Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Baby Names Ending with the Letters "-sy"

This series is nearing the end of the alphabet. With the letters -sy, we find several interesting names. Some of these are more on the nickname side, but usable nonetheless.  Are there any names below that you would considered? The most popular options are undoubtedly Daisy, Maisy and Tansy.

Notice how there are many more options for females than males. Can you think of any others that could be added to the list?



Do you like any of these? Share your thoughts in the comments!  And view the other articles in this series focused on "name endings".

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

My Favorite Names Per Letter and How They Changed From 2010 to 2017

Being the "Name Nerd" that I am, I have been keeping a list of my favorite names per letter on a yearly basis. I recently compiled these lists and sorted them out alphabetically and chronologically. I started making the list back in 2010, the year I got married and we started pondering names for potential future children. We had a son in 2012 and a daughter in 2014 whose names made the list.

I have continued to keep track of my favorite names since then, and will continue to do so, but after 8 years of this, I decided it would be fun to share my choices. I wanted to see how time has drastically changed my style for some letters, and yet has been untouchable for other letters. I have just finished posting these weekly on my Instagram if you would like to browse there and see my thoughts and explanations per letter. Here we go:

2010:  Bailey, Braden
2011: Brynna, Bennett
2012: Blythe, Brennan
2013: Bridget, Benedict
2014: Bryony, Benedict
2015: Bellamy, Bertram
2016: Briar, Benedict
2017: Belle, Benedict

2010: Callie, Christopher
2011: Cosette, Calix
2012: Colette, Cassius
2013: Caroline, Calix
2014: Cordelia, Caspian
2015: Clementine, Caius
2016: Camilla, Cyrus
2017: Camilla, Caius

2010: Davia, Damien
2011: Danielle, Dexter
2012: Delaney, Damien
2013: Daphne, Dante
2014: Daphne, Dominic
2015: Darcy, Damian
2016: Daphne, Dominic
2017: Diana, Damian

2010: Fiona, Fenix
2011: Fiona, Felix
2012: Farrah, Finley
2013: Freya, Felix
2014: Fable, Frederick
2015: Fabiana, Ferdinand
2016: Fable, Ferdinand
2017: Fiona, Finnegan

2010: Genevieve, Gavin
2011: Geneva, Gideon
2012: Giselle, Gideon
2013: Genevieve, Gideon
2014: Grace, Grant
2015: Gemma, Gregor
2016: Gemma, Gerard
2017: Gwendoline, Gerard

2010: Hayley, Heath
2011: Hailey, Heath
2012: Hailey, Heath
2013: Helena, Heathcliff
2014: Honora, Henry
2015: Hettienne, Haythem
2016: Hettienne, Hugo
2017: Hazeline, Haythem

2010: Izabella, Ivan
2011: Isabel, Ian
2012: Ivy, Ian
2013: Isadora, Inigo
2014: Isla, Ignatius
2015: Iris, Irving
2016: Isabelle, Ivander
2017: Ireland, Irving

2010: Khloe, Korbin
2011: Kerrigan, Keegan
2012: Katharine, Kellan
2013: Katherine, Keaghan
2014: Kate, Killian
2015: Keira, Killian
2016: Kate, Killian
2017: Kaia, Killian

2010: Lacey, Liam
2011: Liana, Logan
2012: Lilah, Leopold
2013: Lavinia, Lincoln
2014: Lorelei, Leopold
2015: Luna, Liev
2016: Lily, Leonidas
2017: Laurel, Leonidas

2010: Naylie, Nevin
2011: Nadine, Nolan
2012: Norah, Nolan
2013: Nova, Nolan
2014: Nova, Noble
2015: Niamh, Nicolai
2016: Nova, Noble
2017: Nora, Noble

2010: Oceane, Owen
2011: Odette, Oliver
2012: Olive, Olivier
2013: Oliviana, Orion
2014: Octavia, Oliver
2015: Ottilie, October
2016: Octavia, Oliver
2017: Olivine, Odin

