How popular is the baby name Heath in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Heath.
Many years ago, I published a list of the
top debut baby names. A few years after that, I posted a list of the top one-hit wonder baby names.
So today let’s check out another fun set of “top” names: the top
rises. The names below are those that increased the most in usage, percentage-wise, from one year to the next according to the SSA data.
Here’s the format: girl names are on the left, boy names are on the right, and the percentages represent single-year jumps in usage. (For example, from 1880 to 1881, usage of the girl name Isa grew 240% and usage of the boy name Noble grew 333%.)
1881: Isa, 240%; Noble, 333% 1882: Clementine, 300%; Clarance, 300% 1883: Malissa, 243%; Alf, 150% 1884: Belva, 1220%; Grover, 532% 1885: Phebe, 220%; Bryant, 200% 1886: Felicia, 180%; Thornton, 240% 1887: Ossie, 240%; Aubrey, 240% 1888: Bennie, 250%; Thurman, 414% 1889: Diana, 233%; Grady, 267% 1890: Easter, 238%; Isaiah, 215% 1891: Lutie, 200%; Colonel, 217% 1892: Lollie, 271%; Pierce, 340% 1893: Annabell, 240%; Lindsay, 320% 1894: Versie, 320%; Alvie, 233% 1895: Glenn, 283%; Alma, 220% 1896: Vernice, 217%; Hobart, 744% 1897: Sigrid, 200%; Roswell, 183% 1898: Manila, 1386%; Dewey, 606% 1899: Tula, 280%; Rogers, 220% 1900: Rosia, 480%; Wilber, 417% 1901: Dellie, 180%; Kermit, 183% 1902: Lolita, 420%; Judge, 260% 1903: Rafaela, 280%; Jordan, 250% 1904: Amber, 314%; Adelbert, 260% 1905: Orma, 300%; Armand, 222% 1906: Ena, 456%; Sheldon, 240% 1907: Lota & Tula, 240%; Quincy, 183% 1908: Bernetta & Nila, 260%; Taft, 288% 1909: Laverna & Nevada, 267%; Toney, 300% 1910: Cleopatra, 240%; Arturo & Sammy, 283% 1911: Maryellen, 280%; Vincenzo & Wyman, 320% 1912: Marina, 420%; Woodrow, 1423% 1913: Carroll, 263%; Rosendo, 320% 1914: Lucyle, 280%; Irvine, 333% 1915: Zudora, 460%; Charlton, 320% 1916: Aldena, 291%; Tatsuo, 850% 1917: Liberty, 617%; Masami, 338% 1918: Kazuko, 320%; Quentin, 567% 1919: Verbie, 300%; Belvin, 360% 1920: Marcene, 386%; Harding, 718% 1921: Elwanda, 1860%; Gareth, 560% 1922: Carley, 320%; Colie, 340% 1923: Eris, 1313%; Coolidge, 820% 1924: Janeth, 517%; Phyllis, 260% 1925: Murlene & Normalee, 260%; Estell & Unknown, 214% 1926: Ileana, 633%; Jarrell & Lenoard, 240% 1927: Charmaine, 825%; Lindbergh, 867% 1928: Jeannine, 1147%; Hoover, 522% 1929: Dorla, 800%; Davey, 889% 1930: Arlayne, 317%; Derl, 1060% 1931: Marlene, 745%; Colbert, 280% 1932: Harlene, 270%; Delano, 1057% 1933: Sharleen, 425%; Delano, 289% 1934: Adriana, 283%; Kelvin, 360% 1935: Norita, 1171%; Darwyn, 458% 1936: Shelba, 2667%; Lonzie, 320% 1937: Deanna, 2009%; Tyrone, 788%
The SSA data isn’t perfect, but it does get a lot better in the late 1930s, because “many people born before 1937 never applied for a Social Security card, so their names are not included in our data” (
SSA). Now, back to the list…
