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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.
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. And check out my list of top baby name trends and names to watch, along with the hottest pop culture names of 2013.
And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names!
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Baby Name Stories, In Name Only, Must Read
Sunday, November 24th, 2013
Our friends over at Nameberry have posted their list of Thanksgiving-themed names, including Miles (as in Standish), Priscilla (as in one of the women at the first Thanksgiving meal) and Tom (as in Tom the Turkey). But perhaps my favorite choice out of them is the day-of-the-week name Thursday.
Thursday’s not a very popular baby name—no one even picked it for their child last year. But it’s a real-deal baby name nonetheless.
Thursday was named for the Norse god Thor, the god of thunder. And it makes a pretty cool name for a girl, like the similarly cool Tuesday and Wednesday (as in the creepy-cool Wednesday Addams from the Addams Family).
Thursday’s one of my favorite heroines from recent books—as in Thursday Next from the Bookworld series. She’s a plucky literary detective who sneaks into classic works of great literature and solves crimes, such as the kidnapping of Jane Eyre from out of her novel.
Of course, a fresh and modern name like Thursday requires a fun and funky middle name. I’d pair it with Snow, Rose, or James.
What do you think of the baby name Thursday? Is it something you could consider for your daughter, or are would you like to keep searching with our Baby Name Finder? And don’t forget to keep up with In Name Only on Facebook to get the latest in baby names.
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Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
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
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!
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