Category: Girl Names

Reinventing Grandma Names

a Name Sage post by: Abby View all Name Sage posts

Grandma is over the rainbow about her new little namesake. Except how, exactly, do you honor a Glenda in 2018?

Tess writes:

My partner and I are expecting our first, a little girl, and are overjoyed! We are debating on first names right now, but know that we want the middle name to honor my partner’s mother, Glenda (who is arguably more excited than the both of us, haha). Neither of us are huge fans of her name as is, and we are drawing blanks for potential alternatives we like that sound similar – we’ve ruled out Glynnis.

Grandma Glenda, however, is a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz, and so we were considering Dorothy as a middle name if we could find no other alternatives. I realize Glinda is both a Wizard of Oz name and fits the theme, but we aren’t fans. We are also not completely opposed to Glenda as a middle name, but we would need to be convinced one way or the other.

For first names, our top choices would probably be Alice, Rose, Quinn, or Fiona due to a combination of them being either family names and ones that we’ve always liked. Our last name is two syllables, and starts with a W, so most names should flow pretty well with it.

Thank you for your help!

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Girl Names in Limbo: Can they escape?

by Linda Rosenkrantz

They were once the belles of the ball.  But then they gradually lost their luster and found themselves in baby name limbo.

Most of these girls’ names aren’t vintage enough to benefit from the 100-year rule. And many are recent enough to still bring up images of moms and aunts and grandmas.  A few of them can be considered semi-classics, once as high as in the Top 15, yet none of them makes it even into today’s Top 1000.

But if you can manage to shake off the dust and look at them with fresh eyes, re-imagine their original appeal, I think you will find choices here that still have a lot of intrinsic life.

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Celebs are Crazy for Nickname Names!

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Nickname names are hot! Who by now hasn’t met, for instance, a girl named Sam or Charlie? And nobody loves a nickname name more than celebrities, and many of them have displayed a lot of originality, discovering and reviving long forgotten relics.  Here are some of the most outstanding recent starbaby nickname names. We’re focused on the girls for now, but look for the boys’ list coming soon.

ANDYJack and Lisa Osbourne gave two of their three daughters nickname names—perhaps inspired by grandad Ozzie (born John). For their middle child, Andy Rose, born in 2015, they chose one rarely heard for a girl: actress Andie MacDowell (born Rosalie Anderson) uses a different spelling.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

The list of popular Dutch baby names is certainly a fascinating mix. In addition to names that are currently well-liked around the globe, like Liam and Noah, and Emma and Ella, there are the Dutch versions of classic names (Roos for Rose and Saar for Sarah), plus a few names that wouldn’t go over well elsewhere (girl names Pip and Puck). But what distinguishes the Dutch list most of all is the preponderance of one-syllable nickname names that are unique to their nomenclature.

Here are some of the most interesting names for girls and boys that are popular in the Netherlands.


ANOUKwas chosen by Ewan McGregor for his daughter, name of the lead character in ‘Chocolat’, #189 on NB

AYA#790 in the US, 89 in Spain, multi-cultural

BRITTshortened form of Birgit and Brittany

ELIF—Turkish name of novelist Elif Batuman, author of ‘The Idiot’

EVI#11 in the Netherlands in 2015

FENNA#12 in Netherlands, a short form of Fredericke, also Fenne

FLEURFrench for flower, has Harry Potter and ‘Being Human’ cred, #12 in Holland

ISAMulti-cultural, Top 20 in the Netherlands, short form of all those Isa-starting names

LIVmeans ‘life’, associated with Liv Tyler (named for Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann), used by Julianne Moore and Bar Rafaeli for their daughters, character in ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and “iZombie’, #675 in the US, #16 in the Netherlands, 375 on NB

LOTTE#9 in the Netherlands, singers Lotte Lenya and Lehmann distinguished bearers

MANON—popular in film and opera, #4 in France, 9 in Belgium, 836 on NB, used by Damian Lewis for his daughter

MARIT—means ‘pearl’, #305 in Germany

MERELmeans ‘blackbird’, a Top 100 name in the Netherlands

MILOU#32 in the Netherlands, Malou is also popular

NOA#15 in the Netherlands, 10 in Spain,728 in the US, 482 on NB, a character on ‘Code Black

