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Most Popular Baby Names in England and Wales, 2012

The most popular baby names in England and Wales were announced last week.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the region’s top names were Harry for boys and Amelia for girls.

Here are the top 20 girl names and top 20 boy names of 2012:

Top Girl Names Top Boy Names
1. Amelia
2. Olivia
3. Jessica
4. Emily
5. Lily
6. Ava
7. Mia
8. Isla
9. Sophie
10. Isabella
11. Evie
12. Ruby
13. Poppy
14. Grace
15. Sophia
16. Chloe
17. Isabelle
18. Ella
19. Freya
20. Charlotte
1. Harry
2. Oliver
3. Jack
4. Charlie
5. Jacob
6. Thomas
7. Alfie
8. Riley
9. William
10. James
11. Joshua
12. George
13. Ethan
14. Noah
15. Samuel
16. Daniel
17. Oscar
18. Max
19. Muhammad
20. Leo

The England-only top 20 included all of the above except for Archie (not Leo) on the boys’ side.

The Wales-only top 20 included Dylan, Mason, Logan, Tyler and Isaac (not Samuel, Daniel, Oscar, Max or Muhammad) for boys and Seren, Megan, Ffion and Layla (not Isla, Chloe, Freya or Charlotte) for girls.

Newbies to the England and Wales top 100 are…

  • Hugo, Sonny, Seth, Elliott, Theodore, Rory and Ellis for boys. (Out are Joel, Hayden, John, Ashton, Jackson, Ben and Reece.)
  • Mollie, Ivy, Darcey, Tilly, Sara and Violet for girls. (Out are Lexie, Lauren, Rebecca, Tia, Nicola and Kayla.)

Here’s a selection of names from the other end of the list (each given to 10 babies or fewer):

Rare Girl Names Rare Boy Names
Ambreen, Anest, Arrietty, Arzoo, Bowie, Charvi, Cressida, Csenge, Delyth, Devoiry, Eveie, Flourish, Gwenno, Liepa, Llio, Lliwen, Loveday, Mayameen, Mazvita, Migle, Makanaka, Ocean-Blu, Pip, Senuli, Strawberry, Testimony, Tiggy, Tulsi Alieu, Atreyu, Bede, Betzalel, Boston, Cavalli, Celt, Cem, Connah, Croyde, Dacre, Exodus, His, Huckleberry, James-Dean, Jools, Jovi, Louix, MD., Messiah, Motty, Neyo, Nuh, Nuno, Papa, Peregrine, Platon, Reco, Rhome, Soul, Ting, Tirth, Ugnius, Wing, Winner

Finally, here are some older posts with the 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 lists of most popular names in England & Wales.

Source: Baby Names, England and Wales, 2012 (ONS)


Gender Test: Which Boy Names Are Not Quite Boy Names?

Time for the annual masculinity test!

Now, when I say “masculinity,” I’m not talking about a name’s image or associations. I’m talking specifically about how the name is being used nowadays.

The question I’m asking is: Which boy names were given to a significant proportion of baby girls last year?

If you’re looking for a name that will clearly identify your son as a boy, the answer will help you avoid names that could cause gender confusion.

This time around, I’m making the masculinity test even simpler by sticking to a pass/fail system. So, if a boy name was…

  • Given to baby boys at least 80% of the time, the grade is pass. (But less than 90% of the time: warning.)
  • Given to baby boys less than 80% of the time, the grade is fail.

I analyzed all of the boy names on the top 1,000 list. Of these 1,000 names, 71 failed and 43 got a warning. (Scroll down to see lists of the failed and warning names only.)

