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Monday, March 10th, 2014
Anyone else experiencing spring fever? Now that the mountains of snow in my neighborhood are (finally!) starting to melt, I’m ready to bring on the warmer weather, the tulips and daffodils, and the fresh air.
And Aviva’s a name that perfectly encapsulates that spring fever feeling. It’s a Hebrew name that means fresh and springlike. I’m loving it as a very fresh alternative to some of the uberpopular v-filled names like Ava, Eva, Evie and Vivienne. It’s unlikely to be mispronounced (unless John Travolta’s doing the pronouncing), and is different enough that it won’t be confused with the related names. Plus, Aviva sounds a little more spunky than the short-and-sweet Avas and Evas.
For the perfect springtime name, pair Aviva with another nature name: I like the idea of pairing it with Rose, Wren, Lily or Dove.
What do you think of the name Aviva? Would you consider it for your daughter?
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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
It’s been a while since we’ve had a good baby name dilemma—but reader Stephanie has a real quandary when it comes to naming her third child.
We have such a hard time with boys’ names. Right now I LOVE Arlo William….so much so that I’ve pretty much stopped looking for other options. My husband is not convinced, he likes it but feels like it might be too out there. What do you think? Ideally I’d like a name that starts with an “A” and has a nature meaning but I’m open to other options. Our other children are Violet and Silas…we like more old-fashioned names.
Arlo is an excellent choice! It’s a name that seems to be on a big uptick lately—it jumped 100 spots from 2011 to 2012, and is currently in the 818th spot on the top 1000 baby names. It has the nature theme you love (it means “tree”), and was picked by several celebrities recently, including actress Toni Collette and Jackass’s Johnny Knoxville.
For a few other choices, consider these options:
Ashton Ashton Kutcher has brought this name into the limelight, but it’s a lovely old English name that means ash tree, and works beautifully with William. It’s currently in the top 150 baby names. If Ashton Kutcher doesn’t work for you, try Asher, which means beloved, and is only slightly more popular than Ashton. Asher also has the softer consonant sounds that work beautifully with your sibling choices, Violet and Silas.
Acton Acton means oak tree (lots of A tree names, it seems!). It’s an English name that will work beautifully with William and your last name—and makes a nice variant to the red-hot name Atticus.
Aurelius Speaking of Greco-Roman names like Atticus, consider this softer name, which means “golden one,” and was the name of a popular Roman emperor. Not loving Aurelius? Consider the more popular August or Augustus.
What name should Stephanie pick? Do you have any other suggestions that you want to add?
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Sunday, May 12th, 2013
This weekend, Great Gatsby ruled the box office—and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic love triangle, set against the roaring 20s backdrop, is once again in the limelight. While some daring folks may decide to choose Gatsby as an offbeat first name in homage to the tale, Daisy seems to be the more popular choice for fans of the book—or the movie.
This garden flower has been steadily in the top 200 names since the 1990s, a fresh choice like Violet, Lily and Rose. Daisy is considered a nickname for Margaret, which makes it a nice choice in homage to a relative who bears the name. Daisy has a few other pop culture associations, beyond the Gatsby heroine. There’s Daisy Duke (of Dukes of Hazzard fame), Daisy Duck (Donald’s girlfriend), and Daisy Miller, from Henry James’ novel.
The name’s been relatively popular with celebrities—actors Jon Cryer, Lucy Lawless and Anthony Stewart Head all picked it for their daughters. Often, it’s paired with wordy middle names: Meg Ryan’s daughter is Daisy True, and chef Jamie Oliver named his daughter Daisy Boo. I like it with Bell, Claire, Kate and June.
And it’s a perfect choice for a baby born this time of year, when gardens begin to bloom. What do you think of Daisy? Is it a name you’d want to use for your daughter?
Check back later this week for more analysis of the top baby names of the year!
Photo: Pregnant woman via Ronald Summers/Shutterstock.com
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Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
Rosie O’Donnell and her wife Michelle Rounds welcomed a daughter, Dakota, earlier this week. This is Rosie’s fifth child, and the couple’s first together—baby Dakota joins siblings Parker, Chelsea, Blake, and Vivienne as part of the big O’Donnell clan.
The baby name Dakota is a Sioux name that means “friendly one,” a sweet choice for a little girl. It’s been in the top 500 baby names in the U.S. since the early 1990s, and is currently hovering around the 300 mark for both girls and boys. While in the past it’s been considered a unisex name, I’m feeling like this one is being taken over a bit by the girls. In addition to being the name of two U.S. states and tribes of Sioux Native Americans, it’s the name of actress Dakota Fanning (lately of the Twilight series), and infamously, the name of the building where John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived—and where he was shot to death in 1980.
Dakota fits in nicely with her siblings’ names, especially Parker and Blake, with that nice, hard “k” sound in the middle. In fact, I’m liking the whole set of baby names Rosie chose—beautiful names that are just offbeat enough to be interesting.
There’s no word from the O’Donnell-Rounds camp regarding a middle name, but I’d pair a name like Dakota with a nature-themed middle name. I’d try something like Lark, Winter, or Sky with it. (I’m kind of liking the repetition of the hard “k” sound, too.)
What do you think about Rosie’s baby name choices? Would you pick Dakota for either your girl—or your boy? And do you think Dakota’s now officially a girls’ name, or can it work for the guys, too?
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Image: Rosie O’Donnell, Michelle Rounds and baby Dakota, from @rosie/instagram.com
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Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
We’ve already covered a few favorite flower names that aren’t the ultra-hot Rose, Lily or Violet options. But it turns out, there’s a whole garden of possibilities beyond the ones I covered in the last installment. Here are a few to consider for your daughter.
Iris A flower that blooms (at least here in the Northeast) during the late spring and early summer. It usually comes in bright shades of purple and gold.
Magnolia A flower that signifies the South—grandly showy, white blooms with a beautiful fragrance. It’s a name comes with a built-in nickname, Maggie.
Calla This form of lily has a shapely, graceful shape, and has been a wedding bouquet staple for the past couple of decades. Calla is a Greek name that means “beautiful.”
Fleur The French word for “flower” makes a beautiful name choice. (It was also the name of one of Harry Potter’s Goblet of Fire competitors—and future sister-in-law—in the Harry Potter series.
Azalea These bright pink blooms are a springtime staple—and a showy choice for a beautiful girl.
Zinnia The zinnia is a native of the southwest, a showy, colorful bloom that’s a summery garden staple throughout the U.S.
Daffodil These yellow flowers have a distinctive, cup-shaped blossom and symbolize spring. Keep in mind, though, that the logical nicknames from this name, Daffy or Dilly, might not be your cup of tea.
Jasmine Yeah, it’s a princess name, but this fragrant bloom has an exotic history that makes it a sweet choice for your baby girl.
Leilani It’s a popular name in Hawaii, where it means lovely flower—and it’s in the top 300 girls’ names in the country.
Hyacinth It’s another spring bloom, with large cones of tiny purple or pink flowers.
Would you pick a floral name for your daughter? What do you think of these options?
Photo: Baby in a Bed of Flowers by Heather LaVelle / Shutterstock
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