Welcome to the Nameberry Blog, daily baby name news and analysis by Nameberry's resident experts.
One of the most interesting new starbaby names in June is a place name we haven’t heard before—Alaska, the choice of model Anna Vyalitsyna. Another that caught our eye is the boyish nickname name used for their little girl by Jack and Lisa Osbourne: Andy Rose.
By Abby Sandel
It was a good week for girls’ names.
Sure, there were some great birth announcements for boys, too. The late Christopher Reeve is now a grandfather. Daughter Alexandra Reeve and husband Garren Givens named their son Christopher Russel, after both grandfathers. Actors Tiffani Thiessen and Brady Smith welcomed Holt Fisher, a little brother for Harper Renn.
But it was word names that made headlines last week – some of them were surprising, and most of them were for girls.
Baby names with animal meanings, whether they come right out and announce them ala Fox or keep them secret, as with Yara or Poe, are an intriguing and fashionable group. They may appeal to animal lovers or parents who love nature names, or the animal meaning may be a happy bonus aspect of a name you already love. Here, our dozen favorite baby names with animal meanings.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
What a bountiful crop of beautifully named new babyberries this month!
First of all, one pair of girl-boy twins:
The trend for nature-referenced middle names continues, with Fern, Iris, Bee, Rose, Snow, Fox (twice) and River all on board. A preponderance of vowel-starting names for girls, but only one—Oake—among the boys. And, as always lots of inventive and appealing first and middle name combos and sibsets. As well as some great backstories.
My husband and I are expecting our second child this summer. We thought we had chosen the absolutely perfect name. It’s the name that we have been calling the baby for months. It just felt so right.
So what’s the problem?
My father drowned in a boating accident when I was four. Obviously, I was too young to know the details. Imagine my shock when I told my mother we were naming the baby Henry, and she replied that my father’s accident happened in Frederick Henry Bay.
I am absolutely devastated.
Some say it’s a good sign to use the name. I’m not sure, and yet, we can’t find another name we love as much.
I hope you can help!
The Name Sage replies: