Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Trace

After going down a few avenues, we were finally able to “trace” the origin of Trace. In brief, Trace is a masculine abbreviated form of the unisex name Tracy. Tracy is the transferred use of an English surname derived from a place name and borrowed from the Norman French. The Norman baronial name was used in reference to the “domain belonging to Thracius” (from the classical Roman-Gallo personal name Thracius meaning “of Thracia”). Thracia was an ancient province of the Roman Empire located in present day southeastern Europe now divided between Greece and Turkey. In 1837, Charles Dickens used the name Tracy for one of his central male characters in “The Pickwick Papers”. For females, Tracy was popularized by the 1940 film “The Philadelphia Story” in which Katherine Hepburn portrays the wealthy socialite character of Tracy Lord. (Please note: for females, Tracy is considered a diminutive of Theresa). Trace is a modern masculine shortened form of Tracy developing in the latter half of the 20th century.

All About the Baby Name – Trace

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME TRACE

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME TRACE

Trace made his debut on the American male popularity charts in 1965, but didn’t stick to the charts until 1990. Between 1996 and 1998, the name leaped over 400 positions on the charts, a remarkable achievement indeed. This was influenced by country musician star Trace Adkins (born Tracy Darrell Adkins in 1962) who made his successful entrance onto the country music stage in 1996 with the release of his album “Dreamin' Out Loud”. Therefore, we have to assume that the success of the name Trace in the 1990s was mainly propelled by country-loving music fans. Trace has seen moderate declines on the charts since the turn of the 21st century, so he may be going out of fashion. Still, Trace is another snappy one-syllable choice that’s both easy to say and easy to spell. It has a definite relaxed, no-nonsense quality to it and formidable country coolness.

Quick Facts

ON TRACE

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

1

RANKING POPULARITY:

641

PRONUNCIATION:

TRACE

SIMPLE MEANING:

Man from Thracia

Characteristics

OF TRACE

Cooperative

Considerate

Compassionate

Nurturing

Sensitive

Patient

Loving

Kind

Gracious

Balanced

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Trace

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME TRACE

Violet is a main character of Toni Morrison’s novel Jazz, published in 1992. Taking its rhythm from its name, the story weaves and drifts, disconnects and reconnects, creating a nonlinear composition of haunting variations. Violet is the fifty-six year of African American wife whose husband has cheated on her with a young woman, an act that drives her mad, makes her “Violent”. Her husband, Joe, kills his young lover, and Violet attacks her dead body at the funeral. Somehow, out of these sordid beginnings, rises a tale that helps us understand the origins of lovelessness and human yearnings, the indignities of slavery, the powerful healing of forgiveness and the final redemption of the courage to live life.

Popular Songs

ON TRACE

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


Famous People

NAMED TRACE

Trace Adkins (country musician)
Trace Cyrus (musician and brother of Miley)

Children of Famous People

NAMED TRACE

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

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME TRACE

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