Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Princeton

Princeton is the name of a town in New Jersey which also happens to be the home of Princeton University. There are other places so-called Princeton but this one is the most familiar. It is said that Princeton, NJ was named after Prince William of Orange who later became King of England around the time the town was settled (1680s) before the Revolutionary War. The college was named for and established in Princeton in 1756. The town’s etymology comes from the English word “Prince” which defines a hereditary royal title, from the Latin “princeps” derived from the elements “primus” (first) and “capio” (to seize). These are obviously fitting root elements since a “prince” is generally the first to seize the throne upon the death of a king (usually his father). The Olde English word for town was “tun” (meaning “homestead”) which is why many place names end with the “-ton” suffix. Princeton barely has any usage as a masculine given name but it recently landed a position on the U.S. Top 1000. Trenton is another New Jersey city name currently on the American list of boy names.

All About the Baby Name – Princeton

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME PRINCETON

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME PRINCETON

Princeton just debuted on the American Top 1000 list of baby boy names in 2011 so it’s still residing at the bottom of that list (rare usage). Not as popular as Kingston (thanks Gwen Stefani) nor as popular as plain old Prince, Princeton just managed to eke out a position on the charts. It has that surnamey quality that American parents are going ga-ga over not to mention there are scores of baby boy names ending with the “-ton” suffix: Ashton, Colton, Easton, Braxton, Peyton, Weston, Trenton and Clayton just to name a few. Why not Princeton? It’s a natural addition to this fashionable trend. Princeton has a regal quality for obvious reasons and its connection to the Ivy League university adds another layer of superiority.

Quick Facts

ON PRINCETON

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

636

PRONUNCIATION:

PRINZ-tәn

SIMPLE MEANING:

Prince town

Characteristics

OF PRINCETON

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Princeton

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME PRINCETON

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

Popular Songs

ON PRINCETON

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Princeton


Famous People

NAMED PRINCETON

Princeton Lyman (American diplomat)

Children of Famous People

NAMED PRINCETON

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Princeton

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME PRINCETON

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Princeton