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Baby Names: Reagan – Babble


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Meaning: Impulsive; angry; queen

Origin: Irish

Alternate spellings: Raegan, Regan

No, parents, this name does not mean “president.” In fact, it didn’t become a popular girl’s name until the 1990s, years after the Ronald’s presidency ended. Before that, though, Linda Blair’s creepy character (actually the related name Regan) in the 1973 horror flick The Exorcist is probably what gave the name the boost it needed to enter the charts for the first time the year after the movie’s debut…and the character fits the name’s description to a tee. Reagan has Irish roots and may mean “impulsive, angry,” and “queen.” After The Exorcist, we can add “creepy” to that list. The name’s received a bit of attention for the boys, too – while Reagan the girl remains popular among parents, which is usually enough to kill most unisex names for boys, Reagan the boy is still hanging in there, although it’s much less popular than its female counterpart.

By The Numbers

U.S. Rank by Year

2000: 286

2004: 144

2008: 141

Rank of Similar Names in 2008

Regan 685

Raegan 395

Regina 688

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4 thoughts on “Baby Names: Reagan – Babble

  1. says:

    Ronald Reagn rocks

  2. says:

    I don’t know if I can get behind Reagan.

  3. says:

    I don’t want my child to hate poor people.

  4. Anonymous says:

    My 18 yr old daughter is Raegan and I get lots of compliments on her name

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