By Linda Rosenkrantz

Happy Father’s Day! This year we are saluting some Dads whose little girls and boys grew up and landed in the celebrisphere. And as we focused—you guess it– on those with the most interesting names, we found it to be a terrifically multi-cultural crowd, hailing from places as far-flung as Israel, India and Italy. And with many of them having very distinguished careers of their own.

Here are some our favorite paternal parents of celebs:.

Avner

Natalie Portman’s father Avner Hershlag is a US-trained Israeli gynecologist and fertility specialist. Avner is the Hebrew form of Abner and is the name of the protagonist of the film Munich, played by Eric Bana.

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By Clare Green

This week’s news includes bold middle names, spelling disputes, Disney villains, and dreamy French siblings.

Soccer star names: Edson and Keylor

The soccer World Cup kicks off today, so let’s start with some soccer-inspired names.

The name Keylor was virtually unknown until 2014, when Costa Rican player Keylor Navas appeared in the last World Cup and joined Real Madrid. Now it’s big in Spain and Costa Rica,  and it was given to 75 boys in the US in 2017. You could think of it as a fresh take on Taylor. Do you think it could catch on beyond sports fans?

In Scotland, the grandson of a top player and manager was named Edson Thunder. Edson is the birth name of legendary Brazilian player Pelé (himself named after Thomas Edison, with a twist). I don’t know the story behind Thunder, but it makes a fantastic bold middle name.

Moving from soccer to golf: Ryder is one of the most popular surname names around, but how many parents were inspired by the Ryder Cup? More than you might think.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

There are times when your name search is narrowed down to one-syllable options. It might be because you need to balance a multi-syllabic surname or need a short connective between an elongated first and last. Or maybe you simply like the directness and strength of that single sound. And you also want a name that’s familiar enough to be in the Top 500.

Well, if it’s a girls’ name you’re seeking within these parameters, your choice is somewhat limited. There are less than two dozen of them in the Top 500, including Grace, Hope, Faith and Joy.

But for boys, there’s a far larger and wider group—close to 70—ranging from classics James and John to the more modern Jase, Jace and Jayce. Here are our picks for the 14 best single-syllable boys’ names in the Top 400, which could be just what you’re looking for.

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Nameberry’s Unique Baby Name Trends

By Esmeralda Rocha

We know how much the Nameberry community loves stats! So we thought you’d enjoy a bit of analysis as to how the US Top 100 compares with the Nameberry community’s Top 100.

First, a few basics:

In 2017, the US Top 100 and the Nameberry Top 100 shared about half of the names. In general, the less popular a name is in the US the less likely it is to appear in the Nameberry Top 100 (all of the USA Top 10 girls names and most of the USA Top 10 boys names are in the Nameberry lists). However, this is largely where the similarities end…If you compare the two lists, a few interesting  trends emerge:

Of the names that appear in both charts, the Nameberry ranking is often the inverse of the Top 100 ranking. Names that were very popular in Nameberry were quite low in the Top 100 list, and vice versa:

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What’s in an Author Name?

by Marie Myung-Ok Grace Lee, The Millions

If I’m gonna tell a real story, I’m gonna start with my name. 
Kendrick Lamar 

Not unlike George Herbert Walker Bush, my full legal name, as it reads on my birth certificate, has four pieces, not the usual three.

Marie Myung-Ok Grace Lee.

People assume Myung-Ok is my middle name. But it’s just my name, one that was benched, like a junior varsity player, for my entire childhood, and then revived–but not for the reasons one might think–when I needed an “author name” for my novel.

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