Category: News

Baby Names in the News: Agnes and Angus

By Clare Green

This week’s baby name news includes inspiration from places, people, cars and Star Wars – plus why it’s not the best year to be called Tom.

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10 Years of Baby Names

baby names 2018

by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz

We launched Nameberry in October 2008, the same month the economy collapsed and a few weeks before Barack Obama was elected president.

In that decade, 40 million babies were born in the US, and 235 million people viewed 1.5 billion pages of our site. The Social Security Administration recorded 56,000 baby names, and Nameberry’s database cimbed to 70,000 names, along with nearly 500 curated lists, 3728 blogs, over 180,000 lists created by visitors, and 3,386,947 forum posts.

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A Girl Called Liam

By Clare Bristow

This week’s baby name news includes the latest trends in Ireland, girls with traditional male names, and the new Big Bang baby

Banned baby names: Liam and Marseille

You’ve probably heard the saying that when a dog bites a man, it’s not news, but when a man bites a dog, that’s news. This week we may have found the baby name equivalent.

When parents call their son Liam, it’s not news. Thousands of boys called Liam are born every year, all over the world. When parents call their daughter Liam, though, it’s more noteworthy. And when those parents are French and the local authorities try to reject the name, then it’s news.

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Spring is just around the corner! And so, with that in mind, we’ve given our database a spring cleaning, adding over a hundred of your fantastic suggestions from this thread on the Forums. A big thank you to all of the brilliant Berries who made suggestions for new baby names, and especially to those who offered valuable insights into origin, usage, meaning and more — and please do keep them coming!

Since there were so many worthy candidates for inclusion, we’ve focused here on baby names starting from A to M this time, so stay tuned for N-Z down the line…

Here are some of the most intriguing new additions offered up by our members:

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Baby Name News of the Week

By Clare Bristow

Summer is just around the corner! If you’re looking for name inspiration for a summer baby, what about these sun-drenched names, or names inspired by the zodiac at this time of year?

Tennis fans will know that that season has just begun. To name-lovers, tournaments like the French Open and Wimbledon are a great opportunity for namespotting. Among the names of tennis players from around the world, the standout this year is Tennys Sandgren.

His name is mostly a happy coincidence. According to an interview with Tennys the Tennessean tennis player, it’s a family name with Swedish roots – although his parents also like the game. He has a sense of humor about it, but admits that he gives fake names in coffee shops to keep things simple.

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