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The Top British Baby Names List: Our Favorite Picks!

Friday, August 21st, 2015

The United Kingdom finally released its top baby names list, and Oliver and Amelia still came out on top. (Neither was in the top 10 here in the U.S.—Oliver came in at number 32 and Amelia was number 15.) But surprisingly, we don’t see a lot of crossover between the U.S. and U.K. list. Names like Poppy and Alfie, which don’t even chart in the top 1000 here, are top 20 favorites over there.

Here are some of my favorites from across the pond that haven’t quite become as popular here in the U.S.

Girl Names

Florence You can bet that rock act Florence + the Machine is behind the new popularity of this name, currently number 26 on their list.

Thea This shortened relation to Theodore ranks near number 80 in the U.K., but just hit the top 1000 in the U.S. this year.

Ivy This plant is often associated with faithfulness—and makes a lovely botanical baby name.

Lottie This short form of Charlotte hit the top 100 this year, even before the royal baby name was announced. I’d expect to see it on the rise now.

Eleanor and Harriet This pair of lovely stodgy classics are side-by-side on the U.K.’s list, at numbers 60 and 61—but barely make a ripple here.

Freya The Scandinavian goddess’ name just started ranking here in the U.S. last year, but it’s been a U.K. favorite for some time.

Boy Names

Oscar Oscar holds steady near the top 100 here in the U.S., but it’s a top 10 favorite in the U.K.

George It’s no surprise that George is continuing a big wave of popularity, thanks to the adorable royal big brother—it moved up three spaces to the 7th spot on the baby names list in the U.K.

Ellis This Welsh variant on Elijah debuted in the top 100 on British charts, but it’s still back in the top 500 here.

Arthur Every year I campaign for Arthur, a name with a charming vibe (it means bear), and a regular on the top 100 in the U.K. (It’s only #306 here!)

Teddy and Rory We don’t like nicknamey names very often in the U.S.–Teddy hasn’t charted in the top 1000, and Rory’s just inside the top 500 here, while they’re both top 100 favorites in the U.K.

Tell us: What UK gems do you love?

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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?

Check out the latest on the top baby names of the year, and if you’re still hunting for the perfect name, try our Baby Name Finder or email me at And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook!

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


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Top Baby Names List: What Does It Reveal?

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

For baby name nerds, mid-May’s about more than just Mother’s Day brunch mimosas. It brings the big kahuna baby name list from the Social Security Administration, which parses out what’s hot, and what’s definitely not amongst baby names.

The big news: Sophia’s dropped down to #3, letting Emma regain the throne for the top girls’ name. And on the boys’ side, the reign of the “den” names (Braden, Caden, Jayden, etc.) may finally be over. You can get the full scoop on the top 20 baby names right here!

We’re still parsing through so much of it—especially as they list every variant spelling and baby name mistake, as long as at least five people picked it—but here’s what we’re seeing so far.

Questionable Pop Culture Names Yep, we all love Star Wars and Game of Thrones. But should two of the red-hot risers on the list really be Anakin and Khaleesi? On the plus side, it looks like people are not naming their kids after actual celebrities—the biggest droppers on the baby name list included Miley (which was this year’s biggest loser, falling more than 400 spots), Rihanna, Gwyneth, Channing, and Britney.

Names of Mythic Proportions Baby namers are turning to some old-school mythology for help with naming their kids. Some of the biggest risers include Odin and Freya from Norse mythology, Titan and Ariadne from the ancient Greco-Roman myths.

The Downfall of Creative Spellings The list of baby name losers (the names dropping the fastest) is overcrowded with creatively spelled names, like Kamryn, Kourtney, Xzavier and Addisyn. Maybe people are discovering that variant spellings only bring headaches and don’t actually make your child’s name unique?

A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll Rocker names like Hendrix, Axl and Lennon were all big—and names with plenty of country flair, like Jolene and Stetson also were among the biggest risers.

Keep watching here and on our Baby Names page for more articles and analysis of the 2014 top baby names, as we mine the list for hidden gems, nearly extinct names, and other baby name inspiration. And don’t forget to like In Name Only 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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Wildest Celebrity Baby Name Trends of 2014

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Celebrities usually don’t go for those top 10 baby names—and often pick names that the rest of us wouldn’t dare to bestow on our kids. So what was red hot for the A (and B and C) listers in 2014? Take a look at some of the wilder trends in celebrity baby names!

Unusual Boys’ Names, for Girls
Drew Barrymore started the trend by picking short-form Frankie (not the typical girly Frances or Francesca). Then Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis followed up by giving top boys’ name Wyatt to their first born.

The Reign/Rain Effect
Maybe they were weatherman wannabes—or just big fans of the CW’s sexy historical soap Reign—but Rain and Reign were the hot middle names du jour. (And they were often paired with offbeat first names, too). Christina Aguilera went for the poetic Summer Rain, actress Teresa Palmer liked the zen Bodhi Rain, and Lil Kim gave us the Prince-esque Royal Reign.

Godly Choices
Saint became a hot celebrity pick—Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz picked it for his son, while Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl put it in the middle for new daughter Ophelia Saint. And Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale went with old-school Greek god name Apollo for their new baby boy—and paired it with Bowie (as in rock god David Bowie) and Flynn. Even Bodhi falls into this trend, as it’s a term associated with Buddha and his understanding of the nature of things. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green chose it for son Bodhi Ransom (in addition to Teresa Palmer’s pick).

Timely Names
Time-related phrases became popular for celebs. Future was the pick for Ciara and Future’s son, honoring his daddy’s stage name. And Mike Myers gave his daughter the name Sunday Molly (even though she wasn’t born on that day).

Disneyfied Moniker
Maybe actors Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson were hoping that their first daughter would be a good sleeper—they gave her the name Briar Rose, which was Sleeping Beauty’s moniker.

Are any of these trends on your radar for your own baby? If you’re still looking for the perfect name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or send me your dilemma at And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

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Top British Baby Names—Revealed!

Friday, August 15th, 2014

It takes a little longer for the U.K. to release their baby name stats, but we finally have a look at what was hot in 2013 across the pond. And to no one’s surprise, George made a huge surge forward, thanks to a certain young fellow born there last year. (It’s now officially top 10.)

In fact, it looks like interest in royal names surged at the same time—Victoria and Albert, which were both circulated as possibilities for the royal baby, also saw gains this year. But topping the British charts for girls was Amelia for the third year running, and Oliver regained the top spot, pushing Harry down to #3 for boys.

While the U.S. and U.K. charts definitely have some crossover—Olivia, Emily, Ava, Isabella, Jacob, and William are all top 10 in both countries—there are some unique ideas that could be worth emulating.

1. The nickname name. We definitely prefer formality in our names here in the U.S., but the U.K. favors just going with the nickname as the name—especially if you can make it end with that “e” sound. That’s how names like Charlie, Alfie, Sophie and Evie hit the top 20. Elsie is the biggest climber in the UK top 100 for girls, and Teddy for boys. Other hot “e” names in the U.K. included Archie, Rosie, Frankie and Gracie.

2. The undiscovered name. The U.K.’s top 10 includes names that don’t rank anywhere near that in the U.S. Consider Oscar, which jumped 10 places into the #7 spot in the U.K., but is on a bit of a decline and at number 178 in the U.S. On the girls’ side, Poppy hit the top 10 this year after climbing 6 spots, and it isn’t even in the top 1000 in the U.S. Other names to consider that are far lower in popularity here: Arthur, Hugo and Felix for boys, Florence, Zara and Eleanor for girls.

3. The stodgy name. While we have a tendency to be creative in spelling or in making up a new name (hello, Jaden and Nevaeh), the U.K. loves to recycle names—and there are definitely some old-school names in their top 100 that you haven’t seen much of here in the U.S. On the boys’ side, there’s the already mentioned Albert, plus Harvey, Stanley and Frederick; for girls, you’ll find Tilly, Martha, Harriet, and Beatrice.

You can view the whole U.K. top 100 baby names here, and tell us what your favorites are.

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, email me at, and your dilemma could be featured here or in our sister publication, American Baby. (Or check out our Baby Name Finder to do your own searching!) 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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British Baby Names
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