Hawaii is always my favorite state to check out once the state-by-state popularity list is released. Linguistically, culturally, and even physically, Hawaii is distinct from the rest of the country, and its naming trends reflect that. The top 100 looks fairly similar to the national list, but it’s dotted with the expected Hawaiian influences and […]Read more "Hawaii’s Top 100 of 2017"
We’ve got a whole new year of names to celebrate! The biggest news this year is the new #1 name for boys- Liam, a change from Noah in 2016. Oliver is new to the top 10, and Logan positively bounded up the charts from #18 last year to #5 this year. The girls’ Top 10 […]Read more "The 2017 Popularity List Has Arrived!"
It’s rare in the U.S., but in some cultures, naming children by their birth order is a common practice. Romans were famous for it and introduced us to names like Quintus and Septimus. Designers Cortney and Robert Novogratz, who you may recognize from the short-lived reality show Nine By Design, named their fifth son Five. For […]Read more "Birth Order Baby Names"
I’ve recently been pondering a possible trend: names ending in “ees,” as in “Elise.” It seems that there are quite a few creative names ending in the sound “on-ees” or “lise” out there, especially for Hispanic women. I’ve known women, mostly Puerto Rican, named Ivelisse, Nashalys, Xianlyze, Anabelize, Angelis, Analyse, and Emalise, all pronounced “ees” […]Read more "The Curious Case of -YS Names"
Part 14/26 Niall- Brought to fame by teen heartthrob Niall Horan from the boy band One Direction, Niall is the long-neglected original form of Nigel and Neil. Its pronunciation is tricky-Horan pronounces it like the Nile river, but some Gaelic speakers pronounce it closer to “Neil.” Niall’s origins are also murky; it could mean “champion” […]Read more "Fascinating N Names"
A reader, Jules, wrote to me about her naming predicament. She is in the increasingly common position of choosing a name without a partner. In some ways, that’s easier- you don’t have to worry about someone else’s clashing taste. But in other ways, it can make things more difficult- sometimes a second opinion is nice […]Read more "A Name to go with Patrick or Jameson"
As a follow up to Strong Girl Names, I decided to take on another gender bending trend: sensitive and peaceful boys’ names. As parents increasingly value strength in their daughters, they’re becoming more open to sensitivity in their sons. Peaceful, beautiful, and sensitive name meanings are much more common for masculine names than you may […]Read more "Sensitive, Beautiful, and Peaceful Boys"