The New Haven Register recently ran an article with a bunch of interesting name-stories. Here are several of them:
Blake: “When we found out we were having a boy, we had a lot of trouble deciding on a name. While driving, the person in front of me had the license plate ‘BLAKE.’ I decided it had a nice ring, but still was not sure until in the next few minutes I stopped at a light right under Blake Street. That was it!” (Rachel Viscio, East Haven)
Cheesette: “It’s not in a book. It’s something no one else would have. Her father had this gorgeous smile, and they nicknamed him Cheese. And my name ends in ‘ette.’ So I put them together.” (Claudette Robinson-Thorpe, New Haven)
Kellan, Cameron, Haleigh (triplets): The names Cameron, Griffin and Jordan had already been picked out, but plans changed when mom’s water broke too early. “They gave me medicine to speed up the lung production, postpone labor, etc., but then something incredible happened. My son on the bottom, which we were going to name Cameron — it was his sack that broke — his sack resealed. […] He held up my other two children for six more weeks. They were all born weighing over 5 1/2 pounds because of him.” (Tricia Neely, Milford)
The Social Security Administration doesn’t combine spelling variations when compiling its annual list of popular baby names. Though this is probably the most logical way for them to present their data, it tends to skew the overall picture a bit.
For instance, according to the SSA, the top ten girl names in 2007 were Emily, Isabella, Emma, Ava, Madison, Sophia, Olivia, Abigail, Hannah and Elizabeth (in that order). If we account for spelling variations, though, the top ten is more like:
Eva could be seen as a form of Ava. That would bring Ava/Eva up to 4th place.
Hailey, the 23rd most popular girl name, can also be spelled Hailee, Hailie, Haylee, Hayley, Haylie and Hayleigh. If you throw in Haley and Haleigh as well, that brings the entire name group up to 8th place. (I tend to pronounce these last two more like Halle/Hallie, though, so I didn’t do it that way.)