If you're looking for unusual baby name inspiration, look to Poland. In the past it was more common to celebrate the ‘name day’ rather than a birthday… Names were derived…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: March 27, 2007
Looking for baby naming inspiration? Find out what monikers are the most popular across the pond in America…
As it was the colonies established by the English that formed the basis for the new nation, the major influence in American names follows English naming trends, with a lot of names having a Norman or Old English origin. First names were also derived from the Bible and Puritan virtues.
The names of some of the passengers on board the Mayflower, which set sail in 1620, gives an idea of the prominent names of that time.
|Mayflower passenger names|
The American Revolution in the eighteenth century inspired parents to name their children after the heroes of the war.
|American Revolution heroes|
The American equivalent of the British Royal family has been the Presidents of the country and their wives, who have inspired baby names.
|Boys named after American presidents|
|Girls named after American First Ladies|
Another great inspiration for baby names comes from the names of Hollywood royalty, with trends being set by the leading stars of the day.
|Boy names inspired by Hollywood stars|
|Girl names inspired by Hollywood stars|