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Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Disney’s latest princess tale comes courtesy of Hans Christian Andersen’s legendary tale, The Snow Queen. While they took quite a few liberties with the tale (no talking snowmen, from what I remember!), Frozen’s a beautiful modernization of the classic tale.
But my daughters and I loved the movie—and I adored the names they picked for several of the characters. With Scandinavian names becoming a trendlet in baby names, maybe we’ll see a few of these hitting the big time.
Elsa The Snow Queen gets this lovely variant on Elizabeth, which might be a worthy (and currently under the radar) choice if you like the uberpopular Ella. It means “pledged to God,” and after nearly falling out of the top 1000 in the late 1990s, it’s now recovered into the top 500.
Anna Little sister Anna was the focus of the story, and the person on a quest to save her sister. Anna means grace, and it’s been a consistent top 100 baby name for the past century and a half.
Olaf This Norse name that means “relic” was picked for the comic relief snowman sidekick—and I’m afraid that it’s a relic that won’t see a revival. (It hasn’t been in the top 1000 names here for nearly a century.
Kristoff I like the odds on this Scandinavian variant on Christopher finally cracking the top 1000 here. After all, it was the name of Anna’s hunky helper.
Hans A Scandinavian variant on John, Hans dropped out of the top 1000 at the turn of the 21st century. I’m not sure its bearer in Frozen will do much to change that around.
Sven Kristoff’s trusty reindeer sidekick bears the most Swedish of names—it’s actually how Sweden came to be named (Svealand). Sven means youth, and has a very hunky ski instructor vibe to it.
What did you think of Frozen? Did any of the names sound baby worthy to you? Don’t forget to check out our Baby Name Finder to help you pick the perfect name, and like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.
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Image: Frozen movie poster, courtesy of Walt Disney Animation Studios
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Baby Name News, In Name Only, Must Read
Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Thanksgiving came late this year, which means we get a double dose of Peanuts goodness within less than a week: First the awesome, popcorn-and-jellybeans Thanksgiving feast, then my favorite, the Christmas special, with its homely little tree and the best Christmas pageant ever. (Who wouldn’t love to dance like the Peanuts crew to Schroeder’s jazzy tunes?) And while there’s always a soft spot in my heart for Charlie Brown, brother-sister pair Lucy and Linus are my favorite characters. Lucy for her fierce, take-charge attitude (I’m definitely a Lucy at heart), and Linus for his charming pairing of the intellectual and the baby blanket.
Lucy has been a perennial favorite for girls, and is currently trending up in popularity, but poor Linus hasn’t hit the top 1000 in the U.S. since way back in 1940. I think it’s high time we bring it back! Linus is a Greek name that means flax, and in Greek myth, he was the man behind the creation of music. Linus has appeared in several pop culture incarnations beyond the blankie-toting Peanuts member—he was also Matt Damon’s character in the Oceans movies, and Humphrey Bogart’s character in the classic Sabrina. And there’s a Nobel Prize winning chemist who sports the name, too.
Fortunately, other parts of the world have noticed Linus’s charms—several countries place Linus in the top 50 names.
If you’re interested in Linus, you can pair it with either a single-syllable short middle, such as James, Ford, or Jack, or a longer middle name, like Alexander, Jonathan or Alastair.
What do you think of Linus? Is it ready for a comeback? If you still haven’t found the perfect baby name, try our Baby Name Finder or send your dilemma to me at email@example.com. And check out my list of top baby name trends and names to watch, along with the hottest pop culture names of 2013.
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Baby Name Stories, In Name Only, Must Read
Sunday, November 17th, 2013
You just need to say the words “Bat Kid” to me this week to bring me to tears. Just trying to explain it to my husband left me bawling, and I managed to even get him to tear up just by showing him some awesome images of 5-year-old Miles Scott, AKA “Batkid.” If you didn’t get a chance to see this amazing story, Miles spent a day last week saving San Francisco (AKA Gotham City) from the Penguin and the Riddler, as part of his Make a Wish event after battling leukemia. And he drew not only a crowd of thousands throughout San Francisco, but celebrities and even the President, who all celebrated his big day with him.
