WATCH: Top 50 Southern Names and Their Meanings
Top 50 Southern Names and Their Meanings
What's in a name? We got to the bottom of this age-old question and found the meanings behind some of our favorite Southern baby names.
Abigail is a Hebrew name found in the Old Testament. Nicknames for Abigail include Abby and Gail.
Adler is derived from the German word for “eagle”. Adler is a common surname and great way to incorporate family history when naming your child.
Annabelle is derived from the Latin amābilis, which means “lovable”. Nicknames for Annabelle include Annie and Bella.
Atticus is a Roman name meaning “from Attica”. It is also the name Harper Lee chose for one of the main characters in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.
Austin is shortened from the name Augustine. Also a city in Texas, this name has truly become Southern.
Bailey is derived from Late Latin baiulivus. It is gender neutral, but is found to be a more popular female name in the US.
Beau means “beautiful” in French. Beau is also a nickname for Beauregard.
Boone is of Old French and Anglo-Saxon origin. You can travel to Boone, North Carolina.
Buford is of Old English origin. A nickname for Buford is Ford.
Caroline is the feminine variation of Charles. Your daughter is already set with her father-daughter song with ‘Sweet Caroline’.
Charlotte is a French feminine diminutive of Charles. Since the birth of the Princess of Cambridge, the named has surged in popularity.
Connor is from the Gaelic Conchobhar, the legendary Irish king of Ulster.
Constance is derived from the Latin Constantia. A nickname for Constance is Connie.
Davis is derived from the surname David.
Delilah is of Hebrew origin. A nickname for Delilah is Lilah.
Dixie is a term often used to refer to the South. It is derived from the French word dix, meaning “ten”.
Duke was originally derived from the Latin dux, meaning “leader”.
Everett is of English origin. Nicknames for Everett include Ev and Rhett.
Flannery is of Gaelic origin. You might have heard of a famous Southern author with the name.
Florence is of Latin origin. Nicknames for Florence include Flossie and Florrie.
The state of Georgia was named from British king George II. Nicknames for Georgia include Gigi and Gia.
Harley is of Old English origin.
Harper is of English origins. Harper Lee is one famous Southerner who carried the name.
Hayes is derived from Old English.
Hollis is derived from Middle English.
Ida has Germanic origins from the word id. When used with the name Claire, it just sounds better with a Southern accent.
Katherine is of Old Greek origin. In the South, you’ll often find it following the name Mary.
Knox is of Old English and Scottish origins. With Knoxville over in Tennessee, this has become a popular name with Southerners.
Leigh is of Hebrew and Old English origin.
Maribelle is derived from the Latin mirabilis meaning “wondrous”.
Mary is of Hebrew origin. In the South, you can often find it followed by Katherine, Elizabeth, or Claire.
Maybelle is of Old French origins. Maybelle is a combination of May meaning “hawthorn flower” and Belle meaning “beautiful”.
Nellie is a nickname for Eleanor or Helen, but has gained popularity as a given name itself.
Parker is derived from Middle English. With Parker being a common surname, it is a great way to incorporate family history when naming your child.
Raleigh is derived from Old English. A nickname for Raleigh is Leigh.
Rhett is the Anglicized form of a Dutch surname. Margaret Mitchell popularized the name Rhett with her protagonist in ‘Gone with the Wind’.
Ruth is derived from Hebrew. Ruthie is a common nickname for Ruth.
Savannah derives from the Native American Taino tribe word zabana. With movies and books set in the magical Georgia town, Savannah has always been popular.
Sawyer is of Middle English origin. This free-spirited name has become popular for both boys and girls.
Scarlett is of Old French origin. With Margaret Mitchell’s ‘Gone with the Wind’, Scarlett will forever be a true Southern Belle name.
Shelby is of Old Norse origin. If you love ‘Steel Magnolias’, Shelby is the perfect name for your baby girl.
Tallulah is of Native American origin. With an actress and waterfall as a namesake, it is beautiful for any baby girl.
Tara has Celtic origins. Tara is also the name of the plantation in ‘Gone with the Wind’.
Taylor has Old French origins. In recent years Taylor has been associated more with girls, but it is also a great name for boys.
Tucker is of Old English origins. A nickname for Tucker is Tuck.
Virginia has its origins in the Latin language. Nicknames for Virginia include Gina and Gigi.
Walker derives from the Old English word wealcan. With Walker being prominent surname, it is a great way to incorporate family history when naming your child.
Wallace is of Old French origin. A nickname for Wallace is Wally.
Yates is of Middle English origin.
Zelda is a shortened form of Griselda, which has German and Yiddish origins. Zelda is still popular thanks to Southern socialite, Zelda Fitzgerald.