Category: Nameberry choices

baby names

By Linda Rosenkrantz with Esmeralda Rocha

We recently posted a list of the names that you Berries showed the greatest interest in over the past year—topped by the not-too-surprising Olivia and Amelia, (both of which ranked in the top dozen nationally), and Ezra and Asher. But now we want to look at the names that were actually chosen when the moment of decision finally arrived, when the clicking and sharing stopped and all the tempting possibilities had to be narrowed down to that one ultimate, single, final choice.

Of course we know that, sadly, only a small percentage of berry births get recorded in our Birth Announcement Forum, our only available source (Memo to those expecting new arrivals in 2017: Resolve to share your choices with all of us!). But still, more than 300 new parents did enter their picks.

So which were the most popular among them?

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You’ve recently seen the girls’ and boys’ names that have been looked at most often on Nameberry: For the winners of our Guess Name #101 contest, scroll to the end of this blog!  Now here is our quarterly report of the names actually used for babyberries, as reported on our Birth Announcement forum since October. (Take this as a reminder to share your news there when you have a new arrival.)

As before, this is a gorgeous bouquet of names, with a great mix of the classic and the adventurous (Hi there, Hezekiah!), which together display the sensibility we think is uniquely Nameberry, stemming from our strong community of supportive, kind and gentle, exceptionally wise and savvy opinion-sharers.

With all this richness it’s interesting to note how few repeated first name choices there are—Florence, Louisa (and Luisa), Penelope, Miles, Wren, and Simon. We’ve added sibling names where available so you can see how these choices fit into their families.

Girls

Alice Rochelle, sister of Isabella Grace, Camden Bjorn and Jensen Magnus

Anaya Breana, sister of Maylasia and Teyana

Ani Ilys, sister to Kairi Xia and Ella Q

Aria Niamh and Rhiannon Iris, twin sisters of Liam Atherton, Isla Maeve and Calum Alasdhair

Beatrix Helen Lucille

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Today’s Question of the Week was inspired by a suggestion from anniebee:

What iffy reactions have some of your choices gotten from non-name fans?

Have you ever gotten a quizzical look, a raised eyebrow—or worse—in response to one of your faves, a name known and loved on Nameberry, but which others out there in the nonberry world might never have even heard before—or else find hopelessly old-fashioned?

What is the most extreme reaction you’ve received to your name choice either while you were still considering it or after you had already used it for your child?

What was your response to their response?

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