Category: Family Names
The theme of the week has been popular names — Nameberry’s most popular choices for the first half of the year.
To keep the party going, we thought we’d round off the publication of the three lists — our top 100 girls’ names, top 100 boys’ names, and top 20 unisex names — by asking you to create your perfect and perfectly-named family using your favorite names from the three lists.
If you’re feeling really ambitious, include middle names, but only from our 2013 most-popular lists!
Have fun. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Commission artist Jordan Grace Owens to create a customized set of paper dolls like the ones pictured here based on your family. So fabulous!!
First names make a statement, middle names tell a story. Often they preserve a memory. In the Jewish tradition, there is a disinclination to name after the living. Ours is not a culture of ‘Junior’s or ‘Second’s. The important people keep their own names when they are alive and then it is sometimes the letter, the initial sound of the moniker only, that gets passed down. My middle name is Jena, for instance, after my great grandfather Jacob. When it came time to choose a middle name for our son, we were certain of its source, so very sadly.
I heard Oliver’s heartbeat for the first time a mere matter of days before my husband’s sister, Stella, died of cancer. No matter how aware you are of the cycle of life and death in the abstract, losing a close family member in the same year as giving birth to a new one drives home its power in an unparalleled way. Stella was a bright light, as her name suggests, and her parents must have known that because it was not a particularly common thing to call a girl in 197os England. We had the option of going with the ‘S’ alone, but I wanted to enshrine the ‘star’ aspect. It so happened that the year before I became pregnant, celebrities Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, an Anglo-American couple just like us, had a boy. They called him Stellan, a Swedish name I had never heard of before. It was perfect.
Life and death continued to swirl together with the next child, as my second son came into this world on my uncle’s birthday, my Uncle Russel who had been killed in a car crash 12 years earlier. It was a wild coincidence of dates and it should have been a sign. There is a large part of me that regrets not making Leo’s middle name Russell – I would have spelled it with two ‘l’s – after my mother’s younger brother, a second child himself. My husband didn’t like the name enough to use it solely for its significance. And while we could have done something with an ‘R’, we picked Isaac instead. Isaac, the only one of the middle names which was chosen for aesthetic reasons only. We loved the name, plain and simple. Its old Jewish feel, its striking double ‘a’. If I had known for certain that we would be having another son, I would have saved it. Alas.
lose to midnight after noon, the end middle of Day 2 3 or maybe we can call this Day 3 4 of the Kim and Kanye Baby Name Watch. You know they’re not going to announce the name tonight right this minute, because most sane journalists are already asleep out to lunch.
In case you’ve been living on Jupiter for the past decade, the Kardashian family is famous partly because they all — or almost all — have names that start with the letter K: Mom Kris, daughters Kim and Khloe and Kourtney and Kendall and Kylie. They even marry men whose names start with K: Kim was married to basketball player Kris Humphries and is now with Kanye.
Elisabeth Wilborn over at You Can’t Call It It thinks the newborn baby’s name might be Klementine Star, based on the fact that the domains klementinewest.com and klementinestarwest.com had been registered. Other sources are saying the name will be Kai Georgia Donda.
Donald Trump Jr. has a daughter named Kai, while Ethan Hawke has a little Clementine. Here’s a list of all the recent celebrity baby names that start with K, from Brad and Angelina‘s Knox to Kevin James‘ Kannon, Gwen Stefani‘s Kingston to Padma Lakshmi‘s Krishna.
The big trend in baby name news this week? It has to be borrowing a name from your family tree.
Once upon a time, it might have been expected that your firstborn son was a junior, or maybe shared his name with grandpa. In other places, family surnames were handed down along with the silver.
These days, there’s less pressure than ever to choose heirloom names. And yet we’re still inclined to honor our loved ones.
Other parents aren’t passing down family names, but they are coordinating their children’s names. Sometimes it is a shared first initial; other times, the theme is more subtle.
We try not to play favorites around here, but the truth is that, just like anybody, we have them. And the reasons we love the names we do are as idiosyncratic, irrational, and deeply felt as those of the average citizen. In honor of Nameberry’s new look, we thought it might be time to reveal a few of our personal favorite names and why we adore them. (Floral photo collage by Frances Pelzman)