Category: Middle, Last and Nicknames
Nicknames as full names: where do you stand? It’s ahere on Nameberry, but — like it or not — this is one trend that is really picking up steam in the US at the moment, having long been popular with our British and European neighbors.
The proof? Just take look at America’s new #1 boys’ name: Liam, traditionally an Irish diminutive of William, which was given to over 500 more babies in 2017 than the previous year. Meanwhile, more than 800 fewer baby boys were named William.
Here are 17 of the hottest nickname names of 2017:
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Primrose, Magnolia, Lilith, Hawthorne, Eben, Zeke Iron. And sibsets Juniper Rae and Indigo Rue, and Callum Rogers, Waverly Ren and Morwenna Jubilee. What’s this? Just another glorious month in the land of berrybaby names.
Kardashian baby: it’s True!
True ticks a lot of boxes. It’s a family name on Khloé’s mother’s side. It kind of echoes dad’s name, Tristan (Khloé previously said that they would have called a boy Tristan Jr.). It’s a bold word name like her half-brother Prince and several of her cousins’ names: North, Saint, Stormi, Dream and Reign. (Not that most parents need to worry about fitting in with the cousins. But for the Kardashians, it’s all about the family brand.) And, as Nameberry’s Pam points out here, truth is a value that’s especially important to the family right now.
True could be added to the list of names that celebs use more than the rest of us. Actors Forest Whitaker and Joely Fisher have daughters named True, and British pop singer Jamelia welcomed her daughter True Winter earlier this year.
Nationally, it’s rising but still rare, and still unisex. In the US, there were 31 girls and 44 boys named True born in 2016. We probably won’t see it in the top 1000 any time soon, but there’s more hope for presidential surname Truman, which ranks #490 on the Nameberry chart.
It won’t be long now. Though no precise due date has been announced, we do know that the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is expected to appear sometime this month, so the arrival of the little brother or sister for George and Charlotte is imminent.
What else do we know? The rumors of possible twins have been quashed by Prince William himself. And though the bookies have been favoring a girl, there are also those who’ve noted that Kate has been wearing an awful lot of blue lately, and are making predictions based on the “boy” position of her bump. So here at Nameberry we’re on full alert for royal baby names of either gender.
But now we want to hear what you think!
Guess the full royal baby name, complete with multiple middles in the correct order, FOR ONE GENDER ONLY, and win this year’s totally unique surprise custom gift for either yourself or your child.
For inspiration, remember that Prince William’s full name is William Arthur Philip Louis and brother Harry is officially Henry Charles Albert David. The Duke and Duchess did make things simpler by paring their children’s names down to two middles: George Alexander Louis and Charlotte Elizabeth Diana—which they well might do again. Or not.
What do you think?
Ground rules: ONE GUESS PER PERSON. That means one name only for either a boy or girl. No duplicates please, because only the first correct guess will win.
As we’ve done before, we’ll keep the contest open until the birth—not the actual name– is announced. No fair guessing after we know the baby’s gender!
BONUS: Here’s Katinka‘s weekly roundup of choice tidbits from the Forums.
— And just for fun: what would you name triplet girls? I love how no two combos here are the same!
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Some especially gorgeous name choices were announced by berries in March.
I don’t like to play favorites, but I just have to single out twins Pomeline Fay and Perseus Robin, and singletons Jethro Valor and Iolanthe Zelda Irene (sister of Caspian, Zephan, Eve, Peregrine, Dulcinea and Georgia.) Wowie!
There were two other really nicely-named sets of twins:
Here’s the complete list, together with snippets of their stories: