How popular is the baby name Meryl 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 Meryl.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Meryl

Posts that Mention the Name Meryl

Could Selfie Become a Baby Name?

Hillary Clinton and Meryl Streep Selfie
Meryl Streep and Hillary Rodham Clinton selfie
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Selfie was declared the 2013 Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries back on November 19.

Why? Because the word selfie, which was coined in 2002, became extremely popular in 2013. According to the Oxford Dictionaries press release, “the frequency of the word selfie in the English language has increased by 17,000% since this time last year.”

This makes me wonder…did any parents name their babies Selfie in 2013?

Now, technically, the name Selfie already exists (e.g., Selfie Lee Borom, Selfie M. Moore). But all of the people I’ve found so far named Selfie were born long before the modern term selfie emerged.

Personally, I think there’s a decent chance that a baby or two got the name Selfie last year.

After all, Selfie sounds a lot like the stylish baby names Sophie (currently ranked 52nd) and Sofie (996th).

And, while a lot of people would be turned off by the explicit narcissism of the word, I’m sure others would not be bothered by it. How else could baby names like Awesome, Einstein, Epic, Goddess, Greatness and Prodigy have come to exist?

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Do you think there’s a chance Selfie could debut on the SSA’s baby name list in 2013?

(For a name to appear on the national list, it needs to be given to at least 5 babies of either gender during a single calendar year.)

Source: Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013

California Quints’ Initials Spell G.R.A.C.E.

On September 26, John and Meryl Ferraro of California welcomed a set of quints (three girls, two boys).

The quints’ names–Gabrielle, Riley, Addison, Cooper and Emerson–form the acronym G.R.A.C.E.


John told CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Jeff Nguyen, “I love the song ‘Amazing Grace.'”

Quips Meryl, “We figured we would eventually forget their names, so if we yell ‘GRACE’ they’d all come running.”

That last part is good thinking, actually. Efficient. :)

I thought was interesting that most of the quints’ names are unisex. Gabrielle is clearly a girl name, but Riley, Addison, Cooper and Emerson are given to babies of both genders nowadays.

My hunch was that Addison and Emerson were female, and that Riley and Cooper were male. I checked the quints’ blog, Grace Plus One, and found out this was indeed the case. (Of course they have a blog. All the cool newborns are doing it, didn’t you know?) I wouldn’t have been shocked if I’d been wrong, though.

Here are the quints’ middle names and nicknames, and the order in which they were born:

  1. Gabrielle “Gabby” Ann
  2. Riley “Ry” Daniel
  3. Cooper “Coop” Elliott
  4. Emerson “Emmy” Joy
  5. Addison “Addy” Faith

Do you like this set of names? Do you like that the initials form a word?

Source: Oh Baby! Those 5 Ferraro Quintuplets Make It Home To Fullerton
Some related posts: Morlok quads, alphabetical quints, alphabetical quads

The Baby Name Azaria

a cry in the dark (movie)

A coroner has recently decided that Azaria Chamberlain — the 2?month?old Australian baby girl who disappeared in August, 1980, while her family was camping near Uluru — was indeed killed by a dingo.

There are two name-related things I wanted to mention about this.

First, that the constant media coverage of the incident at the time resulted in “vicious and often ignorant outbursts from the Australian public,” and that one such “outburst” was that the name Azaria meant “sacrifice in the wilderness.”

The name doesn’t mean that, of course. Azaria’s mom, Lindy, had discovered the name Azaria in a baby name book that defined it as “blessed of God.” Behind the Name defines the original version — the male name Azariah — as “Yahweh has helped.”

But this and similar accusations may have played a part in Lindy Chamberlain being convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1982. Which is quite alarming, considering “there was no body, no evidence of motive and no incriminating eyewitness evidence.”

Second, that — while I can’t find Australian baby name data that goes back to 1980 online — I can tell you that the story of Azaria did influence U.S. baby names.

But not until the movie came out.

A Cry in the Dark, which was an Australian movie, starred American actress Meryl Streep as Lindy. It was released in the U.S. in late 1988, and that’s the year we see Azaria pop up for the first time on the SSA’s baby name list:

  • 1992: 29 baby girls named Azaria
  • 1991: 37 baby girls named Azaria
  • 1990: 61 baby girls named Azaria
  • 1989: 30 baby girls named Azaria
  • 1988: 6 baby girls named Azaria [debut]
  • 1987: not listed

For a more in-depth look at the name Azaria and the story of Azaria Chamberlain, check out Famous Name: Azaria over at Australian name blog Waltzing More Than Matilda.


Huge List of Anagram Baby Names

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Looking for baby names with something in common? Perhaps for a set of twins or triplets? I’ve collected hundreds of anagram baby names for you.

2-Letter Anagram Baby Names

3-Letter Anagram Baby Names

4-Letter Anagram Baby Names

5-Letter Anagram Baby Names

6-Letter Anagram Baby Names

7-Letter Anagram Baby Names

8-Letter Anagram Baby Names

9-Letter Anagram Baby Names

10-Letter Anagram Baby Names

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.”

(Here are some palindromic names from last month.)