1. Jacob
2. Mason
3. Ethan
4. Noah
5. William
6. Liam
7. Jayden
8. Michael
9. Alexander
10. Aiden
11. Daniel
12. Matthew
13. Elijah
14. James
15. Anthony
16. Benjamin
17. Joshua
18. Andrew
19. David
20. Joseph
21. Logan
22. Jackson
23. Christopher
24. Gabriel
25. Samuel
26. Ryan
27. Lucas
28. John
29. Nathan
30. Isaac
31. Dylan
32. Caleb
33. Christian
34. Landon
35. Jonathan
36. Carter
37. Luke
38. Owen
39. Brayden
40. Gavin
41. Wyatt
42. Isaiah
43. Henry
44. Eli
45. Hunter
46. Jack
47. Evan
48. Jordan, Warning
49. Nicholas
50. Tyler
51. Aaron
52. Jeremiah
53. Julian
54. Cameron
55. Levi
56. Brandon
57. Angel, Warning
58. Austin
59. Connor
60. Adrian
61. Robert
62. Charles
63. Thomas
64. Sebastian
65. Colton
66. Jaxon
67. Kevin
68. Zachary
69. Ayden
70. Dominic
71. Blake
72. Jose
73. Oliver
74. Justin
75. Bentley
76. Jason
77. Chase
78. Ian
79. Josiah
80. Parker, Warning
81. Xavier
82. Adam
83. Cooper
84. Nathaniel
85. Grayson
86. Jace
87. Carson
88. Nolan
89. Tristan
90. Luis
91. Brody
92. Juan
93. Hudson
94. Bryson
95. Carlos
96. Easton
97. Damian
98. Alex
99. Kayden, Warning
100. Ryder
101. Jesus
102. Cole
103. Micah
104. Vincent
105. Max
106. Jaxson
107. Eric
108. Asher
109. Hayden, Fail
110. Diego
111. Miles
112. Steven
113. Ivan
114. Elias
115. Aidan
116. Maxwell
117. Bryce
118. Antonio
119. Giovanni
120. Timothy
121. Bryan
122. Santiago
123. Colin
124. Richard
125. Braxton
126. Kaleb
127. Kyle
128. Kaden
129. Preston
130. Miguel
131. Jonah
132. Lincoln
133. Riley, Fail
134. Leo
135. Victor
136. Brady
137. Jeremy
138. Mateo
139. Brian
140. Jaden
141. Ashton
142. Patrick
143. Declan
144. Sean
145. Joel
146. Gael
147. Sawyer, Warning
148. Alejandro
149. Marcus
150. Leonardo
151. Jesse
152. Caden
153. Jake
154. Kaiden
155. Wesley
156. Camden
157. Edward
158. Brantley
159. Roman
160. Axel
161. Silas
162. Jude
163. Grant
164. Cayden
165. Emmanuel
166. George
167. Maddox
168. Malachi
169. Bradley
170. Alan
171. Weston
172. Gage
173. Devin
174. Greyson
175. Kenneth
176. Mark
177. Oscar
178. Tanner
179. Rylan, Warning
180. Nicolas
181. Harrison
182. Derek
183. Peyton, Fail
184. Ezra
185. Tucker
186. Emmett
187. Avery, Fail
188. Cody
189. Calvin
190. Andres
191. Jorge
192. Abel
193. Paul
194. Abraham
195. Kai, Warning
196. Collin
197. Theodore
198. Ezekiel
199. Omar
200. Jayce
201. Conner
202. Bennett
203. Trevor
204. Eduardo
205. Peter
206. Maximus
207. Jaiden, Warning
208. Jameson
209. Seth
210. Kingston
211. Javier
212. Travis
213. Garrett
214. Everett
215. Graham
216. Xander
217. Cristian
218. Damien
219. Ryker
220. Griffin
221. Corbin
222. Myles
223. Luca
224. Zane
225. Francisco
226. Ricardo
227. Alexis, Fail
228. Stephen
229. Zayden
230. Iker
231. Drake
232. Lukas
233. Charlie, Fail
234. Spencer
235. Zion, Warning
236. Erick
237. Josue
238. Jeffrey
239. Trenton
240. Chance
241. Paxton
242. Elliot, Warning
243. Fernando
244. Keegan
245. Landen
246. Manuel
247. Amir
248. Shane
249. Raymond
250. Zander
251. Andre
252. Israel
253. Mario
254. Cesar
255. Simon
256. King
257. Jaylen, Warning
258. Johnathan
259. Troy
260. Dean
261. Clayton
262. Dominick
263. Tyson
264. Jasper
265. Martin
266. Kyler
267. Hector
268. Edgar
269. Marco
270. Cash
271. Edwin
272. Shawn
273. Judah
274. Andy
275. Donovan
276. Kameron
277. Elliott, Warning
278. Dante
279. Braylon
280. Anderson
281. Johnny
282. Drew, Warning
283. Sergio
284. Cruz
285. Dalton
286. Rafael
287. Gregory
288. Lane
289. Erik
290. Skyler, Fail
291. Finn
292. Reid
293. Gunner
294. Jared
295. Caiden
296. Holden
297. Emilio
298. Fabian
299. Aden
300. Brendan
301. Rowan, Fail
302. Emiliano
303. Braden
304. Jase
305. Jax
306. Emanuel
307. Lorenzo
308. Roberto
309. Amari, Fail
310. Angelo
311. Beau
312. Louis
313. Derrick
314. Beckett
315. Dawson
316. Felix
317. Pedro
318. Brennan
319. Frank
320. Maximiliano
321. Quinn, Fail
322. Dallas, Fail
323. Romeo
324. Braylen
325. Joaquin
326. Waylon
327. Allen
328. Colt
329. Ruben
330. Milo
331. Julius
332. Grady
333. August, Warning
334. Dakota, Fail
335. Cohen
336. Brock
337. Kellen
338. Brycen
339. Desmond
340. Malik
341. Colby
342. Nehemiah
343. Leland
344. Jett
345. Marcos
346. Taylor, Fail
347. Karter, Warning
