Friday, August 15th, 2014
It takes a little longer for the U.K. to release their baby name stats, but we finally have a look at what was hot in 2013 across the pond. And to no one’s surprise, George made a huge surge forward, thanks to a certain young fellow born there last year. (It’s now officially top 10.)
In fact, it looks like interest in royal names surged at the same time—Victoria and Albert, which were both circulated as possibilities for the royal baby, also saw gains this year. But topping the British charts for girls was Amelia for the third year running, and Oliver regained the top spot, pushing Harry down to #3 for boys.
While the U.S. and U.K. charts definitely have some crossover—Olivia, Emily, Ava, Isabella, Jacob, and William are all top 10 in both countries—there are some unique ideas that could be worth emulating.
1. The nickname name. We definitely prefer formality in our names here in the U.S., but the U.K. favors just going with the nickname as the name—especially if you can make it end with that “e” sound. That’s how names like Charlie, Alfie, Sophie and Evie hit the top 20. Elsie is the biggest climber in the UK top 100 for girls, and Teddy for boys. Other hot “e” names in the U.K. included Archie, Rosie, Frankie and Gracie.
2. The undiscovered name. The U.K.’s top 10 includes names that don’t rank anywhere near that in the U.S. Consider Oscar, which jumped 10 places into the #7 spot in the U.K., but is on a bit of a decline and at number 178 in the U.S. On the girls’ side, Poppy hit the top 10 this year after climbing 6 spots, and it isn’t even in the top 1000 in the U.S. Other names to consider that are far lower in popularity here: Arthur, Hugo and Felix for boys, Florence, Zara and Eleanor for girls.
3. The stodgy name. While we have a tendency to be creative in spelling or in making up a new name (hello, Jaden and Nevaeh), the U.K. loves to recycle names—and there are definitely some old-school names in their top 100 that you haven’t seen much of here in the U.S. On the boys’ side, there’s the already mentioned Albert, plus Harvey, Stanley and Frederick; for girls, you’ll find Tilly, Martha, Harriet, and Beatrice.
You can view the whole U.K. top 100 baby names here, and tell us what your favorites are.
If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and your dilemma could be featured here or in our sister publication, American Baby. (Or check out our Baby Name Finder to do your own searching!) And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names!
Image: British baby by MartiniDry
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Baby Name News, Top Baby Names
Thursday, August 14th, 2014
It’s a girl for Today Show anchor Savannah Guthrie and her husband, Michael Feldman, who welcomed their first daughter yesterday. And they gave her an intriguing name: Vale Guthrie Feldman.
Vale is a word name, which means valley. It’s one that hasn’t been commonly used—it doesn’t even register on the Social Security list, which means that fewer than five children had the name last year. (But I’m guessing that Savannah may have helped bring it into the spotlight!) I love the idea of choosing the name Vale for a daughter of someone named Savannah, since Savannah means grassy plain—in addition to being the city in Georgia.
And with V names becoming so popular (think Violet, Vivienne, Everly and Evelyn), Vale seems to fit right in with the current baby name trends.
Vale’s middle name, of course, is Guthrie’s surname, a wonderful way to honor mom!
What do you think? Could Vale be a new and welcome addition to the universe of names, or is it too offbeat for you?
If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or send your dilemma to me at email@example.com (you could be featured in an upcoming issue of our sister publication, American Baby!). And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names.
Image: Savannah Guthrie by Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com; Vale Guthrie Feldman courtesy of Savannah Guthrie/Twitter.com
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Celebrity Baby Names, Must Read
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
We have a spunky smart little girl named Ivy Catherine. Her name is perfect. Having a rough time for the boy due in September.
I like names that don’t have nicknames attached. Better to be traditional than trendy, for me. But I like somewhat unique….. Help?
Ivy’s such a great name—and definitely one that doesn’t lend itself to nicknames. But it does seem like plenty of boys’ names end up with nicknames. (I remember how my aunt was insistent that my cousin was Matthew, not Matt—but he goes by Matt now!)
Here are some names that might work within your parameters—I’ve highlighted a few of my favorites.
Henry does have Hank as a nickname, but most of the Henrys I know don’t go by it. This is a royal name with a long history—it actually means “ruler.” And it never goes out of style.
Jude has been on a bit of a popularity climb since the turn of the 21st century, but it appears to have leveled off for the past few years in the top 200, making it popular but not overused. It’s most well known for the Beatles song, and the patron saint of those in trouble. It’s one of my favorite picks for boys.
Rory and Ivy make a lovely sibset. Rory means “red king,” and it’s one of those rare unisex names that’s actually skewing more toward the boys right now.
Ian is the Scottish take on “John,” and it’s been a steady top 100 favorite since the 1980s. I like that your kids would have the same initials, without being too closely related.
Wyatt and Emmett are two classic names with a nice, sharp T ending that pairs nicely with your last name, Meier. Or look for names that end with the “ee” sound, like Ivy. I like Ari and Bailey, which don’t lend themselves to nicknames.
Three other one-syllable names that might work for you: Shane, Miles, and Jake.
Okay, readers, it’s your turn: What other names do you think suit our reader’s parameters? Share them in the comments.
If you have a big baby name dilemma, share it with me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll share my help with you here—or you might just be featured in a future issue of our sister publication, American Baby. (You can also do some DIY name picking with our Baby Name Finder.)
And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.
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Monday, August 11th, 2014
Floral names have been in vogue for quite a while—think Lily, Rose, and Violet. But one of the most recent risers on the chart is Azalea, which first appeared in the top 1000 in 2012, and has now moved up into the top 700 in a single year.
This is the hot pink flowering shrub you’ll see around in the springtime, part of the rhododendron family. And most recently, it’s been associated with rapper Iggy Azalea, whose song “Fancy” may just qualify as the song of the summer this year.
And I think it’s a lovely choice for a girl—floral but still spunky!
If you’d love Azalea, try pairing it with Maeve, Jade, Jane or Belle.
Tell us: What do you think of the name Azalea? Is it the new cool floral name, or a little too frilly to be popular?
If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, send me an email at email@example.com, or try our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.
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Baby Name Help, In Name Only
Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
It’s a girl for fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff and her husband, Gavin Bellour. Joining big brother Luca Shai is a daughter with a unique name choice for a girl: Bowie Lou.
Bowie has generally been a name in the boys’ column, most commonly associated with rock legend David Bowie, Alamo hero Jim Bowie, and the Bowie knife. (Though 2013 figures show that 42 girls bear the name, compared to only 25 boys.) It’s of Scottish origin, and means blonde.
Lou is often considered a nickname for Louisa, though can be a name in its own right. It’s recently become somewhat fashionable among celebs for a middle name, with Louis C.K. picking it for his daughter, Mary Lou, and Keri Russell choosing Willa Lou.
Tell us: What do you think of Rebecca and Gavin’s choice? Would you consider Bowie for your daughter or your son?
We’re looking for a few great baby name dilemmas to feature in our sister publication, American Baby. Send us your baby name issue at firstname.lastname@example.org and you could be featured! And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names.
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