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Preston became a popular name in modern times for boys after Brittany Spears used it as a middle name for one of her sons. The name goes back to the Middle Ages of England, however, when it was a surname. Currently, it ranks at number 226 for boys.

Meaning of the name Preston:

English: from the priest's town, priest's estate

Origin of the name Preston:

The baby name Preston is a surname from historical England. It was a name for families from a variety of towns that translated to “village held by a church” or “village that has a priest.” The main habitat where these families came from was near Lancashire, England.

Symbolism of the name Preston:

The original surname Preston comes from two old English words. The first is “preost” which translates to prist. “Tun” means “enclosure” or “settlement.”

Baby name Preston

Style of the name Preston:

Traditional

Gender of the name Preston:

Preston is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Preston:

PRES-ten

Number of syllables in the name Preston:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Preston:

Preston is a baby name that feels stately. Despite this nobility, it feels kindhearted and pure.

Alternative spellings for the name Preston:

  • Presten
  • Prestin
  • Prestyn
  • Prestonn
  • Prestynn

Nicknames for the name Preston:

  • Pres
  • Press
  • Prez
  • Presto
  • Prezzy
  • Presty
  • Prestie

Popularity of the name Preston:

From 1993 to 2017, the baby name Preston was a top 200 name. It reached its highest ranking in 2006 and 2007 at number 114 overall. As of 2020, the name is number 226 for boys.

Related names for the name Preston:

Great middle names for Preston and their meanings:

  • Robert (bright fame)
  • Levi (united, joined)
  • Amos (to carry, born by God)
  • Cole (swarthy, charcoal)
  • Hunter (one who hunts)
  • Ryan (little king)
  • Joshua (may Jehovah help him)

Famous people with the name Preston:

  • Preston Sturges (comedy writer)
  • Preston Brust (singer in band LoCash)
  • Preston Reed (professional guitarist)
  • Preston Lacy (stunt performer, “Jackass”)
  • Preston Nyman (actor, “Crooked House”)

Prestons in popular culture:

  • Preston Burke (character in “Grey's Anatomy”)
  • Preston Scavo (character in “Desperate Housewives”)
  • Preston (character in “She's All That”)
  • Preston Garvey (character in “Fallout 4” video game)
  • Preston (characer from “Super 8”)