Category: Girl Names
It is with great sadness that we report the death of one of our most treasured contributors, K. M. Sheard. Kay ran the delightful website, Nook of Names, and was the author of a giant, encyclopedic compendium of name information, Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names, which we have found to be an invaluable resource.
In tribute to the memory of Kay, here again is one of her characteristic Nameberry blogs–with its unique mix of scholarship and humor, first published in 2013.
What’s your very favorite classic girls’ name? And yes, sure, you can mention more than one.
Tilda and Tilly. Many would see these names and think they are only nicknames for Matilda, but both make for adorable names in their own right. Whether you are debating which nickname to use for your little Matilda, or simply which to give your daughter, it could be helpful to look at them side by side.
Origin, Meaning, Associations & Impressions
These are so intertwined that it’s helpful to consider them together. Both Tilda and Tilly are considered to have originated as nicknames for Matilda. Matilda is an Old German name meaning ‘mighty in battle’, and hence this is also the accepted meaning for both Tilda and Tilly.
Imogen may still not have cracked the US Top 1000, but she continues her reign as the Number 1 girls’ name on Nameberry for 2014.
The real news with girls’ names, though, is Khaleesi, which vaulted to Number 2 on our list thanks to Game of Thrones. Given that Nameberry’s popularity list is based on which names parents are searching versus actually bestowing upon their babies, it makes sense that Khaleesi would attract this level of curiosity. The girls’ name Daenerys is another Game of Thrones choice that jumped onto the Top 100.
The other new entrant to the girls’ Top 10 compared with 2013 is Hazel, up from 20th place thanks to its starring role in Fault in our Stars.
The three names moving furthest up the Top 100 are Ellie, up 42 places, Cordelia up 37 and Maya up 28. Other names moving up furthest include Adeline plus four choices that being with the stylish letter L: Lucy, Lila, Louisa, and Luna.
The Nameberry popularity list is based on which names attracted the most views of the nearly 50 million views of our name pages in 2014.