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Numerology & Baby Names: Number 5

baby names that add up to 5, numerologically

Here are hundreds of baby names that have a numerological value of “5.”

I’ve sub-categorized them by overall totals, because I think that some of the intermediate numbers could have special significance to people as well.

Within each group, I’ve listed up to ten of the most popular “5” names per gender (according to the current U.S. rankings).

Beneath all the names are some ways you could interpret the numerological value of “5,” including descriptions from two different numerological systems.

5 via 14

The following baby names add up to 14, which reduces to five (1+4=5).

  • “14” girl names: Ida, Adah, Caia, Becca, Dia, Adi, Abbi, Ala, Edda, Kc
  • “14” boy names: Ahad, Adi, Kc, Dj, Dade, Jd, Jac, Bach, Dee, Acai

5 via 23

The following baby names add up to 23, which reduces to five (2+3=5).

  • “23” girl names: Mia, Alia, Cara, Aila, Adela, Addie, Edie, Laia, Jaci, Mai
  • “23” boy names: Caleb, Adem, Acen, Coda, Han, Adael, Cane, Emad, Mj, Aadhi

5 via 32

The following baby names add up to 32, which reduces to five (3+2=5).

  • “32” girl names: Emma, Bella, Lena, Sage, Eve, Avah, Lara, Rhea, Veda, Giana
  • “32” boy names: Leo, Lane, Reed, Sage, Dash, Aldo, Avi, Leif, Jakai, Elan

5 via 41

The following baby names add up to 41, which reduces to five (4+1=5).

  • “41” girl names: Amelia, Abigail, Isla, Amaya, Adelaide, Evie, Mira, Jayda, Dream, Saige
  • “41” boy names: Amir, King, Nico, Elian, Alijah, Duke, Clay, Kye, Madden, Jadiel

5 via 50

The following baby names add up to 50, which reduces to five (5+0=5).

  • “50” girl names: Sofia, Adeline, Lyla, Kayla, Elise, Mariah, June, Elsie, Haven, Lexi
  • “50” boy names: Ezra, Paul, Colt, Brady, Marco, Frank, Kasen, Drew, Landen, Donald

5 via 59

The following baby names add up to 59, which reduces to five (5+9=14; 1+4=5).

  • “59” girl names: Kaylee, Melanie, Brianna, Briella, Kendall, Makenna, Carly, Renata, Janelle, Lillie
  • “59” boy names: Jayden, Jason, Ismael, Zaiden, Bowen, Jonas, Mohamed, Rayan, Zaire, Kellen

5 via 68

The following baby names add up to 68, which reduces to five (6+8=14; 1+4=5).

  • “68” girl names: Olivia, Sophia, Valeria, Juliana, Morgan, Blakely, Izabella, Madeleine, Cataleya, Kaydence
  • “68” boy names: Benjamin, Brandon, Carlos, Kyrie, Zander, Killian, Ricardo, Eduardo, Cruz, Derrick

5 via 77

The following baby names add up to 77, which reduces to five (7+7=14; 1+4=5).

  • “77” girl names: Caroline, Samantha, Vivian, Alyssa, Molly, Juliet, Harlow, Kelsey, Coraline, Braelyn
  • “77” boy names: Jameson, Ryker, Ashton, Kenneth, Kameron, Fernando, Braylen, Scott, Marvin, Fletcher

5 via 86

The following baby names add up to 86, which reduces to five (8+6=14; 1+4=5).

  • “86” girl names: Skylar, Jordyn, Mckenzie, Paisleigh, Hunter, Saoirse, Alyson, Ellison, Bryleigh, Julianne
  • “86” boy names: Hunter, Santiago, Arthur, Johnny, Cyrus, Rodrigo, Tommy, Terry, Skylar, Jordyn

5 via 95

The following baby names add up to 95, which reduces to five (9+5=14; 1+4=5).

  • “95” girl names: Kinsley, Peyton, Kimberly, Bristol, Promise, Joslyn, Rowyn, Brynnlee, Yvonne, Estefany
  • “95” boy names: Everett, Peyton, Gregory, Huxley, Wesson, Viktor, Abdulrahman, Yousif, Hussein, Summit

5 via 104

The following baby names add up to 104, which reduces to five (1+0+4=5).

  • “104” girl names: Yaretzi, Tinsley, Rosalyn, Whitney, Sterling, Violetta, Emmylou, Huntleigh, Jesslyn, Giulietta
  • “104” boy names: Sterling, Marcellus, Quintin, Braxtyn, Truett, Shaquille, Michelangelo, Sebastion, Trevyn, Weylyn

5 via 113

The following baby names add up to 113, which reduces to five (1+1+3=5).

  • “113” girl names: Roselyne, Primrose, Brittney, Constanza, Sumayyah, Emersynn, Tziporah, Ivyrose, Augustina, Anavictoria
  • “113” boy names: Salvatore, Cristofer, Woodrow, Bryston, Alexandros, Jaxstyn, Greysyn, Athanasius, Braxston, Antonius

5 via 122

The following baby names add up to 122, which reduces to five (1+2+2=5).

  • “122” girl names: Roselynn, Zerenity, Krislynn, Rosslyn, Chrislynn, Scotlynn, Jacquelynn, Marylynn, Kaytlynn, Sincerity
  • “122” boy names: Chukwuemeka, Righteous, Dimitrius, Ebubechukwu, Xzayvian, Antavious, Kenechukwu, Ayomiposi, Joanthony, Stetsyn

5 via 131

The following baby names add up to 131, which reduces to five (1+3+1=5).

  • “131” girl names: Brookelynn, Brooklynne, Monserrath, Kerrington, Roosevelt, Temiloluwa, Oluwaseun, Amythyst
  • “131” boy names: Cristopher, Roosevelt, Wellington, Hutchinson, Maximillion, Tryston, Imisioluwa, Christoper, Temiloluwa

5 via 140

The following baby names add up to 140, which reduces to five (1+4+0=5).

  • “140” girl names: Marymargaret, Summerlyn, Marycatherine, Evelynrose, Maryevelyn, Quinnlynn, Testimony, Violetrose
  • “140” boy names: Dontavious, Markanthony, Fitzwilliam, Prometheus

5 via 149

The boy name Montavious adds up to 149, which reduces to five (1+4+9=14; 1+4=5).

What Does “5” Mean?

First, we’ll look at the significance assigned to “5” by two different numerological sources. Second, and more importantly, ask yourself if “5” or any of the intermediate numbers above have any special significance to you.

Numerological Attributes

“5” (the pentad) according to the Pythagoreans:

  • “They called the pentad ‘lack of strife,’ not only because aether, the fifth element, which is set apart on its own, remains unchanging, while there is strife and change among the things under it, from the moon to the Earth, but also because the primary two different and dissimilar kinds of number, even and odd, are as it were reconciled and knitted together by the pentad”
  • “The pentad is the first number to encompass the specific identity of all number[s], since it encompasses 2, the first even number, and 3, the first odd number. Hence it is called ‘marriage,’ since it is formed of male and female.”
  • “The pentad is highly expressive of justice, and justice comprehends all the other virtues […] it is a kind of justice, on the analogy of a weighing instrument.” (i.e., It is the central number in the row of numbers from 1 to 9.)
  • “Because it levels out inequality, they call it ‘Providence’ and ‘justice’ (division, as it were) […] Likewise, it is called ‘nuptial’ and ‘androgyny’ and ‘demigod’ – the latter not only because it is half of ten, which is divine, but also because in its special diagram it is assigned the central place. And it is called ‘twin’ because it divides in two the decad, which is otherwise indivisible […] and ‘heart-like’ because of the analogy of the heart being assigned the center in living creatures.”
  • “Nature separated each of the extremities of our bodily part (I mean, the extremities of our feet and hands) in a five-fold way, into fingers and toes.”

“5” according to Edgar Cayce:

  • “Five – a change imminent, ever, in the activities of whatever influence with which it may be associated” (reading 261-14).
  • “Five – as seen, a change” (reading 5751-1).
  • “Five always active – and double the two, and one – or three and two, which it is the sum of. Hence, as is questioned here, no factor is more active than would be that of a five…in any activity. Five being the active number” (reading 137-119).
Personal/Cultural Significance

Does “5” — or do any of the other numbers above (e.g., 23, 50, 77, 131) — have any special significance to you?

Think about your own preferences and personal experiences: lucky numbers, birth dates, music, sports, and so on. Maybe you like how “23” reminds you of chromosomes and genetics, for example.

Also think about associations you may have picked up from your culture, your religion, or society in general.

If you have any interesting insights about the number 5, or any of the other numbers above, please leave a comment!

Source: Theologumena Arithmeticae, attributed to Iamblichus (c.250-c.330).

Perfume Names as Baby Names

Perfume Names as Baby NamesWe all know that brand names are being used more and more often as baby names, and that brands associated with luxury or high status (e.g. Bentley, Tiffany) are particularly enticing to expectant parents.

So it’s not too surprising that there are a lot of people out there named after designer fragrances — women’s perfumes in particular, but men’s colognes and unisex fragrances as well. Here are three dozen examples:

Ajee
1994: Ajee perfume introduced by Revlon.
1994: The baby name Ajee debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. It was the top debut name for girls that year.

