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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 email@example.com, 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!
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Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Today, X-Men: Days of Future Past opens, with the story once again focusing on Dr. Charles Xavier and his band of merry mutants, who fight not only against some evil humans who are hellbent on erasing them from the planet, but some fellow mutants who don’t share their kinder, gentler, let’s-all-just-get-along outlook. I’m excited to see this one, which requires time travel to stop whatever massive danger the X-Men find themselves in.
If you’ve been living under a rock and know nothing about them, the X-Men generally go by some pretty funky names, based on their special powers—like Iceman, who can freeze things at will, or Magneto, who can control and warp anything metallic. But if you’re looking for a name in homage to your favorite X-Men character, here are a few that are worth considering.
Xavier is the surname of Charles Francis Xavier (AKA Professor X), the leader of the X-Men, who possesses powers of telepathy and can control the minds of others. (He’s played, at least in future time, by the always awesome Patrick Stewart.) Xavier is the 83rd most popular name in the U.S., and it means “bright.”
Wolverine is probably the most iconic X-Men character, with his adamantium-clad claws that spring out from his fingers. The name he goes by, Logan, has been in the top 20 names in the U.S. since 2006. It’s a Scottish name that means “hollow,” and while it’s generally used for the boys, it’s having some success as a girls’ name, too.
Rogue can steal memories and powers from other people through touch. Her name has been revealed as either Anna or Marie (or Anna Marie), depending on if you follow the comics or the movie. But I like Rogue itself as a word name. It may be a little daring in the first spot, but it would make a really cool middle name.
Mystique is one of the cooler dark-side mutants, with blue skin and the ability to shape shift into anyone. The fact that she’s been played recently by Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t hurt, either. Mystique’s real name is Raven, currently on a bit of an upswing toward the top 500 baby names.
Jean Grey possesses telekinetic, telepathic and empathic powers of incredible strength, surpassing even Professor X. While Jean’s a beautiful, old-school name, it’s dropped off the radar since the early 1990s, and last year only 61 girls sported the name. I’m liking Grey a bit more, as a cool and colorful middle name.
Tell me: Who’s your favorite X-Man? And would you name your kiddo in homage to a pop-culture hero?
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Image: Mystique courtesy of Marvel & 20th Century Fox
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Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
You knew that a guy who renamed himself Future (formerly known as Nayvadius D. Wilburn) wasn’t going to pick something like John or James for his son. And instead, rapper-producer Future and singer Ciara decided to give their new cutie a name that’s obviously dear to their hearts—Future! And they paired that with the middle name Zahir.
Future is obviously a word name, and one that hasn’t been extremely popular—only six boys were given it last year. It does give you that forward thinking vibe, though. Perhaps we’ll be seeing more Futures in, well, the future?
Zahir is an Arabic name that means “shining.” So maybe this boy has a bright future? (With two talented celebrity parents, that’s not a huge stretch!)
No word yet on what they’re planning to call him—will he go by Future Junior?
In all, it’s certainly not a name I’d pick for one of my kids, but it seems perfect for the baby of two very creative celebrities.
What do you think? Would you consider Future for your kid—or are there any other word names you’d pick instead?
If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check our Baby Name Finder—or head on over to our Baby Fame Name Generator to get a name perfect for the A list.
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Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Could it be Zzyzx? (That’s pronounced Zay-zix, if you’re as stumped as I was!) That’s the baby name voted the weirdest by readers on EBabyNames, and it’s actually a place name somewhere out in California (officially titled the “last place on Earth,” thanks to that weird spelling which puts it last in the alphabet). And apparently, 5 kids received that name last year here in the U.S.
While I can appreciate the desire to give your kid an original name, does anyone think we’re taking it a little too far? Maybe it’s because of all those weird celebrity baby names, like Apple and Moxie Crimefighter. But with names like Khaleesi, Nimrod, and yes, Zzyzx showing up on the official baby name charts, can we just all agree that maybe it’s time to let our kids stand out for their talents, their personalities and just for being a one-of-a-kind person on this planet—and just give them a name that’s easily pronounceable and understandable and spellable?
There are literally thousands of names out there that aren’t heard on the playground at the moment, but won’t make people say “huh?” There are so, so many intriguing names that you just don’t hear much these days—names like Augustine and Esme, Meadow and Houston, Azalea and Anders, Bodhi and Estella. Do we really need to name our kids Abcde (that’s pronounced Ab-sid-ee, if you’re wondering)?
You tell me: If you made up a name for your baby, or chose something extreme like Zzyzx, I’d love to hear why you made that choice—and what kind of a reaction you and your child have gotten from loved ones, teachers, etc. And if you’re anti-offbeat, tell me exactly what bothers you about the more bizarre end of the baby name spectrum—and share the most bizarre baby name you’ve heard!
If you’re still looking for a name for your baby (and Zzyzx and Abcde haven’t made your list!), check out our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names. (Sign up now, and you’ll be among the first to find out when the brand-new most popular baby name list comes out within the few days!)
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Monday, April 14th, 2014
Maybe Joffrey on Game of Thrones isn’t exactly cool—but if you watch Game of Thrones, you’ll probably understand why I picked it as the cool name this week. (And if the episode’s still sitting on your DVR, read no further. There are SPOILERS afoot!)
Weddings don’t seem to end very well on Game of Thrones. There was last year’s infamous Red Wedding, when half of the Stark family met their tragic demise. And last night’s royal wedding ended with the horrific and satisfyingly graphic poisoning of the character you most love to hate, Westeros’s spoiled little boy king Joffrey Baratheon.
But even if Joffrey himself isn’t someone you’d want to emulate, could the name be worthy of your child? Joffrey is the Scottish variation of Jeffrey—and it’s a name that means “pledge of peace,” which means it was hardly fitting for this young man. It’s never been in the top 1000 here in the U.S., though Jeffrey itself has been in the top 250 since the 1940s.
I like pairing Joffrey with short and sweet middle names, like James, Jett, Lee, Thorn, or Scott. (I’m kinda digging the Thorn, as you could end up with the cool J.T. nickname for your boy.)
What do you think? Would you ever consider naming your son a name that’s associated with a pop culture villain, or is it all good guys and heroes for you? You can read more about my Game of Thrones favorite names here, or find the name for your baby with our Baby Name Finder.
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