Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Beyond Alexander: 4+ Syllable Boy Names

Say you're looking for a long name for your baby boy and you can't think of much beyond Alexander or Maximilian.

Fear not! Let this be your handy resource for long boy names!

Every name on this list is 4 syllables long or more. There are definitely plenty of interesting, unusual choices and some international ideas borrowed from origins around the world.

Which of these names are your favorites? Can you think of any that could be added?

Share your favorites in the comment section below!


Abelardo                    
Adalberto
Agapito
Aleczander
Alejandro
Aleksander
Alessandro
Alexander
Alexandro
Alexzander
Amadeo
Amadeus
Ambrosio
Anacleto
Ananias
Aniceto
Antonino
Antonio
Apolinar
Archimedes
Aristides
Arsenio
Bartholomew
Bartolomé
Bartolomeo
Calogero
Candelario
Casimiro
Catarino
Cayetano
Celestino
Cipriano
Ciriaco
Constantino
Constantinos
Cornelius
Damarion
Deangelo
Demetrius
Dionisio
Domitilo
Dumisani

Ebenezer                  
Eleazar
Eliseo
Emanuel              
Emiliano
Emmanuel
Epifanio
Espiridion
Estanislao
Eugenio
Evaristo
Everardo
Ezekiel
Federico
Feliciano
Filiberto
Florencio
Florentino
Fortunato
Gamaliel
Geronimo
Guadalupe
Heriberto
Hipolito
Horacio
Horatio
Ildefonso
Inocencio
Isidoro
Jedidiah
Jeremiah
Jeronimo
Joselito
Josemaria
Juventino
Leonardo
Leonides
Leopoldo
Liborio
Macallister
Malaquias
Marcelino
Margarito
Mauricio
Maximilian
Maximiliano
Maximillian
Maximino
Moctezuma
Napoleon
Natividad
Nehemiah
Nicodemus
Obadiah
Octavian
Olajuwan
Oleander
Omarion
Patricio
Policarpo
Porfirio
Primitivo
Refugio
Rigoberto
Rosalio
Rosario
Salvatore
Santiago
Saturnino
Silverio
Teodoro
Teodulo
Thelonius
Theodoric
Theophilus
Tiberius
Timoteo
Valentino
Victorino
Vittorio
Zacarias
Zachariah
Zebediah
Zechariah
If you're looking for some shorter names too, I got you covered! Here are some One-Syllable Boy Names as well as some Four Letter Boy Names!  Next week, we'll explore long girl name possibilities!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Kick Off The New Year With These Baby Names!

As one year winds down and another promises to begin, we are all given a sense of a clean slate. 2015 will bring about the feelings of a fresh start and many will have high hopes for the future in the form of resolutions. These similar feelings can also be experienced during pregnancy as we anticipate the arrival of a brand new, tiny person.

If you're expecting a child in January, you may feel inspired by the following New Year related baby names:

Girl:

Asha
Aurora
Beatrice
Dagny
Dawn
Esperanza
Eve
Garnet
Hope
January
Janvière
Makara
Mika
Nadia
Neoma
Newlyn
Neve
Nova
Novella
Oriana
Renee
Roxana
Taraja
Zara
Zora
Zorina

Boy:
Abraham
Anno
Asher
Aster
Davian
Felix
Finn
Gennaro
Navin
Neo
Newcomb
Newell
Newman
Orion
Paxton
Ridley
Thaddeus
Walid
Whittaker

Which of these do you like most? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Owen Frederick - (Birth Announcements!)

This month's birth announcement list is full of some pretty wonderful choices! If you had to name triplets using just the names below, (keeping the first/middle combinations as they are), which would you choose? Share your answers in the comments below!

Adalyn Mae
Amelia Belle
Anaya Amore
Anna Marie
Autumn Giselle
Brooke Lynn
Cora Evangeline
Ella Christine
Emily Hannah
Evelyn Marie
Francesca Nicole
Gianna Lucia
Kalista Faye
Lenaia Marie
Lila Rae
Lillianna Grace
Lily Faye
Matilda Jayne
Natalia Maria
Paityn Belle
Rayne Alonna
Riley May
Sabrina Lynn
Sadie Ann
Sophia Jean
Willow Brooke

Aidan Timothy
Blake Gregory
Brayden Thomas
Christopher Michael
Daniel Richard
Ethan Michael
Everett Walter
Jameson Thomas
Jayce Matthew
Joseph Morris
Joshua Melford
Jonathan Paul
Leonidas Gilbert
Lincoln David
Mason Patrick
Miles Joseph
Nathaniel James
Owen Frederick
Samuel Benjamin
Sawyer William
Sky Landen
Tyler Daniel
William Owen
Wyatt John
Xander Darnell

Here are the triplets that I would pair together:
Cora Evangeline, Francesca Nicole, Lillianna Grace
Nathaniel James, Owen Frederick, Jameson Thomas

What about you?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Winter Names for Girls

It isn't officially winter yet, but the snow is already starting to fall in many places. There is something so magical about the white snow.

If you're a fan of sipping hot cocoa in front of the fire and gazing out the window as the snowflakes flutter down from the night sky, you may find yourself in love with this list of wintery baby girl names.

There's also plenty of holiday-related choices for you as well if you're expecting a winter or Christmas baby!  Which of these are your favorite?


