Category: Spellings, Sounds and Initials

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Baby Name Royal

By Emily Cardoza, Nothing Like a Name

Looking through old name data and saying names out loud, you begin to hear the changes in aural trends. Try saying the top ten names from each decade in order, and see what you find! This post is about one sound that’s all-but-vanished from birth certificates: “oy”.

The sound “oy” or “oi” is a diphthong, which means it consists of two adjacent vowels in a single syllable. While the sound shows up quite a lot in English, it’s been decreasing on name records.

Let’s look at some historical “oy” names, then move onto today’s favorites!

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To C or Not to C?

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To C or not to C?

To C or not to C, that is the question! She loves the idea of choosing a C first name to go with their C last name. He’s not sold, but will consider it if they can find the perfect name.

Mintie writes:

In January, my husband and I are expecting our first baby, a sweet little girl! Unfortunately, we’re kind of at an impasse when it comes to names … and time is ticking!

Our last name starts with a hard C sound, and I really want to give our baby a first name that also starts with a C. I grew up with my first and last name starting with the same letter and it was just so much fun. Double initials come with a built-in nickname of Cece (CC), which is adorable.

My husband is not opposed to this idea if we find the perfect one, but he doesn’t want to do it just for the sake of having a C name.

My top names are Clover, Calluna, Colette, Cosette, Cleo, Cecily, and Cerelia. For non-C names, I like Isla, Tuesday, Harper, and Piper.

His list consists of Dawn, Evelyn, Hazel, Alice, Eden, Lucy, Violet, and Juliet.

Her middle name will be Harlow as it is a family name.

Hoping for some help to find the perfect combination that we both love, or some good non-C alternatives!

The Name Sage replies:

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How DO You Pronounce That?

By Abby Sandel

Most baby names come with a fairly predictable pronunciation, at least in English. No one argues over Emma or Mason, and we don’t mangle Charlotte or James.

And yet, other names are open to multiple possibilities. They’re not necessarily wrong – just different. Our assumptions about correct pronunciations are shaped by regional accents and changing trends. Pages and pages in our forum discuss this very issue.

It’s a different challenge from names that are misheard. Name your daughter Emmeline, and she’ll probably be called Emily at least some of the time. But that’s a different kind of frustration than explaining that she’s emmaLINE, rhymes with fine and sign, not emmaLYNN.

Or, of course, the opposite. Because it can be emmaLYNN, rhymes with kin and win, just as easily. Unless, of course, you pronounce it emmaLEEN.

Let’s take a look at nine baby names with pronunciations that often lead to confusion.

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12 Zippy Z Names for Girls

By Linda Rosenkrantz

There aren’t very many usable names beginning with Z, and even fewer for girls than boys. Yet the very rarity of girls’ names starting with the last letter of the alphabet immediately gives them an element of distinction, as well as an exotic sound.

Over the years, Zelda has been the longest running American Z girl, in the Top 1000 for most of the years between 1880 and 1967 (and returning just last year). But recently it has been Zoe—and all her spelling variations—that has been the massive hit.

Here they are, along with other, less common, great Z possibilities for girls.

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Boy Baby Names: 11 underused D names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

If you’re looking for a same-letter namesake for your Uncle Derek or Grandpa Dean, you might surprised to see that there are only four—all equally dated—currently in the Top 100: David, Daniel, Dylan and Dominic. But why limit yourself to these obvious choices when there are so many other more distinctive—even daring—possibilities?

Here are the Nameberry Picks of the 11 most underused, undeservedly neglected D boy names. And none of them is in the Top 1000!

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