Category: baby name Charlotte
By Aimee Tafreshi
In our modern world, how do you determine the perfect baby name for your offspring? TV characters, nature words, place names, superheroes—not many inspirations are off-limits when it comes to thinking of names. Many parents cut through the slush pile by leaning on tradition or personal preference. Yet, not surprisingly, there are names that remain insanely popular each year, and the poured-your-heart-and-soul-into-it pick that sounded so original suddenly blends in like vanilla with the masses.
For those seeking a new twist, I have picked some of the most popular girls’ names from the Social Security Administration’s list and offered some alternatives that tend to be overlooked. . Some may share the same first letter or sound with the original name inspiration, while others may simply evoke a similar vibe or impression.
Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girls Scouts of the United States, was born on October 31, 1860, and her birthday is commemorated by the Girl Scouts as “Founder’s Day.” Juliette is a French name meaning youthful that has been steadily rising in popularity. Currently ranked at Number 226, Juliette has risen over 400 spots in the last 10 years. This spelling of Juliette may also remind you of actors Juliette Binoche and Juliette Lewis.
by Pamela Redmond Satran
The Top 10 furthest rising baby names for girls, with the number of places they’ve jumped in 2015 over 2014, are:
- Esme, +55
- Evelyn, +51
- Mia, +35
- Abigail, +32
- Luna, +30
- Chloe, +27
- Emily, +26
- Arabella, +24
- Ava, +23
- Anna, +22
The Nameberry popularity list gauges interest levels of visitors in names, measuring which of our name pages received the most of our over 300 million pageviews. The majority of people searching on the site are looking for names for their babies, so our popularity list measures which names parents are likely to be naming their children in 2015 and 2016, versus the official US popularity list, which looks at which names parents chose in 2014. Nameberry’s searches also register ups and downs in interest due to news – such as Princess Charlotte’s birth – or pop culture events.
In 2015, three names popularized by movies and television shows — Daenerys, Elsa, and Katniss — fell off the Top 100, while Khaleesi was one of furthest-falling. Also vanishing from our popularity list are several girls’ names with the trendy double-l sound: Delilah, Lily, and Lola, though Lila remains strong at Number 24.
Our full Top 100 baby names for girls in 2015 is:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
@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.