Category: Baby Name News
By Linda Rosenkrantz with Esmeralda Rocha
We recently posted a list of the names that you Berries showed the greatest interest in over the past year—topped by the not-too-surprising Olivia and Amelia, (both of which ranked in the top dozen nationally), and Ezra and Asher. But now we want to look at the names that were actually chosen when the moment of decision finally arrived, when the clicking and sharing stopped and all the tempting possibilities had to be narrowed down to that one ultimate, single, final choice.
Of course we know that, sadly, only a small percentage of berry births get recorded in our Birth Announcement Forum, our only available source (Memo to those expecting new arrivals in 2017: Resolve to share your choices with all of us!). But still, more than 300 new parents did enter their picks.
So which were the most popular among them?
Here’s the full list:
By Abby Sandel
January is the month for resolutions. We want to increase our health and simplify our lives. We look at our new calendar and set goals to make 2017 better than the year before.
Is there a baby name style that goes along with all of this January determination?
There just might be. Call them straightforward girl names. Girl names that feel almost timeless, but are enjoying some popularity today. They’re one-syllable, frills-free options that wear well on children and grown women alike.
If you’re expecting a daughter this month, perhaps one of these fresh start names for a girl will appeal.
As we greet the new year with big goals and big dreams, let’s not forget some of the big names that closed out 2016. In December, we celebrated and remembered many a bright and brilliant star, if the origins of many of last month’s newsy names are any measure.
On December 9th, acting legend Kirk Douglas turned an impressive 100. His birth name was Issur, a Yiddish variant of Israel, Hebrew for “he who strives with God” and alluding to how the biblical Jacob wrestled with an angel. Issur took the name Kirk Douglas before he joined the Navy during World War II. Like Issur, Kirk also has a religious root: It began as a northern English and Scottish surname, taken from the Old Norse word for “church,” referring to families who lived near them.
January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, getting its name from the Roman God Janus, who was associated with new beginnings. Let’s look to past January’s for notable name inspiration associated with this month.
Author (Pearl) Zane Grey was born on January 31, 1872. He was best known for his Western genre adventure novels: Grey’s works portraying the American frontier have been translated into more than 112 movies and TV shows. Zane is an English surname name that may possibly be a variation of John. Currently at Number 233 in the US, Zane is a bit more popular amongst name enthusiast here on Nameberry, where it ranks at Number 91. Actor Heather Tom has a son named Zane Alexander, and singer Mindy McCready used the spelling Zayne for her son.