1938: Danielle, 878%; Dion, 355% 1939: Brenda, 308%; Hall, 280% 1940: Scarlett, 743%; Clemmie, 257% 1941: Jerilyn, 1250%; Rulon, 250% 1942: Michal, 1520%; Macarthur, 2740% 1943: Shaaron, 456%; Suzanne, 240% 1944: Dorinda, 568%; Kennedy, 280% 1945: Lauren, 709%; Dorian, 220% 1946: Jacalyn, 740%; Cornel, 533% 1947: Jolinda, 388%; Brock, 364% 1948: Sharman, 275%; Kevan, 260% 1949: Lorry, 360%; Hanson, 240% 1950: Vallorie, 717%; Brion, 400% 1951: Krystal, 588%; Denise, 350% 1952: Pandora, 1100%; Corby & Wilhelm, 240% 1953: Angelique, 1157%; Shane, 392% 1954: Sheree, 756%; Dain, 360% 1955: Sabrina, 711%; Davy, 509% 1956: Venetia, 543%; Cheyenne, 680% 1957: Tammy, 1591%; Tammy, 467% 1958: Keely, 1100%; Bret, 680% 1959: Torri, 411%; Efrem, 963% 1960: Lisha, 1096%; Stephon, 1200% 1961: Marisol, 481%; Parrish, 1460% 1962: Penne, 447%; Chance, 350% 1963: Tamiko, 1440%; Tal, 617% 1964: Deneen, 7191%; Temple, 420% 1965: Fontella, 880%; Branden, 340% 1966: Tabatha, 9900%; Heath, 1070% 1967: Anisa, 1600%; Garrison, 320% 1968: Coretta, 2485%; Dustin, 778% 1969: Lalena, 640%; Jeromy, 514% 1970: Shiloh, 540%; Jermaine, 3320% 1971: Ashli, 1900%; Jermaine, 494% 1972: Catina, 9033%; Demond, 3920% 1973: Cicely, 1827%; Caine, 780% 1974: Nakia, 16100%; Rashad, 1100% 1975: Rasheda, 988%; Jamaal, 688% 1976: Rhiannon, 1713%; Seneca, 1429% 1977: Shawntae, 686%; Lavar, 5480% 1978: Aja, 3407%; Dequan, 988% 1979: Renada, 780%; Yoel, 525% 1980: Genese, 1920%; Rayshaun, 440% 1981: Krystle, 1623%; Cavin, 833% 1982: Jere, 1000%; Colt, 1620% 1983: Ciji, 2950%; Remington, 657% 1984: Santana, 3467%; Ryne, 424% 1985: Kayleigh, 2914%; Jaymes, 769% 1986: Kyrie, 3180%; Orry, 789% 1987: Janay, 1168%; Jareth, 400% 1988: Whitley, 916%; Nico, 860% 1989: Audriana, 3467%; Alexande, 4917% 1990: Alannah, 1583%; Tevin, 4569% 1991: Tanairi, 820%; Devante, 1356% 1992: Darian, 703%; Jalen, 3980% 1993: Coraima, 4320%; Savon, 2457% 1994: Aaliyah, 6495%; Romario, 1940% 1995: Iridian, 1845%; Tristin, 747% 1996: Alanis, 1047%; Json, 880% 1997: Yulisa, 2729%, Ennis, 620% 1998: Jazsmin, 960%; Denilson, 900% 1999: Tionne, 1100%; Sincere, 647% 2000: Litzy, 1189%; Elian, 2413% 2001: Nevaeh, 1111%; Jaheim, 5440% 2002: Lashanti, 2060%; Omarion, 8260% 2003: Azeneth, 1913%; Andon, 2200% 2004: Betzaida, 1233%; Jakwon, 1260% 2005: Mikalah, 1906%; Talan, 2130% 2006: Bethzy; 2636%; Dereon, 1217% 2007: Jaslene, 9920%; Leonidas & Renner, 700% 2008: Dayami, 3464%; Barack, 940% 2009: Baya, 1020%; Dhani, 520% 2010: Collins, 1557%; Bentlee, 733% 2011: Thaily, 1400%; Neymar, 900% 2012: Cataleya, 2182%; Long, 740% 2013: Daleyza, 1055%; Jaiceon, 1057% 2014: Aranza, 1297%; Jameis, 720% 2015: Vail, 700%; Rhydian, 667% 2016: Kehlani, 571%; Kylo, 580% 2017: Westlynn, 600%; Oseias, 1080% 2018: Maleni, 950%; Atreus, 1888% 2019: Yalitza, 1490%; Ermias, 3360% 2020: Ehlani, 2100%; Omere, 460%
(Did you catch all the doubles? Tula, Delano, Tammy, Jermaine, and Davey/Davy.)
