Category: Name Image

By Clare Green

This week’s news includes a huge range of namespiration, with babies named after statues, athletes, country singers, military operations and dinosaurs.

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

We have more choices for naming our sons than ever before. But that doesn’t mean its easy to find a traditional but modern brother name for Elliott Wilder.

Jenn writes:

We have a baby boy due late August–we’re thrilled that our son will have a brother, but boy names did not come easily to us last time, and we’re dreading the task on this go around.

We finally settled on Elliott Wilder–to us, it had a classic/literary vibe with a side a spunk.  Nothing we can think of now quite matches up.

Current short list is kind of all over the map and includes August/Gus, Arthur, Kit, Miles, Oscar, Finn, and Wells.  Thinking of middle names to help balance the particularly “cutesy” first names we like (re: Finn, Kit) back toward something more classic/enduring has also been challenging (we’re not super fond of the longer form versions of those names, like Finley or Christopher).  I’m also looking to avoid names that are becoming too trendy/common in my neck of the (urban) woods (Felix, Oliver, Henry, etc.).

Thanks for your help!

The Name Sage replies:

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Dad Names: Updates for Alpha Babes

by Sophie Kihm

Babies born today are a part of Generation Alpha, which encompasses children born from 2010 to 2025. Their parents are Millennials, who were born from 1980-1996, the dawn of the digital age.

The trends in baby naming have shifted between these generations. Parents have become more adventurous with boy names, widening the pool of options for Gen Alpha babies. This change began during Generation Z but has really picked up steam since 2010. As more parents choose names like Bodhi and Ryker for their sons, there is less pressure to stick with the hyper-traditional dad names that dominated for so many years.

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by Abby Sandel

When the new US popularity data comes out, we all look for certain things. Are we still naming our babies for Game of Thrones characters? (Most certainly yes.) How about the royal family? (Meghan, I’m looking at you.)

But there’s a quieter trend to watch, something that happens in the 1910s and the 1950s, and one that we still see today: classic baby names cycle in – and out – of fashion.

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By Clare Green

What a week this is for baby name lovers! We’ve had some long-awaited announcements in this week’s name news, including a royal baby, and new popularity charts from several countries. And that’s just for starters: tomorrow we’re expecting the main course of the USA 2018 baby name data. (You can still enter our contest to guess the new Top 10 until midnight tonight, Thursday 9 May.) Strap in and enjoy!

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