Category: Middle, Last and Nicknames

Vintage Girls’ Names and Nicknames

vintage girls' names

by Pamela Redmond

Vintage baby names have been back for a while now, but some vintage names are still waiting quietly for their new turn in the spotlight.

These pairs of vintage girls’ names and their old school nicknames are drawn from the list of popular baby names in 1880, the first year the US kept baby name records.

Nickname-names, usually ending in -ie for girls, were often used all by themselves, with Minnie, Annie, and Nellie all in the Top 20.

But there were also lots of companion names, proper laced-up girls’ names with adorable nickname options. In the list that follows, sometimes it’s the proper name that’s more unusual — Adelia is way more distinctive than Addie, for example — and sometimes it’s the nickname, as in Mellie as a short form of Amelia or Jettie for Juliet. And sometimes — Araminta and Mintie, for instance — it’s both.

Whatever your choice, this is a perfect way to get two names in one: formal and playful, vintage and fresh, unusual and familiar.

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Baby Names in the News

By Clare Bristow

This week’s baby name news includes more celebrity twins (no, not Beyoncé’s yet), nicknames and word names, and a Harry Potter name no one’s using.

SPORTING BABIES

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly welcomed twins called Eva and Mateo, a sister and brother to Cristiano Jr.

If it’s true, it’s a great choice of names for an international sporting star. Eva is a top 50 name in Ronaldo’s native Portugal, and Mateo is popular in Spain, where he currently plays. Both are safely in the US Top 100, and wearable in many other countries and languages.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

A particularly international list of babyberry arrivals this month, including such names as Etain, Iseult, Mairead, Pérola, and Evadne in first place and, as middles, Gearóidín, Kallista, Emilia and Yehuda.

Two pairs of all-girl twins:

Etain Theresa and Iseult Eileen and

Evadne Lily and Margot Iris

Plus two Margots and a Margo!

The complete list:

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nameberry baby names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Here we are, at the favorite part of my Nameberry month, when I get to find out not what names the Berries have searched, been curious about and considered, but the ones they actually chose when it came time to fill out the birth certificates.

This month we are delighted to announce the birth of a very special babyberry, Thaddeus Gough, to be nicknamed Tad, son of Nameberry’s amazing researcher Esmeralda Rocha aka Esita. That’s Esita and Tad pictured here. Read more about Esita’s name choice below.

Overall, there’s an intriguing mix of the classic (Jane and John) and the unusual (Galilee and Ensley). I think my personal favorite is Fitzgerald Rooney—a perfect combo of two family surnames–and he’s part of a great sibset too!.

There was one name picked by two Berries this month: Ethan.

One pair of twins: John Wilder and Ethan Boone

The complete list:

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Is a Nickname Name Enough?

By Linda Rosenkrantz

The current Most Popular list is chockfull of nickname names, and there’s no doubt in my mind that the new one arriving next month will include even more. Girl and boy Charlies and Sams and Frankies, Jakes and Josies, starbabies named Hal and Hank.

They’re cute and catchy and couldn’t be more friendly or relaxed. But is there a downside?

Will a boy christened Will wish he could put William on his college application? (And will people assume that William is his full name?) And would a woman named Izzy feel she’ll never quite be taken seriously?

Or are these non-issues, with Ellie and Evie simply today’s Molly and Polly?

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