Money making monikers: names to make you rich

Written by    Last updated: March 26, 2007

Rich lists usually reflect the most popular names of their generation.  It seems that simple straightforward names that don’t stand out in any particular way from their peers, are an advantage in the world of commerce. 

If you want your child’s name to appear in The Sunday Times list of wealthiest people in the country some day, pick a name such as Thomas, William, Emily or Sophie, one of the ten most popular names today.

Among the top 50 richest men and women in the world, the most popular name is Michael or Mikhail, with second position held jointly by David and Vladimir.  The letter ‘A’ is the most popular first name initial, closely followed by the initials: ‘L’, ‘M’ and ‘S’.

Here are some traditional names whose meanings relate to wealth and riches:

Name Gender Origin Meaning
Alda Girl Teutonic rich and wise
Ashira Girl Hebrew wealthy
Daria Girl Greek wealthy
Darius Boy Persian wealthy
Edina Girl Anglo-Saxon wealthy
Edlyn Girl Old English rich gentlewoman
Edmund Boy Anglo-Saxon wealthy defender
Edward Boy Old English rich guardian
Edwina Girl English wealthy friend
Hadley Boy Old English landowner
Henrietta Girl Teutonic ruler of the estate
Henry Boy Teutonic ruler of the estate
Iden Boy Old English the prosperous one
Josephine Girl Hebrew abundance
Lydia Girl Greek rich, cultured woman
Odell Boy Hebrew wealthy
Odella Girl Anglo-Saxon little wealthy one
Ophira Girl Greek gold
Otto Boy Teutonic rich or prosperous
Prospero Boy Spanish wealthy
Richmond Boy German rich benefactor
Spencer Boy Old French dispenser of riches
Wellington Boy Anglo-Saxon from the wealthy estate

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