Category: Spellings, Sounds and Initials

By Clare Green

This week’s news includes bold middle names, spelling disputes, Disney villains, and dreamy French siblings.

Soccer star names: Edson and Keylor

The soccer World Cup kicks off today, so let’s start with some soccer-inspired names.

The name Keylor was virtually unknown until 2014, when Costa Rican player Keylor Navas appeared in the last World Cup and joined Real Madrid. Now it’s big in Spain and Costa Rica,  and it was given to 75 boys in the US in 2017. You could think of it as a fresh take on Taylor. Do you think it could catch on beyond sports fans?

In Scotland, the grandson of a top player and manager was named Edson Thunder. Edson is the birth name of legendary Brazilian player Pelé (himself named after Thomas Edison, with a twist). I don’t know the story behind Thunder, but it makes a fantastic bold middle name.

Moving from soccer to golf: Ryder is one of the most popular surname names around, but how many parents were inspired by the Ryder Cup? More than you might think.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

There are times when your name search is narrowed down to one-syllable options. It might be because you need to balance a multi-syllabic surname or need a short connective between an elongated first and last. Or maybe you simply like the directness and strength of that single sound. And you also want a name that’s familiar enough to be in the Top 500.

Well, if it’s a girls’ name you’re seeking within these parameters, your choice is somewhat limited. There are less than two dozen of them in the Top 500, including Grace, Hope, Faith and Joy.

But for boys, there’s a far larger and wider group—close to 70—ranging from classics James and John to the more modern Jase, Jace and Jayce. Here are our picks for the 14 best single-syllable boys’ names in the Top 400, which could be just what you’re looking for.

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Nameberry’s Unique Baby Name Trends

By Esmeralda Rocha

We know how much the Nameberry community loves stats! So we thought you’d enjoy a bit of analysis as to how the US Top 100 compares with the Nameberry community’s Top 100.

First, a few basics:

In 2017, the US Top 100 and the Nameberry Top 100 shared about half of the names. In general, the less popular a name is in the US the less likely it is to appear in the Nameberry Top 100 (all of the USA Top 10 girls names and most of the USA Top 10 boys names are in the Nameberry lists). However, this is largely where the similarities end…If you compare the two lists, a few interesting  trends emerge:

Of the names that appear in both charts, the Nameberry ranking is often the inverse of the Top 100 ranking. Names that were very popular in Nameberry were quite low in the Top 100 list, and vice versa:

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By Clare Green

This week’s news includes some of the rarest names of the year, what’s hot in Australia, what’s banned in Italy, and a girl named after a piece of candy.

Lovely Leigh names

Do you love names ending in -leigh? They’re not a new trend – parents have been using Ashleigh and Kayleigh for decades – but the sheer number of leigh names has boomed over the last few years. Here’s a rundown of all the names ending in -leigh (and just -eigh) used for girls in 2017, from Ryleigh to Zaileigh.

If you’re more of a -ly or -ley person, don’t feel left out: here are the most stylish names with those endings.

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By John Kelly

The Social Security Administration’s 2017 baby name data is now in, charting the Top 1000 names on its card applications for newborns dating back to 1880. They also help track our ever-changing tastes  and trends in baby names.

One of those trends suggests that we’re increasingly enamored with some lovely—and sometimes unlikely—girl names ending with -ley and and its variants. So move over Ashley. Everly has arrived.

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