Adair                                        
Alaska
Amaryllis
Angelica
Aspen
Belle
Berry
Bianca
Camellia
Carol
Christabel
Christmas
Chrysanthemum
Clara
Coco
Crimson
Crystal
Dancer
December
Demi
Dorothea
Eira
Eirwen
Eliora
Epiphany
Estelle
Eve
February
Finola
Fire
Freesia
Frostine
Gabrielle
Garnet
Holiday
Holly
Hope
Icelyn
Imani
Ivy
January
Jenara
Josephine
Joy
Lucia
Lumi
Lux
Mary
Merry
Marcissa
Natalie
Neva
Neve
Nevada
Nia
Noelle
Noor
Olwen
Persephone
Primrose
Scarlett
Seren
Snow
Snowflake
Solstice
Stella
Valentina
Virginia
Winter
Wren

Can you think of any other winter or holiday names that should be included on the list? Don't forget to check out last week's post regarding Winter Boy Names too!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Winter Names for Boys

Even if the first day of Winter doesn't officially arrive until December 21st, you're surely feeling a cold breeze or two by now. This magical, snowy time of year puts people in a rather festive mood. If you're expecting a baby this winter, you're sure to find this list useful for a timely name.

If you're expecting a baby boy towards the end of December, well, you'll probably really love this list for its holiday-related ideas!  Whether you like the chill in the air or the roaring heat of a fire, these baby names sure are wonderful.

Angel
Aster
Aubin
Balthasar
Blaze
Branch
Chill
Christian
Colden
Coldin
Cole
Crispin
Darke
Demitri
Douglas
Emmanuel
Felix
Frost
Gabriel
Glover
Hail
Jack
Joseph
March
Melchior
Nicholas
Noel
North
Oakley
Pax
Pine
Phelan
Quilo
Ralph
Robin
Rollo
Rory
Rudolph
Rufus
Snowden
Storm
Theodore
Valentine
Whittaker
Winterhawk
Yule
Zev
Zohar

Which of these are your favorites? Can you think of any more names relating to winter or the holidays?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

What Are the Best Names Within the US Top 100?

Two polls were recently posted on our Facebook page and we've received quite a few votes, but we could always use more for the sake of the data!

 If you have a moment, vote for your favorite names within the US Top 100 chart. The polls are embedded below and your answers are completely anonymous!





It will take a bit of scrolling to view them all but don't give up!



Thanks for voting! Don't forget to share this with your poll-loving friends!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

10 Ways To Honor Someone Whose Name You Don't Like

You and your partner just found out that you're expecting a baby girl and you couldn't be happier. Immediately, baby names pop into your mind and you're determined to find one that will honor your beloved grandmother. The only problem is that you totally and completely hate her name. Oops!

It's difficult when you love someone so much that you want to honor them but, in your mind, their name leaves little to be desired. You simply cannot picture yourself yelling at little Thelma across the playground and you couldn't handle saying Dolores a hundred times a day. These names work beautifully on your grandmother but they are not right for your modern daughter. What can you do?

Here are ten exciting ways to reinvent, revamp and retrofit your loved one's name in order to fall in love with your choice while still honoring them. These will be in the order of most relevance to the person's actual name. The lower you go on the list, the less obvious the honor is.

1. The World Traveler
Perhaps you don't hate the name Elizabeth, but your sister and two cousins have already honored grandma Betsy by using Elizabeth and you'd like to find a name that will honor her in a different way. Take a step back and look at the international variations and diminutives of Elizabeth and you'll find that you could use nicknames such as Eliza, Elise or Beth as a given name, or you could go one step further and use the French Isabelle or the Spanish Liliana which come from Elizabeth. There's also Elsa and Lisette and Elspeth that catch your eye.  Don't be afraid to explore alternative origins of the same name.

2. The Cross-Gender Honor
If you love uncle Cecil but dislike his name, you could still honor him by naming a girl Cecily.  If grandpa Willard's name just won't do, you could go with Willa or Willow for a girl instead.  Or the other way around, name a son after great-aunt Phyllis by calling him Phillip. It's okay to name a girl after your grandpa or name a boy after your aunt. There are plenty of names that can be feminized or masculinized to honor someone even if you're having a baby of the opposite gender.

3. The Nickname Bond
Is your relative better known by a nickname rather than their proper given name? You could use that to your advantage by using that same nickname but applying a different given name to it for your child. For instance, you'd like to honor your father who goes by Harry. His real name is Harold which you don't like. Name your son Henry and let him go by Harry just like grandpa.  Or name your little girl Annabelle after grandma "Annie" whose real name is MaryAnn.

4. The Hidden Treasure
You've only ever known your great-grandmother as Dotty and later learned that it is short for Dorothy. You'd love to honor her but you just don't like either name. Finally, you think to ask if she ever had a middle name. To your surprise, her middle name was Grace. You and your partner are thrilled to discover this and immediately name your daughter Grace after your beloved great-grandmother. You never know when an excellent name could be tucked away in the middle name spot. Explore all of your options!

5. The Familial Mention
You could potentially honor an entire lineage of people simply by giving your child your maiden name or another surname in the family tree. There are many surnames being used as first names today from Parker to McKinley to Harrison to Stone. Explore your options and perhaps you'll find that you can honor your whole family this way!

6. The Monogram Replica
Another way to honor someone without actually using their exact name is to use their initials. Take their first and middle initials and come up with a different name that you love for your child. This is a subtle but sweet way to give your child his own identity while still allowing him to feel a connection to that beloved relative forever.

7. The Branch-out Method
If you're honoring someone on your family tree, explore their name's family tree too. That's right, find a different but related name. For example, did you know that you could honor grandma Heidi by using Alice, Alison, Alyssa, Alicia, Ada, Adelaide or Della? Most people won't see the connection, but all of these names come from the Ancient Germanic root name "Adalheidis".

8. The Beloved's Beloved
There is a way to honor a loved one without actually using their name. Maybe your mother's favorite flower is a lily. She even had lilies in her wedding bouquet. This would allow you to name your daughter Lily or even Lillian and still honor your mother because of the sentimental connection. You could even use the name that your mother would have used had she had another child. Or you could name your child after the city that your grandparents came from, or after your uncle's favorite song or sports team or fictional character. As long as it means something to you and your honoree, the sky's the limit!

