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What does Blythe mean?

Blythe Pronunciation of Blythe [blythe] as a girls' name (also used less regularly as boys' name Blythe) is pronounced bleeth. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Blythe is "blithe, cheerful, carefree". Modern coinage, though possibly linked to the transferred use of the surname from the word "blithe" during the Middle Ages. Made famous by the opening lines of Shelley's poem "To a Skylark": "Hail to thee, blithe spirit!" and Noel Coward's play "Blithe Spirit". Actress Blythe Danner.

Associated with: old english, modern, surname, spirit, play (opera).


Blythe has 1 variant: Blithe.

1 masculine form: Bligh.

Creative forms:
(female) Bluethe, ..

(male) Blyke, Blytan, ..

Middle name pairings:
Blythe Nellie (B.N.), ..

How popular is Blythe?

Blythe is a somewhat popular first name for females (#2841 out of 4276, Top 66%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#4200 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Blythe was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its peak rank of #1331 in the U.S. in the year 2013, and is currently at #1499. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Blythe name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Blythe outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Agathe, Anthe, Ayshe, Bartha, Baylee, Baylie, Beate, Beatie, Bente, Berte, Bertha, Berthe, Bertie, Beth, Betha, Bethea, Bethel, Bethie, Bethy, Bette, Bettie, Bettye, Birte, Birtha, Blaine, Blaire, Blaise, Blaize, Blake, Blanche, Blane, Blase, Blayne, Blayre, Blaze, Blime, Blisse, Blyss, Blysse, Brette, Brighe, Britte, Bryce, Brydie, Brylee, Brynne, Brytnea (see Brittany), Brytni, Bryton, Cathe, Clytie, Edithe, Edythe, Elshe, Faithe, Faythe, Grethe, Ianthe, Kaethe, Kathe, Leithe, Lethe, Marthe, Olathe, Psyche, Ruthe and Xanthe. These names tend to be less commonly used than Blythe.

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