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Monday, July 8th, 2013
Nameberry has a list of July-themed baby names up on their site right now (definitely worth checking out if you’ve got a baby on the way over the next month). And it reminded me of one of my absolute favorite baby names, Julian.
The Latin name is a cooler take on Julius (aka Caesar!). It means youthful, and has been on a slow and steady upswing, ever since John Lennon chose it for his son nearly half a century ago—and it currently sits at number 53 on the U.S. chart. (It’s even more popular across the pond.) And thanks to that, it seems to have a very British vibe (just perfect for a baby born the same year as English royalty).
It’s been a celebrity baby name favorite, picked by people like Bob Marley, Robert De Niro, Jerry Seinfeld and Lisa Kudrow. Of course, it has its slightly more wicked side—it’s also the name of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, avoiding arrest for an alleged sexual assault in Sweden. (Not exactly the kind of guy you probably want to name your baby boy after, am I right?)
You can shorten Julian to Jules—or follow the lead of one mommy blogger and make it Juju. (I prefer Jules myself.)
Julian pairs nicely with a short and sweet middle name—I like it with names that continue the softer sounds of Julian, such as Snow, Leo, Henry or Louis.
What do you think of the name Julian? Is it one you’d consider for your son?
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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
We only have a few more weeks until the heir to the throne of England comes into the world—and the book makers are taking bets on everything from the child’s future profession to his or her hair color. And naturally, they’re also taking wagers as to what the royal offspring will be named.
Do the bookmakers know something we don’t know? The odds (at least as far as the bookmakers are concerned) are that Queen Elizabeth II’s grandchild will be a princess—they’re giving the odds on that 2-7—and the odds of a prince have become much higher—now 11-2. And if it’s a girl, the bookmakers are betting the name is most likely Alexandra (5-2), followed by Charlotte, Diana and Elizabeth (all at 6-1 odds). My royal name pick, Eleanor, is a long shot at 25-1.
If Prince William and his wife Kate’s baby does end up being a prince, George is the name to beat—and the only boys’ name that’s given odds better than 25-1. (I picked Alfred as my future king of England.)
The only thing we know—North West is likely a very long shot!
Do you think the bookies are on target? Which of the rumored names do you like best?
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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
Two celeb couples just welcomed daughters—Ron Livingstone (you’ll remember him most memorably as the hypnotized hero Peter of cult classic Office Space), and wife Rosemarie DeWitt (an actress who starred in Standoff) welcomed daughter Gracie James; baseball player Nick Swisher and Reba star Joanna Garcia Swisher welcomed daughter Emerson Jay. So two ladies with names on the boyish side!
Gracie is a more informal version of the word name Grace, a name that’s just fallen out of the top 20–and James has been popping up more and more for girls as a clever (and slightly less expected) middle name, in lieu Jane or Ann.
Emerson used to be a boys’ only name—but recently, it’s become even more popular for girls, where it’s currently in the top 250. It’s another way to get that popular Emma/Emily/Em sound in your daughter’s name. Jay comes from the bluejay bird (or is short for Jason). Traditionally, this was also boys’ only, but now it’s a girls name, too.
What do you think of these two celebrity “tomboy” names? Are these names you’d want to give your daughter—or would you prefer them for your sons?
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Monday, May 20th, 2013
It’s twins for country singer Chely Wright and her wife, Lauren Blitzer Wright, who welcomed a pair of sons over the weekend. The two boys were given names that had meaning for the couple—they’re the names of Chely and Lauren’s grandfathers: Everett Joseph and George Samuel.
Everett is a relatively popular name that means “brave,” and currently is on a major upswing toward the top 200 names. They paired it with the timeless Joseph, a top 20 Biblical name.
George is a Greek name that means farmer. It’s a name that’s on a very slow and steady decline, after decades in the top 20 names. (I still love it, though, for little boys!) It’s a name with a very long and illustrious past, including British royals, our first President, a slew of writers, and of course, a few modern Presidents, too. Samuel is an Old Testament name, which hasn’t been out of the top 100 for over a century. It’s a name that means “told by God,” and it’s currently in the top 25 in the U.S.
What do you think of Chely and Lauren’s choices? Are you planning on any of those names for your baby boy? (Don’t forget to check out our Name Game to tell us what other names you love—or love to hate!)
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Friday, May 17th, 2013
Sophia and Jacob may be the most popular U.S. baby names overall, but they aren’t the top names in every state. In fact, Sophia only topped the charts in 17 states, and three names were actually tops in more states than Jacob. (Jacob ranked #1 in four states, while William, Liam and Mason all topped the charts in more states than that.)
But what’s even more interesting are some of the names that made the top 5 in some states, but aren’t even in the top 10 in the U.S. Washington DC had some unique girls’ names, Charlotte and Genesis. Harper was also #4 in Montana, Nebraska, Iowa and North Dakota, and #2 in South Dakota—I’m already predicting that it hits the top 10 next year. Some unique names in the number 5 spot include Aaliyah (New Mexico), Avery (Minnesota), Lily (Utah) and Ella (Vermont).
The boys’ names were even more varied. Henry’s making major inroads—it may be only #43 overall, but it hit the top 5 in Washington DC, Minnesota and Oregon. Logan was in the top five in Hawaii, Idaho, Vermont and Wyoming, while Wyatt continued to be red-hot in the West—it was #3 in Montana and #5 in Wyoming. Some other unique names included Gabriel (#4 in Alaska), Ryan (#3 in Massachusetts), Carter (#3 in Iowa and #5 in Michigan), and Bentley and Hunter, both in the top 5 in West Virginia.
Of course, if you take into account the variety of ways baby names can be spelled—like Sophia/Sofia, Aiden/Aidan/Ayden and other creative spellings, the top names may look pretty different across the board. (Take a look at this top baby girls’ names, compiled by listing all the variant spellings—and you’ll see a different picture of the top baby names.)
What baby names are you hearing a lot where you live? (Check out our Name Game to tell us what other names you love—or love to hate!)
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