Category: Cool Baby Names
by Linda Rosenkrantz
Fall is in the air, and one of its most vivid visual symbols is that of the blazing colors of autumn leaves as they turn—the vivid reds and yellows and oranges. If it’s the season of your baby’s birth, one way to celebrate it is to focus on one of those colors, and so here are some names that relate to ORANGE—the fruit, as well as flowers, gems and people.
Urban Prairie is the hottest fashion trend, according to a recent article in The New York Times, typified by high-necked, ruffled, flowered dresses appropriate for, perhaps, watering sunflowers in the garden of your Brooklyn brownstone. One of the designers profiled in the piece was Katherine Kleveland of the line Doen, whose children are named Prairie, Wilder, and Shepard.
Those names are pretty on-the-nose as examples of Urban Prairie style translated to baby names, but we’ve got some other ideas of names that fit this major new trend.
Urban Prairie names are both sophisticated and innocent, country and city, traditional and edgy, plain yet fancy. Some names already rising in popularity could be counted as Urban Prairie: Cora and Elsie, Sawyer and Linus. But most Urban Prairie names are still so far out they’re very very in, like the 27 choices here.
If you want to see even more possibilities, check out this longer list of Urban Prairie Baby Names. What names would you add?
by Joe Satran
SPOILER ALERT: This post contains some spoilers for Game of Thrones through the end of season 7. Read at your own risk!
HBO’s Game of Thrones is so popular that it verges on national myth. Everyone, it seems, knows the bare outlines of the series. And for millions of viewers, it’s a more familiar story than the Bible. Few other fictional worlds this side of Harry Potter have had its cultural impact.
A lot of the show’s appeal derives from its fully thought-out, immersive world. Every facet of the universe was designed with care by George R.R. Martin, the writer of the book series on which HBO based its show. And baby names are no exception. Martin devised a whole new world of baby names for his books — one loosely based on, but by no means contiguous with, our own. The character names in the A Song of Ice and Fire series are as distinctive as those of any fictional world since Lord of the Rings.
Most of Martin‘s characters’ names are based on specific names in the real world, but they usually have a slight tweak — anything from one letter changed or added to a new suffix. The final season of the show won’t air until mid-2019, but to help you through the lull, we’ve decided to do a full analysis of 51 prominent names from the world of Game of Thrones. Click through below to find out which Game of Thrones names are usable in the real world — and which ones definitely aren’t.
By Eleanor Nickerson
What’s hot in England but still outliers in the US?
In many cases, England and America cross over on the lists of rising baby names. The likes of Theodore, Ezra, Evelyn, Willow, Violet, Bella, Luna and Clara are rising pretty equally in both countries. And, while England takes the lead with names like Arlo, Oakley, Elsie, Ivy, Esme, Eliza and Thea, they are also rising not far behind in the US. The same can be said in reverse for Lincoln, Carter, Harper, Penelope, Aria and Aurora in which America leads the way.
This post looks at those select names that are on the rise in England and Wales – possibly set to be the next big thing – and are either going the opposite way in the US or have plateaued below the US Top 300.
By Esmeralda Rocha
The trend has become a torrent with vast numbers of locations from all over the world being chosen for America‘s babies. We now bring you all the globetrotting examples – from hip neighbourhoods to whole continents – all beyond the Top 1000 names in the US in 2017. We’ve broken them up into regions to help us follow the patterns.