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Cheery-O Names

O--teddy bear

From the time we wrote our very first name book, we’ve both been totally charmed by the unique verve and spirit of  names ending in the letter ‘o’.  And, over time, our love for them has only increased.  We’re glad to see that more and more people seem to be agreeing with us; lately there’s been an infusion of newly popular choices–and, surprisingly, this is beginning to be true for girls as well as boys.

Here are some of the currently coolest boys’  names, many of then reflecting the ever-growing globalization of baby names:

ALDO, ARLO & ARNO

BRUNO

COSMO & COSIMO

ENZO

HORATIO

HUGO

INDIO & INDIGO & INIGO

LASZLO

LEO

MATEO /MATTEO

MILO

ORLANDO

OTTO

RIO

ROCCO

ROMEO & VALENTINO — two choices previously considered uberly-romantic, now sudden celebrity faves

THEO

VIGGO

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OOH-LA-LA, TALLULAH!

ooh-la-la

Last week we talked about the la-la part of oo-la-la names, but it seems that a large proportion of currently hot names have the cool oo sound as well. Maybe it’s because the names do share the sound with that c-word (not to mention oomph, and it’s also just a stone’s throw away from cute),  but in any case, as namiacs who parse these trends down to a single syllable, we offer a list to prove our point.

The oo sound can be reached via several vowel routes: oo, u, ou, ew, eu and ue. Here are some examples of oo names that are currently in favor or possible comers:

GIRLS

ANOUK

BIJOU

DOONE/DUNE

DJUNA

FINULA

JULIA

JULIET

JUNE

JUNO

LILOU

LOUISE/LOUISA/LUISA

LUCIA/LUCIANA

LUCIENNE

LUCINDA

LUCY/LUCIE

LOUELLA/LUELLA

LULU

LUNA

OONA/UNA

PRUDENCE

RUBY

RUTH

SUSANNA

TALLULAH

TULIP

UMA

BOYS

BOONE

CLOONEY/CLUNY

CREW

CRUZ

DOUGAL

DREW

ELIJU

JUDAH

JUDE

JULIAN

LEWIS (hot in Scotland and England)

LUC/LUKE

LUCAS

LUCIAN/LUCIANO

REUBEN

ROONE/ROONEY

RUFUS

ZEUS

ZUMA

EITHER

BLEU, BLUE

LUCA

PERU

RUDY

TRUE

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greek-god-bib

Yesterday we got the news flash that Anne Heche named her son Atlas and last week we learned that Erykah Badu chose Mars for her baby girl. Do we smell the beginnings of a trendlet?

Yes,  some celebrity parents do seem to be intent on making little gods and goddesses–instant objects of worship– of their infants right from the get-go.  Names that were previously considered too powerful for a baby to bear (after all, Atlas did carry the weight of the heavens on his shoulders, and Mars was the Roman god of war) now seem to have descended from Mt. Olympus into the realm of mortal possibility.

Of course, Atlas and Mars aren’t the first mythic starbabies. Others include:

AURORA —   Nancy McKeon

CALLIOPE –  Patricia Arquette (middle name)

CASTOR –  James Hetfield

GAIA –  Emma Thompson

HERMESKelly Rutherford

ICARUSLucy Sykes (middle name)

JUNO –  Will Champion

LUNA –  Constance Marie

ORION –  Chris Noth

And there are lots of other names of ancient Greek and Roman gods, goddesses and muses that could work for a contemporary American baby, some of which are still commonly used in Greece, such as:

GODDESSES

APHRODITE

ARIADNE

ARTEMIS

ASTRA

ATALANTA

ATHENA

CERELIA

CLIO

DELIA

DEMETER

ELARA

JANA

LYSSA

MAIA

MINERVA

NIKE

PERSEPHONE

SELENE

TERRA

THALASSA

THALIA

THEA

VENUS

GODS

ACHILLES

ADONIS

AEOLUS

AGON

AJAX (beware the foaming cleanser)

APOLLO

AQUILO

ARES

CADMUS

HELIOS

JOVE

JUPITER

MERCURY

POSEIDON

SILVANUS

TRITON

VULCAN

ZEPHYR

ZEUS

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Family Names and How to Modernize Them

modern-family

Family names was the subject of a recent nameberry poll, in which you voted overwhelmingly –70%–in favor of using family names for your baby.  Where to look for great family names? In your own family records, of course, as well as in nameberry for ideas of historic names that sound appropriate for modern life. Another great idea:  you can hunt for original family names through genealogy sources — and build a family tree for your baby in the process.

The largest number of people who took our poll–46%–were comfortable with taking lots of liberties with Grandpa Wilbur or Grandma Enid‘s name to make them more  modern-baby friendly.  We’re happy to help.  The following are some possible updates  for those fusty, musty family names.

Agnes –>  ANAIS

Alvin –> ALDO

April –>  MAY

Arnold –>  ARNO

Bertha –> EARTHA

Beverly –> EVERLY

Blossom –> POPPY

Brian –>  ORION

Bruce –> SPRUCE

Diane –> DIANTHA

Donald –>  DONALL

Douglas –> DOUGAL

Edgar –> EDMUND

Edna –> EDEN

Elmer  –> ELM

Enid –> ENYA

Estelle –> ESTELLA

Ethel –> ESME

Gertrude –> TRUE

Hubert –> HUGH

Irma –> ISLA

Irving –>  VING

Julius –> JUDE

Julie –>  JULIET

Lester –> DEXTER

Lois –>  LOLA

Lori –> STORY

Luther –> LUCA

Malva –>  MALIA

Marion –> MARIN

Mildred –> MILLIE

Milton –>  MILO

Morris –>  MORRISON

Myra –>  MYA

Norman –>  NORTH

Phyllis–> FELICITY

Roland –>  ROMAN

Ronald –>  RONAN

Shirley –> SHILOH

Teresa–> TESSA

Thelma –> THEA

Viola –> VIOLET

Weston –>  EASTON

Wilbur –>  WILLEM

Wilma –>  WILLA

How have YOU modernized a family name for your child?  Tell us here!

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