For many decades, baby namers have had a mad romance with Irish family names. From Ryan to Riley to Rowan, Connor to Quinn, the US popularity rolls have been populated with cheery Irish surnames. Below are 12 of the many that embody that infectious Celtic charm—some of them new to the scene, others on their way up, and a few from the past that deserve a fresh look. By Linda Rosenkrantz
As we celebrate Independence Day, a time not only of barbecues and burgers, flag-waving and fireworks, but also an occasion to look back at the history of the event and some of the (more interestingly named) heroes in the struggle of the US to gain independence from the mother country. So here, with apologies to our loyal Britberries, a dozen of the best Revolutionary names.
Your belief in gender equality might inspire you to search for a unisex name for your baby – but what names are truly used equally for girls and boys? Only a few dozen, if you limit the results to names given to at least 50 babies of each gender in 2015. Here, the best truly unisex names for modern babies. by Pamela Redmond Satran
No, I’m not suggesting that the world needs another massive influx of Jennifers—the #1 girls’ name all through the 70s. Or the then- popular Mandy, Mindy, Cindy sorority names either. But there are a number of names in this sometimes demeaned decade that have been in limbo long enough, and are definitely worthy of a fresh look. By Linda Rosenkrantz
Mini names are having a moment. Mia and Ava rank in the US girls’ Top Ten, and names like Max and Leo, Ian and Eli, are all popular for boys. It’s a minimalist approach to naming children, and a stylish one, too. So which little names are the next big thing? Here are the rising stars of this category, in three letters or less.