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Name Quotes for the Weekend #28

Keira Knightly quote about  her misspelled name

From an interview with Keira Knightley in Elle (UK):

Keira also revealed that she was never intended to be called Keira.

‘I was meant to be named “Kiera”, after a Russian ice skater who was on the TV one day. My dad fancied her and nicked her name for me. But it was my mum who went to register my birth, and she accidentally spelled “ei” instead of “ie” because my mum’s crap at spelling.

‘Apparently, when she came back he said: “WHAT THE F*CK? You’ve spelt her name wrong!” What were they going to do, though? Once it’s on the piece of paper, it’s on the piece of paper. And that’s me. A spelling error.’

From There’s Something About Nutella (about the French parents who tried to name their baby Nutella) by lawyer Wes Anderson:

If only the parents lived in the United States, then they may likely have realized their dream. While many European countries place various restrictions on baby names, American parents may generally use a trademark as a personal name, so long as it is a word mark and both parents consent to the name. Brand loyalty may have some limits abroad, but the courts on our shores would hardly object to baby Nutella.

From Parents seek unique names for their children in The Japan News:

Under the Family Registration Law, about 3,000 kanji can be used for a person’s name, including joyo kanji (kanji designated for common use) and kanji exclusively used for people’s names. Hiragana and katakana can be used as well. However, there are no rules regarding how a kanji character should be read in a name or how long the name can be.

In recent years, more and more variations are showing up in children’s names with nonstandard pronunciations apparently becoming prominent. For example, the kanji “kokoro” (heart) is often read “ko” these days, while “ai” (love) is read “a.”

[…]

At one kindergarten in Kanagawa Prefecture, teachers write down the phonetic readings of all the new pupils’ names on the roll before the entrance ceremony to check how they should be read.

“It’s a shock for parents to hear their children’s names read out incorrectly,” a staff member of the kindergarten said.

Tamago Club, a magazine for expecting mothers published by Benesse Corp., is calling on readers to avoid names whose kanji readings are too different from the norm.

From the book The Leonardo DiCaprio Album by Brian J. Robb:

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born in Los Angeles on 11th November 1974 to burnt-out hippie parents who named him after the Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci. His mother, German-born Irmelin Idenbirken chose her son’s name after feeling him kicking in the womb as she stood in front of a Da Vinci painting in the Uffizi Gallery in Venice, Italy.

From Why We Like Boys Better Than Girls (Or At Least Their Names) by Laura Wattenberg:

Our modern naming age sees lots of names flowing around the gender divide. Some traditional male names, like Micah and Riley, are showing up more and more on the girls’ side. Other names with no traditional gender link, like word names, place names, and surnames, are flipping back and forth or remaining unisex. But even in this fluid, creative naming culture, I challenge you to find a traditionally female name that is given to boys. Much as a reference to running or fighting “like a girl” is taken as an insult, so do we shrink from any hint of girliness in our boys’ names. As a result, the move toward androgyny in baby names turns out to look an awful lot like masculinization.

[…]

Names have enormous symbolic power. They send messages. What message would it send to girls if the women of the U.S. Supreme Court were named Raymond, Simon and Elliot instead of Ruth, Sonia and Elena? Just as we may wish for a future where “running like a girl” means “running as fast and long as you can,” I’m rooting for a future where a little Leia is considered just as bold and confident as a girl dressed — or named — like Han.

From the Survivor Wiki page about Neleh Davis, the runner-up from Survivor: Marquesas (2002):

Neleh Dennis was born in Heber City, Utah, and is one of eight siblings (five brothers, Tom, John, Devin, Nathan, and Landon, and two sisters, McKenna and Robyn). She was named after her maternal grandmother, Helen. Same name, only spelled backwards.

From an interview with Dax Shepard [vid] on Ellen:

Ellen: Where does the name Delta come from, was that something you had thought of before?

Dax: So Delta actually–it was a joke, because our first daughter’s name is Lincoln, which is very masculine, so a friend of mine teasingly texted me, “Oh great, what’s this one gonna be, Navy Seal? Delta Force? Green Beret?” And I was reading this text out loud to Kristen, I’m like, “Oh listen to how funny this is, Steve said, what if we named her Delta Force” and I was like…Delta! Delta Bell Shepard, that’s it! And that’s it.

Want to see quote posts #1 through #27? Check out the quote post category. Have a nice weekend, all!


Letter by Letter: Popular Baby Boy Names, 2013

popular baby boy names, letter by letter, in 2013

Wondering what the most popular J-names for baby boys are? How about Q-names?

Below are the 10 most popular boy names for each letter, A through Z. (The parenthetical notations show how the current rankings differ from the 2012 rankings.)

The two new #1 names that emerged in 2013 were Hunter, which replaced Henry, and Thomas, which replaced Tyler.

A-Names

1. Alexander, 14771 baby boys
2. Aiden, 13527
3. Anthony, 12164
4. Andrew, 11568
5. Aaron, 7246
6. Adrian, 6802 (was 8th)
7. Austin, 6441
8. Angel, 6320 (was 6th)
9. Ayden, 6035
10. Adam, 5193

B-Names

1. Benjamin, 13373 baby boys
2. Brayden, 7384
3. Brandon, 6180
4. Blake, 5601
5. Bentley, 5344
6. Brody, 4302
7. Bryson, 3783
8. Bryce, 3335
9. Brantley, 3171 (was 13th)
10. Braxton, 3078

Out of the top 10: Bryan, now ranked 11th.

C-Names

1. Christopher, 10765 baby boys
2. Carter, 9512 (was 4th)
3. Caleb, 9500 (was 2nd)
4. Christian, 9261 (was 3rd)
5. Connor, 7058 (was 6th)
6. Charles, 6955 (was 7th)
7. Cameron, 6809 (was 5th)
8. Colton, 6442
9. Chase, 5504
10. Cooper, 4843

D-Names

1. Daniel, 14140 baby boys
2. David, 12226
3. Dylan, 10058
4. Dominic, 6277
5. Damian, 3945
6. Declan, 3097 (was 7th)
7. Diego, 2905 (was 6th)
8. Derek, 1865 (was 9th)
9. Devin, 1828 (was 8th)
10. Damien, 1603

E-Names

1. Ethan, 16127 baby boys
2. Elijah, 13626
3. Eli, 7867
4. Evan, 7070
5. Easton, 4615
6. Elias, 3472 (was 7th)
7. Eric, 3233 (was 6th)
8. Ezra, 2708 (was 10th)
9. Edward, 2679 (was 8th)
10. Emmanuel, 2377 (was 9th)

F-Names

1. Francisco, 1688 baby boys
2. Finn, 1440 (was 3rd)
3. Fernando, 1424 (was 2nd)
4. Felix, 1171 (was 5th)
5. Fabian, 1091 (was 4th)
6. Frank, 996
7. Finnegan, 605
8. Finley, 562 (was 10th)
9. Frederick, 549
10. Franklin, 545 (was 8th)

G-Names

1. Gabriel, 11112 baby boys
2. Gavin, 7379
3. Grayson, 5500
4. Giovanni, 2964
5. Greyson, 2630 (was 9th)
6. George, 2522 (was 7th)
7. Grant, 2401 (was 6th)
8. Gael, 2296 (was 5th)
9. Gage, 2131 (was 8th)
10. Graham, 1876 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Garrett, now ranked 12th.

H-Names

1. Hunter, 8887 baby boys (was 2nd)
2. Henry, 8802 (was 1st)
3. Hudson, 4628
4. Hayden, 2933
5. Harrison, 2491
6. Hector, 1248
7. Holden, 1198
8. Hugo, 653
9. Hayes, 411 (was 13th)
10. Harvey, 399 (was 15th)

Hunter became the new #1 H-name in 2013.

Out of the top 10: Harley, now ranked 11th, and Harper, now 14th.

I-Names

1. Isaac, 10005 baby boys
2. Isaiah, 7754
3. Ian, 5374
4. Ivan, 2846
5. Iker, 1612
6. Israel, 1457
7. Ismael, 741
8. Izaiah, 634
9. Ibrahim, 631 (was 10th)
10. Issac, 585 (was 9th)

J-Names

1. Jacob, 17976 baby boys
2. Jayden, 14656
3. James, 13416
4. Jackson, 12488 (was 6th)
5. Joseph, 12095
6. Joshua, 11680 (was 4th)
7. John, 10588
8. Jack, 8506 (was 9th)
9. Jonathan, 8478 (was 8th)
10. Jaxon, 7479 (was 13th)

Out of the top 10: Jordan, now ranked 12th.

