Category: baby name Oliver
By Abby Sandel
This past week, three high profile parents chose baby names for their boys featuring the letter O.
Actors Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale went with an Italian name, while Glee alum Heather Morris and husband Taylor Hubbell chose a Top 100 staple. Journalist Lynn Smith was the third, opting for a fast-rising Scottish import for her first child with new husband Graham Smith.
The most popular first letters for boys’ names in the US are J and A, with O ranking pretty far down the list. O ending names aren’t quite mainstream, either – only Leo appears in the current US Top 100.
Now the Number One name in the US is all about the letter O, as are a number of noteworthy baby names for boys.
Let’s look at some of the O baby names for boys in this week’s news:
By Linda Rosenkrantz
There was a time when the top baby name lists of different countries reflected their own distinctive native cultures. When John and Mary headed those of most English-speaking countries, just as Giovanni and Maria and Juan and Maria and Jean and Marie et al were in first place elsewhere.
But that has changed. With the homogenization of culture in general, with an increase in international travel, the spread of the internet and global audiences watching the same TV shows, we are no longer surprised to find the Irish appellation Liam ranking high on the list in Switzerland or the Old Testament Ethan suddenly Number 3 in Monaco. This is a moment when certain names, often in a variety of indigenous forms, are spreading epidemically across the world.
Would you pay tens of thousands of dollars to have a crack team of experts develop a one-of-a-kind name for your baby?
If you’ve got the cash, a Swiss firm has assembled the creative linguists prepared to do just that. It isn’t clear just how many bespoke baby names the firm has created.
Here’s my guess: the number is small.
Because while many parents crave meaning, and want their child’s name to stand out, we don’t hear a lot of truly unique names that seem pulled from thin air, even in Hollywood.
It’s official! The number 1 names in 2013 for England and Wales were Amelia, for the third year running, and Oliver, last at #1 in 2010. Steep climbers Ava and Isla both made it to the Top 5 and Oscar and Poppy were in the Top 10 for the first time.
According to a study on baby name trends by the Office of National Statistics , the Prince George Effect on names has been so far overrated — though the names of royals Harry, William, and George all now rank in the Top 10 for boys.
Here is a list of the Top 30 names:
By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain
Here’s something I overheard recently:
There’s something to that statement, isn’t there? Olivia feels like a vintage revival, a literary choice thanks to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and a wildly popular name for over a decade. Aria is a newcomer, a noun name that leapt from obscurity to prominence thanks to more than one pop culture reference. They’re very different names.
Yet on sound alone, Aria and Olivia are similar. Reverse the histories – make Aria the Shakespearean choice and Olivia the twenty-first century television darling – and it is easy to imagine the statement reversed, too. After all, five of the current US Top 20 girls’ names end with -ia.
Nouveau or traditional, popular or obscure, our favorite names tend to share sounds.