I’ve already written about some of the names above (click the links to see the posts) and I plan to write about many of the others. In the meanwhile, though, feel free to beat me to it! Leave a comment and let us know what popularized Dorla in 1929, or Lauren in 1945, or Dustin in 1968, or Kayleigh in 1985, or Talan in 2005…
Looking for a surname-inspired baby name with a connection to Catholicism?
Here are more than 200 options, most of which come from Catholic Englishmen martyred during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Because the goal was to include as many
realistic baby names as possible, I interpreted “surname” and “saint” liberally in some cases. Xavier is not technically a surname, for instance, and many of the folks below are not yet full-fledged saints.
The hyperlinked names will take you to popularity graphs.
Abel, for Bl. Thomas Abel (d. 1540) of England.
Abbot, for Bl. Henry Abbot (d. 1597) of England.
Albert, for Bl. Federico Albert (d. 1876) of Italy.
Almond, for St. John Almond (d. 1612) of England.
Amias, for Bl. John Amias (d. 1589) of England. Ancina, for Bl. John Juvenal Ancina (d. 1604) of Italy.
Andleby, for Bl. William Andleby (d. 1597) of England.
Aquinas, for St. Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274) of Italy. Arrowsmith, for St. Edmund Arrowsmith (d. 1628) of England.
Ashley, for Bl. Ralph Ashley (d. 1606) of England.
Ashton, for Ven. Roger Ashton (d. 1592) of England. Atkinson, for Bl. Thomas Atkinson (d. 1616) of England.
Aufield, for Bl. Thomas Aufield (d. 1585) of England.
Barlow, for St. Ambrose Barlow (d. 1641) of England.
Baylon, for St. Paschal Baylon (d. 1592) of Spain.
Becket, from St. Thomas Becket (d. 1170) of England. Beesley, for Bl. George Beesley (d. 1591) of England.
Belson, for Bl. Thomas Belson (d. 1589) of England.
Bertie, for Servant of God Andrew Bertie (d. 2008) of England/Malta.
Bertrand, for St. Louis Bertrand (d. 1581) of Spain/South America. Bessette, for St. André Bessette (d. 1937) of Canada.
Bonzel, for Bl. Maria Theresia Bonzel (d. 1905) of Germany.
Bosco, for St. John Bosco (d. 1888) of Italy. Bosgrave, for Bl. Thomas Bosgrave (d. 1594) of England.
Bowes, for Bl. Marmaduke Bowes (d. 1585) of England.
Briant, for St. Alexander Briant (d. 1581) of England.
Britton, for Bl. John Britton (d. 1598) of England.
Buxton, for Bl. Christopher Buxton (d. 1588) of England.
Cabrini, for St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (d. 1917) of Italy/U.S.
Campion, for St. Edmund Campion (d. 1581) of England.
Carey, for Bl. John Carey (d. 1594) of England.
Carter, for Bl. William Carter (b. 1584) of England.
Casey, for Ven. Solanus Casey (d. 1957) of the U.S. (His religious name “Solanus” comes from St. Francis Solanus, below.) Cassant, for Bl. Pierre-Joseph Cassant (d. 1903) of France.
Catherick, for Bl. Edmund Catherick (d. 1642) of England.
Chanel, for St. Peter Chanel (d. 1841) of France. Claver, for St. Peter Claver (d. 1654) of Spain.
Claxton, for Bl. James Claxton (d. 1588) of England.
Collins, for Bl. Dominic Collins (d. 1602) of Ireland.
Cope, for St. Marianne Cope (d. 1918) of Germany/U.S.
