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Alexander names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

There are several girls’ names—Mary, Margaret, Elizabeth, Katherine—that have spawned copious numbers of female variations and nicknames, as have boys like John and William, but there is one name whose progeny has embraced both genders, and that name is Alexander.

In 2013, there were 19 forms of Alexander on the Social Security list—almost split between boys and girls, and that doesn’t count names like the Scottish Alistair, which was Number 181 on Nameberry, or newcomer nicknames Xan and Zan.   Enough for a two-part blog. Today, it’s gentlemen first.

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Knightly Names of Camelot

Camelot names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

The legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table represent the essence of chivalry and romantic love. And the names in those tales conjure up images of knights in shining armor, ethereal medieval ladies, the court of Camelot and the heroic quest for the Holy Grail.

These legends have existed for over a thousand years, interpreted by countless writers and poets, including Geoffrey of Monmouth, Crétien de Troyes, Sir Thomas Malory, and Alfred Lord Tennyson and have persisted through such modern interpretations as T. H. White’s The Once and Future King, the basis of the stage musical Camelot, countless films, including the spoof Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and numerous TV shows.

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The New International Names

international baby names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

There was a time when the top baby name lists of different countries reflected their own distinctive native cultures. When John and Mary headed those of most English-speaking countries, just as Giovanni and Maria and Juan and Maria and Jean and Marie et al were in first place elsewhere.

But that has changed. With the homogenization of culture in general, with an increase in international travel, the spread of the internet and global audiences watching the same TV shows, we are no longer surprised to find the Irish appellation Liam ranking high on the list in Switzerland or the Old Testament Ethan suddenly Number 3 in Monaco. This is a moment when certain names, often in a variety of indigenous forms, are spreading epidemically across the world.

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What’s the next big Irish boy name?

Next Irish Boy's Name

Even since Patrick emigrated onto the U.S. popularity list in the 1800’s, there have always been jovial Irish boys’ names represented there—through the Brian-Ryan and Sean-Shane eras right up to 2013, when Liam hit second place. But who’s next? We looked at the latest Irish 100 Most Popular Boys’ Names list to suss out the likeliest candidates, listed in order of their native popularity. (Pronunciations are given when needed, but don’t forget how we all managed to learn how to say Seamus and Siobhan!)
Which of the most popular Irish boys’ names are most likely to make it in the US?  Our analysis:

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February birth announcements

By Linda Rosenkrantz

February—a short month, so not as quite as many great babyberry announcements as usual, but what they lack in number they make up for in their full share of originality and charm, including first names, first and middle combos and sibsets.

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