K-Names

1. Kevin, 5892 baby boys
2. Kayden, 4386
3. Kaiden, 3076 (was 6th)
4. Kaleb, 2833 (was 3rd)
5. Kaden, 2606
6. Kyle, 2563 (was 4th)
7. Kenneth, 2159
8. Kingston, 2114 (was 9th)
9. King, 2085 (was 11th)
10. Kai, 1956 (was 8th)

Out of the top 10: Keegan, now ranked 11th.

L-Names

1. Liam, 18002 baby boys
2. Logan, 12270
3. Lucas, 11451
4. Luke, 9497 (was 5th)
5. Landon, 8679 (was 4th)
6. Levi, 7339
7. Lincoln, 4010 (was 8th)
8. Luis, 3976 (was 7th)
9. Leo, 3473
10. Leonardo, 2891

M-Names

1. Mason, 17591 baby boys
2. Michael, 15366
3. Matthew, 13226
4. Micah, 3631
5. Maxwell, 3607 (was 7th)
6. Mateo, 3547 (was 9th)
7. Max, 3492 (was 5th)
8. Miles, 3385 (was 6th)
9. Miguel, 2874 (was 8th)
10. Marcus, 2497

N-Names

1. Noah, 18090 baby boys
2. Nathan, 9620
3. Nicholas, 7078
4. Nolan, 4715 (was 5th)
5. Nathaniel, 4461 (was 4th)
6. Nicolas, 2109
7. Nehemiah, 919
8. Noel, 774
9. Nash, 596 (was 10th)
10. Nico, 561 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Nikolas, now ranked 11th.

O-Names

1. Owen, 8702 baby boys
2. Oliver, 7209
3. Oscar, 2225
4. Omar, 1873
5. Orion, 743
6. Orlando, 465
7. Odin, 447
8. Otto, 338 (was 10th)
9. Omari, 318 (was 8th)
10. Oakley, 288 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Osvaldo, now ranked 11th.

P-Names

1. Parker, 5622 baby boys
2. Preston, 2636
3. Patrick, 2566
4. Paul, 2017 (was 5th)
5. Peter, 1833 (was 6th)
6. Peyton, 1833 (was 4th)
7. Paxton, 1346
8. Pedro, 922
9. Phillip, 858
10. Phoenix, 775 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Pablo, now ranked 13th.

Q-Names

1. Quinn, 875 baby boys
2. Quentin, 722
3. Quinton, 479
4. Quincy, 416
5. Quintin, 248
6. Quinten, 161
7. Quinlan, 59
8. Quade, 34 (was 15th)
9. Quadir, 32 (was 10th)
10. Quran, 31 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Quincey, now ranked 11th, and Quin, now 13th.

R-Names

1. Ryan, 9808 baby boys
2. Robert, 6641
3. Ryder, 3750
4. Roman, 2858 (was 6th)
5. Richard, 2770 (was 4th)
6. Riley, 2531 (was 5th)
7. Ryker, 2462 (was 8th)
8. Rylan, 1882 (was 7th)
9. Ricardo, 1421
10. Reid, 1364 (was 12th)

Out of the top 10: Raymond, now ranked 11th.

S-Names

1. Samuel, 10957 baby boys
2. Sebastian, 7495
3. Silas, 3367 (was 7th)
4. Sawyer, 3142 (was 6th)
5. Santiago, 3015 (was 4th)
6. Steven, 2850 (was 3rd)
7. Sean, 2180 (was 5th)
8. Simon, 1592 (was 12th)
9. Seth, 1578 (was 8th)
10. Spencer, 1440

Out of the top 10: Stephen, now ranked 11th.

T-Names

1. Thomas, 6708 baby boys (was 2nd)
2. Tyler, 6590 (was 1st)
3. Tristan, 3970
4. Timothy, 3016
5. Theodore, 2397 (was 7th)
6. Tucker, 2220
7. Tanner, 2029 (was 5th)
8. Travis, 1571 (was 9th)
9. Trevor, 1520 (was 8th)
10. Trenton, 1319

Thomas became the new #1 T-name in 2013.