9. The Meaningful Connection
Another subtle way to honor someone is to give your child a name that has the same meaning as their name. You'd like to honor your mother-in-law Glenda but you can't find a way to do so and you dislike her name. You see that Glenda means "pure" so you search by meaning and find that the lovely Katherine also means "pure." It doesn't seem connected at all but since they have the same meaning, it works as an honor name in that regard. There's plenty of names that mean something in another language, too, that could be played with. You just have to dig deeper but this method would probably be a last resort if you cannot find a better way to honor someone.

10. The Tuck Away
After exploring all of the above methods to honor someone even though you hate their name, you come to the conclusion that there is no good way to alter it. You'd rather use their exact name than creatively change it with a work-around, but you still don't like it enough for a first name. The answer is simple: put their name in your child's middle name spot. Choose a first name that you love that the child will answer to, but let their middle name serve as an honor for your family member or friend.

What do you think about these methods? Which have you used when you named your child after a loved one?

photo credit: Kels Photo Images via photopin cc

Friday, December 5, 2014

Elsa

Along with dozens of other names, Elsa comes from the name Elizabeth.  Of course, Elizabeth comes from the Greek form of the Hebrew name Elisheva. It means either "my God is an oath", "my God is abundance" or "pledged to God". Elizabeth has been extremely consistent in its popularity over the years, having always been in the Top 30 since 1880.


The lovely German Elsa is also very consistent in its popularity since 1880 in the US. Since the release of the wildly successful movie Disney's Frozen in November 2013 featuring a Queen Elsa, the baby name Elsa is expected to leap up the charts in 2014.  Before Frozen, Elsa originally gained popularity as a name among English speakers because of Wagner's romantic opera Lohengrin in 1848. Elsa was the name of the heroine in the opera.

I chose to feature Elsa as part of Scandinavian week because, while it is mostly used in Germany, it also has usage in the Scandinavian countries, particularly Sweden and Norway. Even Iceland has love for it!

Here in the US, Queen Elsa is everywhere these days so if you love the name Elsa but want to avoid trends and popularity, perhaps you should consider Elsie or Elise instead. In 2013, there were 560 baby girls named Elsa for a ranking of #528. Right now it isn't ranked too high but I expect this name to break into the 300s, at least, in 2014.

What do you think? Do you know any babies named Elsa? If so, what are their siblings named? What middle name did they receive? Here are some ideas if you're in need:

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Annabelle, Charlotte, Grace, Hallie, Johanna, Olivia, Tilly
Brothers: Axel, Charles, Erik, Henry, Matthias, Miles, Sebastian

Middle Name Ideas:
Elsa Corinne
Elsa Juliet
Elsa Margaret
Elsa Violet

As a Middle Name:
Dagny Elsa
Harper Elsa
Kiersten Elsa
Maren Elsa

Elsa is a bit difficult to put in the middle name spot and also achieve good flow from first to middle to last, so it'd probably fit best in the first name spot.  What names would you suggest to go with Elsa?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

World-Wide Wednesday: Scandinavian Baby Names

This edition of World-Wide Wednesday focuses on the baby names of Scandinavia. This includes the three kingdoms of Norway, Denmark and Sweden. These three countries are also categorized as Nordic countries along with Finland, Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe islands. There is plenty of overlapping influence between the countries that sometimes is translated into their baby names. Most baby name sites group all of these together as one overall "origin" called Scandinavian names.

In general, surnames, or "heritable family names", weren't used often in Scandinavia until rather recently in comparison with some other countries. In Denmark, an act was passed in 1526 that made families of nobility have to begin using a heritable name. High class people followed suit during the next few centuries and finally everyone else did later. They followed a patronymic naming tradition that gave the father's name to the children with the suffix "-sen" added to the end. For example, the son of a man named Jens would be given the surname Jensen. 


There have been many naming acts passed since 1771, that made citizens have to give up traditional primary patronymics in favor of choosing a single patronymic surname to use as their heritable family name. What resulted was an overwhelming dominance of a few specific surnames. About one-third of the Danish population have one of the ten most common surnames. More than two-thirds of people have a patronymic name that end with -sen. However, in 2005, Denmark ruled that people could once again use patronymic surnames as a replacement for or in addition to traditional surnames. 

In Norway, the most common surnames were also patronymic and usually ended with either "-ssen", "-sson", "-sdatter", or "-sdotter" with the first two referring to a son and the last two referring to a daughter. For example, the daughter of Jon would be given the surname Jonsdotter while her brother would be called Jonsson. In more recent times, the extra S is often dropped: Hansen instead of Hanssen. 

In 1923, a law was passed that made each Norwegian family choose a single, hereditary last name. Any surname that is derived from a place name usually originated as a farm name that was sometimes taken instead of a patronymic one. However today, place names are much more common than a patronymic name. The popular farm names tend to include either Bakke/Bakken meaning "hill or rise", Berg/Berge meaning "mountain or hill", Haugen/Daugan meaning "hill or mound", Dahl/Dal meaning "valley", Lie meaning "side of a valley", Moen meaning "meadow" or Rud meaning "clearing". Since 2002, the option of using patronymic surnames was once again available.

Swedish surnames are originally patronymic with the most common ending being "-sson". However, in 1901, an act was passed that abolished the practice of handing down patronymic names. Everyone one had to have a specific family surname that was inherited by each generation. Swedish families tend to like names that have to do with nature. A few examples include Lind meaning "linden", Berg meaning "mountain", Dahl/Dahlin meaning "valley" or Alström/Ahlström meaning "alder + stream".  They sometimes build into the family name information about where the family came from. For example, the Strindberg family came from Strinne. There are also some family names that have to do with war such as Skarpsvärd meaning "sharp sword" or Sköld meaning "shield". Since 1982, they've been allowed to use patronymic names again.