2010: Piper, Paxton
2011: Pemberley, Perrin
2012: Philippa, Phinneas
2013: Primrose, Peregrine
2014: Pearl, Paul
2015: Posy, Phillip
2016: Pommeline, Pim
2017: Pippa, Pomeroy

2010: Qwin, Quentin
2011: Qiana, Quinn
2012: Quintessa, Quentin
2013: Quintessa, Quincy
2014: Quintessa, Quill
2015: Quinlana, Quade
2016: Quiana, Quaid
2017: Quintessa, Quentin

2010: Sadie, Seth
2011: Sophina, Sebastien
2012: Susannah, Silas
2013: Sybil, Sebastian
2014: Sophia, Soren
2015: Sable, Stellan
2016: Sable, Soren
2017: Sylvie, Samwise

2010: Tavi, Toby
2011: Tieve, Torrin
2012: Tamsin, Thaddeus
2013: Tamsin, Theodore
2014: Tamsin, Tolliver
2015: Temperance, Tristram
2016: Tessa, Thaddeus
2017: Thora, Tolliver

2010: Ulani, Uriah
2011: Ulani, Uriah
2012: Urania, Uriel
2013: Ulyana, Ulrich
2014: Ulyana, Ulysses
2015: Uriela, Ulysses
2016: Ulricha, Ulysses
2017: Ulyssa, Ulysses

2010: Wren, Wade
2011: Wren, William
2012: Winslet, Willoughby
2013: Wilhelmina, Wesley
2014: Winter, Wesley
2015: Willamena, Wilder
2016: Willow, Willoughby
2017: Wintress, Wolfram

2010: Xaviah, Xavier
2011: Xaviere, Xavier
2012: Xasha, Xavier
2013: Xanthe, Xavier
2014: Xenia, Xander
2015: Xanthippe, Xanthus
2016: Xavierre, Xander
2017: Xiomara, Xanthus

2010: Yvette, Yale
2011: Yesenia, Yale
2012: Yara, York
2013: Yara, York
2014: Yve, Yannick
2015: Yvanna, Yorrick
2016: Yesenia, Yale
2017: Yveline, Ysidor

Which set of names do you like best?  Share your thoughts and observations in the comments below!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

78 Interesting and Uncommon Girl Name Combinations!

Are you looking for something slightly different than the norm? Just a little unusual with a touch of classic? Familiar but not weird? Here are some great name ideas for you! Some are more daring than others, and there is a variety of styles here. Feel free to mix and match or suggest even more great names in the comments!

Cassia Emmeline
Briar Genevieve
Felicity Lane
Ella Tempest
Sonnet Jane
Amaya Journey
Lillia Myrtle
Rowena Evening
Anna Whisper
Electra Maeve
Avalon Belle
Raven Serenity
Victoria Echo
Magnolia Eve
Hazel Valentina
Molly Cadence
Augusta Reverie
Nora Liberty
Harmony Moon
Liv Bellatrix
Jessamine Skye
Lucy Genesis
Sable Quintessa
Astoria Raine
Juno Caroline
Leona Sparrow
Alethea Coral
Lulu Florence
Eveline Caithe
Blythe Magdalena
Nova Rosabel
Elodie Wynne
Poppy Gwenora
Gemma Destiny
Laureline Fable
Thea Hermione
Mavis Octavia
Fleur Penelope
Verity Lark
Amabel June
Wren Melisande
Ivy Lorelei
Brynn Eloise
Iris Bellamy
Alice Viola
Thora Delphine
Willa Kennedy
Marley Saffron
Jordana Snow
Kinsley Darling
Aria Lavender
Esmarie Velvet
Joss Bernadette
Amaryllis Rey
Darcy Luna
January Grace
Millie Temperance
Jovie Lenora
Dorothea Maxine
Nova Romilly
Imogen Storm
Ada Hyacinth
Lavinia Dell
Remy Celeste
Clarity Simone
Zelda Roseline
Ophelia Blair
Neve Clementine
Pearl Gwendolen
Gesine Claire
Eudora Faith
Delta Camille
Esme September
Vienna Heloise
Cyra Octavie
Antonia Meadow
Marcella Reese
Tabitha Sybil

What do you think of these combinations I assembled? Share even more ideas in the comments!  Don't forget to check out the list of Interesting and Uncommon Boy Name Combinations, too.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Girl Names from French Origins

Here are some interesting girl names that originate from Norman French or Old French origins. These have a variety of popularity and usage levels in the US.