U-Names

1. Uriel, 567 baby boys
2. Uriah, 488
3. Urijah, 298
4. Ulises, 270
5. Ulysses, 164
6. Umar, 94 (was 7th)
7. Unknown, 85 (was 6th) [not a name; used when a name is unknown]
8. Uziel, 77
9. Uzziah, 51 (was 10th)
10. Usman, 39 (was 15th)

Out of the top 10: Usher, now ranked 11th.

V-Names

1. Vincent, 3829 baby boys
2. Victor, 2715
3. Vihaan, 426
4. Valentino, 329 (was 6th)
5. Vicente, 317 (was 4th)
6. Vincenzo, 285 (was 5th)
7. Van, 252 (was 8th)
8. Vaughn, 247 (was 9th)
9. Vance, 244 (was 7th)
10. Valentin, 237

W-Names

1. William, 16495 baby boys
2. Wyatt, 8490
3. Wesley, 2819
4. Weston, 2473
5. Waylon, 1190
6. Walter, 930
7. Walker, 833
8. Warren, 577
9. Wade, 483
10. Winston, 390 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Wilson, now ranked 11th.

X-Names

1. Xavier, 4933 baby boys
2. Xander, 1687
3. Xzavier, 420
4. Xavi, 217
5. Xavion, 81
6. Xaiden, 76
7. Xavian, 63
8. Xavior, 55
9. Xayden, 53
10. Xzander, 43 (was 12th)

Out of the top 10: Xavien, now ranked 11th.

Y-Names

1. Yahir, 570 baby boys
2. Yusuf, 414
3. Yosef, 328
4. Yousef, 249 (was 5th)
5. Yael, 243 (was 4th)
6. Yair, 206 (was 10th)
7. Yadiel, 202 (was 8th)
8. Yisroel, 179 (was 9th)
9. Yehuda, 174 (was 6th)
10. Youssef, 173 (was 12th)

Out of the top 10: Yandel, now ranked 14th.

Z-Names

1. Zachary, 5685 baby boys
2. Zayden, 2097 (was 3rd)
3. Zane, 1719 (was 2nd)
4. Zander, 1586 (was 5th)
5. Zion, 1514 (was 4th)
6. Zaiden, 956
7. Zachariah, 744
8. Zayne, 576 (was 9th)
9. Zackary, 463 (was 8th)
10. Zain, 360 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Zechariah, now ranked 11th.

Here are the 2012 rankings, if you want to check them out.

U.S. Baby Names 2013: Most Popular Names, Top Girl Name Debuts, Top Boy Name Debuts, Biggest Girl Name Changes, Biggest Boy Name Changes, Top First Letters, Top Lengths, Top Girl Names by Letter, Top Boy Names by Letter, Top 1-Syllable Names

Gender Test: Which Girl Names Are Not Quite Girl Names?

Yesterday was the masculinity test, so today, of course, is the femininity test.

Here’s the focus question: Which girl names were given to a significant proportion of baby boys last year?

If you’re looking for a name that will clearly identify your daughter as a girl, the answer will help you avoid names that could cause gender confusion.

This year’s femininity test is even easier to understand, as I’m now using a pass/fail system. So, if a girl name was…

  • Given to baby girls at least 80% of the time, the grade is pass. (But less than 90% of the time: warning.)
  • Given to baby girls less than 80% of the time, the grade is fail.

I analyzed all of the girl names on the top 1,000 list. Of these 1,000 names, 58 failed and 31 got a warning. (Scroll down to see lists of the failed and warning names only.)

