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Lexington

Hi Jennifer!

Thank you so much for creating this site, it is one of my favorite websites and I visit it almost every day!

I was just wondering if you could help me find out the origin of my name, Lexington. It is not a family name; it’s just a name that my parents liked. I have always wondered what the meaning and origin of my name is and I feel like I have searched every baby name website and am still unable to find the meaning.

Thank you so much for your help!

Lexie

Dear Lexie,

You are very welcome and thank you for your kind words! The name Lexington comes from the place name, a city in Massachusetts and the site of the first shot of the Revolutionary War. There is also a town named Lexington in Kentucky.

There are several theories of where the town name originated.  One is that “Lex” is the Latin word for “law” so Lexington would mean “Town of Law” or “Town of the New Law” which would make sense for the early American settlers who were escaping the old law of the English king.

Another theory is that the town was named after the English town, now named Laxton, formerly Laxintone. That town name may have come from the old English Leaxingtūn meaning the “farmstead or estate of Leaxa” where Leaxa was a given or family name.

Sorry I can’t give you a more definite answer and I hope this helps.

Sincerely,

Jennifer


About Bethel

Hi Jennifer,

First of all, thanks for all the questions you answer! I really appreciate them!

I was looking for the name Bethel and didn’t see it in your database. Some websites seem to say it’s for a girl, and some for a boy. I have found out it’s Hebrew and means “House of God”, but I was wondering if you had any more information on it? Specifically, is this name more common in other cultures or languages, and is it more popular for a certain gender over the other? Thanks so much for your help.

Shelley C.

Hi Shelley,

You’re very welcome!  Thanks for being a loyal reader.  Bethel is historically a female name and does, indeed, mean “House of God.” It’s originally a place name from the Old Testament of the Bible, a town north of Jerusalem.  It is often used as a name for temples or churches.

It is not very common as a given name.  

Sincerely,

Jennifer


Perception of the name India

Hi Jennifer,

I’m wondering about your thoughts on the name India. When choosing a name for me twenty-two years ago, my parents considered both India and Hilary, however, they went with the latter because they were too nervous to give me such an exotic name.

To this day, we all love the name, however, many people have criticized it. They say it sounds, for lack of a better term, like a stripper name. My mother’s name is Jane, my middle name is Jane, and I think India Jane sounds classy and unique. Not only that, I am a huge fan of Gone With the Wind, and I know there is a character named India in the novel/movie. It is easy to spell, and pronounce.

Is it cheap sounding? Would it be associated with the country?

Thanks, Hilary

Hi Hilary,

I’m not sure if you’re asking about the name India for you (changing your name) or for a baby or a character in a novel. Either way, I can only give you my opinion.  I do not perceive the name India as being cheap, at all.  Yes, it is a place name and therefore will be associated with the country. For a fictional character, you are right: it is easy to spell and easy to pronounce and therefore gets my approval! As an aside, Margaret Mitchell did an awesome job naming her characters in GWTW.

From the point of view of an American, the name India could seem “exotic.” But exotic does not equal exotic dancer! I don’t see India as a stripper name, at all.  But like I said, everyone has their own name perceptions.  Maybe I can put a call out to the readers of the column?  What do you think?

Sincerely,

Jennifer


Confusion on the name Darrell

Hi Jennifer,

Babynames.com says the name Darrell is from Airelle, but Airelle isn’t a name. This is confusing to me.  Is “from Airelle” the meaning, or is the one name “from” the other like Laura/Laurel. Either way, should “Airelle” be added to teh database?

Thanks,
Becky
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Hi Becky,

Sorry for the confusion. Darrell originally came from the name D’Airelle, which was given to a person (or family) from Airelle, France. That would have been a town or region, however there is no current place name Airelle in France.  On a side note, Airelle is the French word for huckleberry.

We will modify our name listing to clarify.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

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