Category: Baby Name News
By Abby Sandel
Last week’s baby name news was brought to us by the letter B.
At first glance, Billy and Bear don’t have much in common. One belongs with bold word names, the kind of choice guaranteed to make headlines. The other is delightfully retro, rare on birth certificates circa 2017, but instantly familiar to all.
What unites them? The letter B.
As of 2015, B ranked eighth for first letters of boys’ names, behind J, A, C, M, L, E, and D, but ahead of K and R.
Now there’s a new generation of B boy names coming. Here’s a dozen of the best.
By Abby Sandel
In just one more week, the US Social Security Administration will release the new Top 1000 list of popular baby names of 2016. It’s Mardi Gras meets the Super Bowl for name lovers, and we’ve all got our ideas about what the data will bring.
We’ve already shared some guesses about names to watch. Now it’s your turn: what will be the biggest debuts (or returns) to the charts?
Every year, around 90 of the names in the official Top 1000 weren’t there the year before. In some cases, they’re comebacks. Louisa and Frankie, Cordelia and Marjorie have all returned to the rankings after long absences for girls over the last few years. On the boys’ side, we’ve welcomed back Otis and Clyde, Louie and Gordon.
But for every retro revival, there are plenty of brand new names. And it’s often the brand new names that garner all the attention. They’re nearly always driven by the pop culture headlines of the previous year.
Still, it’s not always easy to guess which name will leap from obscurity to a high place on the charts.
That’s where you come in!
This year, we’re awarding prizes to the berries who pick the highest debuting boy or girl name. Each reader can guess one of each; the first correct comment for each gender wins.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Here we are, at the favorite part of my Nameberry month, when I get to find out not what names the Berries have searched, been curious about and considered, but the ones they actually chose when it came time to fill out the birth certificates.
This month we are delighted to announce the birth of a very special babyberry, Thaddeus Gough, to be nicknamed Tad, son of Nameberry’s amazing researcher Esmeralda Rocha aka Esita. That’s Esita and Tad pictured here. Read more about Esita’s name choice below.
Overall, there’s an intriguing mix of the classic (Jane and John) and the unusual (Galilee and Ensley). I think my personal favorite is Fitzgerald Rooney—a perfect combo of two family surnames–and he’s part of a great sibset too!.
There was one name picked by two Berries this month: Ethan.
The complete list:
By Abby Sandel
When we talk modern girl names, we’re often thinking about picks like Harper and Sloane, or Willow and Sage. They’re surname names and word names, choices that trend girl, but could just as easily be given to boys. Tailored and trim, these unique baby names feel right at home in the twenty-first century, even though many have roots in ages past.
But there’s another class of modern girl names. They’re novel – at least in the English-speaking world – and yet they’re traditionally feminine in sound.
But the dominant quality of romantic girl names? They’re just plain pretty. With warm weather arriving, these are the sundresses of baby names.
By Abby Sandel
Spoiler alert: we’re talking about the final season of Girls below!
Ready for a cardinal rule of baby naming? Names go in and out of style. Every few years, something old feels new again. And a name that was once all the rage teeters on the edge of extinction. Good-bye, Gary. Hello, Otis.
The Girls series finale gave us a baby name that might signal the next new wave for boys. While it’s not a neat formula, there are plenty of examples of once-dated names that feel current today.
Twenty years ago, Jasper and Felix made few shortlists. Otis had tumbled out of the US Top 1000 entirely. Now Jasper and Felix feel like mainstream favorites, and Otis is shifting from daring hipster pick to an alternative to mega-popular Oliver.
Pop culture plays an important role in helping parents re-consider long neglected names, so the Girls name could prove influential. And the fact that Lena Dunham and her fellow writers chose it? I suspect names like this are trending in their own lives.
Let’s take a closer look at Girls’ Grover, along with some other so-far-out that they might – just might – be ready to be back in – names for boys. None of these appear in the current US Top 1000, but there’s good reason to think a younger generation of parents could cautiously consider them.