1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Isabella
4. Olivia
5. Ava
6. Emily
7. Abigail
8. Mia
9. Madison
10. Elizabeth
11. Chloe
12. Ella
13. Avery, Warning
14. Addison
15. Aubrey
16. Lily
17. Natalie
18. Sofia
19. Charlotte
20. Zoey
21. Grace
22. Hannah
23. Amelia
24. Harper
25. Lillian
26. Samantha
27. Evelyn
28. Victoria
29. Brooklyn
30. Zoe
31. Layla
32. Hailey
33. Leah
34. Kaylee
35. Anna
36. Aaliyah
37. Gabriella
38. Allison
39. Nevaeh
40. Alexis, Fail
41. Audrey
42. Savannah
43. Sarah
44. Alyssa
45. Claire
46. Taylor, Warning
47. Riley, Fail
48. Camila
49. Arianna
50. Ashley
51. Brianna
52. Sophie
53. Peyton, Fail
54. Bella
55. Khloe
56. Genesis
57. Alexa
58. Serenity
59. Kylie
60. Aubree
61. Scarlett
62. Stella
63. Maya
64. Katherine
65. Julia
66. Lucy
67. Madelyn
68. Autumn
69. Makayla
70. Kayla
71. Mackenzie
72. Lauren
73. Gianna
74. Ariana
75. Faith
76. Alexandra
77. Melanie
78. Sydney
79. Bailey
80. Caroline
81. Naomi
82. Morgan, Warning
83. Kennedy
84. Ellie
85. Jasmine
86. Eva
87. Skylar, Warning
88. Kimberly
89. Violet
90. Molly
91. Aria
92. Jocelyn
93. Trinity
94. London, Warning
95. Lydia
96. Madeline
97. Reagan
98. Piper
99. Andrea
100. Annabelle
101. Maria
102. Brooke
103. Payton, Warning
104. Paisley
105. Paige
106. Ruby
107. Nora
108. Mariah
109. Rylee
110. Lilly
111. Brielle
112. Jade
113. Destiny
114. Nicole
115. Mila
116. Kendall, Warning
117. Liliana
118. Kaitlyn
119. Natalia
120. Sadie
121. Jordyn
122. Vanessa
123. Mary
124. Mya
125. Penelope
126. Isabelle
127. Alice
128. Reese, Warning
129. Gabrielle
130. Hadley
131. Katelyn
132. Angelina
133. Rachel
134. Isabel
135. Eleanor
136. Clara
137. Brooklynn
138. Jessica
139. Elena
140. Aliyah
141. Vivian
142. Laila
143. Sara
144. Amy
145. Eliana
146. Lyla
147. Juliana
148. Valeria
149. Adriana
150. Makenzie
151. Elise
152. Mckenzie
153. Quinn, Fail
154. Delilah
155. Cora
156. Kylee
157. Rebecca
158. Gracie
159. Izabella
160. Josephine
161. Alaina
162. Michelle
163. Jennifer
164. Eden, Warning
165. Valentina
166. Aurora
167. Catherine
168. Stephanie
169. Valerie
170. Jayla
171. Willow
172. Daisy
173. Alana
174. Melody
175. Hazel
176. Summer
177. Melissa
178. Margaret
179. Kinsley
180. Kinley
181. Ariel, Warning
182. Lila
183. Giselle
184. Ryleigh
185. Haley
186. Julianna
187. Ivy
188. Alivia
189. Brynn
190. Keira
191. Daniela
192. Aniyah
193. Angela
194. Kate
195. Londyn
196. Hayden, Fail
197. Harmony
198. Adalyn
199. Megan
200. Allie
201. Gabriela
202. Alayna
203. Presley
204. Jenna
205. Alexandria
206. Ashlyn
207. Adrianna
208. Jada
209. Fiona
210. Norah
211. Emery, Warning
212. Maci
213. Miranda
214. Ximena
215. Amaya
216. Cecilia
217. Ana
218. Shelby
219. Katie
220. Hope
221. Callie
222. Jordan, Fail
223. Luna
224. Leilani
225. Eliza
226. Mckenna
227. Angel, Fail
228. Genevieve
229. Makenna
230. Isla
231. Lola
232. Danielle
233. Chelsea
234. Leila
235. Tessa
236. Adelyn
237. Camille
238. Mikayla
239. Adeline
240. Adalynn
241. Sienna
242. Esther
243. Jacqueline
