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More Light Celtic Boys' Names like Liam and Finn

Two of America's most fashionable boys' names have a lot in common. They're trim, light, and Irish.

Liam, an Irish short form of William, has risen from rarity to mega-hit in the in the space of a single generation. It's now America's #1 boy's name. What's more, Liam's popularity as a nickname has helped keep William near the top of the charts even as other boys' classics have plummeted.

Finn, a Irish name meaning "fair" or "white," didn't even crack America's top-1,000 name list in the 20th Century. Today it's not only a hit on its own, but the engine behind the rise of names like Finley and Finnegan.

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Transferred use of the surname meaning "from Preston." The name is derived from the English place-name composed of the Old English elements préost (priest) and tūn (town, settlement, village): hence,

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