Category: favorite names
Today’s Question of the Week:
Is there a name that you have recently fallen in love with?
Is it aÂ name that was new to you or one that has grown on you gradually?
Where did you hear it?Â In a book, movie or TV?Â In the real world?Â On Nameberry?
What in particular do you love about it?
VINTAGE NAMES: What era are you?
Unless youâ€™re a baby namer focused on finding a newly created or cutting-edge name, chances are youâ€™ve considered usingÂ one from the past.Â But which part of the past?Â An ancient name or one from earlier in the 20th century?
So, the question of the week is: Which of these, if any,Â are you partiularly attracted to?
- Ancient names like Atticus?
- Medieval names like Isolde?
- Puritan like Prudence?
- Frilly Victorian valentines?
- 1880s-90s names like Minnie or Oscar?
- 1900s-10s choices like Ruby or Raymond?
- 1920s-40s like Betty or Billy?
- 1950s-60sÂ such asÂ Kimberly or Kevin?
- 1970s -80s like Amy, Ashley or Amanda?
Needless to say, many if not most names move across time and are rarely connected to only one decade or even era–future berries just Â might think of Â Atticus as a 2010s name.
Todayâ€™s Question of the Week: Is there a name from a book you read when you were younger that made enough of an impression on you that youâ€™ve loved it ever since?
(After all, at least some of those hundreds of new babies being named Atticus must have some connection to that inspirational lawyer in To Kill a Mockingbird Â and all those recent little Holdens to thatÂ cynical adolescent Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Ryeâ€”whether conscious or not.)
So think backâ€”can you trace your long-standing attraction for a particular name to an impression it made on you at an impressionable age?
Anyone out there who actually has used such a name for their child?
Today’s Question of the Week is another two-parter:Â How do you feel about nature names in general and what are your particular favorites?
This subject obviously covers aÂ broad field, encompassing botanical and zoological names, water and weather, earth and sky. Is there one that particularly conjures up for you a special Â beachy or prairie landscape, aÂ favorite flower or bird?
Many namesÂ provided by Mother NatureÂ have become so widespread andÂ acceptedÂ as people names Â that they’ve moved a step awayÂ from their direct associationÂ with theirÂ origins–Lily, say, orÂ Laurel or Willow,Â so that perhaps Â most flower namesÂ might beÂ exempt from the discussion.Â Â UnlessÂ maybeÂ there’s a line to be drawnÂ between Rose and Primrose, Â Daffodil and Daisy?
Then there are thoseÂ green namesÂ that still retain the groovy-hazy-Hippie-Flower-Child aura of the sixties (eg Sunshine, Rainbow), which they’ve never quite managed to shake off and which might make them offputting to some.
What is you favorite nature name?
Would/did you use one for your child?
If I were a cookbook writer, I think my first title would be: â€ś100 Ways to Dice and Slice the Social Security List.â€ťÂ There is so much information to be found embedded in it and so many ways to look at it, that there seems to be no end of different and intriguing ways to parse the data.
Pam will be writing later about the startling number of names that have been in the Top 1000 consistentlyâ€”which is to say every single year– since score-keeping began in1880.Â Â Today Iâ€™ll take a look at the patterns followed by the names that have moved in and out of fashion.
First, the girls, grouped by the decades they first came into favor, followed by the specific years when they were included in the Top 100. (This does not include names that have been up there every single year.)
You may be surprised at when some of the names initially appearedâ€”sometimes earlier, sometimes later than you might have guessed.Â Zoe and Chloe, for example, were both strong in the 19th century, as were Savannah and Samantha.Â Alexis was already up there in the 1940s, but Alexa didnâ€™t break through till the 70s; Kayla was there as early as the fifties, whileâ€”and this may not be such a surprise– Kaitlyn, Katelyn, Kaylee and Makayla all broke through as a group in the eighties, along with Hailey and Bailey.
1880s-90s (and possibly earlier)
- Abigail: 1880-1897, 1901-1903, 1906, 1939, 1943, 1946, 1949-2009
- Andrea: 1880-1881, 1884-1887, 1889, 1901-1904, 1907-2009
- Ava: 1880-1972, 1974-1975, 1984, 1986-2009
- Bella: 1880-1931, 2000-2009
- Chloe: 1880-1943, 1982-2009
- Ella: 1880-1983, 1988, 1990-2009
- Faith: 1880-1882, 1884-1886, 1888-2009
- Isabella: 1880-1948, 1990-2009
- Isabelle: 1880-1954, 1957, 1991-2009
- Jessica: 1880-1893, 1895, 1898-1900, 1903-1912, 1914-1918, 1935, 1937, 1939-2009
- Lily: 1880-1964, 1966, 1970, 1972, 1976, 1979-2009
- Madelyn: 1893, 1895-1965, 1986-2009
- Mariah: 1880-1908, 1910-1911, 1913, 1973, 1975-2009
- Melanie: 1886, 1938-2009
- Samantha: 1880-1902, 1907, 1964-2009
- Savannah: 1880-1922, 1924-1925, 1928, 1983-2009
- Sofia: 1881, 1881, 1886, 1888-1889, 1891-1892, 1895, 1898, 1900-1901, 1906-1914, 1916-1917, 1920-1925, 1927-1931, 1935, 1969, 1971-2009
- Sophie: 1880-1955, 1984-2009
- Sydney: 1886, 1905, 1932-1957, 1959-1961, 1963-1967, 1981-2009
- Valeria: 1881-1944, 1946-1976, 1983, 1985-2009
- Zoe: 1880-1912, 1914-1926, 1928-1929, 1931-1941, 1951-1955, 1957-1961, 1966, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1983-2009