244. Emerson, Fail
245. Arabella
246. Maggie
247. Athena
248. Lucia
249. Lexi
250. Ayla
251. Diana
252. Alexia
253. Juliet
254. Josie
255. Allyson
256. Addyson
257. Delaney
258. Teagan, Warning
259. Marley, Warning
260. Amber
261. Rose
262. Erin
263. Leslie
264. Kayleigh
265. Amanda
266. Kathryn
267. Kelsey
268. Emilia
269. Alina
270. Kenzie
271. Kaydence
272. Alicia
273. Alison
274. Paris
275. Sabrina
276. Ashlynn
277. Lilliana
278. Sierra
279. Cassidy
280. Laura
281. Alondra
282. Iris
283. Kyla
284. Christina
285. Carly
286. Jillian
287. Madilyn
288. Kyleigh
289. Madeleine
290. Cadence
291. Nina
292. Evangeline
293. Nadia
294. Raegan
295. Lyric, Warning
296. Giuliana
297. Briana
298. Georgia
299. Yaretzi
300. Elliana
301. Haylee
302. Fatima
303. Phoebe
304. Selena
305. Charlie, Fail
306. Dakota, Fail
307. Annabella
308. Abby
309. Daniella
310. Juliette
311. Lilah
312. Bianca
313. Mariana
314. Miriam
315. Parker, Fail
316. Veronica
317. Gemma
318. Noelle
319. Cheyenne
320. Marissa
321. Heaven
322. Vivienne
323. Brynlee
324. Joanna
325. Mallory
326. Aubrie
327. Journey
328. Nyla
329. Cali
330. Tatum, Fail
331. Carmen
332. Gia
333. Jazmine
334. Heidi
335. Miley
336. Baylee
337. Elaina
338. Macy
339. Ainsley
340. Jane
341. Raelynn
342. Anastasia
343. Adelaide
344. Ruth
345. Camryn, Warning
346. Kiara
347. Alessandra
348. Hanna
349. Finley, Fail
350. Maddison
351. Lia
352. Bethany
353. Karen
354. Kelly, Warning
355. Malia
356. Jazmin
357. Jayda
358. Esmeralda
359. Kira
360. Lena
361. Kamryn, Fail
362. Kamila
363. Karina
364. Eloise
365. Kara
366. Elisa
367. Rylie
368. Olive
369. Nayeli
370. Tiffany
371. Macie
372. Skyler, Fail
373. Addisyn
374. Angelica
375. Briella
376. Fernanda
377. Annie
378. Maliyah
379. Amiyah
380. Jayden, Fail
381. Charlee
382. Caitlyn
383. Elle
384. Crystal
385. Julie
386. Imani
387. Kendra
388. Talia
389. Angelique
390. Jazlyn
391. Guadalupe, Warning
392. Alejandra
393. Emely
394. Lucille
395. Anya
396. April
397. Elsie
398. Madelynn
399. Myla
400. Julissa
401. Scarlet
402. Helen
403. Breanna
404. Kyra
405. Madisyn
406. Rosalie
407. Brittany
408. Brylee
409. Jayleen
410. Arielle
411. Karla
412. Kailey
413. Arya
414. Sarai
415. Harley, Fail
416. Miracle
417. Kaelyn
418. Kali
419. Cynthia
420. Daphne
421. Aleah
422. Caitlin
423. Cassandra
424. Holly
425. Janelle
426. Marilyn
427. Katelynn
428. Kaylie
429. Itzel
430. Carolina
431. Bristol
432. Haven, Warning
433. Michaela
434. Monica
435. June
436. Janiyah
437. Camilla
438. Jamie, Fail
439. Rebekah
440. Audrina
441. Dayana
442. Lana
443. Serena
444. Tiana
445. Nylah
446. Braelyn, Warning
447. Savanna
448. Skye
449. Raelyn
450. Madalyn
451. Sasha
452. Perla
453. Bridget
454. Aniya
455. Rowan, Fail
456. Logan, Fail
457. Mckinley, Warning
458. Averie
459. Jaylah
460. Aylin
461. Joselyn
462. Nia
463. Hayley
464. Lilian
465. Adelynn
466. Jaliyah
467. Kassidy
468. Kaylin
469. Kadence
470. Celeste
471. Jaelyn
472. Zariah
473. Tatiana
474. Jimena
475. Lilyana
476. Anaya
