Baby Names and the Number 8
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:
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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