Allure
1996: Allure perfume introduced by Chanel.
1997: The baby name Allure debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Andron
1981: Andron perfume introduced by Jovan.
1981: The baby name Andron debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Antaeus
1981: Antaeus cologne introduced by Chanel.
1981: The baby name Antaeus debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Aviance
1975: Aviance perfume introduced by Prince Matchabelli.
1975: The baby name Aviance debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Azuree
1969: Azurée perfume introduced by Estée Lauder.
1975: The baby name Azuree debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. (Though this debut may have more to do with Kojak than with the perfume.)

Cachet
1970: Cachet perfume introduced by Prince Matchabelli.
1972: The baby name Cachet debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Celisse
1982: Celisse perfume introduced by Dana.
1982: The baby name Celisse debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Cerissa
1974: Cerissa perfume introduced by Charles Revson.
1975: The baby name Cerissa debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Chimere
1979: Chimère perfume introduced by Prince Matchabelli.
1979: The baby name Chimere debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. It cracked the top 1,000 for girls in 1980 and 1981.

Cristalle
1977: Cristalle perfume introduced by Chanel.
1977: The baby name Cristalle debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Drakkar
1972: Drakkar cologne introduced by Guy Laroche.
1982: Drakkar Noir cologne introduced by Guy Laroche.
1987: The baby name Drakkar debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Enjoli
1978: Enjoli perfume introduced by Revlon.
1978: The baby name Enjoli debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. It was the top debut name for girls that year.

Envy
1997: Envy perfume introduced by Gucci.
1999: The baby name Envy debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Eternity
1988: Eternity perfume introduced by Calvin Klein.
1990: The baby name Eternity debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Euphoria
2005: Euphoria perfume introduced by Calvin Klein.
2007: The baby name Euphoria debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. So far, it’s a one-hit wonder.

Florecita
2007: Florecita perfume introduced by Revelations.
2007: The baby name Florecita debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Jadore
1999: J’adore perfume introduced by Christian Dior.
2000: The baby name Jadore debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Jontue
1975: Jontue perfume introduced by Revlon.
1977: The baby name Jontue debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Lahana
1992: Lahana perfume introduced by Avon.
1992: The baby name Lahana debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Lutece
1984: Lutèce perfume introduced by Houbigant.
1986: The baby name Lutece debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Millennia
1996: Millennia perfume introduced by Avon.
1997: The baby name Millennia debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Nahema
1979: Nahéma perfume introduced by Guerlain.
1981: The baby name Nahema debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. So far, it’s a one-hit wonder.

Odyssey
1981: Odyssey perfume introduced by Avon.
1982: The baby name Odyssey debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Pavi Elle
1983: Pavi Elle perfume introduced by Avon.
1983: The baby name Pavielle debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Raffinee
1982: Raffinée perfume was introduced by Houbigant.
1982: The baby name Raffinee debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Safari
1990: Safari perfume introduced by Ralph Lauren.
1992: The baby name Safari debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Samsara
1989: Samsara perfume introduced by Guerlain.
1991: The baby name Samsara debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Senchal
1981: Senchal perfume introduced by Charles of the Ritz.
1982: The baby name Senchal debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. So far, it’s a one-hit wonder.

Sensi
2003: Sensi perfume introduced by Giorgio Armani.
2006: The baby name Sensi debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. So far, it’s a one-hit wonder.

Toccara
1981: Toccara perfume introduced by Avon.
1981: The baby name Toccara debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Toccara cracked the top 1,000 for girls in 1981, 1982 and 1983.

Tresor
1990: Trésor perfume introduced by Lancôme.
1997: The baby name Tresor debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

Ysatis
1984: Ysatis perfume introduced by Givenchy.
1988: The baby name Ysatis debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

**Late addition (thanks Julie!):

Charisma
1968: Charisma perfume introduced by Avon.
1968: The baby name Charisma debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

**Another late addition (thanks Blue Juniper!):

Natori
1995: Natori perfume introduced by Avon.
1995: The baby name Natori debuted on the SSA’s baby name list.

…And I’m sure that’s not all. Other fragrance names are harder to figure out, though. For instance, the names below were surely given a boost by fragrance, but they also appeared in the SSA data before their corresponding fragrances were introduced:

  • Elan (by Coty, ’68)
  • Jovan (Jovan Musk in ’72)
  • Ciara (by Revlon, ’73) – singer Ciara was named for this one
  • Devin (by Aramis, ’77)
  • Ariane (by Avon, ’77)
  • Tasha (by Avon, ’79)
  • Stetson (by Coty, ’81)
  • Imari (by Avon, ’85)

And names like Armani and Fendi could have been inspired by fragrance, or they could have been inspired by anything else associated with those particular fashion houses.