Corbie, for Ven. Ralph Corbie (d. 1644) of Ireland.
Cornelius, for Bl. John Cornelius (d. 1594) of England. Dalby, for Bl. Robert Dalby (d. 1589) of England.
Daniel, for St. Antoine Daniel (d. 1648) of France/Canada.
David, for Bl. Vicente Vilar David (1937) of Spain or Bl. Toros Oghlou David (d. 1895) of Armenia
Davy, for Bl. John Davy (d. 1537) of England or Bl. Charlotte Davy (d. 1794) of France.
Dean, for Bl. William Dean (d. 1588) of England.
Dorie, for Bl. Pierre Henri Dorie (d. 1866) of France.
Douglas, for Bl. George Douglas (d. 1587) of Scotland.
Drexel, for St. Katharine Drexel (d. 1955) of the U.S.
Drury, for Bl. Robert Drury (d. 1607) of England.
Duff, for Servant of God Frank Duff (d. 1980) of Ireland.
Duke, for Bl. Edmund Duke (d. 1590) of England. Durando, for Bl. Marco Antonio Durando (d. 1880) of Italy.
Dutton, for Servant of God Joseph Dutton (d. 1931) of the U.S.
Ebner, for Bl. Margareta Ebner (d. 1351) of Germany.
Emmerich, for Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich (d. 1824) of Germany. Errico, for St. Gaetano Errico (d. 1860) of Italy.
Errington, for Bl. George Errington (d. 1596) of England.
Evans, for St. Philip Evans (d. 1679) of Wales.
Faber, for St. Peter Faber (d. 1546) of France. Falzon, for Bl. Nazju Falzon (d. 1865) of Malta.
Farina, for St. Giovanni Antonio Farina (d. 1888) of Italy. Fasani, for St. Francis Anthony Fasani (d. 1742) of Italy.
Felton, for Bl. John Felton (d. 1570) in England.
Fenn, for Bl. James Fenn (d. 1584) in England.
Fenwick, for Bl. John Fenwick (d. 1679) of England.
Ferrari, for Bl. Andrea Carlo Ferrari (d. 1921) of Italy. Ferrer, for St. Vincent Ferrer (d. 1419) of Spain.
Filby, for Bl. William Filby (d. 1582) of England.
Frassati, for Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati (d. 1925) of Italy.
Fulthrop, for Bl. Edward Fulthrop (d. 1597) of England.
Finch, for Bl. John Finch (d. 1584) of England.
Fisher, for Bl. John Fisher (d. 1535) of England.
Foley, for Servant of God Theodore Foley (d. 1974) of the U.S.
Fontaine, for Bl. Marie-Madeleine Fontaine (d. 1794) of France.
Forest, for Bl. John Forest (d. 1538) of England.
Garnet, for St. Thomas Garnet (d. 1608) of England.
Gavan, for Bl. John Gavan (d. 1679) of England. Gennings, for St. Edmund Gennings (d. 1591) of England.
Gerard, for Bl. Jeanne Gerard (d. 1794) of France or Bl. Joseph Gérard, (d. 1914) of France/South Africa. Gerosa, for St. Vincentia Gerosa (d. 1847) of Italy.
Gervase, for Bl. George Gervase (d. 1608) of England.
Gibson, for Bl. William Gibson (d. 1596) of England.
Goretti, for St. Maria Goretti (d. 1902) of Italy.
Grove, for Bl. John Grove (d. 1679) of England.
Gwyn, for St. Richard Gwyn (d. 1584) of Wales.
Harrington, for Bl. William Harrington (d. 1594) of England.
Heath, for Bl. Henry Heath (d. 1643) of England.
Hewitt, for Bl. John Hewitt (d. 1588) of England. Higgins, for Bl. Peter Higgins (d. 1642) of Irish.
Houghton, for St. John Houghton (d. 1535) of England.
Howard, for St. Philip Howard (d. 1595) of England or for his grandson, Bl. William Howard (d. 1680) of England.
Humphrey, for St. Lawrence Humphrey (d. 1590) of England.
