Friday, April 17, 2015

Haiku Poetry Sibset Name Game

Today is National Haiku Poetry Day! It falls on April 17th every year to celebrate this fun, beloved style of poetry. You most likely wrote a few of these in your school years. I know I did and they're my favorite!  I thought it would be exceptionally fun to write some "name haikus" to celebrate!

How does a name haiku work? Well, traditionally, a haiku poem consists of three lines. The first line is 5 syllables, the second is 7 and the third is 5 again. So it is a poem with a syllable count of 5-7-5.

For the purpose of our little game here today, we will be making sibsets of 3.  Name three children. The first one will have a first and middle name combination that amounts to 5 syllables. The second's first and middle names will add up to 7 syllables, and the third child will have 5 syllables.

Does that make sense? I'll provide a format below and an example in the photo. Have fun with this! Try to use different naming styles for a themed sibset, or make the names totally different from each other! Make as many as you'd like and share them in the comment section below!!

Sibset Haiku #1:
Boy (5 syllables):
Girl (7 syllables):
Boy (5 syllables):

Sibset Haiku #2:
Girl
Boy
Girl

Sibset Haiku #3:
Girl
Girl
Girl

Sibset Haiku #4:
Boy
Boy
Boy

Sibset Haiku #5:
Boy
Boy
Girl

Sibset Haiku #6:
Girl
Girl
Boy

Enjoy! Don't forget to share your name haikus in the comments below!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Norah Bailey - (Birth Announcements!)

What do you think about when you look at a list of birth announcements? Of course you'd remember that these all belong to an actual child somewhere in this country, but if you were take a step back and look at these names at face value, do you picture anything in your mind? Do you automatically start to rate the names? Would you borrow one of the pairings and add it to your own name list? Sure, why not?

These are meant as inspiration for those in the process of finding a name, and to enlighten the rest of us as to what sort of names are actually being used. Most of all, since these are anonymous, you're meant to enjoy the names and have a bit of fun. So what would you say if I asked you to pick and choose your favorite first/middle combinations as they are and create a sibset with them?

Using the following names, share with us in the comment section what you would name twins: girl/girl, boy/boy and boy/girl. I'll share my picks below! 

Girls:
Adara Helaina
Alanna Lynn
Annabelle Lynn
Astrid Emily
Aubrey Lauren
Brynn Elizabeth
Carissa Beth
Cecilia Faith
Eleanor Carole
Eloise Frances
Elsa Nichole
Gabriella Kathryn
Gianna Rose
Isabella Marie
Jocelyn Elise
June Marlene
Kinley Jo
Kira Elizabeth
Lucy Carmella
Mabel Grace
Madeleine Joyce
Norah Bailey
Penny Christine
Savannah Jo
Sydney Denae

Boys:
Anthony Michael
Bernard Matthew
Callan James
Charlie Daniel
Chase Richard
Colton Steven
Damon Anthony
Dominic Aiden
Donavan Michael
Easton Thomas
Gavin Wyatt
Isaiah Lee
Jace Timothy
James David
Landon John
Lucas Brandon
Micah James
Milo Christopher
Murphy Everett
Myles Carter
Samuel John
Sawyer Franklin
Sebastian Noah
Vaughn Douglas
Vincent Ryan

Twins:
Alissandra Katherine-Jean & Brady Christopher-Allen
Isaac Anthony & Joshua Wesley
Chloe Lynne & Colt Justice


My chosen twins from the boy/girl lists:
G/G: Carissa Beth & Aubrey Lauren
B/B: Milo Christopher & Sebastian Noah
B/G: Vincent Ryan & Annabelle Lynn

Don't forget to share which names you'd choose for this naming challenge in the comment section below! Thanks for playing!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Flora

The beautiful, feminine name Flora is brought to you today in light of our previous post that featured The Very Best F Names for Boys and Girls.


As a name, Flora has been in use since the Renaissance era in France. Diminutives of the name include Flo, Floretta, Florrie and Floella. In Dutch, Flora is known as Floor or Floortje. The French call her Flore and Florette, Hungarians say Flóra while the Welsh use Fflur.

