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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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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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Monday, November 11th, 2013
I’m sure you’ve probably figured out that I’m a big fan of the zombie apocalypse drama The Walking Dead. I’ve picked several names from the series—like Michonne and Dixon—to highlight some of the coolest characters on the show. And this week’s pick highlights the heart of the little band of survivors left—heroic former veterinarian Hershel Greene.
He’s been risking his life tending to those afflicted during a deadly flu outbreak, trying to save lives with his meager supply of elderberry tea and unwavering optimism—even in the face of odds that’d make me just give up and let a zombie bite me already. And then, of course, he vanquished a set of his former patients turned zombies, all with a missing leg and a remarkable lack of weaponry.
In other words, he kinda rocks. But does he rock enough to bring his name back from obscurity? (It hasn’t seen the top 1000 list since the 1960s.)
Hershel is a Hebrew name that means deer. It reached its peak of popularity in the early 1930s, when it broke through into the top 400 names. (That’d be right around the time when The Walking Dead’s Hershel was born.) Its alternate spelling was used for two other notable people, factual and fictional—NFL great Herschel Walker, and The Simpsons’ Krusty the Clown.
I’d probably pair Hershel with something equally traditional—this isn’t a name that goes with Jett. Try it with James, Frederick, or Theodore.
What do you think of the name Hershel? Still too old-fashioned, or ready for a comeback? And don’t forget to find your own perfect baby name with our Baby Name Finder.
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Monday, November 4th, 2013
It seems like finding a good name for the third child is a challenge for some readers—last month we helped Lindsay come up with a name for her third baby, and now Melissa’s having a hard time finding the perfect moniker for her baby.
I wanted to get your advice on a name for our 3rd baby due in only 4 weeks. We’re at a loss!! We have a son, Myles, age 3- and a daughter, Claire, age 1 (almost 2). We want something a little off the beaten path, but not something strange or hard to say/spell. No “trendy” names for sure! Our last name is Upton, and nothing that we’ve come up with seems to flow quite right. My hubby is from England so he’s kind of hoping to incorporate that maybe by using his grandad’s name, William, as a middle name. I like Isaiah but don’t feel it goes well with the names of our other 2. We also like Emerson but I’m not sure it’s something that we would love forever. Asher is cute but kind of “in” right now. And Kyler we like but are concerned people will always mistake his name as Tyler. Help! What unusual but not odd boy names could work for us?
I think you’re right about Isaiah not really matching his sister and brother—and because it ends with a vowel sound, it doesn’t flow nicely with Upton, either. Of the three possible contenders, I like Emerson best—it flows nicely with his siblings’ names, and is classic without being boring. But I’m worried that all those ending ns and ms in Emerson William Upton could be a little bit much.
I really love the name Arthur—it’s a classic Celtic name that means “bear,” and is important in English history (think King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table), making it a lovely choice that pays homage to your son’s English heritage. It has that “r” ending you like in Kyler and Asher, but since the name is only #355 on the U.S. list right now, it’s offbeat enough that you won’t run into another child with the name in his school.
Along the same lines is Alastair, the British version of Alexander, which is unique but not odd—and yet it isn’t in the top 1000 baby names, either. It means “defender,” which is a pretty great name meaning.
Maxwell sounds wonderful with this sibling set—and I especially love the idea of Max and Myles as brothers. Maxwell is a little more popular than either of the two names I’ve suggested, but it still hasn’t broken into the top 100.
Scandinavian favorite Magnus is an up-and-coming name, chosen by two celebs for their sons. It means “great,” but still hasn’t cracked the top 1000.
A few other options:
What do you all think? Did I miss any boys’ name gems that pair well with Upton? If you’re still in search of a great name, feel free to send me your dilemma at firstname.lastname@example.org, or log on to our Baby Name Finder to help find the right name for you.
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Monday, November 4th, 2013
Orlando isn’t just a theme park mecca—it can be a great boys’ name, too. Witness Orlando Bloom, of Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings fame. The news of the end of his marriage to model Miranda Kerr helped remind me of how lovely his name is (and how lovely he is, as well).
It’s currently a top 500 baby name, but on a bit of a decline right now. It has a great meaning—famous—and a Shakespearean pedigree, thanks to his beloved play, As You Like It. Author Virginia Woolf also penned a novel titled Orlando.
If you’re picking a name like Orlando, you can’t pair it with something too plain as the middle name (or in the sibling set—Orlando’s sister should be something equally romantic, like Arabella or Lucinda). I’d give a middle name like Rhys or Lucas.
As for nicknames, Landi and Lando are the most common—Lando comes with a bit of a nod to Star Wars as well. I like the idea of Arlo as a nickname—a bit unexpected, with a musical pedigree of its own, thanks to Arlo Guthrie.
What do you think? Is Orlando too exotic, too Disney, or just right? And don’t forget to check out our Baby Name Finder to help you find the perfect name for your baby!
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