Category: baby name blog
By Jeff Bogle
The first half of 2018 has been an exciting and adventurous one for new baby names, as parents everywhere are looking to their pantries, driveways and TV screens for help deciding what to call their precious newborns.
Thanks to a shady back room deal (not really), I have procured a list of widely-used 2018 baby names from the Social Security Administration.
Here are a dozen of the most popular so far, right now, in 2018!
Gwyneth Paltrow probably had no idea how much controversy she was about to cause when she named her daughter Apple back in May of 2004. “That’s not a name” was the most common judgement on people’s lips, and her daughter’s name is now held up as an example on all “Most Bizarre Celebrity Baby Names” lists.
So why did Gwyneth and her husband, Coldplay front man Chris Martin, choose the name Apple? To paraphrase from her interview with Oprah Winfrey at the time, they felt that “apples are sweet, wholesome, biblical and lovely.” They also proposed the question “Is it really so different from the other nature/ noun names out there that are commonly used, such as Rose, Lily or Ivy?”
It’s a little hard to argue with such logic these days, considering the many word names on the rise. Yes, an apple is a fruit, but people mustn’t dislike fruit names that much, since we’re now seeing Plum and Lemon regularly discussed as possible names, albeit usually as middles or nicknames.
It was a headline we couldn’t resist: Names You Like That Have Been “Ruined” for You.
Visitors to the forum have as many ways their favorites have been ruined — by movies, celebrities, and insensitive friends — as they have lamented name loves.
The topic is so provocative we thought we’d open it up to everyone. What name has been wrecked for you, by whom and how?
Sifting through nearly100 million page views on the site, these are our most-read blogs, our lists that attracted the highest number of viewers, our most commented-on forums, and the user lists that drew the most attention.
How many have you seen?
These 2010 blogs that detailed the best names given to 25 or fewer babies continue to rank highest on our site. Our picks for boys include Amias, Barnabas, and Cashel; for girls, Fleur, Honora, and Verena.
One question we’re asked frequently by interviewers: Are names destiny? Does the name you choose determine who your child becomes and how their future unfolds?
Some name sources certainly promise that choosing the right name can be an important factor in determining whether your child is successful in life. And some studies have suggested that some names can help your child earn higher grades in school or be judged as more attractive or live longer, while others can set them up for a life of crime.
Madonna has been quoted as saying that she always felt her distinctive name set her up to be a star. And Italian baby naming books make character and life predictions — honest, happy, lucky with money — based on the names.