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What Baby Names Are Rising—And Falling?

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

While this year brought a big shakeup at the top of the boys’ charts, the more interesting story is what names are rising fast on the charts—and what’s tanking. The fastest risers may give an indication of the latest trends (or a pop culture phenomenon at work).

Top risers for girls include Daleyza (up a whopping 3130 spots), a name invented by reality star Larry Hernandez of Larrymania; Marjorie (up 735 places), which may be riding on the coattails of Game of Thrones‘ version of Princess Di, Margaery; Lennon, the former Beatles’ surname gone girls’ name; and the celeb favorite Everly/Everleigh—both spellings were among the top risers for girls. Two of my favorites among the girls’ high-riser lists are Freya, the Scandinavian goddess, and Mabel, Bruce Willis’ pick for his nearly two-year-old.

On the boys’ hot list is Jayceon (up 845 spots), a creative spelling of standby Jason; place name Milan (up 650), picked by Shakira for her son; mythological name Atlas (up 614); and the other Jason/Jay “creative” alternative, Jayse.

Among my favorites on the boys’ high rise list, you’ll find a pair of title names, Duke and Deacon, and the Scandinavian royal name Magnus, a favorite of celebrities and a literally great name.

And of course, what goes up must come down! The boys’ name biggest losers were all creative spellings of popular names: Austyn, Masen, Trevon, Jaidyn and Bently. (Unfortunately for those who hate creative spellings, there were plenty of oddly spelled names among the up-and-comers, too.) The girls’ name losers were a mixed bag: Litzy, a Mexican nickname popularized by a pop songstress, old-lady name Geraldine, plus Marisa, Taraji and Adley.

You can view the whole list of movers and shakers on the Social Security Administration site. Tell me: What is your favorite on these lists? And where do you stand on the whole creative spelling thing?

Keep watching this blog for more updates on the baby name list (you can like me on Facebook to ensure you’re always in the know)! And if you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our baby name finder!

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Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name

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Most Popular Baby Names—Revealed!

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The Social Security Administration finally revealed the list of the most popular baby names for 2013, and it’s a new number one—at least on the boys’ side. Finally knocking Jacob out of the top spot after more than a decade is the Biblical Noah! On the girls’ side, Sophia still reigns supreme, with a little switching of spots between the next three: Emma, Olivia and Isabella. Here’s the whole top 10 for boys—and for girls!

Top 10 for Boys & Girls

1. Noah & Sophia

2. Liam & Emma

3. Jacob & Olivia

4. Mason & Isabella

5. William & Ava

6. Ethan & Mia

7. Michael & Emily

8. Alexander & Abigail

9. Jayden & Madison

10. Daniel & Elizabeth

You can see the full list on the Social Security site. Don’t see the perfect name for your baby in the top 10 (or you’re looking for something that’s not quite in the spotlight)? Use our Baby Name Finder to search out a great moniker, or send me your dilemma at lamilbrand@gmail.com to get personalized advice. And keep watching this blog as we slice and dice the numbers and analyze which baby names are trending, which ones are on the way out, and what’s most popular in your neighborhood! (You can like me on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss a post!)

Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

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Is This Game of Thrones Baby Name Really Becoming Popular?

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Could Game of Thrones be inspiring a lot of baby namers? I’ve posted about a few of the more wearable names in my Cool Name of the Week series (hello, Arya, Stark and Margaery), and did a whole post about some of the other Game of Thrones names that I thought might not be too out there for standard use—I love Brienne, Sansa and Tyrion, especially.

But apparently, baby namers have their own ideas—as Khaleesi, the royal title of the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, is an up-and-coming name—in fact, 146 girls were named that last year. The royal title was even more popular than regular standard-issue names like Brandy—and even more popular than the character’s actual name. (Only 21 people decided to name their daughters Daenerys last year.)

I guess this falls in with the trend for title baby names—Major was one of the hottest names for boys last year, and names like King, Prince and even Messiah have ranked pretty highly. And I guess Khaleesi could be kind of wearable—you could shorten it to the less exotic Ally or Lee or Callie if you’re feeling like Khaleesi doesn’t make sense for your daughter’s future career as an accountant. But still—Khaleesi was the last name I’d expect to be a big breakout from the show and the book.

What do you think? Is Khaleesi too weird for a baby name? Or is it wearable for a modern baby girl? Did you or someone you know pick a Game of Thrones name for your baby?

Find your perfect baby name with our Baby Name Finder—or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com with your baby name dilemma for a little expert advice. And if you want to keep up on the latest news in baby names, don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to stay up on it.

