How popular is the baby name Meg in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Meg and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Meg.
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This baby didn’t get 139 names, but 49 is still excessive, don’t you think?
Diana and Arthur Martello of New Brighton, Pennsylvania, had a baby girl in May of 1989 and gave her 49 names. (Initially it was just 43, but they added 6 more a few weeks later.)
Here are all 49 names:
Princess India Rosa Kathleen Pearla Meshelle Suzanne Luchianna Irena Iris Veronica Donna Holly Robin Concha Kristian Tonya Elizabeth Joana Magali Lavinia Ruth Sandy Lori Appolonia Concepteone Stephenie Victoria Ira Maria Jane Claudia Pamela Shirley Mellissa Leah Rebecca Simone Alana Loren Joy Angie Pheonix Cynthia Christine Eleanor Meg Sophia Eunice
Diana was the one who came up with them. She said her inspiration included TV shows like Matt Houston, T.J. Hooker, Santa Barbara, and The Young and the Restless.
If you could go back in time and rename this baby girl, which two names (out of the 49) would you choose as her first and middle names?
Musala, Jane C. “A Nickname Makes it 45.” Allegheny Times 30 May 1989: A3.
Musala, Jane C. “The Good News is Short-Lived.” Allegheny Times 28 Jun. 1989: A3.
American writer Meg Nesterov is chronicling her experience of being pregnant in Turkey over at travel blog Gadling. Her latest post has to do with choosing a baby name:
“Whatever you do, if it’s a girl, don’t call her Natasha,” was the first bit of advice a Turkish friend gave me about having a baby in Istanbul. While a common and inoffensive name in the US and Russia, in Turkey and many other European countries, Natasha doesn’t have the best connotation. It tends to be slang for, well, a certain kind of professional woman from Eastern Europe, or just a gold-digger; not things with which you want your baby to be associated.
She also mentioned several English names that don’t sound quite right in Turkey, such as Erik (which means “plum” in Turkish) and Dana (which means “veal” or “calf”).
A reader named Anna would like a few baby name suggestions:
I’m expecting my second child, a girl, in April, and she’ll be half-English and half-Japanese. We already have a son named Kai, and we are trying to find a name that, like Kai’s, sounds good in both languages.
So far, they’ve come up with Sara, Ema, Naomi and Maya.
My first thought was to look for Japanese names that resemble familiar English names. Here’s what I found:
Ami, which looks like a variant of Amy.
Emi, which looks like a nickname for Emily or Emma.
Erika, which happens to match Erika.
Hana, which looks like a streamlined version of Hannah.
Kimi, which looks like it’s based on Kim.
Mari, Mariko, Marika and similar names containing Mari-, which is close to Mary.
Marina, which starts with Mari- and also happens to match Marina.
Megumi, which could be shortened to Meg.
Miki, which looks like a feminized version of Mickey.
Noa, which looks like the male name Noah…though there is a female in the Bible with the H-less version.
Suzu, Suzume, Suzuna, and other Su- names that could be shortened to Sue or Susie.
English names that are stylistically similar to Japanese names might also work well. Names like Mara, Nora, Dara, Dora, Tara, Tori and Una fit the pattern, for instance.
An recent news item about how much Britons spend on their pets also mentioned that “half of the 40 most popular dog names also feature in the top 40 current most popular baby names, including Jack, Sam, Ruby and Meg.”
Going by a similar survey from last year, some of those other names are probably Alfie, Charlie, Holly, Max, Molly, and Poppy.
If you like the idea of anagrams but want to avoid sound-alike sets, I recommend anagrams with different numbers of syllables. Pairs like “Etta and Tate” and “Clay and Lacy” are a far more subtle than pairs like “Enzo and Zeno” and “Mary and Myra.”