Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Berkeley

Berkeley is the transferred use of an Anglo-Scottish surname into a personal name, ultimately derived from a place name meaning “birch meadow” (originally townships in the counties of Gloucestershire and Somerset, England). The parishes take their name from the Olde English elements “be(o)rc” (birch) and “leah” (wood clearing, meadow). Written evidence of this early surname first appeared in the Domesday Book of 1086 and was rendered as “de Berchalai.” The birch tree has spiritual importance in several religions, both modern and historical, especially among the Ancient Celtic people. Given the tree’s high adaptability to most environments and its ability to withstand and survive even the harshest of elements, it was greatly revered as a symbol of tolerance, strength and stability, as well as renewal and growth. It is also known as the “goddess tree” having been associated with several ancient pagan deities such as Venus (Roman), Freya (Nordic) and Brigid (Celtic).  It is said to expel fears and build courage. The protective symbolism contained in the birch tree is evidenced by the fact that baby cradles used to be made from birch wood to protect the helpless children who slept there. Berkeley is also the name of a city in California that houses the first University of California, and a place closely associated with the counter-culture movement of the 1960s.

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Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME BERKELEY

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME BERKELEY

Berkeley is an uncommon personal name, though it is one used from time to time with gender-neutrality (more popular for girls). The name has never been bestowed with enough regularity to achieve a position on America’s Top 1000 list of names for either gender. Case in point, Berkeley was a name given to a mere 84 baby girls and only 21 boys in 2013 (out of nearly four million babies). This is both a unique surname-turned-first-name as well as a unique place name!

Quick Facts

ON BERKELEY

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

BERK-lee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Birch meadow

Characteristics

OF BERKELEY

Inspirational

Highly Intuitive

Spiritual Teacher

Extremely Bright

Uplifting

Truth-seeker

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Berkeley

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OF THE BABY NAME BERKELEY

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME BERKELEY

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