Image: Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen, courtesy of HBO

Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

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Throwback Thursday: 1910s Baby Names

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Today we’re finishing up our Throwback Thursday series with a visit back to the 1910s—exactly 100 years ago. And the intriguing thing is that so many of the top names are coming back into vogue from then—names like Alice, Lillian and Rose for girls, Charles, Henry and James for boys.

But there definitely are names that haven’t been mined quite yet, and are worthy of a look. Check out these choices:

BABY GIRL NAMES

Helen was the number two name of the decade—it has a lovely background, the name of a mythical queen whose legendary beauty set off the Trojan War. The name means shining one, and is currently near the top 400 baby names.

Irene was a top 20 name a century ago, but it’s currently down in the top 700. It’s a beautiful name with an equally beautiful meaning: peace.

Mabel now has a celebrity baby in her corner—unique baby namer Bruce Willis picked it for his daughter. It’s a short version of Amabel (also lovely) and it means lovable. It might be a nice ancillary to the up-and-coming Mavis.

Thanks to red-hot Girls star Lena Dunham and Game of Thrones star Lena Headey, Lena, a shortened version of Helena and Elena, is likely to make a big comeback.

Genevieve peaked at 82 a century ago, and it’s definitely on its way back into prominence (it’s about to break the top 200). It’s a French name that means tribeswoman.

Maxine means the greatest—and it hit its peak as the 100th most popular name back in the 1910s.  With celebrities like Jessica Simpson picking Maxwell, this might be a more traditional way to get to that cute “Max” nickname for a girl.

BABY BOY NAMES

Carl is a Germanic take on Charles, and was in the top 25 a century ago. It bottomed out at the top 600 two years ago, but seems to be on an uptick since it was used for the son of lead Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead.

Bernard means “brave as a bear,” and was a top 50 name in the 1910s. It fell out of the top 1000 a few years back, but I think it makes a nice, classic alternative to some of the popular “B” names, like Bentley and Brayden.

Woodrow was the 67th most popular name in 1910, thanks to the popularity of President Woodrow Wilson. Modern bearers of the name go by Woody (we’re talking Woody Guthrie and Woody Harrelson). I also think you could make the case for Drew as a nickname.

Edwin peaked way back in the 1910s, and could be a cooler way to honor an Edward. If you don’t like Eddie as a nickname, Win could be a winning choice.

Similar name Edgar, meaning wealthy spearman, has been on a slight uptick lately, after a period of slow and steady decline. With cool literary icon Edgar Allan Poe and Impressionist artist Edgar Degas as the most famous bearers, it could be a cool choice for academically oriented parents.

Want to take a tour through the entire Throwback Thursday series? Here are my picks:

1880s Baby Names

1890s Baby Names

1900s Baby Names

1920s Baby Names

1930s Baby Names

1940s Baby Names

1950s Baby Names

1960s Baby Names

1970s Baby Names

1980s Baby Names

1990s Baby Names

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Image: 1910 Woman by LiliGraphie / Shutterstock.com

Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

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Super Bowl Baby Names

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The Super Bowl has descended upon my area—and so I won’t be leaving my neighborhood for the entire weekend, thanks to the massive traffic jams and road closures promised by the mammoth Super Bowl crowds. (But no, I’m not bitter about being held hostage. Not at all!)

If you missed it in all the coverage of the Big Game, there’s a pair of super-Seahawks fans by the surname of Mann, who gave their daughter the middle name 12th—as in 12th Man, the way most teams refer to their MVP fans, who help support their team to victory. I guess it’s not any more out there than Harper Seven, the progeny of sporty David Beckham and his posh wife Victoria.

On Sunday, Peyton Manning is hoping to lead his Denver Broncos to victory. Perhaps he can help bring his name, Peyton, back from being squarely for the girls more into unisex territory. It’s a name that means fighting-man’s estate.

On the Seattle Seahawks, QB Russell Wilson sports a comeback name for boys—Russell means red-headed, and is currently #426. It comes with the delightful Russ or offbeat Rust (as we talked about in this week’s cool name of the week) as nicknames.

And of course, there are plenty of other players on both teams whose names might be worth borrowing, as our friends over at Nameberry noted. I’m liking Von and Britton.

Are you all geared up for the game? And would you turn to your favorite athlete for baby name inspiration? Or will you be watching Puppy Bowl or the Walking Dead marathon instead?

If you’re still looking for a name for your baby, check out our Baby Name Finder—and don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.

Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret

 

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