Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Look Back At The Art of Naming's 2015 - A Year End Summary

We're at the end of the year 2015. Before we step into 2016, let's take a moment to look back at the names and articles we've discussed this year.

The main name series of the year took us on an alphabetical adventure. The plan was to fit all 26 letters into 12 months but it was a bit too jam-packed. As a result, the letter Z has been stretched out to March, but we have been able to explore most of the letters already. Below are all of the available links to view the Top 50 names per letter according to The Art of Naming:

A | B | C D E | F | G | H | I | J K | L | M N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

The featured name articles that have accompanied the alphabetical posts were originally meant to complement each other as if they were part of a big sibset of 26 kids from A-Z but there may be a few outliers that don't quite "fit" in the traditional sense of what one may perceive a sibset to be. Here are links to those articles:

The letters V-Z will be arriving shortly. I hope you've enjoyed this series so far.

Also in 2015, we explored the following name lists:

As always, if you are expecting a child soon and find yourself at a loss for names, I have naming services available to help you! You can visit my Private Naming Services page to learn more about how I can help you find the perfect name in a professional, private and personalized manner.

Thank you for following my articles this year. Next year will bring several new series of name articles. I look forward to sharing more names with you in 2016 and beyond!

Happy New Year!

-Kara @ The Art of Naming

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

I Want To Change My Name! Where Do I Start?

Changing your name can be tough. It requires that you really know yourself and what you want. 
You would need to browse through name lists and pick out the ones that jump at you. Maybe you’ll find something that instantly speaks to you, but most likely it’ll take a while and names will need to grow on you. You’ll need to try them on and wear them to see if they’re a fit.

You could go about it in many different ways but it would depend on if you want to keep a connection to your old name or abandon it completely. Here are a few of the many possible methods for choosing a different name for yourself:

1. Stick to similar sounds: Maybe you dislike your name Carolyn but you find yourself liking the similar sounding Coraline instead.

2. Find a related name: You don't want to stray too far but Heidi just isn't you. Try sister name Adelaide from the same root name Adalheidis.

3.  Do the complete opposite:  If you have a common name, go for something unusual like Rafferty or Xenia. If you already have an odd name that gives you trouble, you might opt for a more classic choice like James or Elizabeth.

4. Simplify it: If your name is needlessly complicated, you could find a simpler spelling. For instance, change Abbygayle to Abigail or Xzayvier to Xavier.

5. Scramble the old, create the new: You could rearrange the letters in your old name to come up with something else:  Alice -> Celia. Include your middle name and even your maiden name or surname if you're changing the entire thing.

6. Meanings are everything: You could find a name with the same meaning as your old one to subtly link your new self to a piece of your old self.

7. Borrow from the past:  You could pick something from your family tree like your great grandmother’s maiden name or an uncle's middle name. Explore your ancestral options, maybe you'll find something you like more than your own. Honoring a late relative would be a great bonus!

8. Random name generator:  You could look up name popularity statistics for your birth year and see where your name ranked, then choose whatever name ranked the same for 2014. Or 1920. Or 1957. Whatever year means something to you.

9. Swap it out: You could look at your birth year and find a different name that ranks within the Top 1000 so you would still fit in with your age group. (Some names that are popular and appealing now were not used at all until recently so you’d seem out-of-time if you used it.)

10. Find something shiny and new: The most likely option will be that you simply find something that feels right with no strings attached to your old name. Only you can know if the name will suit you. Trust your instincts and don't be afraid to be bold with your choice if need be. Being happy with your name is very important for your self identity.

No matter what approach you take to finding a new name for yourself, it takes research, self-meditation and trial and error. Introduce yourself with a name you like and see how it feels. Practice writing it and see if it seems natural or odd. It’s a complicated process but it is completely possible with enough thought and determination!

If you've ever changed your name or if you're considering it, share your story with us in the comment section below! 

Friday, December 18, 2015


Names that start with the letter U aren't always favored very highly but Ulysses is a great exception that deserves more usage.

The masculine name Ulysses is the Latin form of the excellent Greek mythological name Odysseus. Odysseus is said to be derived from the Greek οδυσσομαι (odyssomai) which means "to hate, wrathful". While that isn't the greatest meaning ever, both of these names are strong and interesting.

In Greek legend, Odysseus was a hero of the Trojan War. Homer's The Odyssey, follows Odysseus's journey back to his kingdom and his wife Penelope.

As for the name Ulysses, it was used as the title of a book written in 1920 by Irish author James Joyce. This story was loosely based on The Odyssey and was adapted into a movie in 1967.

The most famous man named Ulysses in American history is Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), the commander of the Union forces during the American Civil War. He later became the 18th President of the United States from 1869-1877. His full name was actually Hiram Ulysses Grant.

This was also the name of George Clooney's character name in the Coen brothers' film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Other forms of the name include the feminine Ulyssa, the French Ulysse, the Italian Ulisse, the Portuguese Ulisses and the Spanish Ulises.

Ulysses has been used as a name in the US since records began in 1880. It has always ranked within the Top 1000 up until the mid-2000s. It received the most amount of births in a single year in 1999 which was 272. Currently, Ulysses ranks at #1109 in 2014 with 171 births.

If you're considering this handsome, strong name, here are some middle name ideas and sibling name ideas that you may enjoy:

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Antonia, Athena, Aurora, Eugenie, Lavinia, Octavia, Xanthia
Brothers: Fabian, Felix, Horatio, Octavian, Percival, Titus, Virgil

Middle Name Ideas:
Ulysses Benedict
Ulysses Clark
Ulysses Matthew
Ulysses Theodore
Ulysses Raphael

As a Middle Name:
Barnaby Ulysses
Dominic Ulysses
Henry Ulysses
Julian Ulysses
Victor Ulysses

What do you think of the name Ulysses? Does it deserve to rejoin the Top 1000? Or should it remain uncommon?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Very Best U Names for Boys and Girls

Imagine an alternate universe where the alphabet was arranged differently. I surmise that people love the letter A so much because it is #1, but what if it wasn't?  What if the letter U came first?

What if there were an abundance of favorable baby names that began with the letter U? What if common A names had their spellings changed to start with U and everyone loved them?

If that is hard to imagine, perhaps you should take a moment to stop and smell the U-scented roses. There is a surprising amount of lovely names that begin with this under-appreciated letter. I narrowed it down to the best I could find.

