Category: royal baby names

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Baby Name Royal

By Emily Cardoza, Nothing Like a Name

Looking through old name data and saying names out loud, you begin to hear the changes in aural trends. Try saying the top ten names from each decade in order, and see what you find! This post is about one sound that’s all-but-vanished from birth certificates: “oy”.

The sound “oy” or “oi” is a diphthong, which means it consists of two adjacent vowels in a single syllable. While the sound shows up quite a lot in English, it’s been decreasing on name records.

Let’s look at some historical “oy” names, then move onto today’s favorites!

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Baby Blue Girl Names

Blue became the go-to color for boys sometime in the early twentieth century. But ever since Beyonce and Jay-Z named their daughter Blue Ivy in 2012, names in the hue of blue seem just right for our daughters, too. Red Ruby and Scarlett top the list of color names for girls in 2016, but some of these, from icy Alice to loyal True, might be the next wave of rainbow-inspired appellations.

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By Abby Sandel

Mardi Gras is tomorrow, and in New Orleans, that means one thing: a parade featuring Rex, King of Carnival.  Mardi Gras parades begin days earlier, and every parade organization – called a krewe – has its royalty.  But Rex and his Queen, along with their court of Maids, Dukes, and Pages, occupy a special place in the revels.

Rex traces its roots to 1872, and their royals have been drawn from the most prominent of New Orleans families.  The men named Rex are accomplished civic leaders; their consorts are chosen from the season’s debutantes.

Over the years, Rex and his court have worn some fascinating names – a mix of old Southern tradition and French influence.  Here are some of my favorites, drawn from decades of Mardi Gras’ reigning royals:

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Braggadocio Boy Baby Names

by Abby Sandel

We all expect our children to do great things, but lately we’re hearing more names for boys that aren’t just bold – they’re downright brash.

The two youngest members of the Kardashian family are the standard bearers for this trend: Kourtney’s Reign, who celebrates his first birthday today, and Kim’s new son Saint.

What’s it like to grow up with a name that swaggers? In many ways, the trend is too new to know. But while the names may be novel, it’s by no means exclusive to celebrities. Reign and Saint will share the playground with plenty of little boys with big names.

In 2013, a Tennessee judge made waves when she changed a boy’s name from Messiah to Martin. Why? Because there’s only one Messiah, she explained. Except the judge was wrong. Nearly one thousand boys were given the name in 2013, and even more in the following year. And that little boy in Tennessee? The judge’s decision was overturned, and Messiah got to keep his name.

Let’s take a look at nine braggadocio names for boys that are catching on fast in the US.

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Baby Names Fit for a King

names that mean king

by Pamela Redmond Satran

There are several kinds of royal baby names, as these 20+ names with meanings that relate to king attest.  While many are traditionally male names, some are used for both genders today or have feminine counterparts.  One might be right for the new king — or queen — of your household.

Ara — In Armenian mythology, Ara was a king so handsome that a rival queen went to war in order to capture him. Handsome and unusual, Ara was given to only seven boys in the US last year….but nearly 50 girls.

Ashanti – Hip-hop singer Ashanti popularized this place-name, a former West African kingdom. It was used for 183 girls last year, swimming just below the Top 1000 mark.

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