Category: Middle, Last and Nicknames

Hottest Nicknames of 2017

By Katinka

Nicknames as full names: where do you stand? It’s a question that divides the crowd here 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:

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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.

Here’s the full list of forum postings for April, including girl twins Rowan Violet and Indie Lola

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By Clare Green (nee Bristow)

This week’s news includes the newest Kardashian, a baby named after Salvador Dalí, and what’s hot in Quebec.

Kardashian baby: it’s True!

The third KarJenner baby of the year has arrived: Khloé Kardashian welcomed her daughter True last week.

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.

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New Royal Baby Name Contest!

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.

In January, British name expert Eleanor Nickerson offered on NB a snapshot of the leading possibilities based on her deep knowledge of royal names, which you can check out here.

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!

If no one guesses the royal baby names in the correct order, the runner-up who comes closest in the opinion of the expert judges (aka Linda and Pam) will receive the prize.


BONUS: Here’s Katinka‘s weekly roundup of choice tidbits from the Forums.

 Naming a boy after his mom? Yes, please! Would you ever consider honoring a female relative with your son’s name?
— Exactly what makes a name “trendy” or “classic” can sometimes be hard to put your finger on. Here are three very similar traditional girls’ names, all with a long and illustrious history, and all currently widely used: how would you label them?
— It’s a big Berry bugbear: mispronouncing names. Have you ever encountered anyone who pronounces their own name “wrong”, and would you correct them?
 The trouble with Bellatrix: she’s got a gorgeous sound, a cool meaning, and a celestial namesake… but is she actually usable? And, if you’re not convinced, how about one of these quirky literary choices instead?

— And just for fun: what would you name triplet girls? I love how no two combos here are the same!

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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:

Josephine Adair and Rosamund Margot and

Ina Reese and Micah St. Leo

Here’s the complete list, together with snippets of their stories:

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