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! 


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