In Iceland, they still use patronymic surnames almost exclusively. There are a few heritable surnames passed down, but nearly all Icelanders follow the patronymic method of naming. This includes giving sons the suffix -son and daughters get the suffix -dóttir.  Iceland is very specific and picky about which names parents are allowed to use. There is a Naming Committee that must approve names, especially new ones that have never been used in the country before. The names must be easily used in the Icelandic language and use their alphabet, and they have to be gender specific. Nearly everyone has their father's name incorporated into their last name, but occasionally, matronymic names are used instead. This occurs when the child is to have no social tie to the father or if the mother wishes to make a social statement.

Now that we've covered how naming traditions generally work now and in the past, let's take a look at some examples of Scandinavian baby names.

The following names are somewhat anglicized and therefore a little easier for American children to wear:


Girls:
Annika                               
Annelise
Astrid
Axelia
Brigitta
Cilla
Dagny
Elin
Elsa
Erika
Freya
Greta
Heidi
Helga
Ingrid
Johanna
Kaia
Kirsten
Liv
Magda
Milla
Novalie
Oletta
Selma
Signy
Sigrid
Siri
Sylvi
Thora
Tilda
Tyra
Ulrika
Viveka
Boys:
Anders
Anton
Ari
Axel
Bo
Carl
Casper
Claus
Erik
Finn
Gunnar
Gustav
Hans
Hendrick
Ivor
Jannick
Jensen
Johan
Kai
Lars
Leif
Magnus
Odin
Otto
Ralph
Rasmus
Sander
Soren
Stellan
Thor
Torsten
Ulrik
Viggo
If you're looking for some names that are very heavily influenced by the countries and languages of Scandinavia, here is a nice collection starting with the girls first:

Abelone                             
Aili
Aira
Alfhild
Anneli
Arnhild
Arvida
Åse
Asta
Astri
Aura
Beata
Bryndis
Brynhild
Brynja
Dagmar
Dagrun
Ebba
Edda
Eila
Eira
Ellevi
Ellisif
Embla
Eydis
Fideli
Frigg
Gudrun
Gyda
Hallgjerd
Hedda
Hedvig
Henrika
Hildur
Hillevi
Hjordis
Hulda
Inari
Ingeborg
Ingegerd
Ingvild
Kaisa
Kajsa
Karelia
Katri
Kjersti
Lærke
Lemmitty
Lillevi
Liva
Lova
Lumi
Lykke
Mæja
Maiken
Maila
Merete
Meri
Metta
Mieli
Minea
Moa
Nemi
Pernilla
Ragna
Ragnhild
Saga
Salla
Sella
Senni
Sigrid
Sigrun
Silja
Sini
Sóley
Solveig
Sunniva
Suvi
Svea
Synnøve
Taina
Tarina
Tella
Tordis
Torny
Tova
Vanja
Veslemøy
Vigdis
Ylva
And the boy names:

Åke                                    
Albin
Alrik
Alvi
Andor
Ansgar
Arne
Arnfinn
Arni
Aro
Arvid
Asger
Asker
Audun
Auvo
Balder
Birger
Bjarte
Dagfinn
Eigil
Einar
Eivind
Elof
Emund
Erlend
Erling
Esben
Folke
Freystein
Geir
Greger
Gregers
Gudmund
Gunvor
Hakon
Haldor
Halsten
Halvar
Hemming
Henrik
Ingemar
Ingo
Ingvar
Jarl
Jens
Jerrik
Joar
Jokum
Karsten
Keld
Kjartan
Kjell
Kolben
Konsta
Magnar
Melker
Mika
Mio
Morten
Njord
Ordin
Orvar
Orvo
Øystein
Ragnar
Ravn
Reidar
Rein
Runar
Rune
Seved
Sigurd
Sigvid
Solen
Stein
Stig
Sven
Tage
Taran
Thorfinn
Thorvald
Toivo
Tollak
Torben
Torun
Tyke
Ulf
Valo
Vebjørn
Yngve
If you're wondering what the most popular names per country are, I have that information too! For the year 2012, these were the Top 10 names per gender per country:

Top 10 Girl Names in Scandinavia in 2012:

Denmark        
  1. Sofia
  2. Ida
  3. Freja
  4. Emma
  5. Isabella
  6. Sofie
  7. Maja
  8. Laura
  9. Clara
  10. Mathilde
Sweden          
  1. Alice
  2. Elsa
  3. Julia
  4. Ella
  5. Maja
  6. Ebba
  7. Emma
  8. Linnea
  9. Molly
  10. Alva
Finland  
  1. Ella
  2. Sofia
  3. Emma
  4. Aada
  5. Aino
  6. Venla
  7. Helmi
  8. Emilia
  9. Siiri
  10. Sara
Norway
  1. Nora
  2. Emma
  3. Sofie
  4. Linnea/Linea
  5. Sara
  6. Emilie
  7. Ingrid
  8. Thea
  9. Leah
  10. Sofia
Top 10 Boy Names in Scandinavia in 2012:

    Denmark   
  1. William
  2. Lucas
  3. Victor
  4. Noah
  5. Oscar
  6. Liam
  7. Frederik
  8. Emil
  9. Oliver
  10. Magnus
    Sweden
  1. William
  2. Oscar
  3. Lucas
  4. Hugo
  5. Elias
  6. Alexander
  7. Liam
  8. Charlie
  9. Oliver
  10. Filip
   Finland    
  1. Onni
  2. Elias
  3. Eetu
  4. Leo
  5. Aleksi
  6. Niilo
  7. Veeti
  8. Oliver
  9. Joona
  10. Eino
    Norway
  1. Lucas
  2. Emil
  3. Mathias
  4. Jonas
  5. Alexander
  6. William
  7. Oskar
  8. Magnus
  9. Markus
  10. Oliver
What do you think of Scandinavian names? Do you have a favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments below!!

