by Angela Mastrodonato of Upswing Baby Names
One day I had an epiphany. I consider myself part of the “Mom Generation”. When I was in high school, I knew both a Debbie (short for Deborah) and an Allison.
Fast forward to 2014 and I would be surprised to see Deborah on a birth announcement, but not on a grandmother. At the same time, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Allison on a birth announcement but I would be shocked to meet a grandma Allison.
Yet I can imagine both names on moms.
We’re happy to announce the birth of our third Nameberry Guide ebook, Best Baby Names for Girls
! In it we’ve selected from the over 20,000 girls’ names on Nameberry the 650 choices we think most likely to succeed at containing the perfect choice for your baby daughter. Now we’re going even further. We’ve winnowed that 650 down to a single representative entry plus two runners-up in a dozen popular categories, with a taste of what’s said about each one in the book. Get your copy
to see the full list today!
This year once more, and again with apologies to our dear Britberries, we honor some of the (more interestingly named) heroes in the struggle of the US to gain its independence from the mother country, as well as some of the more unusually named Signers of the Declaration of Independence. Here, some early patriotic baby names:
BETSY (Elizabeth) Ross—even though she may not have actually made the first American flag
DEBORAH Sampson — first known female to impersonate a man in order to join the army and take part in combat
LYDIA Darragh – Quaker woman who (probably) warned Washington of an impending attack
MERCY Otis Warren –a political writer and propagandist who authored plays and poems advocating independence
The Bible contains hundreds more boys’ than girls’ names, but the female names in its pages are among the most beautiful and enduring of Western culture. It’s difficult to pick just a handful of our favorites. Setting aside such timeless beauties as Anne
, and Elizabeth
, we spotlight these choices that combine distinctiveness and style.