348. Marshall
349. Ty
350. Phillip
351. Corey
352. Ali, Fail
353. Adan
354. Dillon
355. Arthur
356. Maverick
357. Leon
358. Brooks
359. Tristen
360. Titus
361. Keith
362. Dexter
363. Karson
364. Emerson, Fail
365. Landyn
366. Armando
367. Pablo
368. Knox
369. Enrique
370. Cade
371. Gerardo
372. Reed
373. Kellan
374. Jayson
375. Barrett
376. Walter
377. Dustin
378. Kolton
379. Ronald
380. Trent
381. Phoenix, Fail
382. Ismael
383. Julio
384. Danny
385. Kason
386. Scott
387. Messiah
388. Jay
389. Esteban
390. Gideon
391. Tate
392. Abram
393. Trey
394. Keaton
395. Jakob
396. Jaime
397. Devon, Warning
398. Braydon
399. Izaiah
400. Donald
401. Albert
402. Raul
403. Darius
404. Archer
405. Colten
406. Damon
407. River, Fail
408. Gustavo
409. Philip
410. Atticus
411. Walker
412. Matteo
413. Randy
414. Saul
415. Rocco
416. Davis
417. Enzo
418. Noel, Warning
419. Orion
420. Jamari
421. Remington, Warning
422. Bruce
423. Darren
424. Larry
425. Mathew
426. Russell
427. Dennis
428. Tony
429. Chris
430. Porter
431. Rodrigo
432. Armani, Fail
433. Zaiden
434. Kade
435. Ari, Fail
436. Hugo
437. Zachariah
438. Kamden
439. Mohamed
440. Quentin
441. Solomon
442. Curtis
443. Leonel
444. Issac
445. Khalil
446. Alberto
447. Jerry
448. Alec
449. Gianni
450. Moises
451. Gunnar
452. Adriel
453. Lawrence
454. Alijah
455. Chandler, Fail
456. Ronan
457. Prince
458. Payton, Fail
459. Arturo
460. Jimmy
461. Orlando
462. Ricky
463. Mitchell
464. Maximilian
465. Cason
466. Malcolm
467. Muhammad
468. Kasen
469. Marvin
470. Jalen
471. Cyrus
472. Mauricio
473. Warren
474. Jonas
475. Kendrick
476. Rhys
477. Dane
478. Ryland
479. Pierce
480. Johan
481. Rory, Fail
482. Uriel
483. Major
484. Bryant
485. Reece, Fail
486. Casey, Fail
487. Ibrahim
488. Nikolas
489. Arjun
490. Sullivan
491. Finnegan
492. Alfredo
493. Royce
494. Ahmed
495. Amare
496. Lance
497. Ramon
498. Jamison
499. Brayan
500. Brenden
501. Dominik
502. Case
503. Kristopher
504. Maurice
505. Mekhi
506. Kobe
507. Zackary
508. Rhett
509. Jensen
510. Jaxton
511. Deandre
512. Isaias
513. Channing, Fail
514. Yahir
515. Ezequiel
516. Tobias
517. Talon
518. Sam
519. Justice, Fail
520. Kash
521. Nash
522. Alvin
523. Jacoby
524. Ace
525. Nico
526. Quinton
527. Cannon
528. Franklin
529. Raiden
530. Joe
531. Lawson
532. Beckham
533. Gary
534. Aldo
535. Raylan
536. Frederick
537. London, Fail
538. Boston
539. Carl
540. Byron
541. Ernesto
542. Moshe
543. Terry
544. Eddie
545. Kane
546. Moses
547. Finley, Fail
548. Salvador
549. Reese, Fail
550. Kelvin
551. Cullen
552. Madden, Warning
553. Wade
554. Clark
555. Mohammed
556. Kieran
557. Jagger
558. Dorian
559. Korbin
560. Nelson
561. Roy
562. Asa
563. Matias
564. Nasir
565. Nickolas
566. Roger
567. Alonzo
568. Jaxen
569. Skylar, Fail
570. Callen
571. Malakai
572. Douglas
573. Ahmad
574. Uriah
575. Conor
576. Kristian, Warning
577. Carmelo
578. Blaine
579. Kayson
580. Bentlee, Warning
581. Braeden
582. Julien
583. Nathanael
584. Aarav
585. Keagan, Warning
586. Lucian
587. Morgan, Fail
588. Chad
589. Terrance
590. Benson
591. Noe
592. Rodney
593. Francis
594. Layne, Warning
595. Mohammad
596. Zayne
597. Tatum, Fail
598. Brett
599. Wilson
600. Kian
601. Marc
602. Rohan
603. Dayton
604. Braiden
605. Harper, Fail
606. Luciano
607. Nikolai
608. Kamari, Fail
609. Camron
610. Joey, Warning
611. Santino
612. Ellis, Fail
613. Layton
614. Xzavier
615. Jefferson
616. Winston
617. Guillermo
618. Demetrius
619. Bowen
620. Daxton
621. Melvin
622. Soren
623. Neil
624. Sylas
625. Jon
626. Raphael
627. Rex
628. Yusuf
629. Shaun
630. Brodie
631. Tommy
632. Harley, Fail
633. Quincy, Fail
634. Dax
635. Trace
636. Adonis
637. Bently
638. Giovani
639. Jeffery
640. Odin
641. Luka
642. Kylan, Warning
643. Willie
644. Lewis
645. Tripp
646. Vihaan
647. Davion
648. Kendall, Fail
649. Arian
650. Cory
651. Jamarion
652. Jonathon
653. Nixon
654. Rayan, Warning
655. Emery, Fail
656. Jermaine
657. Reginald
658. Tomas
659. Emmitt
660. Ayaan
661. Zechariah
662. Billy
663. Hamza
664. Micheal
665. Urijah
666. Aryan
667. Lee
668. Jasiah
669. Landry, Fail
670. Crosby
671. Mathias
672. Toby, Fail
673. Tristian
674. Will
675. Felipe
676. Triston
677. Eden, Fail