ROOSthe Dutch form of Rose, #20 in the Netherlands

SAARDutch variation of Sarah, #8 in the Netherlands, and moving up

SANNE—diminutive of Susanne, pronounced sah-na, #19 in the Netherlands, Senna is also popular

SUZEanother nickname name for Susanne, Top 70 on the Dutch list

VEERLE–#68 in the Netherlands, Veerie is also popular

YARA–#22 in the Netherlands, 443 on NB, means ‘small butterfly’ in Arabic, the sister of Theon in ‘Game of Thrones’


BASdiminutive of Bastiaan and Sebastian, popular on its own, as is Baz

BJORN#953 in the US, #512 on NB, familiar via Swedish tennis great Bjorn Borg, character in ‘The Hobbit’

BRAMAnother popular nickname name, now at #11 in the Netherlands, 481 on NB, made famous by Dracula creator Bram Stoker

CASPERParticularly popular in Scandinavia and Holland, character in Henry James’s ‘A Portrait of a Lady’, #194 on Nameberry, 85 in the Netherlands and 51 in Sweden

DAANThe Number 1 boy name in the Netherlands in 2016

DJONNO—A place name in Norway; as in Djuna and Django, the D is silent

DUUK—Pronounced as Duke, it’s #86 in the Netherlands, while Luuk is #7

FLORISA royal boy name in the Netherlands, where it ranks at #42

JENSDutch/Scandinavian version of John/Johannes is #37 in the Netherlands

JEROENThe Dutch version of Jerome is more popular than the English one.

JOOSTMeaning ‘just’ and pronounced, like most Dutch names, as starting with ‘y’, it’s on the popularity lists of both Holland and Germany

JORANA popular Dutch form of George (others are Joeri and Jorgen)

JORISA Top 100 name in both the Netherlands and Germany

MEESA diminutive of Bartholomeus, up at #12 in the Netherlands

MILAN—A place name now ranked at #463 in the US, it is much further up in the Netherlands, where it’s #5. A notable bearer is Czech writer Milan Kundera, author of ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’, while another writer, Salman Rushdie,chose it for his son, as did singer Shakira and footballer Gerard Pique.

OLIVIERFrench version of Oliver, a character name on ‘Orphan Black’ is very popular in the Netherlands.

SANDERA common European short form of Alexander, is a standard in the Netherlands

SEM#3 in the Netherlands in 2016, Dutch form of biblical Shem; the similar Senn follows at #49

STIJN—another short form of longer names—Constantijn and Augustijn—ranks at #12 in the Netherlands

SVENSven is now more popular in the Netherlands than in its native Sweden, and it’s 775 on Nameberry.

WILLEMThe familiar form of the classic William, known elsewhere via painter de Kooning and actor Dafoe, is 51 in the Netherlands and 621 on Nameberry

XAVIA rising diminutive of Xavier, Xavi is #57 in the Netherlands

Anyof these Dutch names appeal to you?

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Boys’ Names for Girls

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were hardly the first parents to use a boys’ name for a baby girl when they named their daughter James. But they helped popularize a trend that includes Jessica Simpson‘s daughter Maxwell, Mark Zuckerberg’s baby girl August, and Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’s little girl Wyatt.

Thousands of American baby girls were given boys’ names, or names closely associated with male figures, last year. We’re not talking about gender-neutral names such as Riley and Robin, Blue or North that work equally well for children of both sexes. We’re talking about the female equivalent to naming a boy Sue.

So why is it okay, even fashionable and attractive to name a girl James but not to name a boy Jane or Sue? Why indeed, say some. Where some believe that naming your daughter Ezra or Declan is a feminist act, others claim it’s actually sexist, given that it’s hardly considered cool or cute to give traditionally female names — Elizabeth, say, or Maeve — to boys.

Love the practice or hate it, boys’ names are being given in ever greater numbers every year to girls. We combed the social security lists to find male names that rank below the Top 1000 but were given to at least 20 baby girls in 2017. The statistics represent number of baby girls who received each name in 2007 compared with ten years later, showing increases of double, triple, ten times — even 89 times in the case of Jupiter — in the number of girls given these traditionally-male names.

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