Category: Baby Name News

No-Frills Girl Names for the New Year

By Abby Sandel

January is the month for resolutions. We want to increase our health and simplify our lives. We look at our new calendar and set goals to make 2017 better than the year before.

Is there a baby name style that goes along with all of this January determination?

There just might be. Call them straightforward girl names. Girl names that feel almost timeless, but are enjoying some popularity today. They’re one-syllable, frills-free options that wear well on children and grown women alike.

If you’re expecting a daughter this month, perhaps one of these fresh start names for a girl will appeal.

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By John Kelly

As we greet the new year with big goals and big dreams, let’s not forget some of the big names that closed out 2016. In December, we celebrated and remembered many a bright and brilliant star, if the origins of many of last month’s newsy names are any measure.

Kirk

On December 9th, acting legend Kirk Douglas turned an impressive 100. His birth name was Issur, a Yiddish variant of Israel, Hebrew for “he who strives with God” and alluding to how the biblical Jacob wrestled with an angel. Issur took the name Kirk Douglas before he joined the Navy during World War II. Like Issur, Kirk also has a religious root: It began as a northern English and Scottish surname, taken from the Old Norse word for “church,” referring to families who lived near them.

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By Meagan Burke

January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, getting its name from the Roman God Janus, who was associated with new beginnings. Let’s look to past January’s for notable name inspiration associated with this month.

Zane

Author (Pearl) Zane Grey was born on January 31, 1872.  He was best known for his Western genre adventure novels: Grey’s works portraying the American frontier have been translated into more than 112 movies and TV shows.  Zane is an English surname name that may possibly be a variation of John.  Currently at Number 233 in the US, Zane is a bit more popular amongst name enthusiast here on Nameberry, where it ranks at Number 91.  Actor Heather Tom has a son named Zane Alexander, and singer Mindy McCready used the spelling Zayne for her son. 

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Our final roundup of babyberries announced in 2016 includes some wonderful choices.

There were two sets of girl-girl twins: Caroline Anais and Kathleen Amelie, and Quincy Crew and Sloane Shaefer.

Inspirations included beloved ancestors and friends, songs, astrology, and a painting. I love the constellation-themed sibset of Orion, Cassiopeia, Lyra and Caelum paired with nature-world middles Bay, Willow, Maple and Ocean. Another great sibset: Atlas and Archer.
Congrats to all!

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Last of the 2016 Celebrity Baby Names

By Abby Sandel

It happens every year! We press publish on our Best of Celebrity Baby Names story, only to have a whole bunch of beautifully named babies arrive in December.

If we’d waited until this week to write our round-up for the year, at least a few of these might have unseated some of our 2016 favorites. Or not. It’s been a good year for baby names, names that hit the different-but-not-too-different sweet spot.

Let’s take a look at the end-of-year arrivals, and the stylish names that might prove every bit as influential as those born earlier in 2016.

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