Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Savannah

Savannah is a female given name used primarily in the United States and derived from a place name. Savannah, Georgia is a well-known southern city established in 1733 and built on the Savannah River. The river’s name is believed to have been derived from variant names given to the Shawnee tribe, a Native American people who migrated to the river in the 1680s (which became southernmost part of the Algonquin nation). Apropos, in the Algonquian language the word “shawano” means “southerner” – the word which purportedly gave the area its name. Other scholars believe Savannah may have been derived from a Shawnee word meaning moderate, warm climate. A savanna, or savannah, is also a grassland ecosystem characterized by small, widely spaced trees unable to form canopies, thus providing very little shade. As a female given name, Savannah is quite modern and she shares space on America’s Top 100 list with other geographical places such as Madison, Brooklyn, Sydney and London. Ironically, as a baby girl’s name, Savannah is more popular in Australia and Sydney is more popular in the United States!

All About the Baby Name – Savannah

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME SAVANNAH

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME SAVANNAH

The name Savannah has actually been used in America for over 100 years despite its modern trendiness. It was a name mainly isolated to the south at the turn of the 20th century so its familiarity and usage was not widespread. By the early 1920s, the name completely disappeared from the U.S. popularity graphs. It wasn’t until 1983 that the name jumped back onto the charts pretty dramatically. This may have had something to do with a 1982 movie called “Savannah Smiles” about a well-to-do little girl who orchestrates her own disappearance in an effort to get her parent’s attention. The movie probably reminded Americans how charming the name Savannah sounds, so parents started using it again. Since 1982, the name has stayed on the charts, further bolstered in the mid-1990s by the popular book and movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” which depicts an assortment of eccentric Savannah personalities. The name’s peak popularity was achieved in 2006 and 2007 when she was ranked #30 in the nation. Today she appears to be parking herself comfortably on America’s Top 50.

Quick Facts

ON SAVANNAH

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

37

PRONUNCIATION:

sah-VAN-ah

SIMPLE MEANING:

Southerner

Characteristics

OF SAVANNAH

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Savannah

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME SAVANNAH

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

Popular Songs

ON SAVANNAH

West Savannah
a song by Outkast [explicit]

Savannah Fare You Well
a song by Jimmy Buffett

Savannah (Don't You Ever Think Of Me)
a song by Vince Gill

Blue Savannah
a song by Erasure

Famous People

NAMED SAVANNAH

Savannah Guthrie (journalist)
Savannah Stehlin (actress)

Children of Famous People

NAMED SAVANNAH

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

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME SAVANNAH

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