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Sunday, September 29th, 2013
It’s a boy for former Glee clubber Heather Morris (aka Brittany S. Pierce) and her longtime boyfriend Taylor Hubbell, and they chose a very traditional name for him—Elijah.
Elijah is an Old Testament name that means “Jehovah is God,” and is currently the #13 name here in the U.S. It comes complete with a cute nickname (love Eli!), a cool celebrity bearing the name (hobbit Elijah Wood), and quite a few A-list offspring given the name, including the sons of Cher, Elton John, Wynonna Judd and James Spader.
No word yet on what Elijah’s middle name is, but I love names like Miles, Gage, James or Scott.
What do you think of Heather and Taylor’s choice? What other middle names would you pair with Elijah?
Image: Heather Morris by Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
The folks at Nameberry just released the top baby names in searches on their site—and the results may just surprise you. (They certainly surprised me!)
Imogen is the top name for girls on Nameberry. It’s a name with wonderful meaning—beloved child—and a Shakespearean pedigree. And Asher, a Hebrew name that means happy, tops the list for boys.
Of course, viewed doesn’t necessarily mean used. And some of the names on their top 10—including Katniss, Django, and even Imogen—haven’t even shown up in the top 1000 baby names in the U.S. So is it a sign that people are moving in a more pop-culture direction with their baby names? (Merida is also one of the fastest-rising names on Nameberry.) Or is it just that baby name geeks like to find out if these names actually exist and what they mean—but then they move on to the Sophias and Jacobs?
Some of my favorites from their top 10 include Seraphina, a name that means angelic and was used by Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck for one of their daughters; Eleanor, a regal name that I love for the royal baby should she be a girl; and for boys, Henry and Owen.
Here’s the full top 10 for both boys and girls—you can see the top 100 boys’ names and the top 100 girls’ names. What names on there would you consider for your baby? Don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names!
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Friday, May 17th, 2013
Sophia and Jacob may be the most popular U.S. baby names overall, but they aren’t the top names in every state. In fact, Sophia only topped the charts in 17 states, and three names were actually tops in more states than Jacob. (Jacob ranked #1 in four states, while William, Liam and Mason all topped the charts in more states than that.)
But what’s even more interesting are some of the names that made the top 5 in some states, but aren’t even in the top 10 in the U.S. Washington DC had some unique girls’ names, Charlotte and Genesis. Harper was also #4 in Montana, Nebraska, Iowa and North Dakota, and #2 in South Dakota—I’m already predicting that it hits the top 10 next year. Some unique names in the number 5 spot include Aaliyah (New Mexico), Avery (Minnesota), Lily (Utah) and Ella (Vermont).
The boys’ names were even more varied. Henry’s making major inroads—it may be only #43 overall, but it hit the top 5 in Washington DC, Minnesota and Oregon. Logan was in the top five in Hawaii, Idaho, Vermont and Wyoming, while Wyatt continued to be red-hot in the West—it was #3 in Montana and #5 in Wyoming. Some other unique names included Gabriel (#4 in Alaska), Ryan (#3 in Massachusetts), Carter (#3 in Iowa and #5 in Michigan), and Bentley and Hunter, both in the top 5 in West Virginia.
Of course, if you take into account the variety of ways baby names can be spelled—like Sophia/Sofia, Aiden/Aidan/Ayden and other creative spellings, the top names may look pretty different across the board. (Take a look at this top baby girls’ names, compiled by listing all the variant spellings—and you’ll see a different picture of the top baby names.)
What baby names are you hearing a lot where you live? (Check out our Name Game to tell us what other names you love—or love to hate!)
Image: Baby names by Amir Ridhwan/Shutterstock.com
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Thursday, May 9th, 2013
The Social Security Administration just shared their compilation of the top baby names of 2012, and it looks like Sophia and Jacob continue their reign in the top slots again for the second year in a row! Sophia brings to mind classic actress Sophia Loren, while Jacob, a classic Biblical name, got a shot in the arm from the uberpopular Twilight movies.
There are subtle little shifts in the top ten lists: Isabella slots back down to number three and Emma moves up to take the number two spot, while William heads out of the top three names for boys—making it Jacob, Mason and Ethan as the top three most popular names for boys. New to the top 10 this year for boys are Liam a red-hot name which jumped from #15 in 2011 to #6 in 2012, and Elizabeth, which traded spots with Chloe.
And here’s the top 10 in all their glory! Keep watching all this week and next as I analyze the heck out of the lists and see what big changes have occurred over the past year. (Like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest baby name scoop!)
Want some more insight? Read about the biggest movers and shakers on the baby name list, or check out which baby names are falling out of fashion—fast!
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Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
We still haven’t even gotten the official numbers on what names were popular here in the U.S. for 2012, but thanks to the power of the internet, we’re getting a sense of what might be hot for 2013. Our buddies over at Nameberry parsed their baby-name numbers, and came up with some surprising picks for 2013′s hot names—including old-school monikers like Mavis and Bruce, Nordic names like Thor and Linnea, and pop-culture picks like Christian (as in 50 Shades of Grey Christian) and Marnie (from the show Girls).
I’m intrigued that Nelly made their hot name list. I picked Penelope as a hot up-and-comer for this year, but it appears that a few people are skipping right to the nickname on this one (Nelly is also considered a nickname for Helen or Eleanor, along with Penelope). Maybe we’re finally ready to skip the formal name and go right for the nickname?
The other surprise from their list? The dramatic rise in interest in the name Wilder. According to the Nameberry folks, views of Wilder have leaped 200 percent in the first part of this year. It’s a surname name, associated with both Our Town playwright Thornton Wilder and beloved Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Its associations give the name an all-American, wild-hearted vibe.
Of course, looking isn’t the same as choosing—and those parents looking at Linnea and Mavis may end up following the status quo and picking Olivia or Jacob. And there’s more than one baby-naming site out there—our numbers at Parents.com show different hot names—Irish names like Connor and Liam for boys, and sweet Lucia and Mia for girls.
What do you think of Nameberry’s top 13? Have you heard of anyone giving their kids one of their picks? Or do you have your very own little Marnie or Bruce?
Image: Baby Names by Amir Ridhwan/Shutterstock.com
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