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posted by: ClareB View all posts by this author
Welsh literary names

By Clare Bristow

Welsh names can be divisive. Some people love them for their look, sound and cultural associations, while others run screaming from the unfamiliar spelling and pronunciation.

In this post we’ll look at some of the oldest Welsh literary names, and I hope you’ll find them surprisingly usable.

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posted by: NameFreak! View all posts by this author
Playground analysis

By Kelli BradyName Freak!

You must be aware of the 2015 SSA top baby name list by now, but are you a bit confused by the #1 names? Maybe you hear a lot more “Jackson!” than “Noah!” yelled at the playground? Well, by combining the different spellings of each name, we can determine which name is truly more popular. Because when you hear a name, you don’t necessarily know how it is spelled, but you do know you hear the name a lot. Where does it really rank compared to other names?

Note: These are the combined spellings of the names in the Top 1000 only. When the numbers from the entire list are added, positions could change. The main name listed below is the spelling given to the most babies in 2015 (SSA Rank is in parentheses). The others are in alphabetical order. Opinions vary on how different spellings are pronounced. I went with my best judgment.

GIRLS

On the 2015 SSA list, Emma remains #1 in 2015 after taking over the top spot from Sophia in 2014. The rest of the Top 5 changes a bit, with Ava and Isabella switching places. However, the top 5 of the Playground Analysis has not changed from last year at all. Sophia is still on top when you add the alternate spelling Sofia. Emma is down to #3 after the variant of Olivia is also included. And Isabella passes Ava with its various spellings added. The changes between the SSA list and the Playground Analysis are plentiful however. The largest jumps that take place after adding the alternative spellings are by Adalynn (#123 to #9), Elena (#106 to #39), and Madelyn (#59 to #12). Adalynn also makes a huge jump in the Playground Analysis from 2014 to 2015 (#23 to #9).

 

  1. Sophia (3) – Sofia
  2. Olivia (2) – Alivia
  3. Emma (1)
  4. Isabella (5) – Isabela, Izabella
  5. Ava (4) – Avah
  6. Mia (6) – Miah
  7. Emily (8) – Emely, Emilee, Emilie, Emmalee
  8. Zoey (23) – Zoe, Zoie
  9. Adalynn (123) – Adaline, Adalyn, Addilyn, Addilynn, Adeline, Adelyn, Adelynn, Adilynn
  10. Amelia (12) – Emelia, Emilia
  11. Abigail (7)
  12. Madelyn (59) – Madalyn, Madalynn, Madeleine, Madeline, Madelynn, Madilyn, Madilynn
  13. Madison (11) – Maddison, Madisyn, Madyson
  14. Aubrey (21) – Aubree, Aubrie
  15. Charlotte (9)
  16. Chloe (17) – Khloe
  17. Riley (35) – Rylee, Ryleigh, Rylie
  18. Layla (30) – Laila, Lailah, Laylah, Leila, Leyla
  19. Avery (16) – Averi, Averie
  20. Evelyn (15) – Evalyn, Evelynn
  21. Harper (10)
  22. Ariana (46) – Arianna, Aryana, Aryanna
  23. Elizabeth (13) – Elisabeth
  24. Aria (29) – Ariah, Ariya, Ariyah, Arya
  25. Lily (25) – Lillie, Lilly
  26. Scarlett (22) – Scarlet, Scarlette
  27. Brooklyn (31) – Brooklynn
  28. Allison (39) – Alison, Alisson, Allyson, Alyson
  29. Addison (24) – Addisyn, Addyson
  30. Ella (18)
  31. Natalie (27) – Natalee, Nataly, Nathalie, Nathaly
  32. Leah (36) – Lea, Leia, Lia
  33. Grace (19)
  34. Victoria (20)
  35. Maya (69) – Maia, Miya, Mya, Myah
  36. Mackenzie (73) – Makenzie, Mckenzie
  37. Nora (41) – Norah
  38. Hannah (28) – Hana, Hanna
  39. Elena (106) – Elaina, Alaina, Alayna
  40. Lillian (26) – Lilian
  41. Kaylee (61) – Caylee, Kailee, Kailey, Kayleigh, Kaylie
  42. Camila (43) – Camilla, Kamila
  43. Hailey (64) – Hailee, Haley, Haylee, Hayley
  44. Kylie (66) – Kiley, Kylee, Kyleigh
  45. Anna (44) – Ana
  46. Sarah (58) – Sara
  47. Skylar (42) – Skyler
  48. Peyton (72) – Paityn, Payton
  49. Katherine (84) – Catherine, Kathryn
  50. Paisley (45) – Paislee

Skylar and Paisley enter the Top 50 of the 2015 Playground Analysis, while Gabriella and Annabelle fall.