Flora could be used as a nickname for Florence but the two aren't actually related since they come from different roots. Another similar name is Fleur which is French for Flower; there's also Fleurette, a diminutive of Fleur.

Flora
It's no surprise that this lovely name comes from the Latin word flos meaning "flower".  Flora was the goddess of flowers and the season of spring according to Roman mythology. She was the wife of Favonius, who was the west wind and bringer of light spring and early summer breezes. This couple's Greek equivalent is Chloris and Zephyrus or Zephyr.

The goddess Flora had her own festival called Floralia that would take place from April 28th to May 3rd in celebration of the renewal of life during springtime. Flora achieved more prominence during the Renaissance era than she ever did in ancient Rome.

Flora has ranked recently at #404 in England/Wales, #178 in France and #29 in Hungary. In the US, Flora has been in constant use since 1880. She enjoyed a popularity peak from roughly 1913-1931 before usage declined. This name fell off the Top 1000 chart in 1972 and remains there today. It ranked down at #1513 in the year 2013 when 144 baby girls were given the name. The good news, though, is that this name fits the 100 Year Rule.

According to that rule, old-fashioned names become fresh again and experience a revival of usage roughly 90-110 years after their initial peak of popularity. In this case, Flora did its best in 1920 with 1,566 births. In the next 5 years leading up to 2020, Flora may just receive a small boost in usage. However, it could take another ten years or so to see a definite rise since this is just an approximate and theorized timeline. There is always a chance that it may not occur at all. Either way, Flora has the potential to rejoin the Top 1000 names chart.

What do you think of the name Flora?

If you're interested in this lovely, under-the-radar, vintage name, perhaps these sibling and middle name ideas would also be helpful:

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Ada, Caroline, Hazel, Leona, Olive, Sylvie, Viola
Brothers: August, Calvin, Ferdinand, Hugh, Julius, Milo, Rupert

Middle Name Ideas:
Flora Cecily
Flora Mae
Flora Lucille
Flora Vivienne

As a Middle Name:
Elizabeth Flora
June Flora
Penelope Flora
Serenity Flora

Know anyone with this name? Share your thoughts on the name Flora in the comments below!

Source | Source
Photo: Primavera- Flora, the goddess of flowers and the season of spring.
Artist: Sandro Botticelli. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence - circa 1482

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Very Best F Names for Boys and Girls

You have been searching for the perfect baby name for months now. Your little one is due soon and remains nameless. You've been through the name books and you've browsed endless webpages and yet you cannot settle on a name.

It may feel a bit funny to finally focus on a specific letter, but I figure if you found your new favorite name on a fresh list like this, you'll finally feel free to move forward and be satisfied with your perfect name find! Forgive me. Fact is, I'm fascinated by the letter F!

Here are some fabulous names that start with F! 25 for girls and 25 for boys.  I hope you fall for a favorite! 

Share your thoughts on these F names in the comment section below! Which do you love most? 

  1. Fabiana                       
  2. Faith
  3. Fallon
  4. Farrah
  5. Fatima
  6. Fauna
  7. Faustine
  8. Fawn
  9. Faye
  10. Felicia
  11. Felicity
  12. Fern
  13. Fernanda
  14. Finlay
  15. Finola
  16. Fiona
  17. Fiorella
  18. Flavia
  19. Fleur
  20. Flora
  21. Florence
  22. Frances
  23. Francesca
  24. Frederica
  25. Freya
  1. Fabian
  2. Farrell
  3. Felix
  4. Ferdinand
  5. Ferguson
  6. Findlay
  7. Finley
  8. Finn
  9. Finnegan
  10. Finnian
  11. Finnick
  12. Flannery
  13. Fletcher
  14. Florian
  15. Flynn
  16. Ford
  17. Forrest
  18. Fox
  19. Francis
  20. Francisco
  21. Franklin
  22. Fraiser
  23. Frederick
  24. Fritz
  25. Frost
Find a winner? If not, don't fret. Remember that this is a 26-part series, if F isn't your letter after all, there are plenty more names to come! Why not check out the previous post of The Very Best E Names for Boys and Girls while you wait for the arrival of the best G names? See you then! 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Annabelle, Juliette & Tessa: The Best Double-Letter Girl Names

Naming traditions come in a variety of forms. Perhaps everyone in your family has a name with double-letters within it and you're looking for a name that hasn't been taken yet. There are hundreds of names out there that will fit this criteria but to simplify the process, this article lists up to ten of the best names per letter.

