I’m a huge fan of science and I have a particular love of astronomy and physics. So when I came across a boy named Sagan recently, I was instantly taken with his name- it follows the familiar two-syllable ends in -n surname formula for boys, but it still stands out. Carl Sagan is a worthy […]Read more "Celestial Hero Names"
I’d venture to guess that if there were a poll, X would be universally agreed to be the coolest letter. It’s unusual, mysterious, and denotes hidden treasure- cool, positive associations that may subconsciously play into the rising popularity of names containing X. Some of the X-iest options out there, ranging from common to rare: Xerxes- […]Read more "The X Makes it Cool"
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"