. Recommended for ages 6-10.

    Trevor's Story: A Book about a Biracial Boy (Bethany Kandel) - Ten-year-old Trevor Sage-el describes his life at home and at school, his feelings about being son of a white mother and a black father, and what he likes and does not like about being biracial. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Trevor's Wiggly-Wobbly Tooth (Lester L. Laminack) - Almost everyone in Mr. Thompson's diversely populated first-grade classroom wears a wide smile displaying missing teeth. Trevor, though, has all of his, although one is loose. As classmates tell how various family members attempted to remove their teeth with mention of string and pliers, the boy becomes anxious. However, Grandma Sally assures him that the tooth will come out when it's ready. That Friday, she goes to Trevor's class to teach the students how to make taffy and when everyone samples it, the inevitable happens. The story adequately addresses some of the anxieties children may have over losing their first tooth. The surprise ending will make readers laugh out loud. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Trevor

    Famous People Named Trevor

    Famous People Named Trevor - Trevor Ariza (basketball player); Trevor Cahill (baseball player); Trevor Howard (actor); Trevor Hoffman (baseball player); Trevor Jones (composer); Trevor Lewis (hockey player); Trevor Plouffe (baseball player); Trevor Pryce (football player); Trevor Rabin (guitarist for Yes); Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr. (aka “Busta Rhymes”, American rapper)

  • Children of Famous People Named Trevor

    Children of Famous People Named Trevor

    Famous People who Named their Son Trevor - Janet Jones (actress); Wayne Gretzky (hockey player)

  • Historic Figures

    Trevor - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Trevor

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 - Trevor

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