678. Terrell
679. Deacon
680. Matthias
681. Jamal
682. Makai
683. Maxim
684. Sterling, Warning
685. Hank
686. Gerald
687. Alessandro
688. Jaydon
689. Hayes
690. Niko
691. Branson
692. Flynn
693. Kody
694. Marlon
695. Mayson, Warning
696. Allan
697. Augustus
698. Jessie, Fail
699. Neymar
700. Adrien
701. Aydan
702. Leonard
703. Sincere, Warning
704. Kyson
705. Terrence
706. Jerome
707. Jadiel
708. Kole
709. Aron
710. Aydin
711. Omari
712. Ronnie
713. Zain
714. Vicente
715. Bobby
716. Yosef
717. Alexzander
718. Harry
719. Kale
720. Rogelio
721. Casen
722. Ray
723. Clay
724. Masen
725. Sage, Fail
726. Ulises
727. Kymani, Warning
728. Chaim
729. Javon
730. Brent
731. Jadon
732. Elisha, Fail
733. Stanley
734. Jovanni
735. Princeton
736. Alonso
737. Darian
738. Conrad
739. Dwayne
740. Eugene
741. Gauge
742. Rene
743. Kareem
744. Roland
745. Ben
746. Vincenzo
747. Abdullah
748. Camren
749. Kenny
750. Brentley
751. Memphis, Warning
752. Blaze
753. Edison
754. Osvaldo
755. Teagan, Fail
756. Westin
757. Deshawn
758. Rayden
759. Cedric
760. Marquis
761. Samir
762. Steve
763. Draven
764. Jairo
765. Giovanny
766. Brennen
767. Bronson
768. Crew
769. Davin
770. Kolten
771. Ronin
772. Ariel, Fail
773. Semaj, Fail
774. Alden
775. Isiah
776. Lennox, Fail
777. Davian
778. Jaylin, Fail
779. Cain
780. Wayne
781. Craig
782. Lamar
783. Leonidas
784. Cristopher
785. Otto
786. Bo
787. Darrell
788. Kolby
789. Marcelo
790. Bruno
791. Fletcher
792. Justus
793. Alfonso
794. Theo
795. Tyrone
796. Aidyn
797. Harvey
798. Rudy
799. Brendon
800. Tristin
801. Dominique, Fail
802. Kaeden
803. Samson
804. Kyree, Warning
805. Jovani
806. Lionel
807. Amos
808. Giancarlo
809. Misael
810. Callum
811. Quintin
812. Valentino
813. Gavyn
814. Lennon, Fail
815. Jamir
816. Kamron
817. Zavier
818. Arlo
819. Junior
820. Killian
821. Leandro
822. Konnor
823. Hezekiah
824. Jordyn, Fail
825. Markus
826. Ramiro
827. Callan, Warning
828. Chace
829. Johnathon
830. Lyric, Fail
831. Fisher
832. Rashad
833. Kamryn, Fail
834. Legend
835. Duncan
836. Harold
837. Camilo
838. Hendrix
839. Seamus
840. Coleman
841. Vance
842. Rylee, Fail
843. Elian
844. Jaeden
845. Jamie, Fail
846. Krish
847. Abdiel
848. Antoine
849. Camdyn, Fail
850. Van
851. Branden
852. Cayson
853. Gibson
854. Javion
855. Izayah
856. Darwin
857. Jamar
858. Mike
859. Randall
860. Brecken, Warning
861. Hassan
862. Thiago
863. Heath
864. Arnav
865. Kingsley, Warning
866. Kyrie, Fail
867. Xavi
868. Damari
869. Deangelo
870. Jionni
871. Joziah
872. Makhi
873. Vaughn
874. Zeke
875. Konner
876. Ean
877. Frankie, Fail
878. Yael, Fail
879. Benton
880. Oakley, Fail
881. Efrain
882. Marcel
883. Rolando
884. Maxton
885. Jaycob
886. Keenan
887. Rowen, Fail
888. Yousef
889. Ishaan
890. Jedidiah
891. Remy, Fail
892. Todd
893. Reagan, Fail
894. Bodhi
895. Damarion
896. Juelz
897. Valentin
898. Austyn, Fail
899. Broderick
900. Anders
901. Alvaro
902. Mustafa
903. Thaddeus
904. Brenton
905. Cale
906. Clinton
907. Derick
908. Jorden, Warning
909. Gilberto
910. Jabari
911. Rey
912. Salvatore
913. Freddy
914. Donte
915. Ernest
916. Aaden
917. Axton
918. Blaise
919. Lucca, Warning
920. Maximo
921. Sidney, Fail
922. Dario
923. Rodolfo
924. Trevon
925. Camryn, Fail
926. Deegan
927. Sonny
928. Cassius
929. Truman
930. Brice
931. Brogan
932. Hugh
933. Yehuda
934. Agustin
935. Eliot
936. Stefan
937. Zaid
938. Bridger
939. Damion
940. Eliseo
941. Houston
942. Johann
943. Leroy
944. Sheldon
945. Dariel
946. Darryl
947. Isai
948. Tyrell
949. Alfred
950. Demarcus
951. Kohen
952. Ignacio
953. Rylen, Warning
954. Santos
955. Cael
956. Davon
957. Kaysen
958. Mack
959. Darien
960. Ross
961. Titan
962. Tyree
963. Ameer
964. Zaire, Warning
965. Aditya
966. Briggs
967. Immanuel
968. Malaki
969. Turner
970. Bradyn
971. Graysen, Warning
972. Kase
973. Reuben
974. Yandel
975. Gaige
976. Jaidyn, Fail
977. Franco
978. Trystan
979. Maison
980. Simeon
981. Anton
982. Darnell
983. Emory, Fail
984. Roderick
985. Deon
986. Devan, Warning
987. Graeme
988. Howard
989. Jael, Fail
990. Kael
991. Karsen, Warning
992. Jarrett
993. Apollo
994. Denzel
995. Foster
996. Gilbert
997. Jaylon
998. Kylen, Warning
999. Augustine
1000. Dangelo

