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A peek inside the Nameberry bubble

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By Josie aka Whirligig

I have a theory that Nameberry has its own naming fashions, like our own microclimates. We follow the lead of the rest of the world but also have our own periods of sunny weather and rainstorms. This might be quite an obvious assumption but I wanted to delve deeper into Berry activity to get some supporting data on first and middle name combos.

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A Spring Flowering of Greek Names

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by Angel Thomas, aka Dantea

Angel Thomas, best-known to the Nameberry community as Dantea, is an expert on Greek names.  Today she brings us an authoritative look at Greek names that relate to the spring season.

Spring is the time of year for gentle rains and soft winds, the greening of leaves and the growing of flowers. The animals are all awakening and the season of rebirth starts. It’s probably the most romanticized season. Historically, Spring has been known as the time for having babies, for birth and fertility and in recent studies, Spring and mid-Summer have statistically had more births. If you’re looking for a name that represents the springtime and all its lovely flowers and greenery, I have a list of generally underused Greek names just for you.

Goddesses of the Spring

PersephonePersephone is pronounced per-SEF-oh nee and she’s the queen of the underworld, wife of Hades and goddess of spring growth. While Persephone generally has a bad rep, it’s really a very lovely name. She’s the reason we have flowers and green things during the Spring and Summer. Though her name has been attributed to having a negative meaning, it’s really an unknown as the words for ‘dark blue’ and the word for ‘sound’ both appear in her name.

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Introducing the New Nameberry!

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We are thrilled to announce the new, redesigned, and much improved Nameberry, introducing a host of new features now and over the days and weeks to come.

Designed by the fabulous Tedworth & Oscar, aka the British brother team Joe and Jake Baggaley, the new Nameberry is completely responsive, created to look as beautiful and work as seamlessly on your iPhone as it does on your big-screen desktop.

Besides its new mobile capabilities, other changes you’ll notice on Nameberry right away:

— An updated, more sophisticated palette, expanding on our standard pink-and-blue with a range of pastels keyed to different functions.

A second blog on our home page where we’ll host wonderful guest baby name bloggers (like Eleanor Nickerson of British Baby Names, featured today) along with pregnancy and baby experts.

Expanded list pages, giving you a snippet of information on all the lists in a category or a bit about every name in the list.  Plus the option to view lists old-school, as just a complete array of linked names.

Simplified name ratings, letting you vote yay, nay, or meh for every name.

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The Nameberry Matt Damon Baby Name Contest came to a close just before Stella Zavala was born on Sunday, joining sisters Alexia, Isabella and Gia.

Almost 250 responses poured in, entering what seemed like just about every a-ending Latinate girl’s name from Adriana and Ariana to Verona and Viviana.

But one entrant came up with Stella, and that was Stephanie Bailey.  Congratulations, Stephanie–your signed set of our books is headed for the mail!

Stella is currently #126 on the popularity list, and has been rising steadily since it reappeared on the list in 1998, in the wake of Ella, Bella and Isabella.  In our recent tally, Stella was #1 among starbabies, used by such celebs as Tori Spelling and Ellen Pompeo

As for our winner, Stephanie, 30, works as a program analyst for the California State Energy Commission.  Long name obsessed, she has a daughter named Savannah Harper–the second name  in honor of the author of one of Stephanie‘s favorite books and Ben Harper, who wrote “our song.”

Again, congrats to Stephanie and thanks to all the rest of you who entered!

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I don’t you know if you’ve noticed a growing trendlet—at least among celebrities—for what we might call generic-boy-nickname-names.  In other words, these aren’t specific short forms like Charlie or Archie, but ol- timey macho boy tags like Buddy and Buster.

In the recent past, we’ve seen Noel Gallagher’s Sonny, a choice shared by British singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor—as well as Adam Sandler’s daughter Sunny; Jamie Oliver’s Buddy Bear Maurice; Michele Hicks and Jonny Lee Miller’s Buster Timothy; the three Aces of Natalie Appleton, Tom Dumont, and Jennie Finch and Casey Daigle; the two Dukes of Diane Keaton and Justine Bateman; and the Junior of Peter Andre and Katie Price.

We can’t help wondering if this is yet another offshoot of the midcentury Mad Men phenomenon, bringing us back to the days of Father Knows Best’s Bud (birth name James Anderson, Jr.) and J. D. Salinger’s Buddy Glass (real name Webb Gallagher Glass), and Marlon Brando, who was known to friends and family as Bud.  In those days, though, Sonny or Buster were not usually put on the birth certificate, and over time those pet names began to be relegated to pets.

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