Below are some of the most attractive names for baby girls that contain double letters. Be sure to follow the links below for a list that's even more extensive than this one.

Which of the follow names do you like the most? Do you have a favorite double letter?

A:
Aaliyah

B:
Abbey, Abbigail, Abby, Bobbie, Debbie, Gabby, Libby, Robbin, Tabby, Tabbitha

C:
Accalia, Becca, Rebecca, Ricci, Toccara

D:
Addalyn, Addie, Addison, Edda, Haddasha, Haddie, Hedda, Maddalena, Maddie, Siddalee

E:
Aimee, Cathleen, Desiree, Eileen, Greer, Jubilee, Leela, Maureen, Reese, Teegan
Click here to view a more extensive list of Double-E names for girls!

F:
Buffy, Effie, Ffion, Fflur, Raffaela, Saffron, Steffany, Tiffany

G:
Maggie, Meggan, Meggie, Peggy, Reggie

K:
Mikki, Nikki, Onekka, Rebekka, Rikki, Vikki

L:
Annabelle, Calliope, Estella, Gabrielle, Isabelle, Jillian, Lilly, Molly, Raphaella, Willow
Click here to view a more extensive list of Double-L names for girls!

M:
Cammie, Emma, Emmanuelle, Emmeline, Emmylou, Fiammetta, Gemma, Jemma, Summer, Tammy

N:
Arianna, Cheyenne, Georgianna, Hannah, Julianne, Lucienne, Rhiannon, Susannah, Vienna, Yvonne
Click here to view a more extensive list of Double-N names for girls!

O:
Brooke, Brooklyn, Moon, Noor, Oona, Rooney, Sookie, Zooey

P:
Apple, Filippa, Guiseppa, Pepper, Philippa, Pippa, Poppy, Sapphira, Tzipporah, Xanthippe

R:
Arrietty, Carrigan, Farrah, Harriet, Kirra, Lorraine, Sherry, Sierra, Sparrow, Terra
Click here to view a more extensive list of Double-R names for girls!

S:
Alessandra, Alyssa, Cassidy, Cressida, Hadassah, Jessica, Larissa, Odessa, Tessa, Vanessa
Click here to view a more extensive list of Double-S names for girls!

T:
Antoinette, Cosette, Elisabetta, Henrietta, Juliette, Loretta, Mattea, Ottilie, Scarlett, Violetta
Click here to view a more extensive list of Double-T names for girls!

V:
Evvie, Livvy, Vivviana

X: 
Alexxia

Z:
Azizza, Azzurra, Clarizza, Dezzy, Izzy, Jazzlynn, Jazzmin, Kezziah, Kizzy, Lizzie

Which of the above do you like best? Can you think of any that could be added? Don't miss the previous article regarding The Best Double-Letter Boy Names!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bennett, Harrison & William: The Best Double-Letter Boy Names

There are many names out there that contain double-letters within them. This is a collection of the very best of these names per letter of the alphabet for boys. Some letters have limited options and others don't have any because it just doesn't work in accordance with the alphabet and the English language.

Compiled below are the most attractive names per double-letter. The catch is that each letter has been limited to ten names. There may be more options out there but for the sake of space, they aren't all included on this list.