477. Catalina
478. Viviana
479. Cataleya
480. Sloane
481. Courtney, Warning
482. Johanna
483. Amari, Fail
484. Melany
485. Anabelle
486. Francesca
487. Ada
488. Alanna
489. Priscilla
490. Danna
491. Angie
492. Kailyn
493. Lacey
494. Sage, Fail
495. Lillie
496. Brinley
497. Caylee
498. Joy
499. Kenley
500. Vera
501. Bailee
502. Amira
503. Aileen
504. Aspen
505. Emmalyn
506. Erica
507. Gracelyn
508. Kennedi
509. Skyla
510. Annalise
511. Danica
512. Dylan, Fail
513. Kiley
514. Gwendolyn
515. Jasmin
516. Lauryn
517. Aleena
518. Justice, Fail
519. Annabel
520. Tenley
521. Dahlia
522. Gloria
523. Lexie
524. Lindsey
525. Hallie
526. Sylvia
527. Elyse
528. Annika
529. Maeve
530. Marlee
531. Aryanna
532. Kenya
533. Lorelei
534. Selah
535. Kaliyah
536. Adele
537. Natasha
538. Brenda
539. Erika
540. Alyson
541. Braylee
542. Emilee
543. Raven
544. Ariella
545. Blakely
546. Liana
547. Jaycee
548. Sawyer, Fail
549. Anahi
550. Jaelynn
551. Elsa
552. Farrah
553. Cameron, Fail
554. Evelynn
555. Luciana
556. Zara
557. Madilynn
558. Eve
559. Kaia
560. Helena
561. Anne
562. Estrella
563. Leighton, Fail
564. Nataly
565. Whitney
566. Lainey
567. Amara
568. Anabella
569. Malaysia
570. Samara
571. Zoie
572. Amani, Warning
573. Phoenix, Fail
574. Dulce
575. Paola
576. Marie
577. Aisha
578. Harlow
579. Virginia
580. Ember
581. Regina
582. Jaylee
583. Anika
584. Ally
585. Kayden, Fail
586. Alani
587. Miah
588. Yareli
589. Journee
590. Kiera
591. Nathalie
592. Mikaela
593. Jaylynn
594. Litzy
595. Charley, Warning
596. Claudia
597. Aliya
598. Madyson
599. Cecelia
600. Liberty
601. Braelynn
602. Evie
603. Rosemary
604. Myah
605. Lizbeth
606. Giana
607. Ryan, Fail
608. Teresa
609. Ciara
610. Isis
611. Lea
612. Shayla
613. Jazlynn
614. Rosa
615. Gracelynn
616. Desiree
617. Elisabeth
618. Isabela
619. Arely
620. Mariam
621. Abbigail
622. Emersyn
623. Brenna
624. Kaylynn
625. Nova, Warning
626. Raquel
627. Dana
628. Laney
629. Laylah
630. Siena
631. Amelie
632. Clarissa
633. Lilianna
634. Lylah
635. Halle
636. Madalynn
637. Maleah
638. Sherlyn
639. Linda
640. Shiloh, Fail
641. Jessie, Fail
642. Kenia
643. Greta
644. Marina
645. Melina
646. Amiya
647. Bria
648. Natalee
649. Sariah
650. Mollie
651. Nancy
652. Christine
653. Felicity
654. Zuri
655. Irene
656. Simone
657. Amya
658. Matilda
659. Colette
660. Kristen
661. Paityn
662. Alayah
663. Janiya
664. Kallie
665. Mira
666. Hailee
667. Kathleen
668. Meredith
669. Janessa
670. Noemi
671. Aiyana
672. Aliana
673. Leia
674. Mariyah
675. Tori
676. Alissa
677. Ivanna
678. Joslyn
679. Sandra
680. Maryam
681. Saniyah
682. Kassandra
683. Danika
684. Denise
685. Jemma
686. River, Fail
687. Charleigh
688. Emelia
689. Kristina
690. Armani, Fail
691. Beatrice
692. Jaylene
693. Karlee
694. Blake, Fail
695. Cara
696. Addilyn
697. Amina
698. Ansley
699. Kaitlynn
700. Iliana
701. Mckayla
702. Adelina
703. Briley, Warning
704. Elaine
705. Lailah
706. Mercedes
707. Chaya
708. Lindsay
709. Hattie
710. Lisa
711. Marisol
712. Patricia
713. Bryanna
