Category: quirky baby names

TV Baby Names: Quirky new boy characters

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Last week we covered the quirky girl side of the character lists of the current TV shows and now, as promised, here come the boys. Some of these shows are just launching, joining the hundreds of shows currently found on the plethora of platforms now available. Below, some of the most unusual boy character names we discovered.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Every TV season brings its own few unique character names, some that make interesting baby name possibilities, some that are just weird curiosities. Lately we’ve had the Game of Thrones crew, and from the futuristic The Handmaid’s Tale, Offred, Ofglen, Ofsamuel and Oferic stepped from the pages of Margaret Atwood’s novel onto the small screen.

With 450+ original series in production in 2017, (and, it seems, almost as many network, cable and streaming platforms), each show with a full cast of new characters, it’s almost impossible to keep up. But here are some of the quirkiest girl names we found.

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state baby names

By Joe Satran and Abby Sandel

States have official songs and sandwiches. So how about quirky favorite baby names?

It turns out that certain names, rare in the US, are over-represented in certain states. Our intrepid researcher looked at every name given to at least 100 babies in 2015. Then he calculated the percentage of babies with that name born in every state. When ranked, the results revealed the rare names most concentrated in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Some of these are easily explained. A hundred baby boys were named Brigham in 2015, 23 of them in Utah. Less than 1 percent of all Americans live in Utah, so that’s 23 times higher than you might expect. But, of course, Brigham Young was an early leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, headquartered in Utah, so it’s not a surprise.

Yiddish names Shimon and Faigy are the quirky favorites in New York, where there’s the largest concentration of Hasidic Jews, while Spanish names Santana and Estevan are favored in New Mexico and Hawaiian names Kalea and Keanu are popular in, boom!, Hawaii.

And it does make sense that nature names Wren and Wilder are the Quirky Favorites of rural Vermont, while nouveau names Oakleigh and Bridger are well-liked in Red State Montana, consistent with our analysis that found Red Staters prefer gender-neutral invented names while Blue State baby names are more likely to pick names that are ethnic and traditional.

Other stands-outs are harder to explain. Why is Ophelia so prominent in Alaska? Or Brecken in Iowa? If you have the secret to why these names are the favorites in your state, please share with the class!

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100+ Best Bohemian Baby Names

bohemian baby names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Bohemian might be a good one-word description of what a lot of parents want in a baby name. A name that’s both creative and down-to-earth, that’s outside the boundaries of tradition but isn’t trying too hard to be hip.

Names of Bohemian heroes and heroines, real and imagined, fit the bill. So do many nature names, international names, and quirky choices. Bohemian baby names are usually on the unusual side, but not always: Such popular choices as Zoe, Dylan, and Ruby qualify.

But which are the best? We’ve narrowed it down to a selection of our favorite Boho names for each letter of the alphabet.

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Quirky British Baby Names

By Abby Sandel

Jamie and Jools Oliver are expecting baby #5! The celebrity chef and his model-turned-designer wife are known for choosing quirky, bold, and delightfully British baby names.

The Olivers are the parents of Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, and Buddy Bear Maurice. The kids’ first names are pretty mainstream. Poppy and Daisy have been favorites with English parents over the last two decades; Buddy fits perfectly with the preference for nickname names; and while Petal is unusual, nature names of all kinds are more common than ever.

We can make a few guesses about the name of the littlest Oliver:

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