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Baby Names of the Week: Silas and Kinleigh

Friday is here and after a little break, we are back with the winners of BellyBallot naming contest. This week we have settled on the traditional side of the naming spectrum, with an unconventional spelling of the girl. Ladies and gentlemen, clear the decks for Silas Benjamin and Kinleigh Monroe!

As usual, we will reveal the origins of the names for you, and with a little bit of luck, the parents will chip in about their choice for the baby boy and the girl’s unexpected spelling!

The history of Silas goes way back to the 1st century AD. Originally from Latin Silvanus, meaning ‘from the woods’, this was the name of a 1st century Saint, the leading member of Early Christian community and Saint Paul’s companion in the New Testament. After a huge drop in popularity ranks in the 1950s, Silas made his boy’s name comeback in the new millennium. Nowadays, it is popular not only in the US, but also in Scandinavian countries and most of Spanish-speaking countries. In 2003, Silas appeared as a fictional character in Dan Brown’s famous novel The Da Vinci Code.

 

Kinleigh is an unconventional spelling sister of Kinley, which was originally used as a surname, more frequently in its older version McKinley. Meaning ‘the son of the white warrior’, it goes back to the Gaelic surname Mac Fionnlagh. Until today, Fionnlagh is used as the name Finley in Irish, Scottish and English. The popularity of Kinleigh, or Kinley, as a given name in the US is very recent. As is the inevitable fate of surnames turning into first names, Kinleigh can be given to both girls and boys. Currently, it is more popular on the beautiful feminine side of population.  There are several famous people bearing the surname McKinley, including the 25th President of the United States William McKinley.  As a given name, you might have spotted Kinley MacGregor, a pseudonym used by Sherrilyn Kenyon, the author of numerous fantasy novels. Last but not least, Mount McKinley is the highest mountain peak in the US and North America, located in Alaska.

So, my dear moms and soon-to-moms, did you get inspired by the Christian name of Silas and the quirky spelling of Kinleigh? Unchain your ideas in our comment section!

 

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