The following names are some of the better options available. If you're in search of a double-lettered name, this list is for you!:

A:
Aaden, Aaron, Canaan, Isaac

B:
Abbott, Bobby, Cobb, Gibb, Gibby, Robb, Robby, Webb

C:
Breccan, Lucca, McCoy, Morocco, Niccolo, Rocco, Zacchaeus

D:
Addison, Eddie, Freddie, Judd, Madden, Maddox, Teddy, Thaddeus, Todd, Vadden

E:
Creed, Keegan, Keenan, Lee, Leeland, Reed, Reese, Reeve, Seeley, Tennessee

F:
Christoffer, Geoffrey, Griffin, Heathcliff, Jefferson, Jeffrey, Kristoff, Raffaello, Rafferty, Steffan

G:
Briggs, Diggory, Gregg, Iggy, Jagger, Reggie, Taggart, Viggo, Ziggy

K:
Mikkel, Mikko, Nikko

L:
Apollo, Callum, Cillian, Dashiell, Elliott, Kellan, Maxwell, Phillip, Sullivan, William
Click here to view a more extensive list of Double-L names for boys!

M:
Emmanuel, Emmett, Hammond, Jimmy, Mohammed, Sammie, Timmy, Tommy,

N:
Bennett, Connor, Finn, Flynn, Johnny, Kenneth, Lennon, Quinn, Tanner, Tennyson
Click here to view a more extensive list of Double-N names for boys!

O:
Booker, Boone, Brooks, Cooper, Elwood, Haywood, Woodrow, Woody

P:
Philippe, Pippin, Sheppard, Tripp, Zeppelin

R: 
Barrett, Derrick, Ferris, Garrett, Harrison, Jarred, Merrick, Pierre, Terrence, Warren
Click here to view a more extensive list of Double-R names for boys!

S:
Alessandro, Cassius, Douglass, Jesse, Massimo, Odysseus, Ross, Russell, Ulysses, Wesson

T:
Atticus, Beckett, Everett, Hutton, Jett, Matthew, Otto, Rhett, Scott, Wyatt

X:
Daxx, Jaxxon, Maxx

Z:
Azzo, Buzz, Chazz, Izzy, Jazz, Ozzie, Tazz, Uzziah

Which of the above do you like best? Can you think of any that could be added? Be sure to check out The Best Double-Letter Girl Names too!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Emmett

To go along with the article regarding The Very Best E Names for Boys and Girls, today's featured name is Emmett.


Emmett is rather unique because it is a male name that is derived from a female name. Masculinization doesn't happen very often in names whereas there are many feminized names such as Josephine from Joseph or Philippa from Philip.  Emmett comes from Emma.

Originally Emmett comes from an English surname that was derived from a diminutive of Emma.  Emma comes from the Germanic element ermen (or possibly ermin or irmin) which mean "whole" or "universal".

In history, Emma was the daughter of Richard, Duke of Normandy. She introduced the name to England when she married King Ethelrede and later King Canute. This was way back in the 11th century and caused the name Emma to be very popular at the time along with short forms Em and Emm.

Emmot was also a recorded variant derived from Emma. There's also a place called Emmott in Lancashire which was recorded as "Emot" in 1296 which may come from the 7th Century Old English word "eagemot" meaning "junction of streams". [source]

As a baby name, Emmett has been in regular usage since 1880 but it has never been as popular as it is today. It received its first surge of popularity between 1915 and 1925 but declined in usage again until the mid-2000s when it skyrocketed. In 2013, there were 2,336 boys named Emmett which ranked the name at #173 in the US.

With the potential nicknames of Em, Emy, Mit and Mitty, the male name Emmett is a handsome choice for a modern boy. This name is currently on the rise and will likely gain more popularity in the years to come. If you're considering this name, here are some ideas for sibling names and middle names:

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Amelia, Daphne, Elodie, Isla, Matilda, Rowena, Zoe
Brothers: Archer, Fletcher, Graham, Henry, Miles, Owen, Reuben

Middle Name Ideas:
Emmett Alexander
Emmett Carter
Emmett George
Emmett James
Emmett Lincoln
Emmett William

As a Middle Name:
Blake Emmett
Conrad Emmett
Harrison Emmett
Leo Emmett
Quentin Emmett
Walter Emmett

What do you think of Emmett? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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