John Stamos (or as we still like to call him, Uncle Jesse) may not be the only one who is “#heartbroken” that the Olsen twins are reportedly opting out of the Full House reboot, Fuller House. But the 13-episode series is apparently still on track to premiere next year, and that got me wondering: might we start seeing some of the names from the original show rebooting their way into baby names popularity? I lay down the odds.
Michelle The youngest member of the Tanner clan was played in tandem by the Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley, and scored this feminine variant of Michael. But ever since its top-of-the-charts popularity (in the late 60s to beginning of the 80s,) it’s been on a slow and steady decline. Its odds of resurrection? Not too good for current girls, whose parents are favoring Michaela and its variant spellings, but you might see it come back in style in a generation or two.
D.J. (Donna Jo) Initial nicknames remain in vogue, even if the eldest Tanner daughter’s names, Donna and Jo, aren’t. (Donna, which means “lady” in Italian, dropped out of the top 1000 a few years back.) Like the initials D.J., but not the names? I’d vote for Dahlia Jane for a girl, Declan James for a boy.
Stephanie Middle sister Stephanie scored another hot name for the show’s time period—odds are lots of the kids watching the show shared this feminized take on Stephen. But it’s fallen to a spot just inside the top 200, and it’s doubtful the show will give it anything more than a small bump in popularity.
Rebecca/Becky The wife of Full House rocker Jesse sports a Biblical classic that’s following a similar trajectory to Michelle and Stephanie, though its run near the top was far longer. It may continue its decline for a time, but I don’t ever see it falling out of the top 250.
Danny Patriarch Danny scores a perennial top 50 favorite that just reentered the top 10. Daniel is a Hebrew name that means “God is my judge.”
Jesse Rocker Jesse has a Hebrew name that means gift, and the name bumped in popularity during Full House‘s first run. It’s declined a bit on the charts, though it’s still solidly in the top 200. Perhaps this reboot of the show will reboot interest in the name?
Joey Comedic Uncle Joey has one of the most timeless names of all time—Joseph, which has been in the top 25 forever. Don’t expect it to go anywhere!
Kimmy D.J.’s annoying best bud Kimmy sported a top 10 name from the 1970s, which began its slow decline as soon as the show began to air. (Coincidence?) Despite the current love affair with names that end with the “ee” sound (like Everly, Emily, Avery, Zoe and Lily), I just don’t see Kimberly coming back, either.
Tell us: Did you love Full House? And would you consider any of these names for your new addition?
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Do you know a baby named Claudine, Barbra, Seymour, or Elmo? Probably not. Fewer than five kids in the U.S. were given the names Claudine and Elmo last year, so they didn’t even make the Social Security list at all—and Barbra and Seymour each had just five kids sporting the name. While many of the names on the endangered list are bizarre spellings, very exotic foreign names, or baby names that are a little questionable (like Riot or Pistol), there are some old-school names that may deserve another chance.
Check out my favorites from the endangered list, that might deserve a second shot at stardom.
There’s a whole slew of fun French names that are near extinction here in the U.S., but might make lovely options for girls here. Clemence, Cerise, Claudine, Victoire, and Agathe all fit that category. Not into French? Among the other nearly extinct names, there’s Romilly (a nice alternative to the popular Amelia/Emily), Nigella (as in the famous TV chef and cookbook author), Finola (a charming Irish alternative to the popular Fiona), and Nazarene.
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Many of the names that are in danger of disappearing have a lot of pop-culture baggage to them. We’re talking Madonna, Moesha, Sigourney, Cher, and Kesha—and I think they’re too closely aligned to their legendary bearers to be viable for many brand new baby girls.
Yeah, Elmo’s a hard sell, with that furry red Muppet making it seem a little childish. But there are some gems that are disappearing. From the bottom of the boys’ list, consider Algernon (as in the classic book, Flowers for Algernon), Riordan (a lovely Irish name that a nice, not-so-popular alternative to the overpopulation of Aidan), Raoul, Ewen, Anselm, Delaney, and Oberon.
But besides Elmo, there’s another whole crop of tainted classics that may be on their way out. Waldo was doomed by the popularity of the Where’s Waldo series, while Adolphus and Adolph are too similar to Adolf Hitler’s moniker. Iago has the baggage of being a Shakespearean baddie, Dudley’s a dud (and Harry Potter’s bully of a cousin), and Cletus is synonymous with the idea of rednecks, thanks to the character on The Simpsons.
