Meaning and Origin of: Logan

Girl name variations

Boy name origins & meanings

Logan baby name

  • Scottish : Little hollow

Syllables: 2

Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish and northern Irish : habitational name from any of the places in Scotland so called, principally that near Auchinleck. They all get their names from Gaelic lagan, a diminutive of lag ‘hollow’.
  • Irish : reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Leocháin ‘descendant of Leochán’ (earlier spelled Lothchán), a personal name of unexplained origin.
  • James Logan (1674–1751), an Ulster Scot and a Quaker, born in Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Ireland, became secretary to William Penn and held high office in the state of PA. Among his descendants have been numbered several prominent statesmen. KY pioneer Benjamin Logan moved with his parents from West Pennsborough Township, Cumberland Co., PA, to Augusta Co., VA, in 1740.

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According to Social Security Administration data, Logan has been steadily rising in popularity over the last two decades, and peaked as the number five most popular name for boys in 2017. Prior to that, it remained in the top 20 position for four years in a row, where it still resides currently.

However, it is the 39th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Logan was at its peak popularity in December 2017 to January 2018.

Although the name Logan has been popular since the 1970s, it has been at its peak popularity over the last couple of years. It was originally more commonly used as a Scottish surname, derived from a place. Logan is also used as a girl’s name, but has seen more popularity for boys. Its popularity today may be attributed to popular fictional characters in TV shows and movies like Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls, and X-Men.

Where is it Popular?

Logan was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Logan

  • Logs

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