Here are the 50 best boy and girl names that start with the letter U:

  1. Ujana
  2. Ulani
  3. Ulla
  4. Ulyana
  5. Ulyciana
  6. Uma
  7. Umay
  8. Umeko
  9. Umi
  10. Umika
  11. Ummi
  12. Una
  13. Unique
  14. Unity
  15. Ura
  16. Urania
  17. Uriela
  18. Urja
  19. Ursa
  20. Ursula
  21. Usra
  22. Utari
  23. Uttara
  24. Uva
  25. Uzuri
  1. Uba
  2. Uchenna
  3. Uday
  4. Udell
  5. Ugo
  6. Ulmer
  7. Ulrich
  8. Ulysses
  9. Umberto
  10. Umed
  11. Umi
  12. Unique
  13. Uorsin
  14. Upton
  15. Urbain
  16. Urban
  17. Urbano
  18. Uri
  19. Uriah
  20. Urian
  21. Uriel
  22. Urijah
  23. Usher
  24. Usman
  25. Uttam
Which of these do you like best? If U isn't your letter, use the links below to explore 25 others.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Surname Names for Girls

Surname names aren't anything new. There are countless surnames that could work as a given name for a boy, but did you know that there is also an increasing amount of surname names for girls?

This list ranges from the more unisex options like Morgan, Parker and Carson that are also popular for boys to the interesting, feminine ones like Ayala, Miranda and Valencia.

Do you have a favorite surname to use as a girl's given name? Perhaps you'd use your maiden name or your grandmother's maiden name for a daughter.

Browse the list below and let me know in the comments if there are any other surname names that you can think of that I've missed.

  • Adair
  • Addison
  • Ainsley
  • Aniston
  • Arden
  • Arlington
  • Ashley
  • Astor
  • Avery
  • Avila
  • Ayala
  • Bailey
  • Bardot
  • Bell
  • Bellamy
  • Bettany
  • Blair
  • Blakely
  • Caldwell
  • Callan
  • Cameron
  • Campbell
  • Carlisle
  • Carrigan
  • Carrington
  • Carroll
  • Carson
  • Carter
  • Chandler
  • Connelly
  • Darby
  • Darcy
  • Delaney
  • Ellery
  • Ellington
  • Elliott
  • Ellis
  • Ellison
  • Embry
  • Emerson
  • Emery
  • Everly
  • Fifer
  • Finley
  • Garcia
  • Gracen
  • Greer
  • Hadley
  • Haley
  • Hanna
  • Harlow
  • Harper
  • Hayden
  • Holland
  • Hollis
  • Hollister
  • Hope
  • Jordan
  • Karter
  • Kelly
  • Kennedy
  • Kensington
  • Kerrington
  • Kim
  • Landry
  • Lane
  • Lara
  • Larkin
  • Lexington
  • Lindsey
  • Luna
  • Mackenzie
  • Madden
  • Madigan
  • Madison
  • Mara
  • Marley
  • Matlin
  • May
  • Mckenna
  • Mckinley
  • Miranda
  • Monroe
  • Mora
  • Morgan
  • Paige
  • Parker
  • Phoenix
  • Presley
  • Quinn
  • Reese
  • Riley
  • Rivera
  • Rose
  • Sailor
  • Santana
  • Sawyer
  • Sayer
  • Sheridan
  • Sinclair
  • Sloane
  • Sutton
  • Taylor
  • Tierney
  • Valencia
  • Valentine
  • Whitney
  • Windsor
  • Winslet
  • Winslow
  • Wylie
Do you know any girls with any of these names? Which is your favorite?

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Surname Names for Boys

Surname names for boys is one of the largest trends in baby names today, so much so that it is sometimes happening under the radar. Many of the names on this list have become so well-used and well-known as first names over the years that we don't really think about them also being surnames, we know that they are but the connection may not be immediately made.

That isn't always the case though. Some names are obviously more reminiscent of a surname than others like Smith or Nicholson or Campbell but many parents are increasingly using these surnames for first names.

This especially occurs in relation to maiden names. Mothers like to pass down their surnames by giving them to their sons as firsts or middles. This can also happen through wanting to honor a whole branch of the family tree.

Whatever the reason, many of the following names are hot these days while others are waiting to be discovered. Which of these do you like most?

  • Anderson
  • Bauer
  • Baxter
  • Bennett
  • Blaine
  • Brady
  • Brando
  • Brennan
  • Brooks
  • Bryant
  • Bryson
  • Callahan
  • Camden
  • Cameron
  • Campbell
  • Carlisle
  • Carter
  • Carson
  • Channing
  • Charlton
  • Clancy
  • Clark
  • Clinton
  • Cohen
  • Connor
  • Cooper
  • Crosby
  • Cruz
  • Cullen
  • Curran
  • Cyrus
  • Davis
  • Dawson
  • Dillon
  • Donovan
  • Elliott
  • Emerson
  • Emmett
  • Evans
  • Everett
  • Farrell
  • Finnigan
  • Finnegan
  • Fitzgerald
  • Fletcher
  • Flynn
  • Frazier
  • Ford
  • Gable
  • Gallagher
  • Garner
  • Gordon
  • Grady
  • Grant
  • Gray
  • Guthrie
  • Harper
  • Harrison
  • Hayes
  • Hendrix
  • Heston
  • Holden
  • Holland
  • Hollis
  • Hollister
  • Hudson
  • Hunter
  • Huxley
  • Jackson
  • Jacoby
  • Jameson
  • Jefferson
  • Jensen
  • Jones
  • Keagan
  • Keaton
  • Kennedy
  • Kiernan
  • Larkin
  • Lawson
  • Ledger
  • Lennon
  • Lennox
  • Levitt
  • Lincoln
  • Madigan
  • Mason
  • Mckinley
  • Miller
  • Monroe
  • Morgan
  • Morrison
  • Morrissey
  • Murphy
  • Murray
  • Nicholson
  • Nolan
  • Parker
  • Penn
  • Phoenix
  • Pierce
  • Porter
  • Quinn
  • Rafferty
  • Ramsey
  • Reagan
  • Reid
  • Rooney
  • Ross
  • Russell
  • Ryan
  • Ryder
  • Sawyer
  • Seeley
  • Shepherd
  • Sloan
  • Smith
  • Stewart
  • Sullivan
  • Sutton
  • Taylor
  • Theron
  • Theroux
  • Tiernan
  • Truman
  • Tucker
  • Turner
  • Tyler
  • Tyson
  • Walker
  • Ward
  • Wayne
  • West
  • Whitaker
  • Wilder
  • Wilson
  • Wiley
  • Winston
There are no doubt plenty more names that could be added to this list. Did I miss any of your favorites? Share your thoughts in the comments or follow the links to learn more about the handful of names already featured.

Friday, December 4, 2015


Inspired by our list of The Very Best T Names for Boys and Girls is the beautiful and unique name Tallulah.

Tallulah is a Native American name but there is a bit of discrepancy about its true origin and meaning. It is typically said to mean "leaping waters" in the Choctaw language but some argue that it actually means "town" in the Creek language. Perhaps both of them are accurate. This name is pronounced tə-LOO-lə.

The alternative spelling Talulla is actually a different name. Talulla is Irish and comes from the Gaelic name Tailelaith. It is derived from the Irish elements tuile meaning "abundance" and flaith meaning "princess". There are two early Irish saints by the name Talulla.

