Category: International Baby Names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
I have to admit it, when I think of springtime baby names, it’s mostly girls’ options that come to mind—the flowery, feminissima ones in particular. But whoa! Just as many baby boys arrive during that season, and they too rate a name celebrating the period of their birth, and so I’ve put together this list just for them. It’s a mix of names that translate to Spring in different languages, green color names and some nature names, Easter references and even one inspirational spring-born honoree.
Honor names: yea or nay?
Where do you stand on names that honor someone? Are they a must, a must-not, or a nice bonus if things work out that way?
When all goes well, an honor name can be a great gift, linking a child to their family or the people most important to their parents. But sometimes things go wrong. This week, a grandmother writing to Dear Amy was upset that her granddaughter’s name honored everyone (she felt) except her.
Meanwhile in Afghanistan, a father has been criticised by people way beyond his family for giving his son a controversial name. His children are called Fatima, Karim, and Donald Trump. The issue isn’t so much US politics as the fact that it’s not a Muslim name, but dad is adamant he won’t change it. To him, the name represents financial success: he chose it before the 2016 presidential election, after reading the man’s advice books.
You might not have to fight battles over honor names, but if you’re wondering if it’s a path you want to take, these tips on when not to use an honor name might help you decide.
There’s a new royal baby in Europe! No, not that royal baby. This week Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her husband Christopher O’Neill welcomed their daughter Adrienne Josephine Alice. While her name isn’t distinctively Scandinavian, it has a classic pan-European style – which is what we’d expect for Leonore and Nicolas’s little sister (all shown).
Her middle names come from the royal side of her family, and the word is that Adrienne is a name her parents just liked. In the US, Adrienne is languishing in the 800s, but it might appeal to parents who can’t choose between Audrey and Vivienne.
Meanwhile in the UK, royal baby name speculation continues. The latest sensible weigh-up of the possibilities (so not the bookmakers’ odds) comes from Nameberry’s Abby: check out her guesses for a prince or a princess.
Irish baby names only continue to get more popular in the US, with Liam, an Irish short form of William, at Number 2 on the boys’ list, all forms of Aiden continuing to be widely-used, and surname-names Riley and Kennedy popular for girls.
But what is the next wave of Irish baby names prime to emigrate beyond their Emerald Isle? What new names can you use, whether you’re looking to honor your Irish heritage or simply love the sound of Irish names? Luckily, the supply of fresh and appealing Irish names seems never-ending.
Here, the new crop of Irish baby names to consider in 2018.
“Unusual but not weird” — anyone who’s spent any amount of time on the Nameberry forums will recognize this phrase. At times, it can seem like the whole world and his wife are on the hunt for the exact same thing: an appealing (but not popular), on-trend (but not trendy), wearable (but not predictable) baby name with a solid history, which is both universally familiar and felicitously underused… Phew!
Fortunately, there’s an absolute wealth of wonderful lists on the site which cater to those rigorous requirements: try Cool Classic, Rare Biblical, Exotic Lite… or how about some more off-the-beaten-track themes like Jazz, or Steampunk, or even Pixar-inspired names? All different styles, but all on the trail of that most elusive of baby-naming beasts: the perfect “stands-out-fits-in” choice.
But what if you don’t want something that fits in at all?