Once in a while, I’ll come across a word and think, “that’d make a great name!” It happens a lot when I read older material with antiquated language, especially Shakespeare. The once common words he used have become rare and exotic sounding. I’ve rarely heard any of them actually used as names, but I’d definitely […]Read more "Word Names No One Uses (from Shakespeare and Beyond)"
I recently read the lament of a mother whose pregnant sister-in-law was considering a name very similar to her daughter’s. The names were very similar (think Ann and Anna) but not identical. The sister-in-law had asked how they would feel if she used “Ann.” She had started a very specific name theme with her older […]Read more "When is Name Stealing Wrong?"
The post is a little late this week- my apologies! I’ve always been fascinated by a certain type of name. Names that are kind of hippie names, but a little more specific. There are a few qualities they share: They’re always words- often drawn from nature, sometimes from other languages- but always words that are […]Read more "Lyrical Bohemian Names"
I’ve recently gone over the data for each state, and it’s fascinating! Lots of surprising bits in there. Here’s what stood out to me: Alabama- Like much of the South, Alabama parents often gravitate more towards “trendy” popular names like Kylee rather than “classic” popular names like Eleanor. But there’s one glaring exception- Margaret ranks […]Read more "A Tidbit from Every State"
Due to increasing professional demands, I’m no longer able to publish twice a week. Keep an eye out for new posts every Friday, rather than every Friday and Tuesday. I hope to return to posting twice weekly by September, but for now, it’ll just be Fridays. Happy naming!Read more "Site News #5"
While looking at the 2016 data on the fastest rising names, one trend stuck out to me on the girl’s list. Names that rose over 100 places last year included: Kehlani Kaylani Nalani Ailani Kalani Kailani Clearly, there’s a bit of a microtrend for feminine names ending in -lani. The suffix is Hawaiian for […]Read more "An Emerging Trend? Hawaiian Names on the Rise"
The SSA releases data broken down by state. For US territories, there’s one list for Puerto Rico and one for all of the other territories (Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands) combined. Puerto Rico gets its own list because it’s the largest territory. With about 3.4 million residents, Puerto Rico […]Read more "The Names of Puerto Rico"