Category: Baby Names Popularity

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By Abby Sandel

It’s a common dilemma. You’ve always loved Liam, but now that you’re expecting, it’s a Top Ten favorite that feels very popular, indeed. Or the only name you and your partner agree on is Sophia – but you already know three!

Is there a strategy for finding slightly different baby names? Baby names that share the same characteristics as the names that you love, but aren’t quite as popular?

Sadly there’s no magic formula, but there are some easy and obvious substitutes to consider. This week was filled with high profile birth announcements that seemed to be based on finding slightly different names. It was also the topic we discussed in the latest Name Sage post – and you had some amazing suggestions for the family whose favorites include Isabel and Naomi!

Let’s take a look at some of the names that can easily stand in for current chart toppers:

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How Star Athletes Influence Baby Names

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Famous athlete baby names

By Kate at Sancta Nomina (Katherine Morna Towne)

We can all think of people we’d be proud to have our children named after (beloved grandmothers, influential mentors) and those who turn us off of certain names (students you taught, your quirky next-door-neighbor), but today I want to focus on well-known athletes and their power to influence (or wreak havoc) on our baby naming.

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Mary writes:

I am due in July with baby number two, a girl. My husband and I are having a difficult time agreeing on names.

My husband’s only condition is that it can be pronounced easily in both Spanish and English. I am a little more flexible in that my only requirement is that it not be too popular.

Our surname ends with “-in” and while our son’s name is Julian, this time we’d like to steer away from similar sounding names. M names are also out due to our surname.

I love Sofia, Isabel, and Camila but find them all to be a bit too popular. I also really love Beatrice/Beatrix and Noelle, but my husband isn’t a fan of these two names.

He likes Naomi, Elena, and Natalia but I’m on the fence about all three. I also like Eliana, but it almost breaks my rule about not sounding too much like our last name, and it might be too close to our son’s name.

Is there a way to make popular names work without sacrificing that unique feeling of a rare name?

The Name Sage replies:

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Most Popular Vowel Names for Girls

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

The new Nameberry popular baby names list is out, and the results are stunning in terms of the dominance of vowel-starting names, especially for girls.

Eight of the Top 10 girls’ names start with vowels. Of the Top 25 girls’ names, 15 begin with vowels. And of the Top 50, more than half – 28 – start with A, E, I, or O (sorry, Ursula, but no U).

This vowel domination is more pronounced than on the US Popular Baby Names list, where 20 of the Top 50 girls’ names start with vowels.

What are the most popular vowel-starting girls’ names on Nameberry today?

First, let’s look at them by letter. As in overall statistics, A is the most dominant first initial, starting 12 of the top girls’ names. E is next with ten, followed by four for I and two for O.  Here are the 28 top girls’ names alphabetically.

Create your own personalized birth announcement like the adorable Olivia one here at Simply To Impress.

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Baby Names Before 1850

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Records on baby names only started in the US in 1880, and so getting an accurate read on what babies were named before that has been difficult at best. But now a researcher named Douglas Galbi has compiled lists of baby names drawn from census records of the early 19th century. With the help of Esita Rocha, we combed through Galbi’s data on baby names from 1800 to 1850 in search of trends, patterns, and vintage baby names that go way beyond the expected John and Mary, Elizabeth and James. Here, our findings, illustrated by American folk art of the same period.   – Pamela Redmond Satran

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