Category: baby names
By Kate Menlove
I have been an active member of the Nameberry community since 2010 when I was thirteen years old.
In fifth grade, I was obsessed with the names Britta, Delta, Olivia, Mason, and Porter. That was in 2007, so for as long as I can remember I have been a name nerd. Now, at eighteen, when I meet new people, I can tell them the meaning and origin of their name. Family members, teachers, friends, and relatives of friends come to me for name advice, which I am happy to give. The first thing I named with the help of NB was our dog, Lola.
But there are other names, once popular, with centuries-deep roots, that truly are about to become extinct. These 15 names were given to only five babies each in 2013, the lowest number counted by the Social Security Administration. Once usage dips below that, they become the dodo birds of baby names.
By Sarah Linke Mezzini
Blaire Irwin Emerson, better known here as Rowangreeneyes, joined Nameberry not long after the birth of her daughter, Rowan Jane, in 2011. As a self-confessed name nerd, she was keen on finding names for her future second child. She loved many different types of names, particularly boys’ names on girls, which she became famous for within the Nameberry community. Her other loves included international names (particularly Welsh), nature names, Southern names and word names. At the time of her passing, she was 35 weeks pregnant with her second child. In remembrance of Blaire, here are some of her favourites.
There’s a thread on our forums, started by steampunkleo, under the heading ‘Names on Nameberry that make you go WOW!’ which we thought deserved to be served out to a wider audience.
So, is there a single name that maybe you had never heard before, which just jumped off the site for you and even made it onto your own personal list or signature?
Or a stunning twin or other sibset that absolutely knocked you out?
Or a magical first and middle combo that you hadn’t ever thought of putting together but which works perfectly for you?
By Pamela Redmond Satran
At the start of 2015, it’s interesting to look back a hundred years to see what was happening in the world of baby names.