Friday is here again and we are ready to present the winners of our weekly naming contest. Straying from the last week’s atypical Ender and A’lani, we are turning back to a more established and conventional couple. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome this week’s champions: Hudson Zachary John Coffman and Khloe Addison!
And the million dollar question remains the same: where did the parents’ inspiration come from and what made them decide on the less usual spelling of Khloe?
The etymology of Hudson is quite an interesting one. Currently serving as both surname and given name, it originates in Germanic languages and means ‘son of Hugh’. Hugh itself was derived from Germanic hug, meaning ‘intelligence, spirit’. It’s hard to say where the ardor for Hudson came from, but the fact is that recently it shot from almost zero popularity to the top of the charts. The most famous bearer of the surname is undoubtedly Henry Hudson, a 17th century English navigator and explorer of the modern New York metropolitan area. Others include the American actress Kate Hudson and her brother Oliver, an actor as well.
Khloe seems to have become a new darling of moms and dads. Her spelling variant sister Chloe, currently ranked #10, is still beating her in the popularity charts but Khloe is slowly catching up on her. Originating in Greek, Khloe means ‘little green sprout’ and it was used as one the names of Demeter, the Greek goddess of earth, agriculture, harvest and forests. The original CH spelling version is very popular for baby girls in the United Kingdom and France, where it was popularized by the French fashion house of Chloé, founded in Paris in 1952. In the United States the name is now associated with Khloé Kardashian, one of the famous Kardashian sisters.
So dear moms and soon-to-be moms, we really enjoy this week’s winners. After the flood of peculiar names in the past contests we are finally returning to the simple beauty of tradition. Don’t you think?