Hunt, for Bl. Thurston Hunt (d. 1601) of England. Ingleby, for Bl. Francis Ingleby (d. 1586) of England.
Ingram, for Ven. John Ingram (d. 1594) of England.
Janssen, for St. Arnold Janssen (d. 1909) of Germany. Kemble, for St. John Kemble (d. 1679) of England.
Kern, for Bl. Jakob Kern (d. 1924) of Austria.
Kirby, for St. Luke Kirby (d. 1582) of England.
Kolbe, for St. Maximilian Kolbe (d. 1941) of Poland.
Konrad, for Bl. Nicholas Konrad (d. 1941) of Ukraine.
Lakota, for Bl. Gregor Lakota (d. 1950) of Ukraine.
Langley, for Bl. Richard Langley (d. 1586) of England. Lanteri, for Ven. Bruno Lanteri (d. 1830) of Italy.
Larke, for Bl. John Larke (d. 1544) of England.
Laval, for Bl. Jacques-Désiré Laval (d. 1864) of France/Mauritius.
Lawrence, for St. Robert Lawrence (d. 1535) of England.
Leigh, for Bl. Richard Leigh (d. 1588) of England.
Lewis, for St. David Lewis (d. 1679) of Wales Liguori, for St. Alphonsus Liguori (d. 1787) of Italy.
Lilli, for Bl. Salvatore Lilli (d. 1895) of Italy.
Lloyd, for St. John Lloyd (d. 1679) of Wales.
Lockwood, for Bl. John Lockwood (d. 1642) of England.
Lucas, for Bl. Charlotte Lucas (d. 1794) of France. MacKillop, for St. Mary MacKillop (d. 1909) of Australia.
Majali, for Bl. Giuliano Majali (d. 1470) of Sicily.
Majella, for St. Gerard Majella (d. 1755) of Italy.
Manna, for Bl. Paolo Manna (d. 1952) of Italy.
Marchand, for St. Joseph Marchand (d. 1835) of France.
Marella, for Ven. Olinto Marella (d. 1969) of Italy. Mareri, for Bl. Philippa Mareri (d. 1236) of Italy.
Margil, for Ven. Antonio Margil (d. 1726) of Spain/Central America.
Mari, for Servant of God Ida Mari (d. 1981) of Italy.
Martin, for St. Louis Martin (d. 1894) of France or Bl. Richard Martin (d. 1588) of England.
Marsden, from Bl. William Marsden (d. 1586) of England. Marto, for Bl. Francisco Marto (d. 1919) of Portugal.
Mason, for Bl. John Mason (d. 1591) of England.
Massey, for Bl. René-Julien Massey (d. 1792) of France.
Maxfield, for Bl. Thomas Maxfield (d. 1616) of England. Munden, for Bl. John Munden (d. 1584) of England.
Mayer, for Bl. Rupert Mayer (d. 1945) of Germany. McAuley, for Ven. Catherine McAuley (d. 1841) of Ireland.
Meehan, for Bl. Charles Meehan (d. 1679) of Ireland.
Merlo, for Ven. Thecla Merlo (d. 1964) of Italy.
Medina, for Bl. Manuel Medina y Olmos (d. 1936) of Spain.
Mela, for Ven. Itala Mela (d. 1957) of Italy.
Merton, for Fr. Thomas Merton (d. 1968) of the U.S.
Mesina, for Bl. Antonia Mesina (d. 1935) of Italy.
Miki, for St. Paul Miki (d. 1597) of Japan.
Molina, for Bl. Mercedes de Jesús Molina y Ayala (d. 1883) of Ecuador.
Molla, for St. Gianna Beretta Molla (d. 1962) of Italy.
Mora, for Bl. Elisabeth Canori Mora (d. 1825) of Italy.
Morse, for St. Henry Morse (d. 1645) of England.
Nelson, for Bl. John Nelson (d. 1578) of England.
Neri, for St. Philip Neri (d. 1595) of Italy.
Newman, for Bl. John Henry Newman (d. 1890) of England.
