Category: Berry Juice
By Erica Loop
The big day is almost here. Woo-hoo! Just one thing — you’ve yet to pack your hospital bag. You’re fairly certain you shouldn’t bring a 12-piece luggage set with you for a 48-hour hospital stay, but even your labor playlist is in better shape than your go-bag list. Yep, packing for “baby day” isn’t exactly easy. Narrow things down with these hospital bag essentials!
It’s easy to see the how a catchy, name-centric song like “Jolene” or “Hey There Delilah” might make a particular baby name trendy. But did you know that the names of singers can sometimes be just as influential as the names in lyrics?
Each of the female vocalists below popularized her unusual name enough to boost it onto the U.S. baby name charts for the very first time.
As we greet the new year with big goals and big dreams, let’s not forget some of the big names that closed out 2016. In December, we celebrated and remembered many a bright and brilliant star, if the origins of many of last month’s newsy names are any measure.
On December 9th, acting legend Kirk Douglas turned an impressive 100. His birth name was Issur, a Yiddish variant of Israel, Hebrew for “he who strives with God” and alluding to how the biblical Jacob wrestled with an angel. Issur took the name Kirk Douglas before he joined the Navy during World War II. Like Issur, Kirk also has a religious root: It began as a northern English and Scottish surname, taken from the Old Norse word for “church,” referring to families who lived near them.
By Emily Cardoza
Within a day of losing Carrie Fisher, film audiences lost another icon – her mother, Debbie Reynolds. A talented actress and entertainer, Reynolds enchanted several generations of filmgoers, from her roles in Singin’ in the Rain to Charlotte’s Web to Halloweentown. And of course, among these roles, we have some great names to consider.
Reynolds was only nineteen when she played Kathy Selden in the classic musical, Singin’ in the Rain. The name Kathy reached its popularity peak only a few years after the film was released, rising to Number 14 in 1958. Today, long form Katherine is favored, with Katie and Kaylee among popular variants.
After the tragic double loss of daughter and mother Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds within a day of each other, Emily Cardoza pays tribute by looking at the names of some of their most iconic characters. First, Carrie Frances Fisher.
Alright, so it’s not a character name. Carrie was born to actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds in 1956, at which time the name ranked #208. Carrie left the Top 1000 in 2007, but could make a comeback, especially in the next year.