Chances are if you know someone named Taysom, you’re also familiar with Saints quarterback Taysom Hill. His first name was extremely unique and was rarely heard before his college football career began at BYU.
But since that day almost a decade ago, there has been a spike in baby names “Taysom”. It was once ranked as the 7,839th most popular name in the United States. Now, it is getting close to breaking the top 1,000.
That’s thanks in large part to the Hill. His performance as a solid college quarterback and an all-around weapon for the Saints has certainly led to the popularity of the name, and he’s been told he’s the one with the same name. with some kids.
“It’s an honor for someone to look at you the way they would,” Hill said NOLA.com.
But where did the first name come from? And what does that mean? This is how Taysom Hill’s unique name was born.
Where did Taysom Hill get his name from?
Taysom Hill’s mother, Natalie, said NOLA.com that there is “a bad story” behind Taysom’s name. As she explains, she got it from the name of a now-defunct Taysom construction company in their hometown of Pocatello, Idaho.
“We’ve been hearing that a lot,” Hill said. “It’s different and no one else has named it.”
Why is “Taysom” the name of that company? Apparently, that was the last name of the company’s founders, but Hills liked it enough to choose it as their son’s name.
NOLA.com explained that the name aligns with Hills’ goal in choosing their son’s name.
[Natalie] and her husband, Doug, wanted an uncommon two-syllable name for their son because Hill is a short and common surname.
Taysom is definitely unique. In fact, the name was wildly unpopular until Hill stepped onto the scene at BYU. After that, its popularity began to increase.
How popular was the name Taysom?
The name Taysom currently ranks as the 1,433th most popular name, according to BabyCenter.com. That might seem low, but considering it ranked 7,839 just nine years ago, the name has enjoyed a dizzying rise.
Also notable is how Hill’s career influenced the popularity of the name. He played sparsely at BYU in 2012 and then rose to stardom in 2013. That’s when the name rose to fame. It declined a bit from 2016 to 2018, when he ended his college career at 16 and disappeared.
The name resurfaced in 2019 as he emerged as a versatile weapon for the Saints. Its rise continued as he became an NFL player and battled Jameis Winston for the Saints’ starting quarterback following the retirement of Drew Brees.
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What does the name Taysom mean?
Based on NghiaOfTheName.com, the name Taysom means “flame” or “a piece of burning wood”.
Mom.com confirmed that Taysom means “fire brand” and that it comes from the English surname “Tyson.”