Category: Baby Names
As I reveal in my book, Name-alytics, there are three spellings of Katherine that have been in the Top 100… Catherine, Katherine and Kathryn (the Big 3). Catherine reached its peak in 1914, Katherine reached its peak in 1988, and Kathryn reached its peak in 1951. That alone is quite fascinating to those interested in the history of name popularity, but it is not enough to satisfy my detail-specific thirst.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
The other day we took a look at all the boys’ names in the Alexandrian clan, now we move on to the girls. Here we find 11 direct descendants on the Social Security list. The big surprise is that Alexandra, the direct feminization of Alexander, does not come first, but is superseded by a unisex offshoot. And it’s not Alex!
By Kate Menlove
I have been an active member of the Nameberry community since 2010 when I was thirteen years old.
In fifth grade, I was obsessed with the names Britta, Delta, Olivia, Mason, and Porter. That was in 2007, so for as long as I can remember I have been a name nerd. Now, at eighteen, when I meet new people, I can tell them the meaning and origin of their name. Family members, teachers, friends, and relatives of friends come to me for name advice, which I am happy to give. The first thing I named with the help of NB was our dog, Lola.
Do you wish your own name was more unusual…or more popular?
The general trend of taste in baby names these days is toward the unusual — many of us are looking for names that will help our children stand out in the crowd.
This is borne out by statistics, in the ever-growing number of sheer names in common use and the shrinking number of babies given the top names.
But how does this relate to your feelings about your own name? Do you wish you had a more unusual name yourself, and if so, why?
And if you have an unusual name, how do you feel about that — now, and when you were younger? Are you happy you have an unusual name or do you wish you had one that was more standard-issue?