Neither name is popular or even common. The Irish Talulla has only been given to 10 girls total according to the SSA's records: 5 births in 2011 and 5 in 2013 in the US.

As for Tallulah, the name has been on record since 1917 in the US but it was only occasionally used until 1956 when it took a hiatus. It regained usage in 1979 but it was still spotty until 1995.

Now the name is gaining a following and climbing the charts. It has yet to rank within the Top 1000 names but with 139 female births in 2014, it is getting close. It also ranked recently at #265 in England and Wales.

As for famous namesakes, there was an American actress by the name of Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968) who was named after her grandmother. Her grandmother may have been named after the beautiful waterfall at Tallulah Falls in Georgia.

Tallulah strikes an interesting chord as a name. Its Native American roots give it an earthy yet whimsical vibe, but it also seems sweet, sassy and elegant in other lights. This name seems rather versatile and definitely unique. If you're considering it, you could go many different directions when it comes to finding middle names and sibling names that would pair well. Here are a few ideas I came up with:

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Augusta, Delilah, Francesca, Jemima, Lorelei, Ophelia, Penelope, Theodora
Brothers: Ambrose, Benedict, Heathcliff, Horatio, Matthias, Maximilian, Stellan, Tristan

Middle Name Ideas:
Tallulah Belle
Tallulah Jane
Tallulah Noelle
Tallulah Scarlett
Tallulah Vivienne

As a Middle Name:
Audrey Tallulah
Emme Tallulah
Ivy Tallulah
Margaret Tallulah
Sophie Tallulah

What would you pair with Tallulah? What do you think of it?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Very Best T Names for Boys and Girls

The process of tracking down the right name for your child can be tricky. Sometimes there are just too many options to sift through and you find yourself overwhelmed by the possibilities.

Allow me to make it easier for you. If you are fond of the letter T or if you're searching for a T name to honor someone in particular, you've found the right place.

Below are 25 of the best T names for girls, and 25 for boys too. I took the time to sift through the hundreds of T names so I could bring you only the best of the best.

Here you may very well find the perfect, fashionable T name for your child.

Which of these do you like most?

  1. Tabitha
  2. Tallulah
  3. Tamsin
  4. Tanya
  5. Tara
  6. Tatiana
  7. Tatum
  8. Tavia
  9. Tawny
  10. Taylor
  11. Teagan
  12. Temperance       
  13. Tessa
  14. Thalia
  15. Thea
  16. Theodora
  17. Theresa
  18. Thisbe
  19. Thora
  20. Tiana
  21. Tiffany
  22. Trinity
  23. Trista
  24. Trudy
  25. Tyra
  1. Tate
  2. Tavish
  3. Taylor
  4. Teague
  5. Tennyson
  6. Thaddeus
  7. Thatcher
  8. Theodore
  9. Theron
  10. Thomas
  11. Tiberius
  12. Timothy
  13. Titus
  14. Tobias
  15. Todd
  16. Tolliver
  17. Torsten
  18. Travis
  19. Trenton
  20. Trevor
  21. Trey
  22. Tristan
  23. Troy
  24. Tucker
  25. Tyler
If you had to, which name would you remove from this list and what would you replace it with?   If T isn't your letter after all, be sure to follow the links below to browse names starting with other letters.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

24 Unusual Virtue Names Used in Colonial America

Around this time of year, America tends to reflect on our interesting origins as a country. One of the most popular tales revolves around the early settlers who arrived on the east coast in the 1600s.  The fourth Thursday in November is Thanksgiving, a national holiday that commemorates the thanksgiving that the Pilgrims held for barely surviving their first winter in 1621. Tomorrow, this holiday will be observed by many.

The Puritans were a quirky group of English Protestants who settled mostly in the Boston area. There were about 10 Massachusetts Bay Puritan settlers to every 1 Pilgrim from Plymouth but they ended up merging together around 1691. While these two groups were initially very different, they and their descendants together form the popular image of America's early settlers that most people think about on Thanksgiving.

Let's take a moment to look back at some of the unusual names that popped up in Colonial America. Most of the common names were traditional ones such as John, William, Richard, Mary, Jane and Elizabeth but the Puritans also favored Old Testament names, virtue names and phrase names like Fear-Not or Safe-on-High.

In 2013, The Art of Naming listed many of the biblical and virtue names used by the first settlers.  In 2014, we took a closer look at 10 of the best Old Testament names that they favored.

Today, we are going to take a closer look at 24 virtue names for girls and boys that were sometimes used.  While a bit unusual, some of these names could potentially work on a modern child, but you may need to be a bold namer to follow through with it.

If you're not so bold, many virtue names would work well in the middle name spot, assuming you enjoy the message they send which will also be listed below. Many of the more common virtue names are very popular as middle names today such as Grace, Hope, Faith and Joy. Below are the less-common and even rare options:


Amity - /ˈamitē/ - noun: "a friendly relationship."  Derived from the Latin word amicitia. As a name, Amity may have had usage in colonial times, but it lost favor thereafter. It was not ranked in the US until 1960.* In 2014, there were 27 female births.

Charity - /ˈCHerədē/ - noun: "the voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need." Derived from Late Latin caritas meaning "generous love" which came from the Latin carus "dear, beloved". As a name, Charity peaked in popularity in 1974 with 1,408 births for the year. Currently the name fell out of the Top 1000 with only 243 births in 2014.

Clarity - /ˈklerədē/ - noun: "the quality of being clear, of being intelligible or of being easy to see or hear." Derived from the Latin clarus which means "clear". As a name, Clarity has only been used regularly since 1997 in the US. In 2014, there was a high of 63 births but it does not rank within the Top 1000.

Desire  - /dəˈzī(ə)r/ - noun: "a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen." The name Desire was derived from the Latin desidero meaning "to wish for, to desire", but it was first used by the Puritans probably with the intended meaning of "desire the Lord". After that, it wasn't used again in the US until 1955 and remains rare with only 73 births in 2014.

Fidelity - /fəˈdelədē/ - noun: "faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support." Fidelity comes from the Latin words fidelis or fidere meaning "to trust".  This name has never been in recorded usage for girls since 1880, however the male name Fidel has been a rare constant since 1892.

Modesty - /ˈmädəstē/ - noun: "the quality or state of being unassuming or moderate in the estimation of one's abilities. Behavior, manner, or appearance intended to avoid impropriety or indecency." As a name, Modesty comes from the Latin word modestus and modus meaning "measure." It popped up once or twice in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s but it gained regular yearly usage at the start of the 1990s. Never popular however, Modesty was given to 15 girls in 2014.

Patience /ˈpāSHəns/ - noun: "the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset."  Patience comes from the Latin words patientia and pati meaning "to suffer". This is one of the more well-used puritan names and has been on record since 1880. It hit a popularity high in 2006 with 507 births and a rank of #578. In 2014 it was down to 267 births and a #988 ranking.

