Category: Spellings, Sounds and Initials
The 2016 SSA list of top baby names says that Noah and Emma are the number one names in the country. However, in your daily life, haven’t you heard more parents yelling out for Jackson or Sophia? To help explain this, the 2016 Playground Analysis is an annual look at the truly more popular names as determined by combining the different spellings of each name. Because on the playground, you may hear a name but not know how it is spelled, and since the SSA list only lists the names as they are given, we need to add up the numbers for each spelling of the names to show where names really rank!
By Abby Sandel
Last week’s baby name news was brought to us by the letter B.
At first glance, Billy and Bear don’t have much in common. One belongs with bold word names, the kind of choice guaranteed to make headlines. The other is delightfully retro, rare on birth certificates circa 2017, but instantly familiar to all.
What unites them? The letter B.
As of 2015, B ranked eighth for first letters of boys’ names, behind J, A, C, M, L, E, and D, but ahead of K and R.
Now there’s a new generation of B boy names coming. Here’s a dozen of the best.
The merry month of May has arrived and you just might be shopping for a name for your May baby girl. How about choosing a baby name that incorporates the pretty sound of the month of May itself? One way would be to take the vintage smoosh route, with something like Annamae or Ellamae or Maybeth, but we think–Ismay being one charming exception)– a more straightforward choice would be better. Here, an overview of May baby names for girls.
May and Mae—Yes, they sound identical, and share a sweet faded yet fresh flowery feel, but there are some slight—almost indefinable—differences in tone. May started as one of the innumerable pet forms of Mary and Margaret, as well as a springtime month name along with April and June. She’s represented in classic American lit by May Bartram in Henry James’s The Beast in the Jungle and May Welland in Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. Actresses Emily Morton and Madeline Stowe named their daughters May, and Eric Clapton, Molly Sims and Jodie Sweetin used it in middle place for theirs. May ranked as high on the list as Number 57 in the 1880s; it’s now 228 on Nameberry.
Help! My husband and I have decided to name one of our baby girls (expecting twins) with an “E” name in honor of my deceased grandfather.
It seems like we would have lots of great choices, but to make things trickier we want a name with just four letters.
Our current favorite “E” names are too long (Emanuelle) or too short (Eva). We like Eila, but fear dooming the child to explaining how to pronounce her name for the rest of her life. We also like Ellis, it resonates with Ellis Island where her great-grandfather immigrated through, but we worry it sounds too much like a last name when she will already have to deal with two last names.
The Name Sage replies:
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Yes, Noah is the Number One name for boys, and N is probably the most popular ending for boy names, but—aside from the Nicholas nexus and Nathaniel/Nathan—N is among the least used first initials. And yet, if you’re looking for an N-starting name for your baby boy, there are quite a few unique baby names that make greatly appealing options.