Amarante - Taken from the Amaranth flower, this is the French form of the name. It comes from the Greek amarantos meaning "unfading".  This is a very rare name. It has been used a total of 23 times on record for boys, and none for girls, but the most recent year it was used was 1933. This means it is ripe for the picking! It deserved to be renewed as a fresh floral name for girls.

Avril - This is the French form of April which possibly comes from the Latin aperire meaning "to open" referring to the opening of flowers in the springtime month. Avril first gained recorded usage in the US in 1919. It has never been common but began gaining more births per year around 2003, presumably in line with the popularity of singer Avril Lavigne who hit the scene in 2002.

Blanche - From a Medieval French nickname meaning "white, fair", derived from the word blanc. This is a name that has fallen from its former glory. It was most popular in 1917 with 2,836 births for the year. It did very well before that time and just slightly after.  It was on the decline by the 1930s and left the Top 1000 in 1965. These days, the name only has single-digit usage including 9 births in 2016. Could it make a comeback as a retro vintage choice soon?

Cerise - This name comes from the French word for "cherry". The name Cherry itself isn't known for being the classiest choice, but Cerise is a great alternative. It is pronounced SU-REEZ. Cerise didn't have any recorded usage in the US until 1951, and even then, it has never had more 20 in a single year aside from 29 in 1955. There were only 5 girls given the name in 2016, which makes this a very rare option that lands in the food, color, and French name categories and deserves more usage today.

Chantal/Chantel/Chantelle/Shantel/Shantelle - While it is now associated with the French chant meaning "song", it was originally derived from a place name meaning "stony". Chantal first gained usage in the US in 1947, followed by Chantel in 1957. Chantel became the more popular spelling, gaining a peak of 738 births in 1990, compared to Chantal's 428 births. Alternate spelling Shantel also received 486 births in 1990. Since the 90s, these names have all declined. In 2016, there were 28 Shantels, 18 Shantals, 28 Chantals and 41 Chantels born. There were 33 girls named Chantelle and only 11 Shantelles. Which spelling do you prefer?

Désirée - This is the French form of desiderata from the Latin desideratum meaning "desired". Desiree first appeared in 1910 in the US, followed by Desirae in 1955. The late 1960s started an upward trend of popularity for both names which peaked between 1983 and 1992.  Both spellings have declined since then. There were 282 girls named Desiree and 95 named Desirae in 2016. There are probably even more alternate spellings too.

Esmé - In Old French, this name means "loved" or "esteemed". Esme is very much on the rise right now. It originally had very sporatic use in the US as early as 1913, but it didn't catch on regularly until 1980. In 2010, it entered the Top 1000 with 280 births. As of 2016, there were 426 girls given the name which is its popularity peak so far. I expect it will continue to climb.

Estelle - Taken from an Old French name that was derived from the Latin word stella meaning "star".  Estelle peaked in popularity in 1915 with 1,784 briths. By the 1930s, the name had half as much usage and continued to decline. It fell to double digits by 1966 but in 2004 it started to swing upward again. There were 339 girls named Estelle in 2016.  Similarly, there were 302 girls named Estella.

Fleur - This means "flower" in French". There's also the diminutive Fleurette. Fleur had 19 births between 1926 and 1933, 5 in 1956, 64 births between 1970 and 1982. And 84 births since 2002, including 12 in 2016.  It may be on the verge of gaining increased popularity. Fleurette had minimal usage between 1915-1953. There were a few births in the 1970s, but the last time this name appeared on record was 1995.

