He’s more likely to be the father – or even grandfather – than the newborn baby boy, but today’s choice might still work for a little one.
Today’s Name of the Day goes out to Skye, in honor of her husband: Craig.
Craig’s origins are straightforward. The Gaelic creag – rock – is usually given as the source. A handful of related words can be found, including the Old Irish crec and Manx creg. And so a fellow dwelling near an impressive boulder could eventually become known by this name. The words crag and craggy survive, too, especially to describe a particularly rugged landscape.
Craig’s heyday was from 1947 to 1988, when he was a Top 100 choice for US-born boys. From 1969-1970, Craig reached as high as #43. That’s why plenty of daddies wear the name these days – nearly 60,000 Craigs were born in the 1970s alone.
Famous Craigs include:
- Even if you’ve never heard of Craig Newmark, odds are you’ve been to his site – Craigslist.
- Actor Craig T. Nelson has had a lengthy career, from the dad in Poltergeist to television’s Coach.
- The late Craig Kelly was an innovative snowboarder, known for turning his back on lucrative endorsement deals.
Clan Craig died out in the 1800s, but the name retains a certain Scottish vibe. You can find places called Craig on the map throughout the UK and the US. It’s worn as a surname with some frequency.
Today, Craig occupies an interesting place. While he was sometimes used in the 19th century, he’s truly a 20th century phenomenon, discovered the last time parents went searching for single syllable names for boys. Some will dismiss him as dated – like Scott, Chad and Todd, Craig may be not-quite-ready for a comeback.
But Craig has one advantage those names lack. His “ay” sound, shared with chart-toppers like Aidan, makes this one slightly fresher than his companions. Plus, with single syllable choices for boys making a comeback, it’s not a stretch to imagine Cade, Cole and Craig playing together in the not-too-distant future.
Still, Craig has fallen fast. As of 2007, he stood at #539 in the US. Less than 500 boys were called Craig that year, compared to nearly 1200 Cades and over 5600 Coles.
If you’re hoping for a fashion-forward choice, Craig comes up short. Innovative parents would probably favor Canyon or Calder. But if you’re considering passing down a family name, Craig might work nicely – familiar, in step with trends and yet shared by few in this generation.