Lucy topped the charts one hundred years ago – and is back on top again today.
Thanks to phancymama for suggesting our Baby Name of the Day.
Lucy and Lucia
Sometimes we dismiss Lucy as a nickname. Only it isn’t so. In medieval English, formal, Latin names co-existed with vernacular versions. Cecily evolved from Cecilia; Margery from Margaret. (The Marjorie spelling? That’s courtesy of marjoram, the herb.)
Translating back and forth created a handful of entirely new names. Nigel, for example, evolved from Neil, in a complicated game of whisper-down-the-alley. And James wandered down many a path as it became the classic choice we know and love. But mostly, we find winners and losers. Cecily and Margery have fallen out of favor. Mary long outranked Maria – though that’s no longer so.
But Lucy outpaces the Latin Lucia from which the name emerged.