Jacinthe - The French cognate of Hyacinth, the name of a flower and a precious stone. It comes from the Greek hyakinthos. According to the Social Security Administration in the US, there has never been at least 5 births in a single year for the name Jacinthe. This is a rare name!

Jolie - Meaning "pretty" in French, it is obvious why it is not actually used as a name in France. However in the US, it has been popularized by actress Angelina Jolie. The name first appeared on the charts in 1947. It had a good amount of use in the 1970s then again starting in the late 1990s. Jolie peaked in 2008 with 546 births for the year, declined a bit, and is currently trending upward again with 430 births in 2016.

Lacy/Laci/Lacey - From a surname derived from the name Lassy which is a town in Normandy. It may come from the Latin Lascius.  Surprisingly, Lacy is unisex. In fact, in 1927, there were 116 boys given the name and only 20 girls. Around 1975, their roles flipped. Lacy gained a boost of usage for girls and entered the Top 1000 while it declined for boys. 1982 had a high of 987 female births (and only 27 for boys), proving to be its best year yet. Popularity has waned since then. In 2016 there were 117 girls named Lacy and <5 boys. Lacey followed a similar pattern and is actually the preferred spelling now with 634 female births in 2016. Laci had 90 births. Which gender and which spelling do you prefer?

Macy/Maci/Macey - Similar to Lacy, Macy comes from a surname derived from towns called Massy in France. It may come from a Roman personal name that was Latinized as Maccius. Macy dates back to the late 1800s for both genders but has always been more commonly used on girls. It entered the Top 1000 in 1990 and peaked in 2003 with 1,483 births. As of 2016, it was given to 628 girls for a rank of #490. Maci is even more popular! It was given to 1,185 girls in 2016 with a rank of #265. Macey is not used as much with only 211 births. Which spelling do you like more?

Maëlys - The Feminine form of Maël which is the French form of the Breton name Mael. It originally comes from a Celtic word meaning "chief" or "prince". Maelys has only been on record in the US since 2008. From then until now, there have been a total of 69 females given this name, including 10 in 2016.  The diaeresis mark above the "e" may discourage use so many of these girls may or may not have it included. The record lists it without.

Marjolaine - This is a name that means "marjoram" in French, which is a minty herb.  I like this  name since it is reminiscent of Marjorie with the laine/line ending that is so popular. With the correct French pronunciation, it is MAR-ZHAW-LEN. Marjolaine was actually used in the US from 1922-1923 on record for a total of 11 births. This is another rare name.

Noëlle - This is the feminine name derived from the French word Noël meaning "Christmas".  Noelle has been on record since 1927 for girls. It is listed without the diaeresis mark above the "e", so it is unknown how many of these girls use it and how many are just Noelle. Either way, this name began gaining popularity in the early 1960s. It held steady for years until it gained another boost around 2012. In 2016, there were 1,260 girls given the name.

Océane - Meaning "ocean", this French spelling is pronounced AW-SE-AN. It is quite rare. It first appeared on the charts in the US in 2002 with 6 births. It hasn't climbed much since then. In 2016, there were 10 girls given this name.

Paris - The name of the capital city of France, which is derived from an ancient Celtic tribe called the Parisii.  Paris, as a name, can be used in reference to a person hailing from Paris, France. Paris is unisex. It was used for males in the US since 1881, but it was not given to females until 1917 on record. It had similar popularity over the years for both genders, but starting around 1985, it leaned more in favor of the girls. Paris had a booming year in 2004 with 2,150 births, a record high for girls.  Now it had 1,152 births for girls in 2016 and only 80 for boys.

Reine - This name comes from the French word meaning "queen" and is pronounced REN.  Reine has been consistently rare since the 1880s. It would get a handful of births, skip a couple years, then get a handful more, and repeat. It was not steadily used until 2007. In 2016, there were 12 girls named Reine. This spelling isn't popular, but there are similar names such as Raine, Raina, Rayne, Rayna and so on that have more usage. Reign is also popping up a lot.

