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Baby Names of the Week: Kaiden and Emma

Friday is here again and after a biweekly break we have new winners of our baby naming contest! After the last contest’s more established names, Hudson and Khloe, we are proud to present probably the most traditional couple so far. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome the triumph of this week: Kaiden Noah and Emma Rose!

As with every contest, we will once again try to help you understand these names, hopefully with a little hint from the parents as for what inspired them to favor these names.

Originally from an Irish surname, Kaiden is a modern spelling variant of Caden and means ‘son of Cadan’. The name has been hitting the popularity charts in the US for about 20 years now, probably following the 1990s trend of masculine names ending in the sound –aden, such as Aidan, Braden, etc. The name itself is used in a number of different spelling variants, more or less popular outside the United States as well, e.g. Caiden, Kaden, Cayden, and Kaeden. Interestingly enough, the spelling variant of Kayden has recently become popular for girls too, possibly because of its association with the feminine name Kay.

 

Emma is undoubtedly the most conventional feminine name we’ve had here so far. Originally Germanic and meaning ‘universal woman’, it is currently one of the most popular names given to girls all over the world, mainly in the US, Canada, Great Britain, Belgium, France, Netherlands and Scandinavia. Popularized by the character of Emma Woodhouse in Jane Austen’s 1815 novel ‘Emma’, it now represents a cornucopia of famous bearers, including British actresses Emma Thomson and Emma Watson, as well as the American actress Emma Stone.

 

So, dear moms and soon-to-be moms, we are more than happy that tradition came back knocking at our door. Would you also get inspired by the sound of Kaiden or the wonderful name of Harry Potter’s child star?

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