The 43 “Warning” names: Jordan, Angel, Parker, Kayden, Sawyer, Rylan, Kai, Jaiden, Zion, Elliot, Jaylen, Elliott, Drew, August, Karter, Devon, Noel, Remington, Madden, Kristian, Bentlee, Keagan, Layne, Joey, Kylan, Rayan, Sterling, Mayson, Sincere, Kymani, Memphis, Kyree, Callan, Brecken, Kingsley, Jorden, Lucca, Rylen, Zaire, Graysen, Devan, Karsen, Kylen.

The 71 “Fail” names: Hayden, Riley, Peyton, Avery, Alexis, Charlie, Skyler, Rowan, Amari, Quinn, Dallas, Dakota, Taylor, Ali, Emerson, Phoenix, River, Armani, Ari, Chandler, Payton, Rory, Reece, Casey, Channing, Justice, London, Finley, Reese, Skylar, Morgan, Tatum, Harper, Kamari, Ellis, Harley, Quincy, Kendall, Emery, Landry, Toby, Eden, Jessie, Sage, Elisha, Teagan, Ariel, Semaj, Lennox, Jaylin, Dominique, Lennon, Jordyn, Lyric, Kamryn, Rylee, Jamie, Camdyn, Kyrie, Frankie, Yael, Oakley, Rowen, Remy, Reagan, Austyn, Sidney, Camryn, Jaidyn, Emory, Jael.

