Friday, December 16, 2011


Today's name: North (male)

Potential nicknames: Nor

Origin: Old English, from nord. This is where "Norse" and "Nordic" come from.

Popularity: North has long been used as a surname, including variants such as Northman, and occasionally used as a given name. In 2010 there were 19 baby boys named North, and in 2011 there were 20.

Fun fact: North hosts a ton of different impressions: snow, "up north," winter, Christmas time, cardinal north, etc. It has also been the hereditary surname of the Earls of Guildford.


  1. I'm not at all opposed to North as a first name. North, East, and West all seem to be getting some love. My question is, what happened to South?

  2. My guess is that the South still has some negative associations that some people would rather not deal with in a baby name, although I could see people liking something like Southley.