Category: Nature, Place and Word Names
Love wine but concerned that names like Chardonnay and Merlot might raise a few eyebrows? Adult beverages might not seem like a place to look for baby names but I believe name inspiration can often be found in unlikely places. Here are some usable names, inspired by wine, and worth raising your glass to!
Place names are all the rage. Wine lover’s will recognize Sonoma as a beautiful, romantic county in Northern California known as “wine country.” Sonoma comes from a word used by the Native Miwok tribe meaning, “many moons”.
Once again, Whitepages, that huge storehouse of the names of people residing in the U.S., continues its practice of putting together interesting—and often humorous– statistical reports on the popularity of names, particularly focused on holidays.
And Christmas is no exception. This current list is of the twelve most festive first and last names in the country, released just in time for the holiday season. Carol (first name) and Bell (last name) were at the top, with 1,148,024 and 385,651 people sharing the names, respectively.
Biggest big picture trend: Defining Names
Why give your child a mere name when you can call him something that creates a clear and powerful identity? Our major forward-looking trend for 2015 is word names that make big statements. These may be grand names such as Titan or Royal, both recent choices of celebrities. They might be new virtue names such as Saint or Noble or badass names such as Breaker and Rowdy and Rogue. Defining names can also be nature names such as the stylish River or Sage, or cool kid names like Buzz or Lazer. These names define your child to the world -- or at least tell the world how you’d like them to be defined.
Outside of the baby name world I enjoy jewelry design. I love gemstones in jewelry and as names. Ruby, Pearl, Emerald… there are so many lovely jewel names for girls that gemstone names for boys are often overlooked. Today let’s check out some gemstone names for the fellas!
Jasper – Jasper is one of the most recognizable and used gemstone names for boys. A variety of quartz, Jasper is a spotted stone that comes in a wide array of colors. A Persian name, meaning “treasurer,” Jasper is a name on the rise, reintroduced in the Twilight trilogy. Jasper is currently #248 in the U.S.; it hasn’t been this popular since 1914.
By Aimee Reneau Tafreshi
Every year baby name enthusiasts and interested parents eagerly await the release of the Social Security Administration’s popular baby names list, which provides data on the top 1000 baby names for boys and girls. In addition to the most used names, the agency also provides statistics on names that did not rank in the top 1000 for the year.
I decided to check out the names that flew below the radar this past year to discover naming possibilities for parents seeking a unique name that is not too far out there. I began my analysis with the girls’ names. A foray into the name data can be comical at times and involves wading through misspelled names (Deisy, Serinity), made-up monikers (Lakelyn, Naveah), and “kreatif-lee” spelled baby names (Avarie, Kynnedi), in addition to luxury goods (Chanel, Lexus, anyone?). Beyond these types of choices, many names in the lower rankings are brimming with possibility.