Category: Classic Baby Names

Classic Baby Names on the Rise

By Abby Sandel

When it comes to classic baby names, there are two stories we like to tell. Sometimes it’s that classics have been abandoned. Time to name your baby Chicago, Koala, or True, because nobody would dare call a kid Elizabeth or James in the year 2018.

The other story? Classic baby names are back. Everyone is taking a page from Kate Middleton’s book, and sticking to the most enduring of choices, naming their children Caroline and Henry.

Neither of these extremes is true.

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By Katherine Morna Towne

The name Mary and its variants Marie and Maria have been given to girls from humble families, royal families and every family in between for centuries (it was even suggested that the new Prince Louis might have been named Mary if he’d been a girl). In the US, Mary was the top name every year from when the Social Security Administration began keeping records in the late 1800s until 1961 (with a few-year stint at Number Two from 1947 to 1952).

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13 Adorable Girl Names for May

By Linda Rosenkrantz

It has become a Nameberry tradition to start the merry month of May off with a blog featuring names that start with that upbeat, spring-like syllable. So here is the 2018 edition, with the most current, promising examples.

MABEL –Like her cousin Sadie, this sassy vintage charmer is a major celeb fave, used by Chad Lowe, Tracey Ullman, Bruce Willis, Russell Brand, Topher Grace and Dermot Mulroney. Mabel—originally a short form of Amabel and meaning lovable—currently ranks at #513 and 102 on Nameberry, after being a Top 20 name in the 1920s. Cousin Maybelle is rarely heard outside Nashville, Maybelline can be be located in drugstore cosmetic sections.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Much to everyone’s amazement, from British naming experts to the betting public, Louis Arthur Charles is the name of the new British prince, Queen Elizabeth’s sixth great-grandchild and fifth in line to the throne.

After four days of nail-biting anticipation and speculation, the name of His Royal Highness Prince Louis (pronounced Lou-ee) of Cambridge was announced on Twitter by Kensington Palace. Louis was the distant tenth choice of prognosticators, who had put their money on Arthur, Albert, James or Alexander. The fact that Louis was already a middle name of older brother Prince George made it seem an even more unlikely choice.

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25 Perennially Popular OT Boy Names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Of the profusion of male names in the Old Testament, only 25 of them seem to have been consistently in the US Top 1000, year after year after year. And even those have fluctuated in popularity: a prime example being today’s Number one boy name Noah, which fell to as low as #693 in the early 1960s.

I thought it would be interesting to track these 25 names and trace the paths of their popularity from the time records started being kept, in 1880, beginning with current top-rated Noah and moving down to #878-ranked Reuben (which was far more common in 1880, at 147). I’ve also included the current Nameberry ranks, where Levi is tops at #16, to show where our community stands on this.

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