Prudence - /ˈpro͞odns/ - noun: "the quality of being prudent; cautiousness." Prudence comes from Prudentia which is the feminine from the the male Latin name Prudentius, which comes from the word prudens meaning "good judgement". This name has been given to girls since 1880 in the US. There were 58 births in 2014.

Remember - /rəˈmembər/ - verb: "have in or be able to bring to one's mind an awareness of (someone or something that one has seen, known, or experienced in the past)." This name comes from the Latin word rememorārī which means "to call to mind" and comes from the word memor meaning "mindful." There are zero births on record in the US for the use of Remember as a name.

Silence - /ˈsīləns/ - noun: "complete absence of sound." verb - "cause to become silent; prohibit or prevent from speaking." As a puritan name, Silence was likely derived from the words of Saint Paul: "Let the women learn in silence with all subjection". On the US birth record, this name only appears once. In 2005 there were 9 girls named Silence.

Temperance - /ˈtemp(ə)rəns/ - noun: "abstinence from alcoholic drink. Moderation or self-restraint, especially in eating and drinking".  This name wasn't used in the US until 1972. It has increased since 2006, likely influenced by the main character from the TV show Bones. It ranked at #854 in 2014 with 320 births.

Verity - /ˈveritē/ - noun: "a true principle or belief, especially one of fundamental importance. Truth." Verity has recently ranked at #344 in England and Wales. However in the US, it's very rare. It dates back to 1966 but it has never been popular. There were only 59 births for girls in 2014.


Assurance - /əˈSHo͝orəns/ - noun: "a positive declaration intended to give confidence; a promise." For the puritans, this name likely refers to the promises made by God in the bible.  Since 1880, Assurance has never been given to at least 5 children in one year.

Constant - /känstənt/ - adjective: "occurring continuously over a period of time." The puritans used Constant as a name based on its definition, but it also comes from the Late Latin name Constans meaning "constant or steadfast".  This name was used the most between 1911 and 1951. It hasn't been given to at least 5 boys since 1995. Constantine would be a nice alternative.

Experience - /ˌikˈspirēəns/ - noun: "practical contact with and observation of facts or events." From the Latin words experientia and experīrī meaning "to try, test".  As a name, it has never actually been given to boys in the modern US. It could be interesting in the middle name spot.

Increase - /ˈinkrēs/ - noun: "an instance of growing or making greater." The puritans used this name to refer to the biblical command of increasing in number. Neither the name Increased nor Increase are on record in the US for usage for boys.

Lament - /ləˈment/ - noun: "a passionate expression of grief or sorrow." The puritans tended to give this name only to the bastard children since its meaning refers to being sorry for sin. It's not surprising that this name has never been on record in the US.

Noble - /ˈnōbəl/ - adjective: "having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals." Noble has been used as a name for boys and girls, but it is most popular for boys. In 1920, there was a peak of 196 births for a ranking of #427. This is the one virtue name for boys that has decent usage and is currently re-climbing the charts. There were 129 births in 2014 for boys.

Prosper - /ˈpräspər/ - verb: "flourish physically; grow strong and healthy." Prosper comes from the Latin name Prosperus meaning "fortunate, successful". It has had spotty usage from 1913 to 1947 and again from 1998 to 2014. There were 10 births for boys in 2014 for the name Prosper, and 8 female births for the name Prosperity.

Reason - /ˈrēzən/ - noun: "the power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic."  Reason popped up as a name a few times around 1920 but it hadn't been heard from much until recently. It landed on record for the first time in 75 years in 2000 and has had a handful of births since then, including 8 male births and 5 female births in 2014.

Repentance - / rəˈpentəns/ - noun: "the action of repenting; sincere regret or remorse." Much like the name Lament, Repentance was mostly given to bastard children. Both would be heavy names to live with since they refer to feeling sorry for sins that were not even the child's fault. Clearly this isn't a name that's freely given to modern American children now.

Resolved - /riˈzälvd,-ˈzôlvd/ - adjective: "firmly determined to do something." Resolved was the name of the big brother of Peregrine White who was born on the Mayflower in Cape Cod Harbor, making him the first European born to the Pilgrims in America. Since then, the name Resolved has not been in use on record in the US.

Steadfast - /ˈstedˌfast/ - adjective: "resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering." This name referred to God's steadfastness as well as one's own steadfastness in their faith. It hasn't been used as a name on record in the US after 1880.

Truth - /tro͞oTH/ - noun: "the quality or state of being true." Truth was given to girls here and there around 1920 but fell dormant until the mid 1990s. It has been in regular usage for both genders since then. There were 35 boys named Truth in 2014 and 24 girls.

What do you think of these odd but fascinating names? Are there any that you would like to see revived? Would they work better for a middle name or are you bold enough to make one of these a first name? Have you known someone with one of these names? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Learn more about the differences between Puritans and Pilgrims here.

*As a general note for those unaware, the United States Social Security Administration began recording the usage of names starting in 1880. Usage prior to that is harder to track down. The SSA will not list a name unless it has had at least 5 births in a single year.  If a name only had 3 births in a year, we would never know that the name was used at that time. The data in this article reflects the number of births per year from 1880-2014. When "rank" is mentioned, that refers to popularity. For example, if a name ranks at #498, it is the 498th most popular name for that year.

Friday, November 20, 2015


Taken from the list of The Very Best S Names for Boys and Girls is the interesting masculine name Soren. Let's learn more about it.

Soren is a Scandinavian name that's starting to catch on with American parents today. There are three different ways to spell Soren. First, there's just the anglicized Soren which is typically pronounced Sorr-en.

If you venture into Scandinavia, there's also the Danish and Norwegian form the name spelled Søren and pronounced more like SUU-ren. Derived from that is the form that the Swedes and Germans tend to prefer: Sören, also pronounced SUU-ren or ZUU-ren.

No matter how it is accented, the name originally comes from Severinus which is a Roman family name derived from Severus meaning "stern" in Latin.

This name has been well-used in Denmark. Just take a look at the long list of mostly Danish famous people on Nameberry.  What about its popularity in America?

Soren first appeared on record in the US in 1912 but it wasn't more regularly used until the 1950s. It remained obscure until it entered into the Top 1000 names in 2003 at #958. It has been inching its way up the charts, ranking at #640 in 2014 with 408 male births.

There were also 20 female births in 2014. Soren gained usage for girls in 1994. While it is still far from being considered truly unisex, which gender do you prefer it on?