Here is last year’s masculinity test.

Baby Boy Name Needed – Original, But Not Weird

Becca of the blog The Life of a Young Expat wrote to me a few weeks ago. She’d like some help brainstorming for a boy name. She says:

We are a mixed family (North American/Ecuadorian). We live in Ecuador and have a 2.5yo daughter named Kesha Lee who has a traditional Ecuadorian combined last name (Garate Adams, the first part of our last name is pronounced Gah-ra-teh).

I am currently 25 weeks pregnant with a boy and we can’t come up with names that both my husband and I agree upon. We both have very typical names (I am Rebecca Lee, he is Christian Arturo but goes by Arturo), but we would like something original, yet not totally weird for our son. Something like Kesha. You can pronounce it in both English and Spanish. It’s not too long, and it’s not one of those names that teachers will have a pre-existing bias about her when she steps foot in the classroom! (Basically, she can create her own personality!)

The only name my husband and I can agree on is London, but I’m not convinced and don’t think that naming a boy London, considering the current feminine trend for this name, is a good choice.

We own an international immersion program company here in Ecuador (www.elnomad.com) and are avid travelers. So something related to that would ring true with our family. We don’t have family names that we like (I like my dad’s middle name for a middle name, Holmes, but my husband says it sounds like a real estate agency haha).

Lots to consider here! This will be fun.

I’d like to start with the topic of travel first. I think it would be extremely cool to work that into the baby’s name somehow. Here are a few ideas:

  • Damon, which originally comes from Greek myth and means “to tame, subdue.” It also happens to be nomad spelled backwards.
  • Miles, of uncertain derivation, but because it’s a homonym of the English word miles there are strong associations with distance/movement.
  • Nando, inspired by Fernando/Hernando. The entire name-family is connected to travel in two ways: famous explorers (Ferdinand Magellan, Hernando de Soto, Hernan Cortes) and etymology (the first element is said to come from the Germanic word farð, meaning “journey”).
  • Doran, from the Irish surname Doran, anglicized from Ó Deoradháin, “descendent of Deoradhán.” Deoradhán is a diminutive of deòradh, one of the meanings of which is “pilgrim.” Other meanings are “stranger” and “outlaw.”
  • Hudson, from the English surname meaning “son of Hudde.” It was the surname of English explorer Henry Hudson. It’s also fairly similar to London.
  • Palmer, from the English surname that originally signified a pilgrim, i.e., someone coming back from the Holy Land with a palm frond.

