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Now that the 2014 baby name statistics are out for England and Wales, we can see what names are the most popular in these two British countries and we also can look at the names near the bottom of the popularity list and find quite a lot of inspiration for new and fresh name ideas. The following names have only been used for three to five babies in the UK last year.
By Nicole Aube
For centuries, parents have been drawn to flower names for their little girls, because they strike a perfect balance between romantic and grounded sensibilities. The most obvious examples are Rose and all her variants – Rosalind, Rosamund, Rosetta, Rosa. You’ve probably met one or two. What about parents who love the idea of a flower name and don’t want something as traditional, but want a certain familiar sound?
Here is a list of the most traditional flower names, with fresh alternatives that don’t stray too far, sound-wise.
Many English-speaking countries have a history of high levels of immigration from Germany, and yet German names are not particularly common. This is often true even in families of German ancestry: I am of part-German descent myself, and my siblings and I do not have particularly German names, although readily understood in Germany. There are such strong links between German and English that it is easy to assimilate and choose the English form of a name (George instead of Georg), and two world wars have strongly encouraged such assimilation. Some traditional German names now seem awkward and outdated, even in their country of origin – yet clunky names are beginning to come back into fashion, and there are also many sprightly German short forms of names with tons of vintage style. Here are some examples of both.
Some parents like to walk on the wild side: some names originally considered unusable for their bad boy and girl references, such as Bandit and Draven for boys and Delilah and Drusilla for girls, are climbing the ranks as they become more socially acceptable.
A line needs to be drawn somewhere, however, and the list below sets out to do just that with some of the most decidedly evil names of all time.
By Tara Ryazansky
Here’s the latest in Tara’s continuing series offering her predictions of what the next batch of starbabies will be named. Be sure to add your own guesses in the comments.
Although everyone is wondering and talking about what the name of North’s baby brother will be, I am just as excited to learn about the names these other celebrities will pick for their babies. Let’s see how close I come to answering correctly.