Category: Guest Bloggers
Brits love diminutives. We use them, often automatically, to shorten names in a familiar way, and they have been essential for centuries as a way of distinguishing individuals with the same name. We love them so much, many of them have now been elevated into full-name status, and happily litter the Top 100.
The most common are two-syllable, ie/y-endings we know and love well; Isabelles are Izzy, Olivers are Ollie, Katherines are Katies and Fredericks are Freddies. But more and more, parents are looking to a more brisk and quirky style of diminutive. Edwards are often Ned, rather than Eddy; several Henrys are Hal, and Christophers are the striking Kit rather than Chris.
With this niche trend in mind, here is a rundown of some one-syllable diminutives that have become overlooked since they were developed in the Middle Ages. Several of them, perhaps surprisingly, were unisex.
In the 16th century Bess was a popular nickname for Elizabeth. You could almost say that it was the diminutive for the name, as the most famous bearer, Elizabeth I, was known fondly as “Good Queen Bess“. It began to lose favour in the 18th century, but was revived as Bessie in the 19th. In some instances, Bess was also used as a diminutive for Beatrice.
by Esmeralda Rocha
In Part one of our blog on names new to the Nameberry database, we discussed highlights of our recent additions to the girls’ database. Part two focuses on our favorite ten additions to the boys’ name database.
By Esmeralda Rocha
We at Nameberry are always combing works of literature, global popularity lists, and your suggestions to find names to add to the Nameberry database. We thought we’d bring you the highlights of our most recent efforts in a two-part blog. Custom says ladies first, so here are 11 of our favorite recently added girls’ names.
By Meghan Daum
Normally I’m all for making fun of parents who, by dint of ZIP Code or number of tattoos, fall into the hipster category and assert their nonconformity by giving their kids names that, once upon a time, were considered best suited for pets. Hang around a playground in Silver Lake or Brooklyn‘s Park Slope and you’ll hear enough calls of “Roscoe!” and “Lulu!” to think you’ve accidentally wandered into the dog park.
Still, I say we stop piling on parents who named their kids Atticus.
There was an exceptionally long list of new starbabies born in July, and here is CaraMichelle’s comprehensive rundown.
Among the highest profile arrivals were Charlize Theron‘s daughter August, Sophie B. Hawkins’s Esther Ballantine, Brandon and Leah Jenner’s Eva James (a middle name increasingly worn by girls), Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross‘s daughter Jagger Snow, Macklemore’s Sloane Ava Simone, Jeff Goldblum’s Charlie Ocean, and Jaime King‘s Leo Thames.