Japanese Doctor Warns Against Kirakira Names

Kirakira neemu (sparkly names) are modern Japanese baby names that are basically unintelligible, as their pronunciations don’t match up with the traditional pronunciations of their kanji characters. One example is the kanji character to the right. It’s pronounced totsu or deko, and has meanings like “convex, protrusion,” “bumpy, uneven,” and […] more

Name Quotes for the Weekend #36

“Because naming a boy “Otter” may not be revolutionary, but it would definitely take one white, middle-class man down a notch.” more

Space Age Siblings – Spaceship, Viking-II, Fusion…

Krosuri Veera Raghava Chary of Andhra Pradesh, India, was both a space-lover and a devoted communist highly opposed to India’s caste system. So he gave all five of his children, born from the 1960s to the 1980s, space-themed names that were so unconventional that they made it impossible to determine […] more

The Baby Name Nasiya

Nasiya debuted on the baby name charts thanks to the influence of a pint-sized long distance runner from California. more

The Baby Name Erskine

A quirky name with Scottish roots. more

Popular Baby Names in Western Australia, 2015

Olivia and Oliver were the most popular baby names in Western Australia in 2015. more

Names that Mean “Name”

Hieronymus, Kainoa, Shem, and a few more… more

Usage of Christa Spiked after Challenger Disaster

The baby name Christa saw its highest-ever usage the year of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. more

Babies Named for Erik Estrada?

The TV show CHiPs aired from 1977 to 1983. The main characters were two motorcycle-riding highway patrolmen of the California Highway Patrol — CHP, hence CHiPs. One of those two patrolmen was Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, played by actor Erik Estrada. (In his case, Erik is short for Enrique.) The show […] more

New “Sneaky Husband” Trend in Baby Names?

In nearly 10 years of blogging, I can only recall two baby names that made the news because they were bestowed by fathers who did not okay those names with the mothers first: Jennifer Edson Arantes do Nascimento Jairzinho Rivelino Carlos-Alberto (etc.), born in 1982, and Sarah McCain Palin, born […] more

Top Names on First Passports in Ireland, 2015

In 2015, the most common names on first passports issued to Irish children under the age of three were Emily and Daniel. Here’s the rest of the top 10: Girl Names Boy Names 1. Emily, 134 2. Amelia, 112 3. Emma, 96 (tie) 4. Mia, 96 (tie) 5. Anna, 92 […] more

Funny Names for Farmers’ Fields

For centuries, farmers in England named their fields. Typically the names were logical descriptions like “Seven Acres” and “West Croft.” But the less-loved fields — those that were rocky, or swampy, or distant, or small, etc. — sometimes got colorful names that reflected their owners’ frustrations. Some examples: Come by […] more

Popular Baby Names in New South Wales, 2015

Charlotte and Oliver were the most popular baby names in New South Wales in 2015. more

Popular Baby Names in Portugal, 2015

Maria and João were the most popular baby names in Portugal in 2015. more

The Baby Name Ramona

Ramona was most popular in 1928 thanks to a song, which came from a movie, which was based on a book. more

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