I did find some other travel-related names (e.g., Peregrine/Perry, Nestor) but they seemed too old-fashioned to pair with Kesha.

And here are some random ideas based on style alone:

Cato
Colby
Corbin
Crispin
Deacon
Ellis
Finn
Levi
Liam
Lyndon
Milo
Otto
Parker
Rocco
Tevin
Theo/Teo
Tobin/Toby
Tycho

I’m not entirely sure how well all of the above names would work in Ecuador, so I apologize in advance if I’ve included any not-so-great suggestions.

What baby boy names would you suggest to Becca?

Road Trip Roundup: Gutzon

Just outside of Keystone, South Dakota, we saw Mount Rushmore.

The man who created the monument? Gutzon Borglum:

Gutzon Borglum bust

The sculptor was born to Danish immigrants in frontier Idaho in 1867. His full birth name was John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum.

Some sources say that Gutzon is Danish for “good son,” though I don’t know if this is true.

Gutzon and his second wife Mary had two children: Lincoln, named for Abraham Lincoln, and Mary Ellis, aka “Mel” (reminds me of Maginel).

[What’s this road trip all about?]

Oliver, Olivia – Top Names in England, 2010

Oliver and Olivia still reign supreme in England and Wales. Here are the most popular baby names of 2010:

Boy Names Girl Names
1. Oliver
2. Jack
3. Harry
4. Alfie
5. Charlie
6. Thomas
7. William
8. Joshua
9. George
10. James
1. Olivia
2. Sophie
3. Emily
4. Lily
5. Amelia
6. Jessica
7. Ruby
8. Chloe
9. Grace
10. Evie

George is new to the boys’ top 10. The drop-out was Daniel.

No newbies on the girls’ side.

Ollie, Bobby, Caleb, Jenson, Dexter and Kayden replaced Ellis, Joe, Christopher, Ewan, Morgan and Austin in the boys’ top 100.

Annabelle, Eliza, Laila, Aisha, Maryam and Maisy replaced Lydia, Eve, Alisha, Francesca, Sara and Mya in the girls’ top 100.

To do more comparing of this year’s rankings with last year’s rankings, check out the baby name comparison tool, brought to you by the UK’s Office for National Statistics.

Source: Oliver and Olivia most popular baby names in 2010

Names Needed for Baby Boy

A reader named Leigh will be having a baby boy within the next few weeks. She writes:

I am a teacher and have heard so many names that I don’t want to name our child. My husband and I really like the name Miles, however, there are many new baby boys in my friend circle, named Miles. I really like Emmett, but my husband is afraid he’ll be mocked because people might only know of his name from the Twilight series. We’re interested in two or three syllable strong, unique (not necessarily unusual) names. A current front runner is Anders, possibly Anders Gray Hollyard*. We also like the name Lars. I guess I’m finding we like names that end in s!

First name and possible middle name suggestions to go with Anders would be greatly appreciated.

*Their surname isn’t Hollyard, but a like-sounding two-syllable h-name.

A few thoughts on the current favorites:

  • Miles: The popularity of this one has been on the rise for years, so it makes sense that you’re hearing it more often. I’m sure this has already come up, but just in case: Have you considered Milo or Niles as alternatives? They both sound a lot like Miles, but they’re not nearly as popular (i.e. only 29 babies were named Niles in 2010).
  • Emmett: Personally, I associate this name with Emmitt Smith, not the fictional vampire. And I’m not even a sports fan. This Twilight craze will blow over one day (thankfully!) and, when it does, these vampire/werewolf associations will fade. Exception: Renesmee.
  • Anders: I really like this one. I especially like that it shortens to the nickname Andy, allowing anyone with this name to flip back and forth between formal/unusual and informal/familiar, depending on the occasion. Versatility is always a good thing.
  • Lars: I have a strong association with this one as well, though I’m not sure how many others have it — Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. So this one may prompt people to ask about the possible Metallica connection. Much cooler than a Twilight question, anyway.

