Category: International Baby Names

By John Kelly

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.

Kirk

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.

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By Eleanor Nickerson, British Baby Names

As this year draws to a close, it’s time once again to look back at the most prevalent trends that have influenced baby names in Britain in 2016.

TRADITIONAL NON-PERENNIALS

It looks like Oliver and Olivia will be the big hits of 2016. Oliver has been #1 in England and Wales since 2013 and is set to keep his crown. Olivia has taken second place to Amelia since 2011. But the births for Amelia have been steadily going down, and Olivia creeping up. Olivia has also taken the #1 spot in Scotland this year according to provisional data for 2016.

Both Olivia and Oliver are names with a lot of history, but were both quite rare in use up until the 18th and 19th century respectively. This gives them the same elegant, grounded feel as many “classic” perennial favourites, without feeling too tired or commonplace.

Several other names fitting this same bill have also seen a rise this year including Jasper, Ralph, Lachlan, Tobias, Ottilie, Alexandra, Aurora, Claudia and Beatrix.

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International Girl Names: Turkish delights

By Woohyun Myungeun

The baby names of Turkey are a combination of the traditional and religious examples like Fatma, Ayshe and Hatice to the modern Alara, Kayra and Selin. Here are 20 stellar Turkish girl names representing that mix of the familiar and those that might be new to you.

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Happy Hanukkah Names for Girls

By Linda Rosenkrantz

This year, the beginning of Hanukkah falls on Christmas Day and so, in the interest of fair play, we will commemorate the Jewish Festival of Lights today with a selection of Jewish girl names and our Christmas choices tomorrow.

“Jewish” names cover a lot of ground. They range from Hebrew names to Old Testament appellations to modern names currently found in Israel to colloquial Yiddish names, which we focus on today.

Yiddish names have a rich history; the language evolved during medieval times from High German, influenced by Hebrew and some eastern European languages. Many are versions of Old Testament names and have numerous variations.

Here are some warm, friendly, gemutlich Yiddish (which literally means Jewish) names worth considering.

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Food & Drink Names: Some like it hot

By Laura Booher

Ah, December. A month of holidays, great food, and frosty weather. But for me, it also signals that another season is underway: the hot beverage season. I really enjoy hot beverages. You name it, I’ll try it and probably love it. My apartment sports an entire corner devoted to them, complete with loose leaf tea, a stovetop espresso maker, and seventeen kinds of flavored syrup. Thankfully, I have a husband who joins me in this enthusiasm and is tolerant of my paraphernalia.

But really, hot beverages are more than just a pick-me-up or a pleasant flavor for me. They represent a way to pursue friendship and express care for others and myself. I’ve had countless tea parties, coffee dates, and spontaneous cheer-up sessions by buying or making hot beverages.

So with those thoughts in mind, here are ten baby names inspired by hot beverages and the warm feelings they bring to the season. Enjoy!

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