Category: Spellings, Sounds and Initials
By Linda Rosenkrantz
After a rash of girls’ names beginning with the ‘Loo’ sound—Lucy and Lucille and Luna and Lulu–we’re suddenly seeing an even bigger bounce for boys’ names with that beginning syllable—spelled in a variety of ways, from Luca to Lewis to Llewelyn. So could Lou be about to be the new Jake/Sam/Ben?
We’ll start with those on this year’s Top 1000 list, in order of popularity—all but one of which were up in the new rankings:
Two-syllable baby names ending with the letter n have dominated the boys’ popularity list for several years now. The Top 20 for boys includes sex such choices: Mason, Ethan, and Jayden, Aiden, Jackson, and Logan. And when you add in all the spelling variations of these trendy boys’ names, the count leaps much higher.
It’s easy to understand why these names are so popular for boys. They’re strong yet unconventional, at least compared with traditional boys’ names such as William or James. They sound good with many last names. And the two-syllable n-ending genre includes many different types of names, from the Biblical (Ethan) to the surname (Mason and Logan) to modern inventions such as Zayden.
By Kelli Brady, The Name Freak!
Now that the 2014 SSA list has been released, I can present the “real” Top 50 to you! By combining the different spellings of each name, we can determine which name is truly more popular. Because when you hear “Sophia!” on the playground, you have no idea how her name is spelled, but you know you hear the name a lot. Where does it really rank compared to other names?
By Abby Sandel
Congratulations to Molly Sims on the arrival of Scarlett May, a little sister for Brooks. We were pleased as punch when Molly – and Maya Rudolph – talked about their love for Nameberry on Late Night with Seth Meyers earlier this year.
And not just any P names. The two biggest celebrity baby name announcements featured P names for girls, and both of those names are pretty unusual in the US.
As I reveal in my book, Name-alytics, there are three spellings of Katherine that have been in the Top 100… Catherine, Katherine and Kathryn (the Big 3). Catherine reached its peak in 1914, Katherine reached its peak in 1988, and Kathryn reached its peak in 1951. That alone is quite fascinating to those interested in the history of name popularity, but it is not enough to satisfy my detail-specific thirst.