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[Note:] I am not Scandinavian and I've never been to that part of the world. If any of this information is incorrect or lacking, contact me so I can adjust it.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Magnus

Welcome to Scandinavian Week! You may have seen the polls that I made on the sidebar of the blog and maybe you even voted for your favorite Scandinavian names for each gender. After a tie-breaker, the winning male name was Magnus.


Magnus is a Late Latin name meaning "Great" but it is heavily used by Scandinavians, particularly those from Sweden, Norway and Denmark.  It became popular in those countries because of the 11th century King Magnus I of Norway.

It was said that King Magnus I may have been named after another ruler, Charlemagne, who was also known as Carolus Magnus, or Charles the Great.  Others who bore the name Magnus include a 7th century saint, 6 more kings of Norway, and 3 kings of Sweden.

In the middle ages, the name Magnus gained usage in Scotland and Ireland. Manus is an Irish variant of the name. There's also the Finnish variants Manu, Mauno and Maunu, and the Danish Mogens.

Interestingly, from Magnus sprang forth the Medieval English name Mack which then led to the name Maxwell, which is a Scottish place name then surname.

In the US, Magnus was used sporadically from 1890 until 1981 when it gained yearly regularity. However, it has always been rare. 2013 is the first year that the name has ever been in the Top 1000. With 206 births, Magnus ranked at #958.

In Iceland, Magnús (pronounced MAHG-noose) ranked at #7 for the year 2007. In recent years, Magnus has also ranked at #4 in Norway, #8 in Denmark, #180 in Scotland and #300 in British Columbia, Canada.

What do you think of the great Magnus as a baby name? It is a strong, bold choice that will stand out! Do you think it is too bold or would you use it? What's a good middle name?  Here are some middle name ideas and sibling name ideas;

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Astrid, Caroline, Elowen, Fiona, Freya, Ingrid, Liv, Maren, Onnika, Sorena, Thora
Brothers: Caspar, Erik, Felix, Henrik, Hugo, Lucius, Odin, Rex, Sebastian, Soren, Viggo

Middle Name Ideas:
Magnus Christopher
Magnus Gunnar
Magnus James
Magnus Thurston
Magnus Yorrick

As a Middle Name:
Axel Magnus
Dane Magnus
Henry Magnus
Levi Magnus
Samuel Magnus

Share your thoughts on the name in the comments below!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The 10 Best Colonial Names For Modern Boys and Girls

Recently, I was looking over the post I made last year regarding Colonial names. Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I thought I'd cover colonial names a bit more.

Colonial names are full of history and laced with virtues and biblical associations. Sometimes these names are even comprised of long phrases.

You probably won't see many boys named Comfort or girls named Modesty today, and something like The-Peace-of-God or Fight-the-good-fight-of-faith probably won't work well for official documents. This led me to wonder what the most usable, wearable names that were favored in early America might be.

With much thought, scrutiny and consideration, I narrowed it down to my top 5 boy names and top 5 girl names that date back to the colonial era but can still sound fresh and usable today.

Girls:


Charlotte
The lovely Charlotte is the French, feminine form of the name Charles which is typically listed as meaning "free man".  Modern parents love this name so much that it now ranks at #11 in 2013. If that is too popular for you, there are plenty of other forms of the name from Lottie to Charlize to Carolina to Karla. This name dates back to England in the 16th century as well as the colonial times here in America but Charlotte is definitely usable today, too!
Middle Name Ideas: Charlotte Abigail, Charlotte Grace, Charlotte Louise, Charlotte Ruby

Eleanor
This name dates back to Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, the wife of King Louis VII of France in the 12th century. Eleanor became popular in England during the Middle Ages before it was carried to Colonial America. While there are plenty of diminutives and other similar forms of the name, Eleanor itself ranks at #106 in 2013 and has been climbing steadily. It may land in the Top 100 soon which means it is definitely very wearable.
Middle Name Ideas: Eleanor Alexis, Eleanor Juliet, Eleanor Rose, Eleanor Sophia


Hannah
Hannah gained use in Europe after the Protestant Reformation and the Puritans took it with them to Colonial America. This is one of the many biblical names that gained favor in that time period. It is a Hebrew name meaning "favour" or "grace". It is related to Ann, Anne and Anna which were also used in those days. In modern times, Hannah's popularity peak happened in 2000, reaching as high as #2 in the US. She's declining now but was still ranked at #23 in 2013.
Middle Name Ideas: Hannah Catherine, Hannah Josephine, Hannah Lily, Hannah Violet

Lydia
Another biblical favorite, the Greek name Lydia actually refers to a region in Asia Minor called Lydia. Like Hannah, this name has been in use since the Protestant Reformation. In the US, Lydia had small peaks of usage around 1916 and in the 1950s, but it is at its highest ranks today. With over 3200 baby girls given the name in 2013, it ranks at #96!
Middle Name Ideas: Lydia Annabelle, Lydia Harper, Lydia Madeline, Lydia Scarlett