BOYS

Both the 2014 SSA list and the Playground Analysis had no major changes to the Top 6, however Jayden and all of its spelling alternatives continue to fall as it moves from #7 to #8 in the Playground Analysis (after falling from #3 to #7 last year). William moves up to #7, but the rest of the top names stay in position. The biggest movers were Kayden (#95 to #9) and Jace (#75 to #29).

 

  1. Jackson (17) – Jaxen, Jaxon, Jaxson
  2. Aiden (13) – Aaden, Adan, Aden, Aidan, Aydan, Ayden, Aydin
  3. Noah (1) – Noe
  4. Liam (2)
  5. Mason (3) – Maison, Mayson
  6. Jacob (4) – Jakob
  7. William (5)
  8. Jayden (20) – Jaden, Jadon, Jaiden, Jaydon
  9. Kayden (95) – Caden, Caiden, Cayden, Kaden, Kaeden, Kaiden
  10. Ethan (6)
  11. Alexander (8) – Alexzander
  12. James (7)
  13. Michael (9) – Micheal
  14. Elijah (11) – Alijah
  15. Benjamin (10)
  16. Daniel (12)
  17. Matthew (15) – Mathew
  18. Carter (24) – Karter
  19. Logan (14)
  20. Lucas (16)
  21. Grayson (47) – Graysen, Greyson
  22. David (18)
  23. Oliver (19)
  24. Joseph (21)
  25. Caleb (37) – Kaleb
  26. Dylan (27) – Dilan, Dillon
  27. Gabriel (22)
  28. Samuel (23)
  29. Jace (75) – Jase, Jayce
  30. John (26) – Jon
  31. Anthony (25)
  32. Christopher (32) – Cristopher, Kristopher
  33. Isaac (31) – Issac
  34. Luke (28)
  35. Henry (29)
  36. Andrew (30)
  37. Christian (43) – Cristian, Kristian
  38. Joshua (33)
  39. Wyatt (34)
  40. Landon (46) – Landen, Landyn
  41. Sebastian (35)
  42. Owen (36)
  43. Cameron (56) – Camren, Camron, Kameron, Kamren, Kamron, Kamryn
  44. Connor (54) – Conner, Conor, Konnor
  45. Nicholas (62) – Nickolas, Nicolas, Nikolas
  46. Jonathan (48) – Johnathan, Jonathon
  47. Nathan (38)
  48. Ryan (39)
  49. Jack (40)
  50. Julian (45) – Julien

Julian rises into the Top 50 of the 2015 Playground Analysis, while Hunter falls.

Does this echo what you are hearing on the playground?

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posted by: Josh View all posts by this author
baby name pronunciation

By Josh Murray

For many parents (especially Nameberry regulars), the process of choosing a child’s name is exciting, scary, intricate, thoughtful, and time-consuming. With all the resources available here, it’s easy for novice and seasoned parents alike to place an emphasis on a name’s spelling, history, etymology, meaning, and popularity ranking.

Just take a glance at the forums and you can find many namers seeking the perfect appellation for their newborn-to-be. Certainly some prospective parents have to grapple with the question of proper (or preferred) pronunciation. But what happens when regional dialects throw a wrench into the entire process?

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posted by: waltzingmorethanmatilda View all posts by this author
Bowie Personas 2

By Anna Otto, WaltzingMoreThanMatilda

Here, as promised, is the second installment of Anna Otto‘s blog on the varied David Bowie personas.

Aladdin

Aladdin Sane was David Bowie‘s 1973 album. Although people often forget the name of this Bowie persona (a pun on A Lad Insane), his image is one of the most memorable: a face crossed by a lightning bolt to represent a divided self. A continuation of Ziggy Stardust, it was partly inspired by David Bowie‘s brother Terry, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Aladdin features in The 1001 Nights as a boy who becomes trapped in a cave by a wicked magician, but escapes with the help of a genie. A pantomime staple, it has also been made into a popular Disney film.

The name Aladdin is an Anglicised form of the Arabic name Ala Al-Din, meaning “excellent in faith”. Aladdin has been rarely used as an English name, and probably reminds people too strongly of the magical lamp.

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posted by: sanctanomina View all posts by this author
Baby name dilemma

By Katherine Morna Towne @ sanctanomina

I did a name consultation not too long ago for a couple who had picked out Felicity for a girl, which was a name full of meaning for them, only to discover they were having a boy, and they couldn’t think of any boy names they loved as much as they loved Felicity.

When I posted the dilemma to my blog, one of my readers suggested Felix to them, reasoning, “Since [the mom] was really excited about Felicity’s meaning and saintly pedigree, Felix really seems the perfect alternative to me! Popular in the UK, Spain, and Germany, it definitely has a hip, continental thing about it while not being unusual or hard to pronounce, and the x-ending makes it flow very well into middle names beginning with either a vowel or a consonant!”

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