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Baby Name Fun: What Would Yours Be Today—Or Way Back in 1890?

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The Social Security Administration has been keeping track of baby name trends and statistics since 1890—but now the Internet is providing us with fun ways to entertain ourselves with the data. Take, for example,’s brand new “Find Out What Your Name Would Be Today” interactive/time suck, where you can type in your name and see what other choices were at exactly the same popularity level for each decade over the past 110 years. For instance, Lisa was the third most popular in the year I was born, so I’d be a Sophia today, a Brittany back in the 1990s, and a Margaret way back in the 1910s.

It’s a fun mid-day diversion, to be sure, but I’m thinking this might be a good way to explore the baby name lists and look for some winners for your own baby, especially if you look at the vintage monikers. For example, If you love Madison but aren’t loving the fact that it’s currently in the top 10, you could be inspired by what was equally popular decades before. Madison’s 1920s equivalent is up-and-comer Evelyn, and in the 1940s, it’s Dorothy. Also on the same popularity level: Florence (1910s), Grace (1890s), Virginia (1930s), and yes, Tiffany (so 1980s!).

Or plug in the grandpa-to-be’s name (we tested a Kenneth born in the 1940s), and you could get a fun way to pay homage, if the moniker in question isn’t one you’d want to utilize. Ken brings up Austin, Jayden, Tyler, George, Albert, and Kenneth again (way back in the 1970s, when all those Ken Juniors were born).

Tell us: Are there any hidden gems at your popularity level? Which one would you pick for your son or daughter?

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Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name


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Get the Scoop on Jill Duggar Dillard’s Baby Name!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Jill Duggar Dillard and husband Derick Dillard didn’t follow in her 19 Kids and Counting family’s “J” baby name footsteps. Her first son, who was born last night, was given the name Israel David!

Israel is a place name, of course, but before it became the name of the Middle Eastern country, it was a common boys’ name that means “he who struggles with God.” In the Old Testament, God gave Jacob that name after he tangled with an angel. It’s been in the top 500 baby names in the U.S. since the 1960s.

David is a timeless pick, and given the family’s devout religious faith, it’s not too surprising that it’s another Biblical name. David means beloved, and has been in the top 50 for the past century and a half. There are numerous namesakes, including the Old Testament king, rock legend David Bowie, and the protagonist of Charles’ Dickens’ classic David Copperfield, just to mention a few.

All in all, Israel David is a name that speaks to their family’s strong religious traditions, and gives them plenty of room to pick lots of other “I” names, if they choose to follow the family tradition of giving all of their kids the same first initial. (I’m loving the idea of Israel coupled with Isadora and Ignatius!)

Tell us: What do you think of the name Israel David? Are either of those picks on your short list?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at for advice. (You could find your question answered here!) And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

Image: Derick and Jill Dillard/Facebook

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Thanksgiving-Worthy Baby Names

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Thanksgiving often seems to get lost between Halloween and Christmas—especially when the stores seem to start putting up their Christmas displays before you’re done with your back-to-school shopping. And it’s a shame, as it’s a pretty great holiday: When else are you encouraged to think of all the things in your life that you should be grateful for—and enjoy a fabulous meal with friends and family? If you’re looking for a baby name that suits the meaning of this particular season—gratitude, friendship and kindness—here are some options for you.

Alden This charming boys’ name makes a nice alternative to Aiden. It means friends.

Amity This sweet virtue name is virtually unheard of, but has a lovely meaning—friendship.

Charity This charming old-school virtue name just cracked the top 1000, and seems particularly perfect for the season.

Concord Considered a boys’ virtue name, Concord is a word that means peace and harmony.

Connelly This Irish boys’ name means love and friendship—and would make a lovely girls’ name, too.

Edwin This old-school variant on Edward means wealthy friend—and makes a winning way to pay homage to an Edward in your family tree.

Dakota is a Sioux name meaning “friendly one,” and has been popular for both boys and girls since the 1980s.

Mercy Another old-school virtue name, Mercy means compassion, and has become one of the more popular virtue names for girls.

Rowena This lovely Welsh name has become more noticed since J.K. Rowling used it in Harry Potter for the name of one of Hogwarts’ founders. It means famous friend.

