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What does Blake mean?

Blake Pronunciation of Blake as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Blake) is pronounced blayk. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Blake is "black; pale, white". Transferred use of the surname. Originally a nickname for someone with hair or skin that was either very dark (Old English "blaec") or very light (Old English "blac"). Made familiar in the 1980s due to the fictitious character Blake Carrington on the TV series "Dynasty". Director Blake Edwards.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, surname, old, light (bright)


VARIANTS Blakely, Blakeman

SEE ALSO Blakeney

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How popular is Blake?

Blake is a very popular first name for males (#342 out of 1220, Top 28%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#425 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Blake reached its top rank of #71 in the U.S. in 2012, and is currently at #158. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

The only other popular varying form of Blake (#158 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) is Blakely. Adoption of these forms of Blake was more pronounced among parents in 2012 (ADOPTION OF 0.32%) and has become significantly lower since (ADOPTION 0.14%, 57% LESS).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Blake, Blakely in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Blake is alike in pronunciation to Black. Other recommended sound-alike names are Bake, Baker, Bale, Bane, Beale, Berke, Blade, Blain, Blaine, Blair, Blaire, Blais, Blaise, Blaize, Blakeny, Blane, Blaney, Blase, Blayne, Blayr, Blayre, Blayse, Blayze, Blaze, Boase, Brae, Burke, Clarke, Drake, Jake, Lake and Wake. These names tend to be less commonly used than Blake.

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