Can you think of any other perfumes that might have been used as baby names? Let me know and I’ll look them up!

[Latest update to this post: Nov. 2018]

Popular and Unique Names in England and Wales, 2008

Don’t get too excited — these aren’t the top names for 2009. (If only!)

Why am I posting old news? Because I recently found a more complete version of the 2008 list that goes all the way down to baby names used in England and Wales just three times. So, the top-ranked names may be old news, but the rest are new. (New to me, anyway.) Here goes:

Boys Girls
Popular Names Jack
Oliver
Thomas
Harry
Joshua
Olivia
Ruby
Emily
Grace
Jessica
Unusual names
(# of babies)
Spike (23)
Willoughby (22)
Ziggy (20)
Ptolemy (19)
Zidane (13)
Zinedine (12)
Kal-El (10)
Hendrix (9)
Humphrey (8)
Elan (6)
Gruff (6)
Legend (6)
Achilles (5)
Amen (5)
Bright (5)
Jesse-James (5)
Tennyson (5)
Darlington (4)
James-Dean (4)
Courage (3)
Freedom (3)
Messiah (3)
Remus (3)
Riquelme (3)
Seven (3)
Bluebell (20)
Primrose (17)
Temperance (13)
Breeze (11)
Cleopatra (11)
Sorrel (11)
Tigerlily (9)
Tirion (9)
Comfort (8)
Peaches (8)
Pebbles (8)
Beyonce (7)
Miami (7)
Zinnia (7)
Godiva (6)
Mercades (5)
Panashe (5)
Tulip (5)
Wednesday (5)
Magenta (4)
Boadicea (3)
Cayenne (3)
Kimora-Lee (3)
Plum (3)
Rejoice (3)

And now, just for fun, let’s compare usage in England to usage in America:

Name # UK* Boys # UK Girls # U.S. Boys # U.S. Girls
Avery 4 6 1,731 5,758
Harper 18 20 244 1,108
Mackenzie
Makenzie
Mckenzie
361
28
462
53
9
66
?**
?
?
4,425
2,048
2,258
Riley 2,201 63 4,076 5,701
Total*** 363,000 346,000 2,150,000 2,060,000

*By UK, I mean England and Wales. Not an accurate substitution, I know. But “England and Wales” is just way too long for that spot.
**The 1,000th name on the U.S. top 1,000 was used for 192 baby boys. So the question marks represent some number between 0 and 192.
***Update: Kelly has astutely pointed out that raw numbers can be misleading. I’m not going to change the chart — I’m just too lazy — but I’ve thrown in some rough totals, for context.

Source: Office for National Statistics

Baby Names Needed – Whimsical, Weird Names for Quadruplets

Estelle wrote to me recently with a tall order:

I’m having quads (!!!) in 4 weeks and I need names! I’m having one boy and three girls. My 4 year old son’s name is Cosmo. My husband and I like spacey, whimsical and weird names.

In fact, they “don’t have any limits on how weird a name can be.”

One girl name they’re considering is Ione, which is a family name.

The combination of Cosmo and the adjective “spacey” made me think of star and constellation names right off the bat:

Adhara
Aldebaran
Altair
Aludra
Antares
Antlia
Aquarius
Aquila
Aries
Auriga
Azha
Carina
Corvus
Cygnus
Deneb
Denebola
Hamal
Kastra
Lacerta
Libra
Lyra
Meissa
Musca
Nashira
Norma
Orion
Pavo
Polaris
Rana
Rigel
Shaula
Sheratan
Sirius
Sirrah
Suhail
Taurus
Thuban
Vega
Vela

One nice thing about these is that several together probably wouldn’t scream “star names” to the average person. Unlike, say, a group of flower names. (Though I’m sure stargazers would catch on pretty quickly.)

And here’s what we have for non-galactic suggestions:

Allegra
Althea
Apollonia
Artemis
Aurora
Briony
Calypso
Clio
Danae
Demetria
Echo
Eulalia
Freya
Hestia
Imelda
Imogen
Isis
Lucasta
Luna
Jonquil
Minerva
Olympia
Rhea
Sapphira
Severina
Ursula
Vita
Xanthe
Zelda
Zenobia

Those were the girl names, these are the boy names:

Agni
Aldous
Barnaby
Casper
Cyril
Elan
Evander
Erasmus
Fabio
Gideon
Horatio
Ignatius
Isidore
Jethro
Leander
Loki
Magnus
Milo
Nigel
Odin
Pascal
Peregrine
Reuben
Rémy
Silas
Taliesin
Theron
Tycho
Ulysses
Zenon

What other whimsical names can you come up with for Estelle? And, can you put together any good combinations of 1 boy and 3 girl names?

Update: The babies have arrived! Scroll down to see what names Estelle selected.