Category: Baby Names
By Sophie Kihm
The cycle of celebrity pregnancies never slows down. 2016 has been an especially fruitful year so far, with superstars like John Legend, Chelsea Clinton, Adam Levine, Blake Lively, and Ryan Gosling all growing their families. And we can’t forget the celebrities who might not be as well-known for their talent, but are certainly famous for their baby names–Jamie Oliver, Holly Madison, and Soleil Moon Frye. Now we have even more to add to the list! Kerry Washington is pregnant with her second, as is Olivia Wilde. And don’t get me started on the latest Kardashian pregnancy–I cannot wait to hear what that child is named. I’ve placed my bets in the meantime.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Emma and Noah are the new Number 1 baby names in the US, but are they the most popular names where you live? Emma was Number 1 in just 22 states, Noah at the top in only 13. Other states put rivals Olivia, Ava, and Sophia at the head of the class for girls, as well as Mia (in Hawaii and New Mexico), Harper (in South Dakota), Isabella (Florida) and Genesis (D.C.). For boys, there were seven other names vying for the top spot, with Liam, William, Mason, Benjamin, Henry, Jackson, or Elijah beating Noah in 37 states.
Moving down the list, it’s easy to see certain names really gathering steam and heading higher. The following are girls’ names not in the national Top 10 which reached that level and beyond in at least two states, as well as names that ranked Number 1 in some states:
With the release of the 2015 name data, I can now release an analysis on the new Top 100! Here are the interesting finds!
We’re always spotlighting baby names that have appealing meanings: nature and intelligence, peace and love.
But the fact is that many ancient names have meanings that relate to fighting and war and victory, undoubtedly desirable qualities to parents who feared that their babies might be kidnapped by Huns or eaten by wolves.
In the modern world, parents tend to choose one of these battle-related name despite rather than because of a meaning like “renowned warrior” or “elf spear”. And those who want a fierce-sounding name may opt for something more explicit like Wilder or Gunner, Hunter or Blade.
But a user-created list we recently spotlighted by @nidorina reminded us just how many fighting, war, soldier, protector, and guardian names there are from deep in the traditional naming lexicon. And there are many more than listed there. An overview: