Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Logan

O’Logan and Logan are Gaelic surnames appearing in both Ireland and Scotland. The etymology of the clan name is still up for debate, but we found several theories circulating about. In Ireland, for instance, the surname is believed to have evolved from O'Leoghain meaning “descendent of the warrior”. In Scotland, Clan Logan may have derived their name from “the lands of Logan” in present Ayrshire (southwest Scotland), a topographical surname from the Gaelic “log” (hollow) plus the “-an” diminutive – thus meaning “little hollow” (signifying a small hollow place, or meadow, encircled by higher grounds). The Logan clan’s motto is “Hoc Majorum Virtus” which translates to: “This is the valor of my ancestors.” Finally, the surname “de Logan” apparently existed in Normandy prior to the Norman Conquest of England (in the 11th century) and Ireland (in the 12th century), suggesting that it was they (the Normans) who brought this common surname over to Great Britain and Ireland. In any case, the first recorded spelling of Logan as a surname appeared in the early 13th century in Scotland. Only in recent years has Logan transformed into a masculine given name (it’s considered unisex only in the United States). The name is most popular for baby boys in Scotland and Canada right now (ranked #5 in both countries). It’s also a favorite in the United States, England, Australia and Northern Ireland. The United States is the only country where Logan is also bestowed on baby girls with any regularity.

All About the Baby Name – Logan

Personality

OF THE UNISEX NAME LOGAN

The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.

Popularity

OF THE UNISEX NAME LOGAN

Even with its distinctly Scottish flavor, the name Logan is particularly popular in the United States, but also Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Considered a “unisex” name since it is used both for boys and girls in America – the name’s popularity is far greater for boys. In 2010, for example, Logan was the 17th most popular name for baby boys, but only 484th most popular for girls. In other words, about 14,000 baby boys received the name Logan in 2010, but barely 600 baby girls could claim Logan as their name that same year. As a result, the name has a much more masculine feel to it. Further, the name Logan has been on the U.S. popularity charts since 1880 for boys, but doesn’t even show up on the girl’s charts until 1988. Nonetheless, despite the name’s modern-day heavy usage with boys, it still manages an androgynous quality making it appealing for girls, too. Lastly, Logan has no known nicknames or variations giving it more uniqueness despite its trendiness.

Quick Facts

ON LOGAN

GENDER:

Unisex

ORIGIN:

Gaelic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

LOH- gən

SIMPLE MEANING:

Descendent of the warrior; or Little hollow

Characteristics

OF LOGAN

The Master Builder

Leader

Large Undertakings

Confidence

Discipline

Organization

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Logan

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME LOGAN

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Logan

Popular Songs

ON LOGAN

Logan’s Run
a song by Bad Astronaut

Famous People

NAMED LOGAN

We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Logan.
We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Logan.
We cannot find any significantly famous people by the name of Logan.

Children of Famous People

NAMED LOGAN

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME LOGAN

Logan the Orator was a Native American Indian most known for his famous speech "Logan's Lament." Considered a "Mingo" (a group of Iroquoian Indians who migrated west to the Ohio Country), many of his family and community members were murdered by a group of white settlers at the Yellow Creek Massacre (1774). After a retaliation known as "Logan's Revenge", Logan then gave his "Lament" speech which read in part: "I appeal to any white man to say, if ever he entered Logan's cabin hungry, and he gave him not meat; if ever he came cold and naked, and he clothed him not. During the course of the last long and bloody war, Logan remained idle in his cabin, an advocate for peace. Such was my love for the whites, that my countrymen pointed as they passed, and said, Logan is the friend of the white men. I have even thought to live with you but for the injuries of one man. Col. Cresap, the last spring, in cold blood, and unprovoked, murdered all the relations of Logan, not sparing even my women and children. There runs not a drop of my blood in the veins of any living creature. This has called on me for revenge. I have sought it: I have killed many: I have fully glutted my vengeance. For my country, I rejoice at the beams of peace. But do not harbour a thought that mine is the joy of fear. Logan never felt fear. He will not turn on his heel to save his life. Who is there to mourn for Logan? Not one." This speech was later reprinted by Thomas Jefferson in 1782 in his "Notes on the State of Virginia" book.

Logan the Orator was a Native American Indian most known for his famous speech "Logan's Lament." Considered a "Mingo" (a group of Iroquoian Indians who migrated west to the Ohio Country), many of his family and community members were murdered by a group of white settlers at the Yellow Creek Massacre (1774). After a retaliation known as "Logan's Revenge", Logan then gave his "Lament" speech which read in part: "I appeal to any white man to say, if ever he entered Logan's cabin hungry, and he gave him not meat; if ever he came cold and naked, and he clothed him not. During the course of the last long and bloody war, Logan remained idle in his cabin, an advocate for peace. Such was my love for the whites, that my countrymen pointed as they passed, and said, Logan is the friend of the white men. I have even thought to live with you but for the injuries of one man. Col. Cresap, the last spring, in cold blood, and unprovoked, murdered all the relations of Logan, not sparing even my women and children. There runs not a drop of my blood in the veins of any living creature. This has called on me for revenge. I have sought it: I have killed many: I have fully glutted my vengeance. For my country, I rejoice at the beams of peace. But do not harbour a thought that mine is the joy of fear. Logan never felt fear. He will not turn on his heel to save his life. Who is there to mourn for Logan? Not one." This speech was later reprinted by Thomas Jefferson in 1782 in his "Notes on the State of Virginia" book.

Logan the Orator was a Native American Indian most known for his famous speech "Logan's Lament." Considered a "Mingo" (a group of Iroquoian Indians who migrated west to the Ohio Country), many of his family and community members were murdered by a group of white settlers at the Yellow Creek Massacre (1774). After a retaliation known as "Logan's Revenge", Logan then gave his "Lament" speech which read in part: "I appeal to any white man to say, if ever he entered Logan's cabin hungry, and he gave him not meat; if ever he came cold and naked, and he clothed him not. During the course of the last long and bloody war, Logan remained idle in his cabin, an advocate for peace. Such was my love for the whites, that my countrymen pointed as they passed, and said, Logan is the friend of the white men. I have even thought to live with you but for the injuries of one man. Col. Cresap, the last spring, in cold blood, and unprovoked, murdered all the relations of Logan, not sparing even my women and children. There runs not a drop of my blood in the veins of any living creature. This has called on me for revenge. I have sought it: I have killed many: I have fully glutted my vengeance. For my country, I rejoice at the beams of peace. But do not harbour a thought that mine is the joy of fear. Logan never felt fear. He will not turn on his heel to save his life. Who is there to mourn for Logan? Not one." This speech was later reprinted by Thomas Jefferson in 1782 in his "Notes on the State of Virginia" book.