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Atticus Tops Baby Names 2015

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Atticus makes major baby name news by topping Nameberry’s count of Most Popular Names for the first half of 2015, on the publication day of the new Harper Lee novel casting the inspirational namesake Atticus Finch as a racist.

The ancient Roman boys’ name Atticus, which indicates a person from the region around Athens, first came to notice in the US via Harper Lee‘s 1960 novel To Kill A Mockingbird and its hero attorney Atticus Finch, played the following year in the movie by Gregory Peck.

But it wasn’t until 25 years later that the name Atticus even registered on the Social Security roster of US baby names, given to a mere nine boys in 1986.   Atticus did not appear on the US Top 1000 until 2004, skyrocketing in the decade since then to an official Number 370.

And now Atticus is the Number 1 boys’ name on Nameberry, attracting the most searches by our visitors in the first half of 2015. It trumps Asher, our longtime Number 1, as well as Ezra, another Biblical favorite.

Charlotte is the Number 1 girls’ name on our 2015 half-year count, catapulted to the top by the newborn British princess.  In second place for girls is Amelia, Number 1 in England, with US favorite Olivia in third place.

The big question is whether Atticus can retain his popularity as a baby name in the light of the racist, ranting Atticus Finch portrayed in Go Set A Watchman, published today as the long-awaited followup to Mockingbird. In the original book, Atticus Finch is a sensitive single father who defends a black man against a trumped-up charge in a bigoted world, but this heroic image is shattered in the current work. How many baby namers enchanted with the name Atticus will choose the name anyway….or even be aware of the new negative portrayal of the once-saintly Atticus Finch?

To Kill A Mockingbird has been an unlikely influencer of baby names half a century after its publication, with not only Atticus but Harper rising up the popularity list.  Harper stands at Number 56 on the 2015 Nameberry list but all the way up at Number 11 on the official US popularity list for girls.

The Nameberry popularity list tallies the most-visited of the nearly 40 million views of our baby name pages since the beginning of 2015.  Rather than tracking names given to babies last year as the official US count does, it registers which baby names are attracting the most interest from expectant parents right now — which may translate to popular usage over the coming years.

The Top 100 baby names of 2015 on Nameberry are:

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Charlotte Elizabeth Diana is the official name of the newborn Princess of Cambridge.

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have named their new daughter Charlotte, the recent favorite with the betting public.  The baby’s middle names are Elizabeth, after the queen, the baby’s great-grandmother, and Diana, after William‘s late mother and the baby’s grandmother.

Nameberry predicted the name Charlotte Elizabeth Diana correctly on Canadian TV last night.

The name Charlotte Elizabeth Diana is rich with meaning on both sides of the baby’s family and also embodies a great deal of modern style.

Charlotte is a feminization of Charles, the name of the baby’s grandfather the Prince of Wales, and may also be a nod to her maternal grandmother Carole Middleton, as Carole also relates to the name Charles.  And Charlotte is also the middle name of Pippa Middleton, the Duchess’s sister.

A classic girls’ name that’s become increasingly popular in recent years, Charlotte is set to break into the USTop 10.  Charlotte is currently Number 20 in England, 21 in Scotland, and also in the Top 50 in Wales, Germany, and the Netherlands.

It takes its meaning “free man” from Charles.

Queen Charlotte was the cultivated wife of George III, who reigned during the time of the American Revolution and who also had a daughter named Charlotte.

In a version of American royalty, Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former president Bill and presidential candidate Hillary, named her baby daughter Charlotte last year.  Princess Caroline of Monaco also has a now-grown daughter named Charlotte.

Elizabeth is a Hebrew name meaning “pledged to God” and one of the most enduring female names in the Western World.  A royal favorite, Elizabeth is the name of the reigning queen as well as of the queen’s late mother. Elizabeth I was one of the most famous monarch’s of England.

Elizabeth is also Duchess Catherine‘s middle name, as well as her mother’s middle name.  It ranks Number 10 in the US and Number 37 in England, and is also among the Top 100 girls’ names in Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.

The baby’s third name, Diana, is of course a nod to the Prince‘s late mother.  The mythological Diana was Roman goddess of the hunt and the moon.

Charlotte had been the recent favorite with the bookmakers for the royal baby girl name, pulling ahead of Alice.  Most seemed certain that the reigning monarch’s name, Elizabeth, would be in the mix somewhere.

Diana was a popular choice but there was much speculation around whether William and Catherine would choose a name with mixed associations to the Royal Family.  But true to the couple’s talent for sticking with tradition while also asserting their personal taste, they chose Diana as the baby’s second middle name.

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana has a total of three names, like her brother, Prince George Alexander Louis, a break from the more traditional four names given to royals.  William‘s full name is William Arthur Philip Louis, while his brother is Henry Charles Albert David.

Kensington Palace announced that the baby will be known as HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

@emekct is the winner of our Guess the Royal Baby Name contest!  She guessed Charlotte Elizabeth Diana on the nose.  Congratulations!  The prize is a complete library of our ebooks.

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11 Notable Names of April

notable names of April

By Kelly McDonald

There’s a reason why April marks the beginning of wedding season—it is one of the loveliest months of the year. April marks a time of blossoming flowers, rising temperatures, and a lovely time to bring a baby into the world. Here are some fresh floral and other choices that would be perfect for your spring-born Berrybaby!

AntheaAnthea is a delicate name inspired by the Greek goddess of flowers. A delightful springtime moniker, the neglected Anthea sounds both erudite and feminine. Anthea is a distinctive yet not-too-obvious choice for any little girl born in the springtime with a great ready-made adorable nickname—Thea. A famous literary reference is the 17th century Robert Herrick ode, “To Anthea, Who May Command Him Anything.”

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The Royal Baby Name: All bets are on

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Now that Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is officially on maternity leave, it seems like a good moment for an update on the current royal baby name expectations and prognostications. And just think– although royal babies are almost always given previously used royal names, William and Kate might find they have a little more wiggle room with this second child. But probably not.

The wishful thinking-general feeling among Britishers seems to be that it will be a little princess this time rather than a spare prince. This sentiment was helped along by the occasion at which Kate seemed to catch herself just as she was starting to say a word following ‘my’ with the letter ‘d’ in reference to the forthcoming babe.

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royal princess possibilities

By Anna Otto, Waltzing More than Matilda

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child in April, and rumour has it that they are going to have a princess, rather than a prince (rumour also said that Prince George was going to be a girl, so don’t get too attached to the notion).

However, suppose Prince George did have a sister rather than a brother, what might her name be? I looked through the names of all those born in the House of Windsor to a monarch, or to an heir to the throne, and found that the names chosen for them tended to follow fairly clear patterns.

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