Shakir This Arabic name means thankfulness. Shaquille O’Neal gave the variant spelling Shaqir to his son.

Zendaya An African name that literally means “to give thanks.” Its most famous bearer is Zendaya Coleman, who starred on Disney Channel’s Shake it Up and took a spin on Dancing With the Stars that almost netted her the disco ball prize.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Baby Name Dilemma: Help Us Find a Baby Name We LOVE!

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Reader Michelle clearly has some wonderful baby name taste—I really adore the names she picked for her first two kids. But she hasn’t fallen in love with a name for her third child (they’re planning to be surprised as to whether it’s a boy or girl). Let’s help her out! Here’s her dilemma:

We are having a gender surprise sibling for Olivia (4) and Roman (2) early next year. We have read 900 baby name books and I think just the crazy lists numb our brains because there’s nothing we love.

-We don’t want a really common or traditional American name (although Olivia is very common, but I’ve loved it since before it was high on the list so we went with it anyway) like John or Jennifer. However, we do like older American names pre-1940′s era.

-We also like a lot of Irish and Scottish names, and also some of the cool European regal sounding names.

-We don’t want something that can’t be easily spelled or pronounced (i.e. the problem with “Isla” below).

-We like cool nicknames, too. Olivia actually nicknamed herself “Oli” pronounced like “Oh-lee”, and we call Roman “Ro.”

We LIKE but don’t know if we love the following, but any other ideas/opinions?

Isla (I’m being told the general public will never pronounce or spell this correctly, but it’s our favorite), Harper (dang it Beckham family!), Lucia (Loo-see-uh, aka Lucy)

Wyatt (sort of), Finn… uhh we’re really bad with narrowing down boy names…

I love all of your baby name picks! I think Isla is becoming more well known here in the U.S., with actress Isla Fisher and with it becoming so popular in the U.S., so your concerns about spelling and pronunciation issues may be a moot point. (Of course, you could always move to the U.K., where it’s so red hot that your Isla will likely not be the only one in her class.) Personally, I love Isla and Finn best out of your picks, but any of those names would be sweet and go well with your other kids’ names. If you’re still looking for suggestions that suit your baby name taste, here are my thoughts:


It’s so hard to narrow it down! I love Clara, Violet, Lillian (which comes with the cool and in vogue nickname Lily), Adeline (which would be my third daughter’s name, if there was a third daughter to name!), Eleanor, Rosalind, Clementine, Fiona, Alice, Harriet, and Louisa. Just to name a few!


Boys’ names always seem to be a bit trickier for parents. Here are a few I think would work beautifully with the sibset, and have some flair and personality: Arthur, Alistair, Edwin (nicknamed Win!), Killian, Flynn (like Finn, but with a little more flair—think swashbuckling early silver screen star Errol Flynn), Ewan, Evander, Lachlan and Duncan.

Okay readers: What’s your favorite? And what other suggestions do you have for Michelle? (I know there are plenty of other favorites out there to recommend!)

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, you’ve come to the right place. Our Baby Name Finder can help you hunt, or send your dilemma to me at to get some personalized suggestions. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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Celebrity Baby Names: Lindsay Price and Curtis Stone’s Son

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Actress Lindsay Price and Top Chef Duels host Curtis Stone welcomed their second son—and gave him a “son” name to match big brother Hudson. The new baby is Emerson Spencer Stone.

Emerson has become a unisex name, thanks to actress Teri Hatcher, who picked it for her daughter. But it’s still just outside the top 300 names for boys, and it has German origins. The most famous bearer of the name wore it as a surname: Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Spencer is also considered unisex, though falls more heavily on the boys’ side of the equation—it’s currently just below the top 250 names for boys, and it means steward.

All in all, it’s a lovely and classic name they picked, and I love the longer, soft consonant-filled first and middle name with the short and slightly stronger Stone.

Tell us: What do you think of the name Lindsay and Curtis picked? Do you think of Emerson as more of a boys’ or a girls’ name?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, send me an email at, and you could be featured here! (You can also DIY your baby name search with our Baby Name Finder.) And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

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

Image: Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price, s_bukley /

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