Category: Trends and Predictions
Every now and then we like to take a look at the most recent British and Irish newspaper birth announcements, to see what parents in those countries are naming their babies at this particular moment in time.
What we see right now in Ireland is a mix of old and revived Gaelic/Celtic names, classic Anglo names, nickname names similar to those popular in the UK, and more internationally trendy modern names.
The most widely used recorded Emerald Isle favorites of the last two months include Alice, Florence, Grace, Lily and Molly for girls; Henry, Hugo, Liam and Oscar for boys, as well as several varieties of Fin-starting names. ( One trivia note—if you’re surprised by the unusual geographical middle name Abyssinia, you should know that little Luke was actually born in Ethiopia.)
And if you need some pronunciation help for one of the Gaelic names, you can hear the way many of these actually sound as recorded by the late Irish writer Frank McCourt on the website babynamesof Ireland.com
Here are some of the most interesting examples, with sibling names in parentheses.
- Alice Dáire
- Alice May (Charlie, Aoibheann)
- Amélie Anne
- Aobhai Sadhbh (Deborah, Bródaí)
- Aoife (Caoimhe, Aisling)
- Aurelia Isabelle
- Dearbha Margaret (Ruairi)
- Eleanor May (Matthew, Aisla)
- Elsa (Quin, Muireann, Milo)
- Elsa Elizabeth
Since we last looked, jewel names have really begun to shine, some of them approaching the popularity they had when they were all the rage from the 1880s to the 1920s. We thought it was time to take out our loupes and look at what’s up front in the jewelry-name case.
Currently on display
Ruby is the most popular of the gem names at the moment, standing at #108, though nowhere near its all-time peak of #22 in 1911. Vibrant, bold and sultry, it has a lot of appeal and we see it as trending even higher in the near future. It’s recently been as high as #1 in Wales, #2 in New Zealand and #3 in both the UK and Australia, and is a celeb fave via such Ruby parents as Tobey Maguire, Jillian Barberie Reynolds and Matthew Modine.
Jade, a green stone said to transmit several desirable qualities andwhich projects a somewhat exotic aura, is not far behind at #129, although it’s a relative newcomer– it didn’t enter the Top 1000 until 1975. By 1986 it had climbed to #86, and now stands at 129. The Spanish Jada is running neck and neck with Jade, and celebrity chef Giada De Laurentis gave her daughter the English translation of her own Italian name.
Amber was #583 in 1880, then shot into the Top 15 in 1986. It’s now still in the Top 200, having been given an infusion of glamour by model Amber Valletta, and youthful energy by actress Amber Tamblyn.