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Baby Names and the Number 8

Happy 8/8/08, everyone!

Did you know that the Chinese consider the number 8 very lucky? That's why the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing are set to start today.

If your baby is due on an auspicious "8" (e.g. 8th day, 8th month) there are many ways you could commemorate the date.

The names Octavia, Octavian and Octavio all come from the name Octavius, an old Roman name based on the Latin word octavus, meaning "eighth."

Hachiro (or Hachirou) means "eighth son" in Japanese, and Awotwi (or Awotwie) means "eighth child" in Akan (a language spoken in Ghana).

The eighth most popular girl and boy names in the U.S. are currently William and Abigail. In England, William and Lily are ranked 8th.

As far as associations go, there's King Henry VIII, Neptune (the 8th planet) and August (the 8th month). Martin Van Buren was the 8th U.S. President, and Robert Borden was the 8th Canadian Prime Minister.

Names like Kate and Tate rhyme with eight, and there are hundreds of 8-letter names, such as:
Alphonso
Anderson
Benedict
Benjamin
Bernardo
Chandler
Clarence
Clifford
Emiliano
Fernando
Fletcher
Fredrick
Geoffrey
Giovanni
Griffith
Harrison
Jedidiah
Kendrick
Lawrence
Maverick
Mitchell
Percival
Randolph
Stanford
Thaddeus
Vincenzo
Adelaide
Angelina
Beverley
Brittany
Brooklyn
Caroline
Cheyenne
Clarissa
Daniella
Deborah
Eleonore
Felicity
Graciela
Gretchen
Harriett
Jennifer
Juliette
Lorraine
Maddison
Margaret
Meredith
Pauletta
Rhiannon
Tatianna
Theodora
Virginia


Finally, there's at least one person out there with the number 8 as her (middle) name -- so if none of the names above work, you could always just use the lucky number itself. :)

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