Category: Baby Names
Celebrating ten years of the wonderful community YOU helped to create
When Nameberry first started life a decade ago, little did anyone know that it would soon grow to become the biggest (and best, natch) baby name website in the world. Now with nearly 70,000 names in our extensive database — many of them suggested by our very own knowledgeable members — and new lists, articles and discussions created every day, it’s a truly exhilarating project to be a part of.
So what’s the secret to Nameberry’s success? Well, aside from our hard work and winning personality, we firmly believe that a key reason is… YOU!
by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz
We launched Nameberry in October 2008, the same month the economy collapsed and a few weeks before Barack Obama was elected president.
In that decade, 40 million babies were born in the US, and 235 million people viewed 1.5 billion pages of our site. The Social Security Administration recorded 56,000 baby names, and Nameberry’s database cimbed to 70,000 names, along with nearly 500 curated lists, 3728 blogs, over 180,000 lists created by visitors, and 3,386,947 forum posts.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Witches have haunted the big and small screens forever and are a perfect source for Halloween baby names. And while most of them are evil, scary, hideously ugly (Snow White!), even seductively witchy, there are some that are more kid-friendly. There are also some softer, gentler witches that are kind and funny and sometimes even Charlize–Theron-beautiful. Here we have a mix of both; what they have in common is their cool, all too human baby-worthy names. (Note: I could have filled the whole blog with those genius J. K. Rowling HP creations, but I managed to limit myself to just three.)
This week’s news includes what’s hot in Canada and Iran, rethinking grandpa names, and how to deal with too many Jacobs on a football team.
Canadian baby names: popular and unique
Canada doesn’t publish national baby name statistics, but the provinces release their data one by one over the year. The latest to do so is Alberta, where parents in 2017 loved Olivia and Noah. Olivia is also top in Nova Scotia and Manitoba, but Noah doesn’t make the top spot in any other province (that we know of. We’re still waiting for the stats from Ontario). In Prince Edward Island it didn’t even make the Top 10.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Let’s say you come from a family that has an abundance of male members named John—unsurprising for a name that for four centuries ruled as the Number 1 boys’ Christian name and is still in the US Top 30 with one of its nicknames, Jack, almost as high. And there’s one particular John you want to honor, yet you’re not keen on your son being John IV or one of seven cousin Jacks or eight Jacksons. Well, here are 30 plus related names from around the world that would still pay tribute to Grandpa John.