Category: Baby Names
Some highly unusual names in Cara’s comprehensive list this month, including an Ioni, a girl named Berlin—sister of a girl named Bowie, a Blues (not Blue), and a Hutch (brother of Tug). The three sets of twins born to celebs in March included the trendy Knox Blue and Violet Moon.
Among the highest profile celebs, Cate Blanchett went with the lovely classic Edith Vivian Patricia, Vin Diesel made the moving tribute to his late friend and co-star Paul Walker by naming his baby daughter Pauline, and Kevin James chose the name Sistine for her daughter, just as Sylvester Stallone did in 1998
The most popular girls names of the 1940s were Margaret, Patricia, Judith, and Helen, but what were the least popular names? Here are ten names which were only chosen once in any year between 1944 and 1949 in South Australia, making them unique for their time and place. They continue to be rare, and some parents will still find them appealing.
Thought to be a Latinised form of the Germanic name Aveza, most likely a long form or elaboration of the familiar Ava. Introduced to England by the Normans, it was reasonably common in the Middle Ages, and quickly became associated with the Latin word avis, meaning “bird”. Avis Rent a Car was founded in the 1940s by Warren Avis, but did not become big in Australia for some time – it’s now quite difficult to disassociate the name Avis from the rental company, although it’s very much on trend and still seems contemporary and pretty. It was also a good fit in the 1940s, when names such as Avril and Averil were fashionable.
Welcome to Nameberry’s newest column, The Name Sage. Every week, I’ll answer one reader’s questions about naming a baby-on-the-way, or general baby name angst. And here’s the best part: we’d love it if you would add your thoughtful suggestions and comments to help expectant parents decide. The world needs more nicely named children, berries! Want to see your question featured? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathleen and her husband are expecting their first child, a boy. She writes:
Here’s our dilemma: my husband is in love with the name Peter.
While I don’t love it, it has started to grow on me. My main concern is the dirty joke associated with it. Do you think that’s still an issue these days? Also, can you suggest any some middle names to go with Peter?
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Some wonderful choices this month, including interesting first and middle combos, and some great sibsets (I think may favorite has to be Lilith, joining the imaginative Kodiak, Lace, Willow and Jude.)
Two pretty incredible late-listed pairs of twins, one for each gender:
Also of special interest is the fact of two Ezras on the list. This biblical boy name is getting a lot of buzz—it jumped 40+ places this year to its highest point ever, Number 143. And several girls with middle names from nature–Iris, Violet, Dove, Ivy, Pearl and Rose.
By Abby Sandel
Lately, celebrity baby name news has a split personality.
But everywhere else?