Rose/Roselle/Rosette/Rosine - Rose was originially a Norman form of a Germanic name composed of the elements hrod and heid. The Normans introduced it to England as Roese and Rohese. It was later associated with the Latin rosa and grew popular as inspired by the flower. Roselle, Rosette and Rosine are French forms and diminutives derived from Rose.  Of course Rose is extremely popular and has always ranked in the top 400, its best years being around 1917. However, the other names are rare. Roselle had 12 female births in 2016, while Rosette and Rosine had less than 5. In fact, Rosine hasn't been used on record since 1961. If you want something unique but familiar-sounding, these names are for you!

Tracy - A first name that was taken from a surname, derived from a Norman French place name which meant "domain belonging to Thracius". That refers to the Thracia region of Europe which is divided between Greece and Turkey today. Tracy is also sometimes a diminutive of Theresa, the French form being Thérèse. Tracy was more popular for boys until the late 1950s and early 1960s. In 1950 there were 178 girls named Tracy (#645 rank). In 1960 there were 5,768 (#84). But it was 1970 that exploded all over the charts. There were a whopping 18,468 girls named Tracy in 1970, which is a very impressive boost. It ranked at #10 that year. It declined again after that, leaving the Top 100 in 1985 and the Top 1000 in 2005. Now in 2016, there were only 92 girls named Tracy. This name will probably not return for several more decades, if ever.

Violette - The French form of the name Violet which is based on the flower.  Violette dates back to the late 1880s and saw decent usage around 1920. However, it grew rarer over time and was not used often until it gained a resurgence around the 2000s. Thanks to the popularity of Violet (#47 in 2016), Violette is now being used more than it ever was in the past with 196 births in 2016.

Which of these names do you like the most? Would you consider using any of them? Share your thoughts in the comments below!! Thanks for reading. Check out French Names for Boys too! 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Boy Names from French Origins

Here are some interesting boy names that originate from Norman French or Old French origins. These have a variety of popularity and usage levels in the US.

Amis/Amias/Amyas - medieval names taken from Amice and the Latin amicus meaning "friend". It was popular in the middle ages. There is also a medieval French poem titled "Amis and Amiles".  While Amis only landed on the US popuarity charts once with 5 births in 1928, Amias is skyrocketing. It first appeared in 2000, but since then has climbed its way up to the Top 1400 with 116 births in 2016. It should continue to gain popularity and break into the Top 1000 soon. Amyas is also starting to appear.

Courtney - An aristocratic English surname taken from the French place name Courtenay, which came from currents from the Latin curtus meaning "short".  Courtney has always been unisex. Up until the 1960s, it was mostly given to boys, but after that the majority of usage went to the girls, especially in the 1990s.

Deforest/Deforrest - from a French surname meaning "from the forest". Both spellings are rare. They aren't seeing any usage today, however Deforest did have mild usage around the 1920s.
Deforrest is more hit or miss, but popped up on record a handful of times since the 1910s.

Gage - Old French name meaning "measure" or "pledge" which refers to one who was a moneylender. Gage first popped up on the record for boys in 1914, but was rare until it entered the Top 1000 in 1989. Its highest ranking occurred in 2003 at #136. It is trending down now, ranking at #281 in 2016.

Garner/Garnett - An English surname taken from the Old French carne which referred to a person who made hinges. Garner has been used for boys in the US since 1881, rarely at first, but more regularly after 1908. It has never been common, always just 30 or fewer births per year. Garnett dates back just as far and was similarly rare over the years but with slightly bigger numbers. Garnett hasn't been used on record since 2013. Garner is still around with 22 male births in 2016.

Grant - a surname taken from the Norman French word grand meaning "great, large". The usage of the name Grant dates back to the beginning of record-keeping in the US, 1880. The name has only gained popularity over the years, getting a boost around 1912, and another in the late 1970s. It ranked highest in 1997 with 3,314 and a rank of #115. As of 2016, it remains a constant by ranking at #171.