Here are some other names, many with s-endings:

Adam
Boris
Clark
Curtis
Elliot
Ellis
Eric
Felix
Grant
James
Jasper
Jens
Joel
Levi
Linus
Lucas
Marcus
Marius
Matthias
Max
Neil
Nils
Oliver
Oscar
Peter
Reed
Thomas
Victor

As far as middle names for Anders go, I think Gray is great. I think a one-syllable name with a hard sound (that g) sounds good in that spot. Other names that fit this description are Brett, Craig, Drake, Frank, Grant, Jack, Kent, Mark and Paul.

Which of the above names do you like best? What other names would you suggest to Leigh?

Update: The baby has arrived! Scroll down for the name (or just click here).

Baby Name Needed – Libertarian Boy Name for First Baby

Last week, a reader named Julie sent me a fascinating e-mail:

My husband and I are trying to figure out what we want to name our first child. We have a girl’s name (Darby) but a boy would be a real problem.

The name he really really wants is Hayek (after 18th century economist – Friedrich Augustus Hayek – surely you’ve heard of him…no? really?).

He also likes “T”. Just the letter. Perfect because it works for a boy OR a girl.

His third option is Atlas from Atlas Shrugged.

I am not a fan of any of these. I am looking for a name that’s not super-traditional, but also isn’t on the Top 100 names list. I also think it’s unfair to give the child a name they constantly have to spell/pronounce/explain.

Our last name starts with an “M” and ends in a “ee” sound, so names that also end in the “ee” sound sing-songy.

Julie tried giving her husband the following list of names: Archer, Barrett, Campbell, Dexter, Dixon, Duncan, Everett, Felix, Fletcher, Flint, Ford, Gardner, Garrett, Gibson, Grady, Griffin, Holt, Langston, Leo, Lincoln, Marshall, Parker, Powell, Quentin, Tate, Weston, Zane. He didn’t care for any of them.

This is a tricky situation, but I think there’s a bright side. Julie and her husband seem to be looking at baby names from two different angles. Julie’s husband is focusing on significance, while Julie is more concerned about style. This is a good thing; I’m sure there are names out there that could satisfy both of them.

I think best way to tackle this would be to start with the more constrictive angle–significance. I’d say collect as many meaningful names as possible, then look for stylish names among them. That way, both parents get something they like.

I don’t know Julie’s husband, so I can’t say for certain what names he’d find meaningful. But I can make inferences based on his current top three. Here are some ideas:

1. Hayek

  • How about variants of Hayek’s first or middle name? Friedrich could be Frederick, Fred or Fritz. August could be Augustine, Gus or Austin.
  • Hayek chose the name Laurence Joseph Heinrich for his own son. Would any of those work?
  • I think many people will assume that Hayek was inspired by actress Salma Hayek. Is Julie’s husband okay with that association?
  • What other economists does Julie’s husband admire? Would any of their names work as a baby name?

2. T

  • I can’t say much about this one, but I wonder: Does it stand for anything? If there’s a story behind it, what other (more traditional) names could be teased out of that story?

3. Atlas

  • I think several characters in Atlas Shrugged would be good symbols of the book itself. (Even better than “Atlas,” which is more likely to make people think of myths or maps.)
    • John Galt. The name John probably won’t appeal to Julie, but what about Galt? (Galt isn’t far from Holt, which is on Julie’s list.)
    • Hank Rearden. Henry, like John, could be too popular/traditional for Julie’s tastes. But Rearden might work.
    • Dagny Taggart, the female protagonist. Taggart could be a cool name. Nickname could be Tag. (Or even T!)
    • Ellis Wyatt, Quentin Daniels and Hugh Akston are minor characters with good names. In fact, Quentin is already on Julie’s list. (Maybe Julie’s husband would like it more if he were reminded about the Rand reference?)
  • How about an author-inspired name? Randall, Randolph or even Rand itself.
  • What other writers and philosophers does Julie’s husband admire? Would any of their names (or character names) work as a baby name? What about other book titles?

Finally, if Julie and her husband can’t come to an agreement on the first name, I’d suggest a compromise using the middle name. Perhaps one of Julie’s names could come first, then Hayek or T or Atlas could come second.

What other ideas would you offer Julie?