Naming the Fishes

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FallonToday’s name is a surname typically seen as a girl name, although it could definitely be masculine too!

Fallon is derived from the Irish surname O Fallamhaim, meaning “descendant of Fallamhan.” The given name Fallamhan means “leader.” There is a second possible origin as well, Fallon could be a variant of the English name “Fuller”, from the Old English pre 7th Century “fullere”, a name given to “a dresser of cloth”.

It was popularized in the 1980s by a character on the American soap opera ‘Dynasty’. Fallon Carrington was the headstrong and promiscuous daughter in the show.

However that popularity did not last long, in the 1980s it shot up to #546 in the US and by the 1990s it was out of the top 1000. In the UK, 31 girls were named Fallon in 2010 and only 3 boys. I’m guessing the numbers are around the same in the US (there isn’t much stats for names outside the top 1000).

But I did find some cool statistics for Fallon (used in the US).

  • Records indicate that 4,616 girls in the United States have been named Fallon since 1880.
  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1982, when 610 people in the U.S. were given the name Fallon.





3 comments on “Fallon

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  2. Sally
    April 6, 2013

    Names are so interesting. Fallon is used as a main character’s name in a long running soap opera on the radio here in the UK called ‘The Archers.’ Fallon is the daughter of a lady called Jolene who was a singer of country and western but now runs the village pub.
    Visiting from A – Z

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