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How Creative Baby Name Spellings Mess With the Popularity Statistics

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Whether you name your baby Addison or Adysyn, it all adds up to the same name. But unfortunately, baby name statistics don’t combine all those spellings when they determine the top 20 names—and so you could end up picking a name that’s much more popular than its current standing suggests. Several blogs have sussed the numbers on the current lists, and while it doesn’t change the top 5 girls’ names, it does change the top 5 for the boys—which now become Aiden, Jackson, Jayden, Jacob—and the official top name, Noah, moves to number 5.

But what’s even more interesting is to see which names move way up in the standings, thanks to the addition of all those creative spellings. Names like Layla, Madeline, Adeline, and Arianna soar on the list for girls—and each has nearly a half-dozen different ways they’re spelled. And for boys, don’t think you’re in the clear if you pick a variant of a name like Jace or Caden—Caden looks like a top 100 name, but the variant spellings—Kaiden, Caiden, Kaden, just to name a few—moved it into the top 10.

And based on the vast number of creatively spelled names on this year’s movers and shakers list, I think this problem is only going to continue. My advice? If you don’t want your son known as Aidan W. for his entire school career, think of all the different ways that people could spell a potential name, and make sure that none of those rank higher than you desire. And maybe think twice about picking one of those creative spellings, which don’t really make your child’s name different enough to avoid the Aidan W. syndrome.

Tell me: How worried are you about the popularity of a name when you picked it? Were you surprised at how popular your baby’s name actually was?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out 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: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

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Celebrity Baby Names: Hank Baskett And Kendra Wilkinson’s New Daughter

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett welcomed their second child earlier this week! Joining big brother Hank IV is a girl given a combo of an old school boy’s name and an old-school girl’s name: Alijah Mary.

Alijah is a variant on the popular Elijah, which means “Jehovah is God.” This spelling shift is near the top 500 baby names for boys, while Elijah is #11. Alijah is rarely used for girls—in fact, only 24 girls were given that name in the U.S. last year. Its most noted namesake was Elijah was an Old Testament prophet.

Mary, on the other hand, is about as traditional as you can get for a girl. Mary was the name for the mother of Jesus in the Bible, a number of British royals, and numerous other notable women. It was the most popular baby name for decades, but has now fallen off a bit, to the top 125.

What do you think of Alijah? Do you think it’s ready to cross the aisle for girls, or is it a boys’ only name? And is Mary ready for its comeback?

Check out our Baby Name Finder if you’re still on the hunt for the perfect baby name. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret

 

Image: Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett by Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com

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Cool Name of the Week: India

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Place names are apparently all the rage, at least for girls—among the top movers and shakers, five place names jumped more than 100 spots in popularity. And one of the biggest jumpers was U.K. favorite India, which leaped 240 places and finally entered the top 1000 here in the U.S.

India is, of course, one of the most populous countries on the planet, with more than 1 billion people, one with a rich and interesting history and culture—and it gives this name a touch of its timeless grandeur. Thanks to its long-standing popularity in the U.K. (and the U.K.’s once-upon-a-time rule of the country), it also feels vaguely British, too.

It was the name of Ashley Wilkes’ disapproving sister in Gone With the Wind, but it’s likely India achieved its newfound popularity because Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky picked it for their eldest daughter. Celebs like singer Sarah McLachlan and Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein also favored it for their daughters.

India needs a special middle name—no Jane or Anne for this one. Chris and Elsa paired it with Rose, Harvey picked Pearl, both of which would be lovely with it. I’d also like it with Jade, Scarlett, Violet, and Charlotte.

What do you think of the name India? Is it ready for the big time here in the U.S.?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Indian Baby Names
Indian Baby Names
Indian Baby Names

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What Baby Names Are Rising—And Falling?

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

While this year brought a big shakeup at the top of the boys’ charts, the more interesting story is what names are rising fast on the charts—and what’s tanking. The fastest risers may give an indication of the latest trends (or a pop culture phenomenon at work).

Top risers for girls include Daleyza (up a whopping 3130 spots), a name invented by reality star Larry Hernandez of Larrymania; Marjorie (up 735 places), which may be riding on the coattails of Game of Thrones‘ version of Princess Di, Margaery; Lennon, the former Beatles’ surname gone girls’ name; and the celeb favorite Everly/Everleigh—both spellings were among the top risers for girls. Two of my favorites among the girls’ high-riser lists are Freya, the Scandinavian goddess, and Mabel, Bruce Willis’ pick for his nearly two-year-old.

On the boys’ hot list is Jayceon (up 845 spots), a creative spelling of standby Jason; place name Milan (up 650), picked by Shakira for her son; mythological name Atlas (up 614); and the other Jason/Jay “creative” alternative, Jayse.

Among my favorites on the boys’ high rise list, you’ll find a pair of title names, Duke and Deacon, and the Scandinavian royal name Magnus, a favorite of celebrities and a literally great name.

And of course, what goes up must come down! The boys’ name biggest losers were all creative spellings of popular names: Austyn, Masen, Trevon, Jaidyn and Bently. (Unfortunately for those who hate creative spellings, there were plenty of oddly spelled names among the up-and-comers, too.) The girls’ name losers were a mixed bag: Litzy, a Mexican nickname popularized by a pop songstress, old-lady name Geraldine, plus Marisa, Taraji and Adley.

You can view the whole list of movers and shakers on the Social Security Administration site. Tell me: What is your favorite on these lists? And where do you stand on the whole creative spelling thing?

Keep watching this blog for more updates on the baby name list (you can like me on Facebook to ensure you’re always in the know)! And if you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our baby name finder!

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

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Most Popular Baby Names—Revealed!

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The Social Security Administration finally revealed the list of the most popular baby names for 2013, and it’s a new number one—at least on the boys’ side. Finally knocking Jacob out of the top spot after more than a decade is the Biblical Noah! On the girls’ side, Sophia still reigns supreme, with a little switching of spots between the next three: Emma, Olivia and Isabella. Here’s the whole top 10 for boys—and for girls!

Top 10 for Boys & Girls

1. Noah & Sophia

2. Liam & Emma

3. Jacob & Olivia

4. Mason & Isabella

5. William & Ava

6. Ethan & Mia

7. Michael & Emily

8. Alexander & Abigail

9. Jayden & Madison

10. Daniel & Elizabeth

You can see the full list on the Social Security site. Don’t see the perfect name for your baby in the top 10 (or you’re looking for something that’s not quite in the spotlight)? Use our Baby Name Finder to search out a great moniker, or send me your dilemma at lamilbrand@gmail.com to get personalized advice. And keep watching this blog as we slice and dice the numbers and analyze which baby names are trending, which ones are on the way out, and what’s most popular in your neighborhood! (You can like me on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss a post!)

Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

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