If Soren is a name that you're considering, here are some middle name ideas and sibling name ideas:

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Annika, Britta, Dagny, Elsa, Freya, Kiersten, Malina, Theodora
Brothers: Anders, Erik, Gunnar, Jensen, Leif, Magnus, Oscar, Viggo

Middle Name Ideas:
Soren Alexander
Soren Christopher
Soren Frey
Soren James
Soren Ragnar

As a Middle Name:
Axel Soren
David Soren
Henry Soren
Oliver Soren
Quincy Soren

What do you think of the name Soren? What middle names would you pair with it?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Very Best S Names for Boys and Girls

It's time to choose a name. Not just any name, though, you must pick one that you and your partner mutually love. A name that feels relevant to your family and suitable for your child.

While there are thousands of options out there, the amount that you can actually select for one child is usually limited to four names at most.

On your search, you'll no doubt develop a sort of naming style. Many of your names will have similar sounds or popularity to one another. Perhaps you'll even be drawn to one or two specific letters. If your current favorite letter is S for names, this list is for you.

Below are 25 of the best S names for girls and 25 of the best S names for boys listed alphabetically. Among these, you'll surely find a winner!

  1. Sabrina
  2. Sadie
  3. Samantha
  4. Sarah
  5. Sasha
  6. Savannah
  7. Scarlett
  8. Selah
  9. Selena
  10. Seraphina
  11. Serena
  12. Serenity
  13. Shayla
  14. Shelby
  15. Shoshanah
  16. Sienna
  17. Sierra
  18. Simone
  19. Sonia
  20. Sophia
  21. Stella
  22. Summer
  23. Susannah
  24. Sybil
  25. Sylvia
  1. Samuel
  2. Santiago
  3. Sasha
  4. Saul
  5. Sawyer
  6. Schuyler
  7. Scott
  8. Seamus
  9. Sean
  10. Sebastian
  11. Seth
  12. Shane
  13. Shay
  14. Shepherd
  15. Sidney
  16. Silas
  17. Simon
  18. Solomon
  19. Soren
  20. Spencer
  21. Stellan
  22. Stephen
  23. Sterling
  24. Stuart
  25. Sullivan
Which of the above S names do you enjoy most? I apologize if I missed one of your favorites, these were tough to narrow down!  If S isn't your letter, try the links below to browse more names!

<-- The Very Best R Names for Boys and Girls ||| The Very Best T Names for Boys and Girls -->

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Latinate Boys of 2014: Spanish, Italian and Portuguese Names in the Top 1000

Leonardo da Vinci

There is a very large Latin presence in the United States these days. Did you know that there are several Spanish, Italian and Portuguese names for boys that rank within the Top 1000 most popular names?

My favorite of the bunch is listed as the "Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Leonard" on Behind the Name. Leonardo fits all three origin categories with ease and yet it is familiar enough to English ears that it could be considered for American boys who do not have Latin origins. The part-Italian Leonardo DiCaprio has helped make the name more mainstream in America. Interestingly, his name was chosen when his pregnant mother felt him kick for the first time while his parents were viewing a painting by Leonardo da Vinci.

Leonardo isn't the only name that works across all three of these cultures though.  Below are all of the Latinate names and their popularity rank for the year 2014 in the US.

Let's take a look at the first half of the Top 1000 first:

Angel #67                                        
Jose #76
Juan #98
Luis #99
Mateo #106
Jesus #111
Leonardo  #114
Santiago #115
Carlos #117
Giovanni #125
Diego #129
Antonio #139
Miguel #146
Alejandro #157
Luca #185
Jorge #207
Javier #216
Andres #222
Lorenzo #227
Francisco #232
Emiliano #254
Ricardo #256
Eduardo #261
Fernando #263
Manuel #265
Josue #269
Mario #270
Cristian #273
Cesar #279
Emilio #280
Cruz #290
Rafael #293
Sergio #307
Marco #308
Angelo #315
Fabian #325
Joaquin #326
Romeo #341
Roberto #343
Maximiliano #344
Pedro #354
Enzo #369
Adan #373
Matteo #375
Thiago #390
Esteban #392
Pablo #396
Armando #400
Gerardo #402
Marcos #404
Enrique #414
Raul #423
Leonel #430
Hugo #438
Julio #452
Jaime #468
Gustavo #482
Rodrigo #488
Within the Top 500, there are many very handsome, strong and stylish names for boys. Even though these are all of Spanish, Italian or Portuguese origin, some are no doubt given to boys who do not have those ancestries. For example, I could see a blond, blue-eyed boy sporting the names Luca, Cruz or Hugo these days.  It would be inaccurate to claim that all of these Latinate names belong only to those with the corresponding heritage. Do you know anyone with these names?

Here are the names in the second half of the Top 1000 chart in the US for 2014:

Matias #503                                    
Alberto #513
Gianni #515
Arturo #518
Alfredo #524
Alonzo #525
Arlo #539
Isaias #547
Neymar #548
Luciano #568
Ezequiel #569
Mauricio #577
Matthias #580
Mathias #582
Salvador #600
Lucian #608
Alessandro #623
Santino #632
Aldo #645
Ramon #647
Ernesto #651
Carmelo #653
Tomas #658
Guillermo #678
Alonso #708
Felipe #713
Lucca #740
Marcelo #741
Vicente #744
Aron #745
Ulises #749
Jadiel #756
Valentino #765
Giovani #769
Rogelio #780
Leandro #784
Vincenzo #812
Franco #817
Giancarlo #823
Alfonso #849
Jairo #865
Crisiano #872
Agustin #879
Rey #884
Santana #887
Ramiro #890
Salvatore #899
Rolando #905
Santos #909
Jovani #920
Maximo #921
Alvaro #922
Jovanni #943
Rodolfo #945
Eliseo #952
Camilo #962
Efrain #963
Deangelo #968
Giovanny #969
Dario #971
Osvaldo #989
While most of these names are still very handsome, strong and stylish, they are also a bit more on the unusual side than the names at the top of the charts.  The one name that stands out in this bunch is Arlo. It is a Spanish name but it has been climbing the charts rapidly in the last couple years which indicates that more than just Spanish boys are being given the name. Do you have any favorites in this bunch?

Unless I missed any, that makes 119 Spanish, Italian or Portuguese names for boys within the Top 1000! Which names do you love, which are you not keen on?

Friday, November 6, 2015


Based on this week's list of The Very Best R Names for Boys and Girls, I've chosen the vintage, gem name Ruby.

Ruby is derived from the Latin word ruber which means "red". As you might know, it is the name of a precious stone with a red hue that serves as the birthstone of the month of July. Along with other gem names, Ruby was first used as a name in the Victorian Era.

As a baby name, Ruby gained usage in the 19th century. It has been in use since name records were first kept in the US in 1880. Ruby was particularly well-used in the early 1900s, peaking from 1918-1924 with over eight thousand births each year.

Vintage names like Ruby that were popular around 1920, declined in usage and then began climbing the charts again in recent years are fashionable now. There are many that follow this same pattern that's sometimes called the 100 Year Rule which basically states that once-popular names tend to come back in style after about 100 years have passed.

