Most cultures have some word for names meaning ‘son of’—called patronymics– from the English son
, the Danish sen
, Armenian ian
, and the Scottish and Irish, Mac
. The latter two have made their way into first as well as surname use—as in Macauley
Culkin, Mackenzie Phillips
Bundy, and McCoy
Tyner.These days, daughters as well as sons are given Celtic patronymics: Mackenzie
(jump-started for girls by 80’s TV star Phillips
, and used for her daughter by Harry Potter
author J. K Rowling) now ranks at Number 71. Variant McKenzie
is at 152, McKenna
at 226, McKinley
at 457, and the hybrid, non-Celtic McKayla
at Number 701. Right now there are a number of Mc and Mac
celebs on the scene, whose surnames could possibly be the next baby names. Well, maybe not McConaughey.
by Angela Mastrodonato of Upswing Baby Names
My seven-year-old daughter didn’t inspire my interest in American Girl dolls, one of their names did.
My daughter hasn’t expressed any interest in American Girl dolls and doesn’t own any.
But an American Girl doll has one of my favorite names. A retired doll from the historical line has an emerging name that has been slowly climbing the Social Security list. More about that later.
For the benefit of those who aren’t familiar with American Girl dolls, here’s the rundown:
They’re somewhat controversial.
If there’s anything we crave at this time of year, it’s light: Sunlight, daylight, the light at the end of the long dark winter tunnel.Light
is also an inspiring meaning for a baby name, appropriate for a midwinter baby – or one due to arrive in spring or summer. Our favorite baby names with meanings relating to light include:
Want to give your baby a name that truly telegraphs a sense of style? One
way is by going directly to the world of high fashion: representing several different cultures, the names of many twentieth century fashion design icons prove to be exceptionally distinctive, diverse, creative and inspirational. Here are the Nameberry picks of best designer names: