Category: Spellings, Sounds and Initials
By Eleanor Nickerson
It’s time once again to look back at the most prevalent trends that have influenced baby names in Britain in 2017.
HOT SOUNDS OF 2017: OR and WIL
For girls, the hottest vowel sound has been O this year in the UK, especially if it made up the “or” sound. Notable this year are Aurora, Orla, Cora, Flora and Victoria and I’ve also got my eye on Nora and Nola to rise.
For boys, the Wil names have proven a hit this year. The evergreen William is always in style, but this year, vintage Wilfred has also been making a big comeback to the limelight since it fell out of favour in the 1930s.
Not insignificantly, cuddly Wilbur has also been popping up in several birth announcements this year.
They’re naming daughter number three, and feeling backed into a corner. Is the pattern they’ve established unbreakable? Or do they have more options than they think?
I have a bit of a dilemma. My husband and I have backed ourselves into a corner with our older girls’ names, Emma and Bella – two names that have a double letter and end-in-a. If this baby is a boy we plan to name him after his father, but if it’s a girl, we don’t have a clue.
DH has suggested Netta, which I am not a fan of, and Nessa has already been used by a friend. At this point, I don’t even know that there is a name that fits our criteria, but I don’t want the new baby to feel left out if her name doesn’t match her sisters.
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By Linda Rosenkrantz
It’s almost as though the various members of the Fran-name family got together for a big reunion celebrating at the joint revival of these names, sparked in part by the election of the newest Pope taking on the name of Francis in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Suddenly we began seeing, new interest in the girls’ version Frances, as well as variations like Francine and Francesca and nicknames like Frankie.
Let’s take a look at the whole Fran Clan.
A is the most popular first initial for all baby names, but somehow the girls’ names that start with A get more attention. Maybe that’s because there are six girls’ names in the US Top 25 — Ava, Abigail, Amelia, Avery, Aria, and Aubrey — but only two boys’ names, Alexander and Aiden.
But A is an amazing first letter for boys’ names, too, as the 25 choices here attest. These A names for boys include ancient names such as Atticus and Abel along with modern names such as Ansel and Arrow. There are classic baby names such as Arthur and Asher as well as trendy choices such as August and Arlo.
While a few of these names — Adrian and Axel — rank in the Top 100, most are much more unusual. Certainly more popular A names such as Andrew and Alex and Adam are attractive and eminently usable, but we are interested here in spotlighting those further down the list that you might not notice.
If you’re looking for an A-starting name for your baby boy, these are our 25 favorite.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
The er suffix has always been popular for boy names, in part because it’s such a common one in occupational surname names like Cooper and Hunter. But for girls—not so much. Of course Jennifer was the behemoth of the 70s and 80s, and borrowed-from-the-boys Harper is now #10 on the girl list. And yes, Esther is a biblical classic, and Heather and Amber have had their moments in the sun. But there is now a whole group of fresher er-ending girls’ names that are coming onto the horizon. Here are Nameberry’s picks of the 12 best: