Names Searched Right Now:

Category: Baby Name News

Pretty baby names

By Abby Sandel

What’s wrong with pretty?

Some weeks it seems like all of the newborn girls are being called James. Or Dashiel, Ryan, Wilder, Arlo, or Charlie, all names that appeared on celebrity girls’ birth announcements last year.

But pretty names for girls still carry the day. Nine of the US Top Ten names are clearly feminine. And graceful, pretty names are well represented on Nameberry’s Hottest Baby Names list.

This week, the pendulum swung towards girly-girl names. Looking at this list, it’s easy to argue that pretty names can still be strong, and girls with lovely names can grow up to be world class athletes or CEOs. After all, those are the job descriptions of the high profile parents who chose such lovely names for their new arrivals.

Read More

posted by: Abby View all posts by this author
Mardi Gras Names

By Abby Sandel

Mardi Gras is tomorrow, and in New Orleans, that means one thing: a parade featuring Rex, King of Carnival.  Mardi Gras parades begin days earlier, and every parade organization – called a krewe – has its royalty.  But Rex and his Queen, along with their court of Maids, Dukes, and Pages, occupy a special place in the revels.

Rex traces its roots to 1872, and their royals have been drawn from the most prominent of New Orleans families.  The men named Rex are accomplished civic leaders; their consorts are chosen from the season’s debutantes.

Over the years, Rex and his court have worn some fascinating names – a mix of old Southern tradition and French influence.  Here are some of my favorites, drawn from decades of Mardi Gras’ reigning royals:

Read More

Notable Boy Namesakes for February

February namesakes

By Meagan Burke, TulipByAnyName

Love is in the air this month and this eclectic list of notable male names is sure to have something for everyone to love. February may be the shortest month of the year, but it is chock full of wonderful namesake-worthy names! This month we draw inspiration from an athlete, an activist, and several artists.

Read More

January babyberries

By Linda Rosenkrantz

The first month of 2016 brought the usual bountiful bunch of beautifully named  babies to the Nameberry community, including creative first and middle combos and sibsets and, this month, some particularly interesting backstories.

January brought one pair of boy-girl twins–the classic Nora Elizabeth and Everett William.

There were two twice-picked choices: Zelda and Jasper.

Most innovative names: Tessamine and Edelweiss

And here’s the full list:

Read More

Middle Names, Nine Different Ways

9 Middle Name Ways

By Abby Sandel

It was a big week for celebrity birth announcements, and the names of the new arrivals are noteworthy. Welcome, York and Freddie, Talon and Florence.

Bold and daring baby names like Rainbow and Saint dominate headlines. But sometimes the most interesting names are tucked in the middle, like this week’s batch.

Middle names haven’t always been standard issue in English. The aristocracy used them first, but it wasn’t until the twentieth century that it became the norm for almost every child born in the US to receive two names – or sometimes more.

This week’s baby names in the news illustrate nine approaches to choosing your child’s middle name. If you’re stumped, this list might help you brainstorm possibilities for your little superstar.

Read More