By Abby Sandel
While Hat and Bookcase remain – thankfully – unused, parents continue to embrace the idea of word names – nouns, adjectives, and even a few verbs – for our children’s names.
This week’s celebrity birth announcements highlight the range of possibilities.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Why would you choose a baby name from another culture? There are several good reasons. First of all, there is the sheer beauty of so many of them. Then there is the honor factor. Say you have a beloved grandmother named Barbara you want to pay tribute to, but you can’t quite see yourself as a parent of a baby Barbara. Then how about the more vibrant Russian version, Varvara?
Or maybe there’s a name you love but find too common or popular or plain? There are countless lovely foreign variations of Elizabeth and Margaret and Katherine that are still substantive but more distinctive.
So here’s a start on the almost endless possibilities for romancing a name.
Summer is in full swing now that July is here! A month filled with sunshine, barbeques, and vacations, July also delivers several noteworthy namesakes. Let’s pull some name inspiration from literature, activists, pioneers and an aviator all tied to the month of July.
Beatrix Potter was born on July 28, 1866. Born Helen Beatrix Potter, she wrote and illustrated more than twenty children’s books starring Peter Rabbit. Beatrix is a Latin name meaning she who brings happiness–a lovely meaning with a cool x ending. Beatrix lends itself to fun nicknames like Bea/Bee, Trix, and Trixie. Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard was the reigning Queen of the Netherlands from 1980 until her abdication in 2013. Only 209 little girls were given the first name Beatrix last year. Actress Jodie Sweetin named her youngest daughter Beatrix Carlin in 2010.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Some really striking names appeared in the Baby Name Announcement forums in June, with berries outdoing themselves in creativity. This includes twins named Caspian and Melisande, Cassius and Emilia, Finnick and Thor, and Keir and Solomon. Not to mention triplets with unusual names all starting with U.
Here’s the complete list, with some of their backstories:
There’s a new girls’ name at the head of the popularity list for the first half of 2016, with Olivia claiming Nameberry’s official Number 1 spot.
Ezra holds his place at the top of the boys’ popular names list, a position the Biblical name claimed in 2015.
Olivia replaces Charlotte, the girls’ top name for 2015, which slips to Number 3. Amelia, Ava, and Isla round out the girls’ Top 5. Five new girls’ names ascend to the Top 10 in 2016: Arabella, Aurora, Adeline, Isabella, and Mia.
Nameberry ranks which names attract the most views of nearly 40 million visits to its name pages in the first half of 2016. The list gauges the baby names that are winning the most attention from parents-to-be right now, and may predict which names will be used most for babies in the future.
Aryan is the hottest boys’ name for the first half of 2016, rising 49 places. An Indo-Iranian name that means warrior or honorable, Aryan is Number 697 on the official US popularity list. But its controversial nature related to White Supremacy undoubtedly accounts for some of its attention.
Newcomers to the 2016 Top 100 include several unusual names we may hear lots more of in coming years. For girls, these are Anouk, Cecilia, Freya, and Ophelia. For boys, they are Alistair, Hugo, and Lucian.
Here’s the full Top 100 for girls’ and boys’ for the first half of 2016.