Currently, Ruby is on its way back up the charts. In 2014 there were 3,383 girls given the name for a rank of #90. It will no doubt keep inching upward and could very well get over eight thousand births in a year once again within the next 5-10 years. If this happens, Ruby will be an excellent example of a vintage name that follows the 100 Year Rule.

Ruby is beautiful, spunky, and interesting. While it worked so well for the older generation, it does work once again for modern girls.

If you'd like to contribute to Ruby's cause for gaining popularity, here are some ideas for middle names and sibling names:

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Amelia, Eleanor, Hazel, Lila, June, Olive, Stella
Brothers: Benjamin, Dean, Hugh, Jack, Nolan, Samuel, Travis

Middle Name Ideas:
Ruby Abigail
Ruby Madeline
Ruby Ophelia
Ruby Susannah
Ruby Victoria

As a Middle Name:
Caroline Ruby
Elizabeth Ruby
Helena Ruby
Martina Ruby
Tessa Ruby

What do you think of the name Ruby? What middle name would you pair with it?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Very Best R Names for Boys and Girls

Since most baby name websites have thousands of names in their databases, it can be difficult to narrow down the options. Where should you even begin?

If you happen to know what sort of sound you're looking for in a name, that's a good place to start.

Maybe you're even looking specifically for a name starting with a certain letter. If you're fond of R, this list is for you.

Below are 25 of the best R names for girls and 25 of the best names starting with the letter R for boys.

There are so many wonderful R names that it's tough to narrow it down.

Which of these do you like the most?  Did I miss one of your favorites?

  1. Rachel
  2. Rae
  3. Ramona
  4. Raphaela
  5. Raven
  6. Rebecca
  7. Reese
  8. Regina
  9. Renata
  10. Rhea
  11. Rhiannon
  12. Riley
  13. Robin
  14. Rochelle
  15. Romy
  16. Rosa
  17. Rosalie
  18. Rosalind
  19. Rosamund
  20. Rose
  21. Rosemary 
  22. Rowan
  23. Rowena
  24. Ruby
  25. Ruth
  1. Rafferty
  2. Ramsey
  3. Raphael
  4. Raymond
  5. Reid
  6. Reuben
  7. Rex
  8. Rhett
  9. Rhys
  10. Richard
  11. Riley
  12. Riordan
  13. Robert
  14. Robin
  15. Rocco
  16. Roderick
  17. Roland
  18. Roman
  19. Ronan
  20. Ross
  21. Rowan
  22. Rupert
  23. Russell
  24. Ryan
  25. Ryder
What is your favorite R name?  If I didn't list it above, share it in the comments below.  If R isn't your thing, use the links below to explore more names that start with other letters.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Best Names from Horror Movies

It's that time of year again. Nearly every doorstep is currently occupied by pumpkins, cobwebs and skeletons. Halloween is days away! You are no doubt finalizing your costume for the big party on Saturday or to take your little ones trick or treating. What about a horror movie marathon? Are you planning one of those?

There are many great horror films out there so I decided to browse through a few in search of great character names. Whether you would ever use one of these names for a child or not is up to you but surely you can appreciate these monikers and their counterparts.

Addison (Saw II)
Blair (Blair Witch Project)
Carrie (Carrie)
Casey (Scream)
Dana (The Cabin in the Woods)
Elvira (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark)
Erin (Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
Gale (Scream)
Iris (30 Days of Night)
Jules (The Cabin in the Woods)
Katie (Paranormal Activity)
Laurie (Halloween)
Lila (Psycho)
Marion (Psycho)
Minnie (Rosemary's Baby)
Regan (The Exorcist)
Ripley (Alien)
Rosemary (Rosemary's Baby)
Samara (The Ring)
Sidney (Scream)
Stella (30 Days of Night)
Tatum (Scream)

Check out last year's list of spooky baby names for even more ideas!

Ashley (The Evil Dead)
Chucky (Child's Play)
Dallas (Alien)
Damien (The Omen)
Eben (30 Days of Night)
Freddy (Nightmare on Elm Street)
Gage (Pet Sematary)
Guy (Rosemary's Baby)
Jack (The Shining)
Jason (Friday the 13th)
Kemper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street)
Marlow (30 Days of Night)
Michael (Halloween)
Morgan (Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
Norman (Psycho)
Radford (Midnight Movie)
Rigg (Saw II)
Torrance (The Shining)
Xavier (Saw II)
Zeke (The Faculty)

What is your favorite horror flick? Which of these names do you like most? Can you think of any I missed?

Friday, October 23, 2015


Quincy was hand-chosen from our article that featured The Very Best Q Names for Boys and Girls. We'll take a closer look at it now.

Quincy is a surname that came from the place name Cuinchy which is a village in France. Cuinchy was originally derived from the Ancient Roman praenomen, or given name, Quintus which means "fifth" in Latin. Typically, Quintus was only given to the fifth born son but this isn't a necessary requirement for a modern boy named Quincy.

Perhaps the most famous bearer of this name is the sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams, who happened to be born in the town Quincy, Massachusetts which was named after his mother's grandfather Colonel John Quincy.

This interesting, quirky name has been in regular usage since name records were first kept in 1880 in the US. It was never all that popular until the mid 1970s. At its peak, Quincy ranked at #273 in 1977 with a total of 717 male births. Usage has now fallen to a steady 400-500 births per year. In 2014, 422 boys were named Quincy for a popularity rank of #622.

While I am featuring this name for boys, it has also been regularly used for girls since about 1913. Quincy has never ranked within the Top 1000 for girls, but it is up to #1468 in 2014 with 152 female births. It is gaining more and more usage for girls and could potentially be considered unisex and then surpass the boys, especially with the popularity of the similar name Quinn for girls these days.

Since we're focusing on the male Quincy for now, here are some ideas for sibling names and middle names:

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Charlotte, Darby, Fallon, Meghan, Olivia, Piper, Riley
Brothers: Dashiell, Finnegan, Kelvin, Neil, Owen, Sawyer, Tobias

Middle Name Ideas:
Quincy Eamon
Quincy Donovan
Quincy Jude
Quincy Logan
Quincy Samuel

As a Middle Name:
Eli Quincy
Isaac Quincy
Levi Quincy
Malcolm Quincy
Sean Quincy

What do you think of Quincy? What middle name would you pair with it?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Very Best Q Names For Boys and Girls

Without looking at the list below, how many Q names could you come up with for either gender? 

Admittedly, this is a very tough letter. The end of the alphabet is full of difficult letters with hardly-used names and Q is no exception. 

Quinn is by far the most popular Q name today for both genders. It actually ranks higher for girls: in 2014, it ranked at #126. For boys, Quinn came in at #363 in the US. Other male names like Quentin (#471) and Quincy (#622) also rank well. 

