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Blake began as an Old English nickname and surname, but today, it's one of the most popular names for boys in most English-speaking countries. However, it's becoming more and more beloved for girls too. There are several celebrities with this one-syllable name that two very opposite meanings.

Meaning of the name Blake:

English: Extremely dark or pale

Origin of the name Blake:

The baby name Blake means both extremely dark and extremely pale. It was thought to be a nickname for people who had hair or skin of either extreme. It was also a surname during Anglo-Saxon times.

Symbolism of the name Blake:

Based on the name's origin, Blake may have been used to describe someone with very pale or very dark hair.

Style of the name Blake:


Gender of the name Blake:

Blake is a unisex name — it can be used for both boys and girls.

Pronunciation of the name Blake:


Number of syllables in the name Blake:


Emotion evoked from the name Blake:

The name Blake evokes the image of someone who is larger than life, yet romantic.

Alternative spellings for the name Blake:

  • Blayke

Nicknames for the name Blake:

  • Blakie

Popularity of the name Blake:

According to the Social Security Administration, Blake has been in and out of the top 1,000 names for baby boys since around 1903. Between 1989 and 2015, it was even part of the top 100 baby names for boys. As of 2020, it's fallen back to number 210.

For baby girls, Blake first hit the charts in 1990, and as of 2020, it ranks at number 219.

Related names for the name Blake:

Great middle names for Blake and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Blake:

  • Blake Shelton (country music singer)
  • Blake Lively (actress)
  • Blake Griffin (basketball player)
  • Blake Morrison (author and poet)
  • Blake Lewis (singer)
  • Blake Jennier (actor and singer)

Blakes in popular culture:

  • Blake Carrington (character on the TV show “Dynasty”)
  • Blake Bradley (character on the TV show “Power Rangers Ninja Storm”)
  • Blake Belladonna (character on the web series “RWBY”)
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