Susanna
Susanna is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Shoshannah. It is said that it means either Lily or Rose in Hebrew and possibly Lotus in Egyptian. Susanna was used in the Middle Ages and was common after the Protestant Reformation in Europe but mostly as Susan.  These days, neither Susanna nor Susannah rank within the US Top 1000.  Susanna ranked well until it fell out of the Top 1000 in 1998. Despite the low rank, Susanna is a lovely name that deserves more modern day usage.
Middle Name Ideas: Susanna Elise, Susanna Hazel, Susanna Ivy, Susanna Willow

Boys:


Amos
Post-Reformation, Amos was very popular among the Puritans. Meaning "carried" in Hebrew, this is an Old Testament name that has been regularly used in the US at least since records began in 1880. It did well around 1920 but declined afterward. Currently, the name is on the rise again! It ranked at #778 in 2013.  With the newly trendy S-ending for boy names, Amos should fit right in.
Middle Name Ideas: Amos Clark, Amos Joseph, Amos Michael, Amos William

Cyrus
This name has a long ancient history. It is possibly the Greek form of a Persian name meaning "far sighted" or "young" but it is also associated with another Greek name meaning "lord". Most notably, it was the name of several Persian kings, including Cyrus the Great of the Old Testament.  It was well-used by the Puritans after the Protestant Reformation. In the modern US, Cyrus has been ranking in the #400-500 range for the past decade, ranking #436 in 2013. It is a cool, handsome choice that would work well on a boy today.
Middle Name Ideas: Cyrus Alexander, Cyrus James, Cyrus Oliver, Cyrus Quentin


Elias
A form of Elijah, the biblical Elias was used in the Greek New Testament, therefore making it popular among Puritans in Colonial America. There were many similar names beginning with El- that were used in those days, but this one in particular is already gaining popularity in the modern US. It has been on an upward path since the 1980s, ranking at a high of #113 in 2013.
Middle Name Ideas: Elias Frederick, Elias Henry, Elias Julian, Elias Nathaniel

Levi
Another name that popped up after the Reformation, Levi is a biblical favorite meaning "attached" in Hebrew. This name ranks fairly well in many countries including #2 in the Netherlands and #23 in New Zealand. In the US, Levi has been climbing straight up the charts! In 2013, it hit a record-high #50 with over 7,300 births. With biblical history and the flair of the coveted letter V, Levi is definitely wearable today.
Middle Name Ideas: Levi Anthony, Levi Emerson, Levi Jackson, Levi Warren

Silas
Silas is the short form of Silvanus, which in Latin refers to "wood" or "forest". This is another biblical name that popped up Post-Reformation among Puritans in Colonial America. Today, Silas is quite favored in the baby name community. The numbers agree: Silas has been climbing straight up the chart since around 2000. It currently ranks at #116 and will probably keep going up!
Middle Name Ideas: Silas Adrian, Silas Damien, Silas Jasper, Silas Porter

Which of the above names do you like best? Do you like any other names favored by the Puritans? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Favorite Female Colonial Name?
Charlotte
Eleanor
Hannah
Lydia
Susanna

Favorite Male Colonial Name?
Amos
Cyrus
Elias
Levi
SIlas

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Get To Know!: Meagan from TulipByAnyName

Welcome to my new segment "Get To Know!"  Recently, I've had the opportunity to meet a few fellow name bloggers and I decided it'd be lovely to let you get to know them too. The naming community is such a wonderful place! If you truly love names, it never hurts to follow more bloggers to get your daily name fix. 

Today, I had the honor of interviewing Meagan from TulipByAnyName.  She is most known for her work discussing interesting names on her YouTube channel. She is also one of the six Name Sisters who run a great YouTube channel collectively. 

Beyond videos, Meagan also has a successful blog and Instagram account that revolves around names. Most recently, she's become a new contributor to Nameberry's Berry Juice Blog, too! She is involved in lots of exciting name-related projects! Let's take a moment to learn more about her own personal name tastes and experiences with names:

1. What are your first and middle names?
My name is Meagan Elizabeth.

2. Do you like them or would you ever want to change them?
I really like my name.  It's not what I would have picked for myself, but I can't imagine being called anything else. I feel very connected to my middle name, Elizabeth.  It's one of my favorite names and a name that I would consider using.

3. If you had to change your name, what would you choose?
I love this question! My taste in names and my style tends to be a bit old-fashioned.  I think the name Rose would suit me.  I also really love the name Cordelia, so I'd rename myself Rose Cordelia.

4. When did you first become interested in names?
My first name memory was around age 3 or 4 when I renamed my cabbage patch doll.  He came with an adoption certificate and the name Otto, but I renamed him Murphy.  I have no idea where I got the name Murphy from!  All throughout elementary school I was naming and renaming dolls, stuffed animals, and inanimate objects.  As a teenager my interest in names progressed to looking up name meanings and making endless name lists.

5. What were some of the first names you remember loving? Do you still like them today?
My favorite girls names growing up were Samantha, Elizabeth, Stacey, Caroline, Hope, and Emmeline.  Stacey is the only one I've fallen out of love with.  I still love and would consider using Emmeline and Elizabeth.

For boys I loved Jeffrey, Patrick, Benjamin, Brayden, Dylan, Connor, Joshua, and James.  I think they're all nice names. I can't see myself using Jeffrey or Brayden.  I still really love Benjamin and James.

6. Tell us about your presence in the naming community. Where are your sites and what do you try to accomplish with them?
A few years ago I realized there were other name enthusiasts on the web. I started connecting with others through forums, which evolved into creating a YouTube channel about names. I really enjoy making videos and of course talking about names!  I created a blog as an extension of my YouTube channel, as well as an Instagram account @tulipbyanyname.  I truly enjoy learning about names and sharing my passion with others. 

7. What is your favorite girl name in the Top 100? Top 1000?
Top 100 -  Lillian #26
Top 1000 - Matilda #645

8. What is your favorite boy name in the Top 100? Top 1000?
Top 100 - Luke #34
Top 1000 - Bennett #194

9. What is your favorite first and middle combo for a girl?
Emmeline Elizabeth - nickname "Emmie". I've loved Emmeline since I was 12, and Elizabeth is a family name.

10. What is your favorite first and middle combo for a boy?
Lucas Gabriel - I'd call him Luke.

11. What are your favorite obscure/guilty pleasure names?
I've really loved the name Lavender lately! I think it would make a fun, unexpected middle name.  I also enjoy Avonlea, Everard, Frost, Wednesday, Winslet, Wolfram, and Forest. I'm not the bravest namer, but I do think these are the kind of names that would make great middle names!

12. If you had to name twins right now, what would you choose?
If it were solely up to me -
Girl/Girl - Emmeline Elizabeth & Lydia Genevieve
Girl/Boy - Lillian Victoria & Everett Reid
Boy/Boy - Lucas Gabriel & Oliver Jude

13. Are there any names or naming trends that you dislike?
I'm not too fond of creative spellings.  My name isn't spelled the most common way, so I don't mind a subtle change, I just don't like when a name is unrecognizable.  Place names with creative spellings are one of my naming pet peeves.

14. Who is your favorite name blogger?
Tough question! If I had to pick, I really admire Abby Sandel (Appellation Mountain). She puts so much research, thought, and heart into her articles.

15. What advice would you give to expecting parents who are looking for a name?
I think the most important thing is to pick a name YOU love! Many people will have an opinion, but ultimately it's your choice.  I think it's helpful to say the name out loud with your surname.  Also, reflect on if the name is one you or your partner would have liked to have been named.  There are so many names I adore, but wouldn't actually want to have been named.  My one big piece of advice comes back to following your heart and using a name you love!

I hope you enjoyed this interview and that you'll take a look at Meagan's sites! 

You can check out my interview over on Meagan's site here.  


Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gabriella Pearl - (Birth Announcements!)

This compilation of birth announcements came from a couple hospitals in Indiana, USA. This batch seems to be rather conservative and traditional. There aren't any wacky or odd names that stand out. If you could only name your child one of these names, which would you choose?

Girls: 

Abigail Rae
Adlee Dawn
Alisa Ray
Allison Renae
Alyssa Gale
Anna Jean
Annabelle Rose
Aria Marie
Athena Lee
Autumn Lynn
Avery Kay
Bailey Alexis
Breanna Lee
Cassandra Marie
Cora Mae
Daisy Faith
Delaney Carol-Sue
Emory Louise
Evelynn Jane
Gabriella Pearl
Gracie LouAnn
Hadley Caroline
Harper Rayne
Kiara Rose
Layla Lyda-Jean
Leyla Brianne Irene
Madison Faith
Maisie Claiborne
Mila Jean
Molly Suzanne
Rebekah Joy Hadessah
Reece Addison
Saria Jane
Savannah Nadine
Skylar Rose Mae
Sophia Fern
Sydney Amara
Zoey Kiana-Marie

Boys:
Benjamin Scott
Bryan Manuel
Bryce Andrew
Caleb Duane
Christopher Scott
Cooper Andrew
Cruz Michael
David Samuel
Elijah Lewis
Elijah Michael
Ezekiel Paul Christopher
Grant Keith
Jacob Donald
Jack Arnett Jiovanni
Jaxon Dane
Jett Robert
Jordan Michael Alexander
Joseph Lee
Judah Christopher
Kolton John
Kyler Edward
Landon Nathanel
Lincoln Jaye Owen
Luke Tyler
Matthew Francis
Micheal Anthony
Mikah Joseph
Nathaniel Joseph
Owen Jean
Wyatt Christopher
Wyatt Lee
Xavier Mikail

Let me know which of these you like most in the comment section below! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Savannah

To complement Tuesday's post regarding the best V names for girls, and last week's post about the best V names for boys, I chose to feature the feminine name Savannah which contains the letter V.


Savannah isn't just a city in the state of Georgia, USA. It comes from an English word that indicates a large, grassy plain. Originally, Savannah comes from a Taino (Native American) word zabana. Variants of the name include Zavanna and Savanna. It's a place name and a nature name.

Savannah gained usage as a baby name in the 19th century. It has also been on record in the US every year since 1880 but its usage was very minimal until it suddenly boomed in the 1980s. This increase in births-per-year is most likely a result of the 1982 movie "Savannah Smiles".

There were only 43 births in 1981, 118 in 1982 and in 1983, there were 434 Savannahs born. That means the name went from ranking in the 1100s to being #466 in just one year. The year 2000 had a record-high amount of Savannahs born. There was 7,097 of them for a ranking of #37!

Since then, the name has declined a bit in popularity. As of 2013, it still ranks at #37 but that only accounts for 5,192 births.

This name is very cute yet classy. It has a elegant vibe to it but it is also a nature name that gives you the image of a grassy plain. It is both sweet and strong and great for a baby, a teen and a woman.

Right now, Savannah feels as though it is a bit underrated. It isn't high on the popularity radar in the active online baby naming community even though it ranks #37 in the country. It ranks down at #207 on Nameberry, which is based on pageviews on their site. It is being used well but at the same time, it isn't being overly talked about which makes it ideal. Even though Savannah is technically popular, it would still be refreshing to hear on a baby today.

