Category: Baby Name News

New Baby Names: lovely October arrivals!

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Once again, there are an exceptionally large number of twin births among the Berries this month, a mix of girl-girl, boy-boy and girl-boy:

Alexander Merlin and Imogen Persephone

Anneliese Luna and Arielle Sofia

Calliope Frances and Iris Mary

Emmeline Samantha and Theodore Alexander

Graham Daniel and Rory Benjamin

Hunter Belle and Isobel Lilah

Also noted: the preponderance of girl babies, and especially girls whose first initial is a vowel—A, E, I and O!

Most unusual first name: a girl named Rowe; tribute middle name of Kahlo

Here’s the full list:

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By CaraMichelle

It’s time to talk about the new starbaby arrivals of September 2016!

Two of these entries are for stargrandbabies. Cybill Shepherd‘s daughter, Clementine Ford, welcomed daughter Welles Molavi. And Mia Farrow’s daughter Dylan became mom to Evangeline.

We also loved Rob Schneider’s play on his own name for daughter Madeline Robbie’s middle.

Other highlights included Adam Levine’s soft and sentimental choice of Dusty Rose, and a new addition to the Alec Baldwin brood: Leonardo Ángel Charles.

And here’s the complete list:

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Rising Boy Names: 9 Ready to Roar

Rising Boy Names

By Abby Sandel

Last week we looked at nine girl names likely to soar. Head to a kindergarten class in five years or so, and chances are you’ll hear more of names like Luna, Liv, and Sloane. They’re stylish, on-trend, and attracting more attention from expectant parents.

This week, it’s the boys’ turn. As with the girls’ list, names currently ranked in the US Top 100 were excluded – though a few, like Ezra, could easily be the next big thing.

Some made our earlier list of shooting stars, names rising more than 100 places over the last year. Others are simply in step with current fashions, or generating so much buzz, that it’s easy to imagine we’ll b hearing more and more of these names in the years to come.

Here are nine boy names most likely to make their mark.

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Newsy Names: Charmian, Colin & Gene

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By John Kelly

This past September, we paid our respects to some of Hollywood’s greatest stars and marveled at a visionary’s dreams of the stars. Let’s have a look back at some of the big names in the news – and a look into what the origins of their names can illuminate about them.

Teresa

Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a Catholic saint this month. St. Teresa was born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxihu. Anjezë is the Albanian form of Agnes, anticipated her spiritual calling: It’s Greek for “holy” or “pure.” St. Teresa chose her religious name after the 19th-century French nun Thérèse de Lisieux.

Some think Teresa comes from the Greek for “harvest” or “huntress.” Others think it is from the Greek Thera, the name of some volcanic islands in the Mediterranean. The story goes that the wife of St. Paulinus of Nola (354-431 AD) was born on one of those islands and so took her name from them. The origin is unclear, but Teresa is a well-traveled name – fitting for St. Teresa, who made her impact far and wide.

Colin

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has made headlines by protesting the pre-game National Anthem over racial inequality. Many athletes have followed suit, which some consider a victory for Colin’s cause. Victory indeed: Colin is a French pet name for Nicholas, a Greek name that literally means “victory-people.” The Greek word for – and goddess of – “victory” is nike, which lives on in the athletic brand.

Gene

Acting legend Gene Wilder sadly passed away this month. Born Jerome Silberman, Wilder took Gene, a short for Eugene, after Eugene Gant, a character in a Thomas Wolfe novel, and Wilder after writer Thornton Wilder. Eugene is from the Greek Eugenios, “well-born” or “noble.” Jerome, meanwhile, is from the Greek Hieornymos, “holy name.” Gene Wilder came from a humble background, but as many remembrances made clear, he was a class-act as an artist and person. And his name will surely be long “worshiped” by his many fans.

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September Birth announcements

By Linda Rosenkrantz

This month’s Babyberry report includes one of the most original middle names we’ve seen: Violet WHIMSEY. The girls’ names are running long, in the sense that there is a preponderance of three and four-syllable choices. Again, lots of floral appellations and an accent on J and V-starting names. The boy list includes Roscoe, Radley and Lazarus–and be sure to read the lovely naming story of Cal Tanner.

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