Origin, Meaning, And History Of Blair
Blair is a beautiful girl’s name of Scottish and Gaelic origins. The term implies ‘dweller on the plain.’ It is derived from the Scottish Gaelic ‘blar,’ which means ‘plain field.’ So, it is a habitational name from any place in Scotland.
Blair also means a meadow or a battlefield. Thus, many consider the name of territorial origin, signifying an area clear of woods. Initially, the word was spelled as Blare. But it gradually changed to the current form, perhaps around the 1400s.
Many families in the Middle Ages took this name from places called Blair. These include Blairs of that Ilk in Ayrshire and the Blairs of Balthayock in Perthshire. The name is used for boys in Scotland and Canada. It is also a popular surname that has garnered much popularity.
Blair comes with numerous spelling variations. These include Blare, Blayre, and Blayr. The name is also an Americanized variant of the French Blais and Belair.
The name has risen in popularity in the United States over the past few years. Currently, it is a trendy name for girls all over the nation.
The chic, one-syllable name became famous during the early 1980s, soon after the television sitcom ‘The Facts of Life,’ which had a character named Blair Warner. However, after that, the name declined in popularity till its resurgence in 2007 with the advent of the Gossip Girls series which had Blair Waldorf.
In popular culture, many television soaps and animated films have characters by this name. For example, Blair Cramer is the character on the soap, One Life to Live, while Princess Blair appears in the popular animated film ’12 Dancing Princesses.’ The famous computer game, The Sims 3, also features the character Blair Wainwright. Blair Willows is one of the main characters of the 2011 animation film ‘Barbie: Princess Charm School.’ There was also a line of dolls called American Girl manufactured by the Pleasant Company, which had one doll named Blaire Wilson.
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Famous People With The Name Blair
- Blair ButlerAmerican standup comedian known for her work on Fresh Ink
- (Bonnie) Blair BrownAmerican theater actress known for her role in the play Copenhagen on Broadway
- Blair ImaniAfrican-American activist and the executive director of the feminist organization Equality for HER
- Blair Catherine EvansAustralian freestyle swimmer and an olympic silver medallist
- Blair WalshAmerican football placekicker selected by the Vikings in the 2012 NFL Draft
- Blair HinkleAmerican poker player who was the winner of World Series of Poker $2000 No Limit Hold’em event
Blair On The Popularity Chart
Blair’s popularity has been rising since 2010. Take a look at the graphs below to learn more about the name’s growth.
Popularity Over Time
From a slump in the early 2000s, the name surged in popularity after 2010. In 2021, 1023 babies per million had this name.Source: Social Security Administration
Rank Over Time
The name’s rank has improved considerably over the years. It is currently in the list of top 500 baby names.Source: Social Security Administration
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