Category: ethnic baby names

Celebrity Names: The Mcs and the Macs


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 and Mc. The latter two have made their way into first as well as surname use—as in Macauley Culkin, Mackenzie Phillips, McGeorge 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.

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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 American.

They’re high-end.

They’re somewhat controversial.

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Names a la Mode: Fashion icon names


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:

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The Question of the Week: What’s your favorite among recent celebrity baby names?

There’s been a plethora of interesting celebaby first and middle name choices recently.  Which one do you like best—and why?

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Would you use a name from another culture?


This is the nameberry question of the week: Would you  give your child a name from an ethnicity other than your own?

….more specifically, would you choose a name which has not been fully integrated into Anglo-American nomenclature and would be in contrast to your surname?

Sometimes this can make for a felicitous combination–one example  that springs to mind is newscaster Soledad O’Brien.  And there are certainly plenty of Seans and Ryans with non-Gaelic/Celtic surnames.

But how about you?  If your last name was Magee, would you name your son Adriano?

If your surname was Greenberg, would you call your daughter Siobhan?

Or do you feel that a child’s name should reflect his/her own ethnic ancestry?

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