What do you think of this name and its cute nicknames like Savy, Sanna, Van, and Vanna? What middle names would you pair with it? What would you name her siblings? Here are a few ideas:

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Brooke, Gabrielle, Heather, Lucy, Madison, Mckenzie, Sydney
Brothers: Arlo, Dallas, Jacob, Levi, Oliver, Seth, Travis

Middle Name Ideas:
Savannah Alexis
Savannah Isobel
Savannah Jade
Savannah Lorraine
Savannah Paige

As a Middle Name:
Bailey Savannah
Chloe Savannah
Harper Savannah
Morgan Savannah
Riley Savannah

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Aveline, Liv & Violet: The Best V Names for Girls


The letter V has a certain appeal to it that has been captivating modern parents, especially the Av- and Ev- names. This is a compilation of the best girl names that contain the letter V. It may seem long, but trust me, I narrowed it down quite a bit. There just happens to be a lot of lovely name options with a V in them! Which of these do you like best?

Alivia                
Alva
Ava
Avabelle
Avah
Avalee
Avalie
Avalina
Avaline
Avalon
Avalyn
Avalynn
Avani
Avari
Avaya
Ave
Avelaine
Avelina
Aveline
Aven
Averie
Averil
Averley
Avery
Avia
Aviana
Avianna
Avie
Avielle
Avigail
Avila
Avis
Aviva
Avonlea
Avra
Avrielle
Avril

Belva
Bev
Beverley
Beverly
Bevin

Chava
Chavela
Chevaune
Chevelle
Chevonne
Clavel
Clove
Clover

Dava
Davalyn
Daveigh
Daveney
Davette
Davia
Daviana
Davida
Davina
Devan
Devanie
Devany
Devanya
Deven
Devere
Devereaux
Devin
Devina
Devlyn
Devon
Devona
Devony
Devora
Devra
Dove

Elva
Elvera
Elvia
Elvina
Elvira
Eva
Evadne
Evalie
Evalina
Evaline
Evalyn
Evan
Evandra
Evangelia
Evangelica
Evangelina
Evangeline
Evania
Evanna
Evanne
Evanora
Evanthe
Evanthia
Evany
Eve
Evelia
Evelien
Evelina
Eveline              
Evelyn
Ever
Everest
Everild
Everly
Evette
Evgenia
Evia
Eviana
Evianna
Evie
Evienne
Evolet
Evonne
Evony
Evora
Evy
Evyenia

Flavia

Gavriela
Gavriella
Geneva
Genevie
Genevieve
Genevra
Genoveva
Geovana
Giavanna
Ginevra
Giovanna
Giverny
Godelieve
Godiva
Guinevere
Gwenevere

Havana
Havannah
Haven
Havilah
Heaven
Heavenly

Isavella
Iva
Ivaleine
Ivana
Ivani
Ivanka
Ivanna
Ivelisse
Ivette
Ivona
Ivonne
Ivory
Ivy

Javiera
Jenavieve
Jeneva
Jenevieve
Jovana
Jovie
Jovienne

Keavy
Keeva
Keva
Kiva

Lavender
Lavera
Laverna
Laverne
Lavina
Lavinah
Lavinia
Lavonda
Lavonne
Leven
Levina
Lieve
Liv
Livana
Live
Livia
Liviana
Livianna
Livienne
Livvy
Louvenia
Lovetta
Lovette
Lovina
Lovisa
Ludovica
Luvenia
Luvia
Luvianna
Luvinia

Madeleva
Maeva
Maeve
Mava                
Maven
Mavis
Mavra
Méav
Megève
Minerva
Morven
Myava

Natavia
Natividad
Nava
Naveena
Navy
Neva
Nevada
Nevaeh
Neve
Nevena
Nieva
Nieve
Nieves
Nineveh
Nívea
Nova
Novalee
Novalie
Novara
Novella
November
Novia

Octavia
Octaviana
Oliva
Olive
Olivera
Olivette
Olivia
Oliviana
Olivié
Olivienne
Olivina
Olivine
Ottavia
Ovelle

Parvana
Parvati
Pavla
Petrova
Pravina
Primavera
Primeveire

Raven
Ravenna
Raviva
Reeva
Reeve
Reva
Reveka
Revel
Reverie
Riva
River
Rivers
Riviera
Rivka
Rivkah
Rosalva

Savana
Savanna
Savannah
Savera
Savina
Sevanne
Seven
Severa
Severena
Severina
Sévérine
Sevi
Sevilla
Sevina
Shavon
Shavonne
Silvana
Silver
Silvia
Silviana
Sivan
Stevie
Sunniva
Svetlana
Sylvana
Sylvette
Sylvia
Sylvie

Tavi
Tavia
Tavie
Tavora
Teva
Tova
Tovah
Treva
Truvy
Tuva

Vada
Vaida
Val
Valarie
Valda
Valdine
Vale
Valencia
Valentia
Valentina
Valentine
Valera
Valeria
Valerie
Valery
Valia
Valkyrie
Vandra
Vanessa
Vanna
Vannie
Vanora
Vella
Velvet
Venetia
Venus
Vera
Verily
Verity
Verona
Veronica
Veronique
Vesper
Vespera
Via
Vianna
Vianne
Vicenta
Victoire
Victoria
Victoriana
Victorina
Victorine
Vida
Vienna
Vienne
Vierra
Vincenza
Vinia
Vinnie
Viola
Violet
Violeta
Violetta
Violette
Viona
Virginia
Virginie
Vita
Vitória
Vittoria
Viva
Vivaldi
Viveca
Vivetta
Vivia
Vivian
Viviana
Viviane
Vivianna
Vivianne
Vivica
Vivien
Vivienna
Vivienne
Viviette
Vlada
Vladimira
Vrai

Waiva
Wava
Waverley
Waverly
Wineva

Xavianna
Xaviera

Yeva
Yvaine
Yvana
Yvette
Yvie
Yvonna
Yvonne

Zahava
Zayva
Zinovia
Ziva
Don't forget to check out last week's list of The Best V Names for Boys too!

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