If you fancy the letter Q, this list is for you. Check out all of the unusual but interesting options! There are 25 for girls and 25 for boys. Which do you like most? 

  1. Qadira                       
  2. Qiana
  3. Quanda
  4. Quarrey
  5. Queen
  6. Queenie
  7. Quenby
  8. Quennell
  9. Querida
  10. Questa
  11. Quetzal
  12. Quiana
  13. Quiane
  14. Quilla
  15. Quillan
  16. Quinby
  17. Quincia
  18. Quincy
  19. Quinlan
  20. Quinn
  21. Quinta
  22. Quintana
  23. Quintara
  24. Quintessa
  25. Qwinne
  1. Quadarius
  2. Quade
  3. Quadir
  4. Quaid
  5. Quantavius
  6. Quantrell
  7. Quarry
  8. Quartz
  9. Quasim
  10. Quebec
  11. Quenby
  12. Quennell
  13. Quentin
  14. Quest
  15. Quigley
  16. Quill
  17. Quillan
  18. Quilliam
  19. Quincy
  20. Quinlan
  21. Quinn
  22. Quintin
  23. Quirin
  24. Quixley
  25. Quixote
If Q isn't your letter, be sure to follow these links for even more great names:

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Choosing Non-Matchy Twin Names That Still Go Together

Here in the US, some of the most popular twin sets include names like Matthew & Michael, Daniel & David, Hailey & Hannah or Ella & Emma. While there isn't technically anything wrong with matching names together like this, there are plenty of ways to be more creative when naming twins.

Last week, I mentioned 5 things that make twin names too matchy. Today, we'll take a look at some examples of names that would better allow twins to have their own identities than the examples from last week.

I've come up with 3 ways to ensure twins won't have overly matchy names. We will examine twin names that are linked together by meaning while still being different from one another, names that sound very different but still work together stylistically, and names that share a common sound without rhyming or being too sound-alike.

1. Linked by meaning

These names don't rhyme or sound alike but they do share a similar meaning. This is great for parents who feel the urge to make twin names matchy but don't want to rhyme or have the names start with the same letter.

Female Twins: 
Aurora & Roxanne ("Dawn")
Eve & Zoey ("To Live" / Life")
Corinna & Imogen ("Maiden")

Male Twins:
Joshua & Isaiah ("God is Salvation")
Derek & Henry ("Ruler of People / Home Rule")
Matthew & Theodore ("Gift of God")

Male/Female Twins:
David & Cara ("Beloved")
Beau & Calista ("Beautiful")
Brendan & Sarah ("Prince / Princess")

Or the rare instance where the meaning of a name is also a name:

Margaret & Pearl ("Pearl")
Susannah & Lily ("Lily")
Daphne & Laurel ("Laurel")
Hannah & Grace ("Grace")
Ione & Violet ("Violet")
Erica & Heather ("Heather")

2. Very different sounds

These names may be of a similar style or origin but they do not sound the same. They do not rhyme; they might not even have any of the same letters in common. These names stand together but have their own identities. 

Female Twins:
Charlotte & Matilda
Emma & Chloe
Molly & Jessica
Daisy & Lola
Jade & Tabitha

Male Twins:
Tyler & Brandon
Hunter & Mason
Kevin & Patrick
Oliver & Flynn
Jacob & Gideon

Male/Female Twins:
Cole & Brianna
Gavin & Alexandra
Jeremy & Nicole
Evan & Isabella
Benjamin & Emily

3. Complementary sounds

These names share a similar sound or two, but they are not overwhelmingly similar and they do not rhyme. Often, these sounds will be emphasized differently and the names will have different syllable counts. 

Female Twins:
Brooke & Rebecca  (B & R)
Natalie & Lauren (N & L)
Ivy & Genevieve (V)

Male Twins:
Milo & Dominic (M)
Vincent & Oliver (V)
Lewis & Maxwell (W & L)

Male/Female Twins:
James & Tessa (S)
Phillip & Seraphina (Ph)
Brooks & Aubrey (Br)

What do you think of this list?  Whether you like or dislike the idea of making twin names overly matchy, perhaps you can share in the comments some examples of names that you appreciate on twins. 

Do you have twins of your own? Do you have twin names picked out just in case? Where do you draw the line between the names being subtly linked and being too close for comfort?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

When Twin Names Are Just Too Matchy

Naming a baby is an exciting process which means that naming two babies should be double the fun, right? If you happen to be expecting twins, you are now part of an elite club of parents who have the responsibility of naming two humans at once instead of one.

The rules of naming twins are a bit different.  While most parents of twins feel the need to make the names match, is it necessary? You wouldn't normally make different-aged siblings match quite the same way as twins. Perhaps it is because twins tend to be paired up and associated with each other much more than regular siblings are. But do they need their names to tie them together too?

It may be appealing while they're young but as they grow up, they may want their own identities. Giving them nearly identical names (like Taylor and Tyler) might be overkill.  Subtly linking the twins' names together can be a great way for them to bond while still allowing them to have their own name and their own identity apart from their womb buddy.

Let's take a look at different things make that twin names too matchy:

1.  Starting with the same letter AND ending with the same letter
There is nothing wrong with picking a single letter and using it to find names for all of your kids whether they are twins, triplets or not.  If you'd like their names to start with the same letter, make sure they end with different sounds. For example:

Mia & Madelyn = Not Too Matchy  |   Ella & Emma or Camden & Cannon = Too Matchy

2. Not varying the syllables
If you take a look at the first example above, you'll notice that the length and syllable count for Mia and Madelyn vary from one another.  Ella and Emma not only start and end with the same letters, but they are the same length and syllable count too. Same with Camden and Cannon. While there are probably several twins who currently have these names, they would be considered too matchy for many parents. Syllable count isn't normally a huge offense on its own, though, unless it is combined with another offense like #1 or #3:

3. Rhyming or sharing too many of the same sounds
This is the biggest no-no of twin naming. Don't make their names rhyme. Even further, don't make their names so reminiscent of each other that they barely have any noticeable difference in sound or spelling. Here are some real life examples that unnecessarily rhyme or sound too alike:

Female Twins:
Sarah & Farah
Miranda & Amanda
Sharon & Karen
Alaysia & Nalaysia
Tonya and Sonya
Miley & Riley
McKayla & McKenna
Jean & June
Lillian & Jillian
Kendal & Kennedy
Shayla & Kayla

Male Twins:
Mason & Jason
Chad & Brad
Jerry & Garry
Zane & Zander
Bryan & Ryan
Dion & Diondre
Marcus & Marquise
Lyle & Kyle
Derrick & Errick

Male/Female Twins
Jerry & Cherry
Victor & Victoria
Jesse & Jessica
Dennis & Denise
Deryl and Jeryl
Diondre & Diondrea
Wesley & Leslie
Nick & Nicole

You can be more creative than that. You don't need to pick a single name and then duplicate it with minor tweaks. Choose two separate names that will give the twins their own identity.  This goes for triplets, quadruplets, and octuplets too. We will explore good examples of that in the next article.