Jourdain- French form of Jordan which comes from the Hebrew yarden and yarad meaning to "descend" or "flow down". Jourdain has only had usage for boys between 1984 and 2012, the best year being 1996 with 20 births.

Lamar - from a French surname and a place name in Normandy, which was derived from Old French la mare meaning "the pool". Lamar has been in usage since 1882 in the US and has almost always been in the Top 1000. It's best year for boys was 1989 with 737 births.

Mel/Melville/Melvin - a Scottish surname derived from a Norman French place name meaning "bad town". Melville was in use from 1880 up until it lost popularity in 1981. Melvin has always been in the Top 1000 but is currently trending down quickly. It was most popular between 1920 and 1950.

Monte/Monty/Montgomery - surname meaning "Gumarich's mountain" in Norman French. I was surprised to see the popularity of Monte over the years. It dates back to 1881 on record and ranked in the Top 1000 from 1924-1990. It still received 109 births in 2016 for boys. Monty is a bit less popular with only 45 births in 2016.  Montgomery gained steady usage back in 1905 but was  always uncommon. 2016 was actually its best year with 115 births.

Noel - This name means "Christmas" in French and had often been given to children born in the holiday since the middle ages. Noel has always been used in the US and it has been steadily gaining popularity since 1880. As of 2016, there were 844 boys named Noel (and 202 girls).

Parris - from an English surname denoting a person who came from Paris, France.  Parris started out with usage on boys, but as of 2016, there were 26 girls given the name, and only 14 boys. It has never been common (in this spelling) for either gender. The spelling Paris, however, ranked at #274 for girls with 1,152 births, and only 80 births for boys.

Quincy - A surname derived via the French place name Cuinchy, which is based on the Latin quintius referring to the number 5. Quincy peaked in popularity in 1977 with 717 male births. It has fallen to 473 births in 2016, but it is also starting to rise for girls.

Régis - This name comes from a surname meaning "ruler" in Occitan, which is a dialect spoken by 1.5 million people in Southern France. Régis was the name of a 17th century French Jesuit priest: St Jean-François Régis. This name gained usage in the early 1900s with its best years being between the 1910s and the 1950s. It left the Top 1000 in the early 1960s and only had 13 male births in 2016.

Seymour - This comes from a Norman surname originally referring to a person from the French town of Saint Maur, derived from Saint Maurus, Maurus being from a Latin name meaning "dark skinned". Seymour had one giant popularity peak in 1924 for boys consisting of 785 births. It fared best between 1912 and 1939 and dramatically declined in usage after that. Many years after 1979 didn't have at least 5 births in a single year in order to be on the record. There were 9 births in 2016.

Sinclair - There is a Norman French town called Saint Clair which led to the surname Sinclair in honor of it. Clair comes from the Latin Clarus meaning "clear, bright, famous". Sinclair has been used for boys since 1900 but has never had more than 30 births in a year, including 12 in 2016. It gained usage for girls in 1989 and has more recent usage than for boy over the past two decades. There were 9 female births in 2016. This is a rare unisex name.

Taylor - An English surname referring to someone who was a tailor. It comes from the Norman French tailleur, from the Latin taliare meaning "to cut".  Male Taylors have a good 71 years of usage on the females. Boys date back to 1880 while the girls gained usage in 1951. It was more popular for boys until 1990 when it began surging upward for females.  There were 3,261 girls named Taylor and 639 boys in 2016.

Wallace - from a Scottish/English surname denoting a Welshman or a "foreigner" in Norman French. Wallace peaked in popularity in 1923 with 2,803 births, but it declined again nearly as fast. It hung on through the 1940s but left the Top 1000 by 1994. Today it is showing signs of gradual recovery by earning 196 male births in 2016.

Which of these names do you like? Would you use any of them?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Interesting and Uncommon Boy Name Combinations!

Are you looking for something slightly different than the norm? Just a little unusual with a touch of classic? Familiar but not weird? Here are some great name ideas for you! Some are more unusual than others, and there is a variety of styles here. Feel free to mix and match or suggest even more great names in the comments!