Nichols, for Bl. George Nichols (d. 1589) fo England. Nolasco, for St. Peter Nolasco (d. 1256) of France.
Ogilvie, for St. John Ogilvie (d. 1615) of Scotland.
Owen, for St. Nicholas Owen (d. 1606) of England.
Page, for Bl. Anthony Page (d. 1593) of England or Bl. Francis Page (d. 1602) of England.
Percy, for Bl. Thomas Percy (d. 1572) of England.
Potter, for Ven. Mary Potter (d. 1913) of England.
Powell, for Bl. Edward Powell (d. 1540) of Wales.
Quinn, for Ven. Edel Quinn (d. 1944) of Ireland.
Rawlins, for Bl. Alexander Rawlins (d. 1595) of England.
Regis, for St. John Francis Regis (d. 1640) of France.
Reynolds, for St. Richard Reynolds (d. 1535) of England or Bl. Thomas Reynolds (d. 1560) of England.
Richardson, for Bl. Lawrence Richardson (d. 1582) of England or Bl. William Richardson (d. 1603) of England.
Rigby, for St. John Rigby (d. 1600) of England Rivi, for Bl. Rolando Rivi (d. 1945) of Italy.
Robinson, for St. Christopher Robinson (d. 1598) of England.
Rochester, for Bl. John Rochester (d. 1537) of England.
Roe, for St. Alban Roe (d. 1642) of England.
Romano, for Bl. Vincent Romano (d. 1831) of Italy. Rossello, for St. Maria Giuseppa Rossello (d. 1880) of Italy.
Sala, for Bl. Maria Anna Sala (d. 1891) of Italy.
Savio, for St. Dominic Savio (d. 1857) of Italy.
Scott, for Bl. Montford Scott (d. 1591) of England or Bl. Maurus Scott (d. 1612) of England.
Serra, for St. Junipero Serra (d. 1784) of Spain/New Spain.
Seton, for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (d. 1821) of the U.S.
Sheen, for Ven. Fulton J. Sheen (d. 1979) of the U.S.
Shelley, for Bl. Edward Shelley (d. 1588) of England.
Sherwin, for St. Ralph Sherwin (d. 1581) of England.
Sherwood, for Bl. Thomas Sherwood (d. 1578) of England.
Sinclair, for Ven. Margaret Anne Sinclair (d. 1925) of Scotland.
Slade, for Bl. John Slade (d. 1583) of England. Solanus, for St. Francis Solanus (d. 1610) of Spain.
Southwell, for St. Robert Southwell (d. 1595) of England.
Southworth, for St. John Southworth (d. 1654) of England.
Steno, for Bl. Nicolas Steno (d. 1686) of Denmark.
Spenser, for Bl. William Spenser (d. 1589) of England.
Spencer, for Ven. Ignatius Spencer (d. 1864) of England.
Stefani, for Bl. Irene Stefani (d. 1930) of Italy.
Stein, for St. Edith Stein (d. 1942) of Germany.
Stone, for St. John Stone (d. 1539) in England.
Sullivan, for Ven. John Sullivan (d. 1933) in Ireland.
Sutton, for Bl. Robert Sutton (d. 1587) of England.
Talbot, for Ven. Matt Talbot (d. 1925) of Ireland or Bl. John Talbot (d. 1600) of England.
Tansi, for Bl. Cyprian Michael Tansi (d. 1964) of Nigeria.
Taylor, for Bl. Hugh Taylor (d. 1585) of England, Francis Taylor (d. 1621) of Ireland, or Ven. Frances Margaret Taylor (d. 1900) of England. Tezza, for Bl. Luigi Tezza (d. 1923) of Italy.
Thirkeld, for Bl. Richard Thirkeld (d. 1583) in England.
Thompson, for Bl. James Thompson (d. 1582) of England.
Thorne, for Bl. John Thorne (d. 1539) of England.
Thorpe, for Bl. Robert Thorpe (d. 1591) of England. Tirry, for Bl. William Tirry (d. 1654) of Ireland.
Tomasi, for St. Giuseppe Maria Tomasi (d. 1713) of Italy. Tunstall, for Bl. Thomas Tunstall (d. 1616) of England.
