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Welcome to Five Name Friday! Here’s today’s baby name request: Me and my partner are expecting our first baby, a boy, and want to find names we can agree on. My top 3 are Tucker, Flynn and Vaughn, and my partner’s are Theodore, Benjamin and Oliver. Can you come up with five great baby name […]
After her son Emet Kuli Loeb Hershkovitz was born in 2012, singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb wrote a blog post about his birth and included a few details about his name: We chose the name Emet because it’s a Hebrew word meaning “truth” that also sounds like a Southern name […] That way my husband’s family from […]
The name Ketti appeared for the first time in the U.S. baby name data in 1959: 1960: unlisted 1959: 8 baby girls named Ketti [debut] 1958: unlisted This was the year after writer Ketti Frings won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Look Homeward, Angel, which ran on Broadway from 1957 to 1959. […]
Nora/Norah/Noora and William were the most popular baby names in Norway in 2016.
Here are two curiously similar Quin- names that popped up in the data around the same time. So far, I haven’t been able to figure out where either one came from. The first is Quinetta, which appeared in 1955: 1958: unlisted 1957: unlisted 1956: unlisted 1955: 12 baby girls named Quinetta [debut] 1954: unlisted It […]
"Our last name is Jones and we'd like a simple, traditional boy name for our son, but not something that's ever been very common, like John. Names that we like are Seth, Isaac, Thomas, and Leo."
In 1928, the Aberdeen Journal mentioned a London woman who had been granted a separation from her husband by London Magistrate Basil B. Watson. She was apparently very pleased about the decision, because when she later gave birth to a baby boy, she named him “Basil Watson Ratcliffe.” (I checked the records — a Basil […]
The name Tirrell has been used regularly for baby boys since the ’70s — no doubt thanks to the popularity of the similar name Terrell — but it first appeared in the baby name data as a girl name in the 1950s: 1957: unlisted 1956: 13 baby girls named Tirrell [debut] 1955: unlisted While it […]
Charlotte and Oliver were the most popular baby names in Queensland in 2016.
What’s wrong with U? No, I don’t mean you. I mean the letter U. If 1 is the loneliest number, then U is definitely the loneliest letter. Because, ever since I started looking at first letter frequency in baby names, U has always been the least-used. Currently just four U-names are in in the boys’ […]
Welcome to Five Name Friday! Here’s today’s baby name request: I’ve always loved cute names like Elsie, Ellie and Nellie, but DH says these sound like farm animal names and wants something more mature for our daughter. Our last name starts with A so we prefer names that do not end with A, but we’re […]
The name Bear was just barely being used before adventurer Bear Grylls (birth name: Edward Grylls) came to our attention via the TV series Man vs. Wild (2006-2011). Since then, usage has increased steadily — both among regular folks and among celebrities: 2017: English musician Liam Payne had son Bear Grey 2017: English musician Howard […]
"Ferlin, you're never gonna be a success until you use your right name."
Olivia and Daniel were the most popular baby names in Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa (all combined) in 2016.
"My parents tell me I was named after the members of the corps de ballet of the Bolshoi, most of whom were named Nina."
Here’s the next installment of uncommon female names collected from very old films (released from the 1910s to the 1940s). Vail Vail was a character played by actress Vivian Rich in the short film Via Cabaret (1913). Usage of the baby name Vail. Val Val Lorraine was a character played by actress Evelyn Brent in […]
The story of how a Polish mispronunciation become an American baby name via Canadian prog rock.
The rare name Viviette first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 1919: 1920: unlisted 1919: 6 baby girls named Viviette [debut] 1918: unlisted After 1919, it fell off the charts for nearly a century before reappearing in 2014 (and hence being knocked off the one-hit wonder list). The SSDI also reveals a slight […]
I’ve created a couple of videos recently (on YouTube) and I’m looking forward to creating similar audio/video content in the future. But here’s the thing: It’s no fun if it’s just me! I’d love to feature audio from you — your stories, opinions, questions, requests, and so on. So I’ve set up this phone number […]
The very rare name Verree debuted on the charts in 1934: 1936: unlisted 1935: 6 baby girls named Verree 1934: 5 baby girls named Verree 1933: unlisted The similar name Veree also popped up in 1934 (and never came back, making it a one-hit wonder). What was the influence? American actress Verree Teasdale, who appeared […]