Wednesday, February 28, 2018


From our previous article listing names ending with the letters "-sy", we find a diamond in the rough. The most popular name on the list is Daisy.  

This pretty name is directly related to the flower. However, it also derives from the Old English word dægeseage meaning "day eye".  Daisies belong to one of the largest families of plants in the world. Often they have a yellow center and come in a variety of colors, with white being perhaps the most common. .
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Sometimes Daisy is used as a nickname for Margaret. It happened in a round-about way due to the French name Marguerite becoming associated with the daisy in French. Margaret means "pearl" in Greek, and daisies were considered "pearls of the field" or "marguerites".  So Marguerite, and the Spanish Margarita, gained association with Daisy and Daisy became a nickname for Margaret.

In pop-culture, there is the animated Daisy Duck of Disney fame. There was also a character on the 1980s TV show Dukes of Hazzard named Daisy Duke, after whom short denim shorts were named. There was the film Driving Miss Daisy, and the character of Daisy in the book Great Gatsby. Currently, rising actress Daisy Ridley of the newest Star Wars films is helping give the name Daisy more familiarity, which could lead to more usage.

In the US, Daisy has been used as a given name since records began in the 1880s. It was well used around the 1920s before declining to its lowest point in the 1970s. It rose again after that, reaching a popularity peak in 1996 with 2,514 female births for the year and a rank of #124. Now as of 2016, there were 1,717 girls given the name for a rank of #190.

Daisy hasn't reached mega-popularity yet, which still allows it to be a somewhat unexpected choice among all the other options. It is a botanical name which fits in well with Lily, Violet and others in the floral-name club; and it also has some vintage appeal. If you are considering this name, here are some ideas for sibling names and middle names:

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Amelia, Cora, Eliza, Hazel, Olivia, Romy, Zoey
Brothers: Colton, Eli, Heath, Maxwell, Nolan, Seth, Zane

Middle Name Ideas:
Daisy Annabelle
Daisy Cailyn
Daisy Genevieve
Daisy Juliana
Daisy Madison
Daisy Tabitha

As a Middle Name:
Ariana Daisy
Harper Daisy
Lydia Daisy
Michaela Daisy
Sophia Daisy
Tallulah Daisy

What would you pair with Daisy?

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