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Old Names vs. New Names in Plymouth, Mass.

In the comment section of last week’s post on old & new French names, Bridgett came up with a great idea: Why not do the same thing for a U.S. city?

I checked the online editions of 8 or 9 U.S. city newspapers. Some had birth announcements, others had obits/death notices, the rest had neither. So I gave up on cities, switched to towns, and soon found some useful information for Plymouth, Massachusetts:

Male Births Male Deaths Female Births Female Deaths
Aidan
Alexander
Calvin
Connor
Jayden
John
Levon
Oliver
Patrick
Souheil
William
Zachary
Albert
Alfred
Carl
David
James
Joseph
Joseph
Paul
Steven
Ashlynn
Brianna
Grace
Isobel
Ivy
Kealyn
Leila
Lila
Marlee
Molly
Alice
Barbara
Beatrice
Deanna
Elizabeth
Elsie
Karin
Lorraine
Marilyn
Mirandy
Miriam
Rose
Virginia
Virginia

I couldn’t list two of the babies — Skyler Reece and Riley Paige — because I’m not sure about the gender in either case. (I would guess they’re both female, but who knows.)

Also, I should mention that the average age of those listed in the death announcements is 78.

Now it’s your turn: Which set do you prefer, the “old” names or the “new” names?

Also, if you know of a city newspaper that publishes both birth and death announcements online, I’d appreciate it if you would shoot me an e-mail. Thanks!


Baby Name Needed – Name for Baby Girl #2

A reader named Alex is looking for a name for her second daughter, due this September:

My first born is named Rowan Isobel and we’re looking for a name that will complement her name. We generally like Welsh/Celtic names (my husband’s name is O’Donnell) but also like unusual names. Rowan was ‘almost’ Arwen or Bronwyn, but – though we like those names, we think they are too close to Rowan. The biggest problem is that we think Rowan is SUCH a perfect name – we may have set the bar too high! Any suggestion would be appreciated!

I brainstormed for Celtic names that seemed to fit with the “style” of Rowan, and here’s what I came up with:

Afanen
Afton
Ainsley
Aisling
Carys
Delyth
Devin
Dylan
Epona
Finley
Finola
Greer
Keelan
Kendall
Kennedy
Meredith
Moira
Morgan
Niamh
Quinn
Riley
Rory
Shea
Teagan

What other names might sound good with Rowan? (I think non-Celtic suggestions are welcome as well.)

Baby Names in England – Isobel & Jack, Trixabelle & J-Keiro-Tye

These were the most popular names chosen by parents in the towns of Hitchin and Stevenage (in Hertfordshire, England) in 2007:

Girls Boys
1. Isobel
2. Jessica
3. Lily
4. Sophie
5. Emily
6. Amelia
7. Charlotte
8. Chloe
9. Grace
10. Phoebe
1. Jack
2. Dylan
3. Oliver
4. George
5. Luke
6. Thomas
7. Jake
8. Joshua
9. Alfie
10. James

And these were some of the unique baby names in the area in 2007:

Albie
Appollos
Auro
Autumn Lily
Beau Bella
Buddy Dinosaur
Deavion Antwon
Inigo
J-Keiro-Tye
Mackenzie-Kriss
Mattise
Sonny Hendrix
Summer Sky
Trixabelle

Zeb Star Ice and Pebbles Galaxy were among the unusual names of the previous year (2006).

Source: The Comet