Category: Spellings, Sounds and Initials

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.

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girls' names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Girls’ names that end in the lee sound – from Ellie to Lily to Natalie to Riley and Everly – have been growing in popularity in recent years. In fact, sometimes it seems as if almost any girls’ name that ends in ly or ley or lie or leigh zooms to the top of the list.

But what if you love the appealing lee ending but want a name that’s more unusual? We’ve rounded up 30 fresh girls’ names of the three major lee types for you to consider, namely:

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Baby Names: Advice from Twitter

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By Abby Sandel

Let’s talk #growingupwithmyname.

The Twitter hashtag has users venting about the frustrations of growing up as Zac or Marni, Crystle or Kalie, Sam or Karanna.

If you’re expecting a child, do the complaints translate into good baby naming advice?

Maybe.

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O Boy! Baby Names: Owen, Rocco, and Lochlan

O boy! Baby Names

By Abby Sandel

This past week, three high profile parents chose baby names for their boys featuring the letter O.

Actors Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale went with an Italian name, while Glee alum Heather Morris and husband Taylor Hubbell chose a Top 100 staple. Journalist Lynn Smith was the third, opting for a fast-rising Scottish import for her first child with new husband Graham Smith.

The most popular first letters for boys’ names in the US are J and A, with O ranking pretty far down the list. O ending names aren’t quite mainstream, either – only Leo appears in the current US Top 100.

But maybe that’s changing. After generations of Jason and Jake, Mason and Aiden, the long ‘a’ sound is everywhere, and parents are ready for something fresh.

Now the Number One name in the US is all about the letter O, as are a number of noteworthy baby names for boys.

Let’s look at some of the O baby names for boys in this week’s news:

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portmanteau names

by Tiana Putric

It’s official, portmanteaus – words created by combining parts and meanings of two or more words –  have slipped into almost every part of our lives. We have become expert word blenders joining words (chocoholic), couples (Brangelina), foods (Cronut), meals (brunch), languages (Spanglish), labels (screenager), tech terms (vlog), recreational activities (glamping), clothing (skort), countries (Tanzania), baby names (Gracelynn), and dogs (Labradoodle); the list is endless.

Word mashups have definitely changed the way we communicate: they’re catchy, creative, and convenient. I wonder, have we name nerds overlooked this linguistic art? Most parents do not utilize portmanteaus when referring to their brood, but I think parents and children could have a lot of fun creating solo and sibset name blends.

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