Meaning and Origin of: London

Meaning and Origin of London

Girl name origins & meanings

  • English : Fortress of the moon

What does London mean and stand for?

The name London is of English origin and is often thought of as the fortress of the moon. It was originally a surname, born by Jack London.

Syllables: 2

Boy name origins & meanings

  • English : Fierce ruler of the world

Family name origins & meanings

  • English and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : habitational name for someone who came from London or a nickname for someone who had made a trip to London or had some other connection with the city. In some cases, however, the Jewish name was purely ornamental. The place name, recorded by the Roman historian Tacitus in the Latinized form Londinium, is obscure in origin and meaning, but may be derived from pre-Celtic (Old European) roots with a meaning something like ‘place at the navigable or unfordable river’.

Famous people who gave their babies this name

Popularity

According to Social Security Administration data, London has maintained a position in the top 200 since 2008. It was on an upward trend in 2011, only to fall out of the top 100 again in 2015. It reached a peak rank of 85 in 2013. These past few years, its sister spelling, Londyn, has surpassed it in popularity.

However, it is the 29th most popular name on FamilyEducation.com.

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years London was at its peak popularity in April 2019.

London is more than just the name of England's capitol. It also invokes images of London Tipton from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Actor Neal McDonough, actress Ambyr Childers and producer Randall Emmett, singer Granger Smith, singer Brooke White and David Ray, TV host Carson Daly, and model Gwendolyn Osborne and TV sports analyst Kenny Smith all chose the name London for their daughters.

Where is it Popular?

London was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for London

  • Lon
  • Lonny

Pairs well with these middle names