Tell us: Are you surprised that any of these names are on the endangered list? And would you consider giving your child one of these options?
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The Social Security Administration has been keeping track of baby name trends and statistics since 1890—but now the Internet is providing us with fun ways to entertain ourselves with the data. Take, for example, Time.com’s brand new “Find Out What Your Name Would Be Today” interactive/time suck, where you can type in your name and see what other choices were at exactly the same popularity level for each decade over the past 110 years. For instance, Lisa was the third most popular in the year I was born, so I’d be a Sophia today, a Brittany back in the 1990s, and a Margaret way back in the 1910s.
It’s a fun mid-day diversion, to be sure, but I’m thinking this might be a good way to explore the baby name lists and look for some winners for your own baby, especially if you look at the vintage monikers. For example, If you love Madison but aren’t loving the fact that it’s currently in the top 10, you could be inspired by what was equally popular decades before. Madison’s 1920s equivalent is up-and-comer Evelyn, and in the 1940s, it’s Dorothy. Also on the same popularity level: Florence (1910s), Grace (1890s), Virginia (1930s), and yes, Tiffany (so 1980s!).
Or plug in the grandpa-to-be’s name (we tested a Kenneth born in the 1940s), and you could get a fun way to pay homage, if the moniker in question isn’t one you’d want to utilize. Ken brings up Austin, Jayden, Tyler, George, Albert, and Kenneth again (way back in the 1970s, when all those Ken Juniors were born).
Tell us: Are there any hidden gems at your popularity level? Which one would you pick for your son or daughter?
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It’s a girl for Real Girl’s Kitchen host and actress Haylie Duff and her fiance Matt Rosenberg, who welcomed their daughter yesterday, just one day after Mother’s Day! And the baby name they picked is one that’s traditionally been true blue, but is recently seeing a huge upswing for the girls: Ryan.
Ryan is an Irish name that means “little king,” and has been a consistent top 50 pick for boys. But this year it was one of the big movers and shakers on the girls’ side of the aisle, moving up more than 100 places to just outside the top 500 names for girls. (Perhaps its rise can be traced back to its usage for Sandra Bullock’s astronaut, Dr. Ryan Stone, in Gravity?)
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There’s no word on what middle name Haylie and Matt picked to go with it, but I’d pair it with a short and sweet name, like Jade, Jane, Maeve or Leigh (perhaps as a little homage to mom?).
Baby Ryan joins her cousin, Luca, the son of Lizzie Maguire and Younger star Hilary Duff—who also sports a more unisex-style name.
Related: Haylie Duff on Being Pregnant and Hungry
Tell us: What do you think of Haylie and Matt’s baby name pick for their brand new daughter? What middle name would you pair with Ryan?
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For baby name nerds, mid-May’s about more than just Mother’s Day brunch mimosas. It brings the big kahuna baby name list from the Social Security Administration, which parses out what’s hot, and what’s definitely not amongst baby names.
The big news: Sophia’s dropped down to #3, letting Emma regain the throne for the top girls’ name. And on the boys’ side, the reign of the “den” names (Braden, Caden, Jayden, etc.) may finally be over. You can get the full scoop on the top 20 baby names right here!
We’re still parsing through so much of it—especially as they list every variant spelling and baby name mistake, as long as at least five people picked it—but here’s what we’re seeing so far.
Questionable Pop Culture Names Yep, we all love Star Wars and Game of Thrones. But should two of the red-hot risers on the list really be Anakin and Khaleesi? On the plus side, it looks like people are not naming their kids after actual celebrities—the biggest droppers on the baby name list included Miley (which was this year’s biggest loser, falling more than 400 spots), Rihanna, Gwyneth, Channing, and Britney.
Names of Mythic Proportions Baby namers are turning to some old-school mythology for help with naming their kids. Some of the biggest risers include Odin and Freya from Norse mythology, Titan and Ariadne from the ancient Greco-Roman myths.
The Downfall of Creative Spellings The list of baby name losers (the names dropping the fastest) is overcrowded with creatively spelled names, like Kamryn, Kourtney, Xzavier and Addisyn. Maybe people are discovering that variant spellings only bring headaches and don’t actually make your child’s name unique?
A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll Rocker names like Hendrix, Axl and Lennon were all big—and names with plenty of country flair, like Jolene and Stetson also were among the biggest risers.
Keep watching here and on our Baby Names page for more articles and analysis of the 2014 top baby names, as we mine the list for hidden gems, nearly extinct names, and other baby name inspiration. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.
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