Silas Merrill
Truett James
Beau Jameson
Watson Lucas
Ellison Burke
Huxley Wyatt
Brom Harrison
Maxwell Ranger
Eli Bennington
Harley Reid
Fletcher Henry
Graham Bennett
Merritt Ross
Tilden Sumner
Hayden Gabriel
Zayne Upton
Thorne Elijah
Jasper Emmett
Colton Lemuel
Bridger James
Branson Reid
Archer Daniel
Kingston Jack
Lincoln Bradley
Zane Percival
Drake Richmond
Thane Oliver
Emery York
Ryder Ellis
Flynn Arrow
Nolan Reid
Greyson Tobias
Landon Monroe
Harley Roarke
Rollin Foster
Griffin Lark
Sawyer Quill
Emerson Gray
Duncan Reid
Rafe Archer
Blaine Upton
Phoenix Rourke
Victor Armand
Eleazar Forrest
Viggo Henrik
Milo Konrad
Bryant Karter
Landry Merle
Arden Fox
Garrett Maxwell
Dominic Elias
Zephyr Clark
Atlas Hawthorne
Beckett Wilder
Hershel Kai
Julian Maximus
Toby Cordell
Marius Wolf
Cyril Bodhi
Atreyu Stone
Dashiell Todd
Soren Thatcher
Hendrix Hayes
Quill Indigo
Hugo Zaffre
Auden Guthrie
Theo Valor
Leif Emmerich
Kit Henning
Nash Benedict
Caspian Noble
Albin Justice
Rolf Gregor
Alvar Leopold
Fabian Gunnar
Stellan Otto
Dante Revere
Calix Augustin

Which is your favorite?

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Today we will take a look at one of the interesting boy names from our list of "Baby Names Ending With The Letters -ry".  

Destry is the English form of Destrier, a French surname derived from the Anglo-Norman word destrer meaning "warhorse".  The destrier is the best-known war horse of the medieval era. It carried knights in battles, tournaments, and jousts. Sources of its time called it the "Great Horse" due to its significance.

In 1930, "Destry Rides Again" was published by Max Brand. This western novel introduced the name Destry to America, and brought forth films in 1939 and 1954, and a short-lived TV series in 1964.  Interestingly, according to Social Security records in the US, the name Destry was not in use until 1955, the year after that second movie was released.

This name's most popular year coincided with that brief TV series in 1964 when 149 boys (and 5 girls) were named Destry. You could label this year as Destry's peak in popularity; one that has never been matched since. The year 1965 only brought 50 births with the name, and it continued to decline thereafter.  In 2016, only 10 boys were given this name.

In that novel, Destry was used as a surname: Tom Destry was the main character.  This name would fit in well with other surname names such as Parker, Bennett, Callahan, Lincoln, Guthrie, Dawson, Wiley, Flynn and more. Destry also works well as a unisex name like Autry, Emery, Finley, Auden, Reese, Avery, Riley, Quinn, and others.  Based on the popularity of these two trends, surnames and unisex names, I could imagine Destry catching on and gaining a bit more popularity than just 10 births a year. Alternatively, for parents who wanted to name a girl Destry but

What do you think of Destry? Would you help increase its usage? If so, here are some ideas for middle names and sibling names:

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Audra, Bailey, Harper, Madisyn, Noelle, Piper, Scarlett
Brothers: Aldin, Campbell, Everett, Forrest, Graham, Parrish, Wade

Middle Name Ideas (boys):
Destry Emerson
Destry Hudson
Destry Lance
Destry Mitchell
Destry Vincent

As a Middle Name (boys):
Austin Destry
Calvin Destry
Jacob Destry
Oliver Destry
Samuel Destry

Middle Name Ideas (girls):
Destry Alana
Destry Charlotte
Destry Jeanne
Destry Olivia
Destry Yvette

As a Middle Name (girls):
Amelia Destry
Celia Destry
Madeline Destry
Nora Destry
Sylvia Destry

These are just ideas. What other name would you pair with Destry?


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