Category: international baby names

By Clare Bristow

This week’s news includes names damaged by hurricanes, baby names fit for a prince or princess, matchy first and middle names, and how to handle reactions to your child’s name. 

Hurricane names: The fall of Harvey, Katrina, and Irma

Hurricanes are so destructive on lives and property that it may seem silly to be concerned their negative effect on baby names, but perhaps not to people with the name Katrina, Sandy, and now Harvey and Irma. Use of the name Katrina fell by 85 percent after the terrible hurricane that struck New Orleans in 2005. Now the baby name Harvey, which was just coming back into style in the US after a nearly 70-year downturn, is likely to face the same negative fate. And the name Irma is not even going to get her shot, if she ever had one. Sandy was popular enough for long enough that it may escape over-identification with the storm of that name. But anyone named Katrina, Harvey, and Irma will be plagued by hurricane jokes for many years to come.

Royal baby names: Britain and Sweden

You’ve probably heard that William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their third child. The world is already placing bets on what George and Charlotte’s little brother or sister will be called.

The best analysis I’ve read is Elea’s predictions – the top contenders include Alice and Arthur. From everything we know about the royal couple, we wouldn’t expect anything outrageous, so the odds of them calling their baby Brexit or Daenerys are roughly zero.

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Baby Name News: August, Jones, and Kit

By Clare Bristow

This week’s news includes a high-profile starbaby, cool surname names for brothers, and names inspired by the Middle Ages and the night sky.

Welcome, August!

With a daughter called Maxima, the name-loving world was on edge to find out what Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan would pick for their second daughter. This week we got the answer: August.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

I was recently reading an article about Noomi Rapace, the Swedish actress who starred in the original version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, then went on to play the lead in Prometheus, with a full slate of other English language leading roles on her upcoming agenda (as Amy Winehouse? Maria Callas?). And of course, being one of the berries-in-chief, I was naturally drawn to her name, the charming Swedish version of Naomi.

Which naturally led me to search for other wonderful Swedish names that are either underused or completely unheard of in this country. Here is a long list of some of the best; I’ve indicated those that are in Sweden’s Top 100—where Alice and Lucas reign in top place—and those that have made it onto the US Top 1000. Also note that some of these names are found in other Scandinavian countries as well.

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By Clare Bristow

Popularity isn’t what it used to be. That’s something that’s said a lot in baby name discussions, usually to reassure parents that even if they choose one of the top names in the country, their child (probably) won’t be one of seven Emmas or Noahs in their class. The statistics show that, year after year, the most popular names are being given to a smaller and smaller percentage of children.

The flipside of this is that unusual names aren’t what they used to be, either.

With the pool of names no longer dominated by a few top names as it was in past generations, more children are given names that they don’t share with many people. In some communities, having a name that stands out is the norm.

That’s what these parents found. Some people have trouble with their son’s name, Hazen, but over time they’ve realised that his non-traditional name fits right in with those of his classmates. They include Jet, Rig, Bliss and Reign.

Here are some more new-normal names from the news this week.

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Baby Name News of the Week

By Clare Bristow

This week’s news includes a wealth of names from Canada, lots of celebrity boy names, and naming stories from the worlds of rugby and baseball.

Names around the world: Octavian and Emilie

There’s a lot of online fanfare about the release of new name data, but have you ever heard of a real-life ceremony for the latest name stats?

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