Miles really seems apropos for a young boy who has had such a challenging journey so far in his life—and it kind of sounds like a superhero name, doesn’t it? (Think Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark, Clark Kent, Miles Scott). But the name Miles actually has a different meaning than you might imagine—it means generous and giving. It’s the 111th most popular name in the U.S., currently at the highest point in popularity over the past 130 years. In addition to Batkid, there are other famous Miles out there—like jazz great Miles Davis and Myles Standish, a leader of the Plymouth Colony.
Miles pairs beautifully with longer middle names. I like Miles with Theodore, Felix, and Everett.
What do you think of Miles as a baby name—and what did you think of Batkid’s story? If you’re still looking for a name worthy of your future superhero or super heroine, check out our Baby Name Finder.
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Baby Name Help, Celebrity Baby Names, Must Read, Top Baby Names
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
The 1930s didn’t go down in history as a stellar decade—what with the Great Depression and Hitler bringing everybody down. But can some cool names be salvaged from this decade? The chart toppers of the 1930s were Robert and Mary—not exactly out-there names even today. But could there be some overlooked gems on the list?
Franklin took a sharp rise after FDR was sworn into office—it peaked at #33 in 1933. It’s dropped below the top 500 now, but still makes a worthy choice. Consider it in lieu of the “den” names like Brayden or Jayden.
While Robert topped the charts in the 1930s, the nickname Bobby wasn’t far behind at #27. Nickname names might not be super popular right now, but could Bobby be charming enough to make a comeback?
Edward may be the “Ed” name of choice, thanks to Twilight, but back in the 1930s, Edwin was topping the charts, too. The name means “wealthy friend”—and isn’t that the best kind to have? I love the idea of Win as a nickname.
I love Clifford, the #86 name of the 1930s—even if this name has become synonymous with the Big Red Dog. But I’d skip Cliff as a nickname in favor of Ford.
Alfred means wise counselor—like the sharp-as-a-tack bearer of the name, Alfred Hitchcock—and it was a top 50 name of the 1930s. If you like the nicknames Freddie or UK fave Alfie, this is the name for you!
Doris peaked at number 13 back in the 1930s—and maybe that’s why it was so unlucky to fall out of fashion. It hasn’t been in the top 1000 since the 1990s, even though it has a cool meaning—gift of the ocean—and a sweet Dorrie nickname.
Strangely enough, the popularity of blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe didn’t extend to her name—it peaked at #16 back in the 1930s. The name is a combo of Mary and Lynn—so it’s a nice way to honor two people in your past.
Sweet Irene has a lovely meaning—peace—and still hasn’t come back after a slow and steady decline from its #49 spot in the 1930s. I think it’s a nice alternative to the many vowel-heavy names, like Emma and Olivia, that still top the charts.
Could Bernice be the next Beatrice? This #87 name in the 1930s fell out of favor in the 1980s, and comes with a cute “Bunny” nickname.
Joan topped the charts back in the 1930s, ranking 7th—and it has the cool Joan of Arc namesake with it. It hasn’t been a top 1000 contender since the 1990s, but maybe it’s ready to come back as an offbeat middle name choice?
What do you think? Could Alfred or Bernice be at a playground near you? If you aren’t a big fan of these 1930s names, try looking for a more modern one with our Baby Name Finder. And if you’ve already found your name, check out this video to make sure you’ve picked a winner.
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Baby Name Help, In Name Only, Must Read
Monday, November 11th, 2013
We get pretty jazzed when someone from Parents.com welcomes a new baby into his or her family. And this week, we were thrilled to help Parents.com executive editor Michael Kress and his wife, Stephanie, welcome a brand new baby girl.
They chose names that are significant to their family for Sophia. Sophia (Tsofiya in Hebrew) was chosen to honor Stephanie’s late father, Tsvi. As any name nerds know, Sophia is currently the most popular name in the country, and it means wisdom. The most famous bearer of the name was movie star Sophia Loren.
The middle name, Devorah, is a Hebrew name that means “bee.” The Kresses chose it to honor Michael’s grandfather, David. Our friends over at Nameberry think it’s a fresh way to pay homage to a Deborah, too. It’s a name that hasn’t cracked the top 1000 here in the U.S., but I think it’s a lovely choice.
Congratulations to Michael and Stephanie! And we can’t wait to finally see some pictures of your beautiful little one.
Need help finding your perfect name? Try our Baby Name Finder!
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
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