Turner, for Bl. Anthony Turner (d. 1679) of England.
Vega, for Servant of God Pablo Muñoz Vega (d. 1994) of Ecuador.
Venard, for St. Jean-Théophane Vénard (d. 1861) of France.
Vera, for Ven. Jacinto Vera y Durán (d. 1881) of Uruguay.
Verna, for Bl. Antonia Maria Verna (d. 1838) of Italy.
Vianney, for St. Jean Vianney (d. 1859) of France.
Ward, for St. Margaret Ward (d. 1588) of England.
Webster, for St. Augustine Webster (d. 1535) of England.
Wells, for St. Swithun Wells (d. 1591) of England.
Wharton, for Bl. Christopher Wharton (d. 1600) of England.
Whitaker, for Bl. Thomas Whitaker (d. 1646) of England.
Wilson, for Ven. Mary Jane Wilson (d. 1916) of British India.
Wright, for Bl. Peter Wright (d. 1651) of England.
Xavier, for St. Francis Xavier (d. 1552) of Spain.
Zaccaria, for St. Antonio Maria Zaccaria (d. 1539) of Italy.
Zola, for Bl. Giovanni Batista Zola (d. 1626) of Italy.
Which of the above do you like best?
And, what other saint-inspired surnames would make good baby names? I’m sure I missed a few. Let me know in the comments!
Need to narrow down your list of favorite baby names? See how they
really stack up with a weighted decision matrix!
There are several ways to access this free spreadsheet:
Instructions are included in the file, but here’s a summary: you write in the traits you’re looking for in a baby name and “weight” each of those traits by importance. Then, you write in the baby names you’re considering and give each one some ratings. The spreadsheet will do the math and reveal which name best fits your criteria.
The file has two sheets — the first is blank, the second is filled out, as an example. (I randomly used the names Alexander, Zachary, Bartholomew, Heath, John, Ian, Xavier, Lucky, Walter and Maxwell on the example sheet.)
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(This is an updated version of one of the
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A reader named Nate just sent me this note:
We just had a set of twins arrive about 2 months early. They are doing well in the NICU, but needless to say, we weren’t quite prepared for the arrival and haven’t got names picked out.
We need both a boy and girl name. We have a 2 year old daughter named Parker Rose. We like the different but familiar feel of Parker and don’t have a strong preference for or aversion to unisex names for girls. Current names on our lists – Boy: Heath, Everett, Tristan, Beckett; Girl: Piper, Kendall, Ansley, Charlotte, Sloan.
Any more ideas along those lines? (Last name starts with “J”)
I’m so glad the twins are doing well. I hope that continues!
Of the names on the shortlist right now, I might cross off Piper and Ansley. Piper because it’s so close to Parker, Ansley because I feel like a lot of people would mispronounce it.
Personally, my favorites are Charlotte for the baby girl and either Heath or Everett for the baby boy.
I thought the following names might be of interest as well:
(I didn’t try to sort by gender because so many of these go both ways nowadays.)
Which of the names above do
you like best for the twins? What other names would you suggest to Nate?
A reader named Abby is expecting fraternal twins, a boy and a girl, in October. She and her husband already have a son named Leo Sebastian.
They’re aiming for vintage names (with kind of a quirky/British feel) that aren’t too popular. These are their favorites so far, top picks in italics.
Abby says, “He thinks mine are slightly boring, I think his are a tad too flamboyant.”
They’d like our opinions on two things:
What other boy and girl names would we suggest?
Out of the current favorites, what are the best pairings?
The twins’ surname will be similar to Waters.
Here are my thoughts…
1. First, name suggestions. Most of these names have a vintage feel, and none of are currently in the top 100 (though several are heading that way).
I didn’t include any w-names, but I was tempted to throw in Willa and Winifred (Winnie). Maybe even Wilhelmina (Minnie).
2. Out of the current favorites, Henry and Penelope are the two I like best for twins. I also like Maxwell and Beatrix (because both have that quirky
What other names/pairings would you suggest to Abby?