4. Using two variants of the same name:
Sometimes it isn't super obvious when two names are related. Some people genuinely don't know that Isabella comes from Elizabeth or that James and Jacob come from the same root name. They do seem like excellent twin names and can be forgiven. However, there are plenty of related names, variants, nicknames, diminutives, etc that shouldn't be used together whether it's obvious to the namer or not. For instance:

Jimmy & Jamie (both are nicknames for James)
Nicholas & Colin (Colin is a diminutive of Nicholas)

Maggie & Peggy (both are diminutives of Margaret)
Sarah & Sally (Sally is a diminutive of Sarah)

You get the idea. This is why research is so important. Unless, of course, those parents chose those related names on purpose, but I'd advise against it. What do you think?

5. Using anagrams and reversed spellings:
An anagram is when you take one name and rearrange its letters to come up with a new name. And then there's reversed names, the first twin has the forward spelling and the second twin has the backward spelling. This is admittedly very cute but also extremely matchy. Some are a little less obvious at first but once you notice it, that's all you'll see. For example:

Adeline & Daniele
Alice & Celia
Johan & Jonah
Kaleb & Blake
Brady & Darby
Neal & Lena

Reversed Spellings:
Heaven & Nevaeh
Iris & Siri
James & Semaj
Noel & Leon
Aidan & Nadia
Axel & Lexa

They're not all bad. Adeline & Daniele are so long, many people might not even notice they're anagrams. Alice & Celia and Aiden & Nadia slide under the radar and are close to being acceptable since they are legitimate names with different sounds. Then there's the unfortunate ones like the notorious Nevaeh.  Can you think of more?

Next week's article will explore some real life examples of excellent twin names that are different from one another but still work well together.

Friday, October 2, 2015


Today's featured girls' name, Phoebe, is brought to you by our previous article, The Very Best P Names for Boys and Girls.

Phoebe was Latinized from the Greek name Phoibe (Φοιβη) which means "radiant or bright". It is pronounced FEE-bee. There was a Titan named Phoibe in Greek mythology who was associated with the moon. One of Saturn's moons is named Phoebe after this Titan whose granddaughter was the moon goddess Artemis. Occasionally, Phoebe is considered as a synonym for Artemis.

Biblically, the name Phoebe appears in the New Testament and refers to a female minister from Cenchrea, mentioned by the Apostle Paul in the book of Romans. Spelled Phebe, there was a shepherdess by this name in Shakespeare's As You Like It, published in 1623. The name Phoebe gained usage in England after the Protestant Reformation which ended in 1648.

In the US, the name Phoebe has been in use since records began in 1880. It has very slowly gained more and more usage. It has regularly ranked within the US Top 1000 chart since 1989.

The name Phoebe had its ups and downs through the 1990s and early 2000s so it's hard to tell whether the character from the popular TV show Friends had any affect on the usage of the name. It has generally been climbing the charts overall even before the  show first aired in 1994.

It is currently more popular than ever before with 1,086 female births in the year 2014 and a rank of #298. It will probably continue slowly inching up the charts.

If you are considering this baby name, take a look at the following ideas for sibling names and middle names for Phoebe.

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Athena, Eleanor, Georgia, Hazel, Lydia, Rowena, Willa
Brothers: Adrian, Cyrus, Jonas, Lucian, Maxwell, Thomas, Weston

Middle Name Ideas:
Phoebe Amelia
Phoebe Isobel
Phoebe Madeline
Phoebe Sophia
Phoebe Violet

As a Middle Name:
Annalise Phoebe
Cordelia Phoebe
Ella Phoebe
Octavia Phoebe
Sabrina Phoebe

What would you pair with Phoebe? Share your thoughts on this name in the comments below! 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Very Best P Names for Boys and Girls

Perhaps you are looking to honor someone whose name starts with the letter P. However, you don't want to use their exact name so you've decided to simply give your child the same initials as that person.

That means you need a great P name that you can love!

Fortunately for you, you've just stumbled upon a list of The Very Best P Names for Boys and Girls! 50 P names, to be exactly, 25 for girls and 25 for boys. That gives you plenty of options to choose from!

So what will it be?  Share your favorite P names in the comments below. Did I miss any great ones?

  1. Paige
  2. Paisley
  3. Pamela
  4. Pandora
  5. Paris
  6. Patience
  7. Patricia
  8. Paula
  9. Pearl
  10. Penelope
  11. Peony
  12. Persephone      
  13. Petra
  14. Phaedra
  15. Philippa
  16. Philomena
  17. Phoebe
  18. Pia
  19. Piper
  20. Poppy
  21. Portia
  22. Presley
  23. Primrose
  24. Priscilla
  25. Prudence
  1. Palmer
  2. Parker
  3. Parrish
  4. Pascal
  5. Patrick
  6. Patton
  7. Paul
  8. Pavel
  9. Pax
  10. Paxton
  11. Penn
  12. Percival
  13. Percy
  14. Peregrine
  15. Perry
  16. Peter
  17. Peyton
  18. Phillip
  19. Phineas
  20. Phoenix
  21. Pierce
  22. Porter
  23. Powell
  24. Prescott
  25. Preston
Since you'll be needing another letter to complete your honor name, be sure to browse the following links for more excellent monikers!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Juno, Margot & Willow: Girl Names Ending in the "Oh" Sound

There is something intriguing about feminine names that end with the "oh" sound. Many of these names have a spunky elegance to them.

Since this ending sound is somewhat unusual for girls, the majority of these names are far from popular.

Willow ranks the highest at #138 in 2014. Harlow ranks at #508, and Shiloh is at #608. A name to watch is Margot. It is catching on fast, ranking at #749 in the US.

These are some of the best options I could find that end with "oh". If you are searching for names that are interesting and uncommon, you've found the right list!

Which of these do you like most? Can you think of any names that I missed?

Be sure to check out the list of boy names that end with the "ah" sound, as well! 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ezra, Josiah and Luca: Boy Names Ending in the "Uh" Sound

In recent years, the majority of masculine names have ended in the letter N. The second runner up to that is the letter R. These endings, while also used for females, tend to denote a strong, masculine name.

However, there is a whole other breed of masculine names that happen to end with what some may consider the "most feminine sound." The names we're looking at today are mostly biblical and end in either -a or -ah. There are a few notable exceptions such as Dakota, Indiana and Ventura that aren't based on a biblical name but still work very well for boys.

Interestingly, though, it is this "uh" sound at the end that gives these biblical names their strength. More and more parents today are using these names. For example, our #1 boy name for the past two years is Noah which is leading the pack and paving the way for other "ah" names to rise to fame.

Take a moment to explore these masculine "uh-ending" names:


Which are your favorites? Are there any I missed?


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