714. Taliyah
715. Adrienne
716. Emmy
717. Millie
718. Paislee
719. Charli
720. Kourtney
721. Leyla
722. Maia
723. Willa
724. Milan, Fail
725. Paula
726. Ayleen
727. Clare
728. Kensley
729. Reyna
730. Martha
731. Adley
732. Elianna
733. Emilie
734. Karsyn, Fail
735. Yasmin
736. Lorelai
737. Amirah
738. Aryana
739. Livia
740. Alena
741. Kiana
742. Celia
743. Kailee
744. Rylan, Fail
745. Ellen
746. Galilea
747. Kynlee
748. Leanna
749. Renata
750. Mae
751. Ayanna
752. Chanel
753. Lesly
754. Cindy
755. Carla
756. Pearl
757. Jaylin, Fail
758. Kimora
759. Angeline
760. Carlee
761. Aubri
762. Edith
763. Alia
764. Frances
765. Corinne
766. Jocelynn
767. Cherish
768. Wendy
769. Carolyn
770. Lina
771. Tabitha
772. Winter
773. Abril
774. Bryn
775. Jolie
776. Yaritza
777. Casey, Fail
778. Zion, Fail
779. Lillianna
780. Jordynn
781. Zariyah
782. Audriana
783. Jayde
784. Jaida
785. Salma
786. Diamond
787. Malaya
788. Kimber
789. Ryann
790. Abbie
791. Paloma
792. Destinee
793. Kaleigh
794. Asia
795. Demi
796. Yamileth
797. Deborah
798. Elin
799. Kaiya
800. Mara
801. Averi
802. Nola
803. Tara
804. Taryn
805. Emmalee
806. Aubrianna
807. Janae
808. Kyndall
809. Jewel
810. Zaniyah
811. Kaya
812. Sonia
813. Alaya
814. Heather
815. Nathaly
816. Shannon, Fail
817. Ariah
818. Avah
819. Giada
820. Lilith
821. Samiyah
822. Sharon
823. Coraline
824. Eileen
825. Julianne
826. Milania
827. Chana
828. Regan, Warning
829. Krystal
830. Rihanna
831. Sidney, Fail
832. Hadassah
833. Macey
834. Mina
835. Paulina
836. Rayne, Warning
837. Kaitlin
838. Maritza
839. Susan
840. Raina
841. Hana
842. Keyla
843. Temperance
844. Aimee
845. Alisson
846. Charlize
847. Kendal, Warning
848. Lara
849. Roselyn
850. Alannah
851. Alma
852. Dixie
853. Larissa
854. Patience
855. Taraji
856. Sky, Fail
857. Zaria
858. Aleigha
859. Alyvia
860. Aviana
861. Bryleigh
862. Elliot, Fail
863. Jenny
864. Luz
865. Ali, Fail
866. Alisha
867. Ayana
868. Campbell, Fail
869. Karis
870. Lilyanna
871. Azaria
872. Blair, Warning
873. Micah, Fail
874. Moriah
875. Myra
876. Lilia
877. Aliza
878. Giovanna
879. Karissa
880. Saniya
881. Emory, Fail
882. Estella
883. Juniper
884. Kairi
885. Kenna
886. Meghan
887. Abrielle
888. Elissa
889. Rachael
890. Emmaline
891. Jolene
892. Joyce
893. Britney
894. Carlie
895. Haylie
896. Judith
897. Renee
898. Saanvi
899. Yesenia
900. Barbara
901. Dallas, Fail
902. Jaqueline
903. Karma
904. America
905. Sariyah
906. Azalea
907. Everly
908. Ingrid
909. Lillyana
910. Emmalynn
911. Marianna
912. Brisa
913. Kaelynn
914. Leona
915. Libby
916. Deanna
917. Mattie
918. Miya
919. Kai, Fail
920. Annalee
921. Nahla
922. Dorothy
923. Kaylyn
924. Rayna
925. Araceli
926. Cambria
927. Evalyn
928. Haleigh
929. Thalia
930. Jakayla
931. Maliah
932. Saige
933. Avianna
934. Charity
935. Kaylen, Warning
936. Raylee
937. Tamia
938. Aubrielle
939. Bayleigh
940. Carley
941. Kailynn
942. Katrina
943. Belen
944. Karlie
945. Natalya
946. Alaysia
947. Celine
948. Milana
949. Monroe, Fail
950. Estelle
951. Meadow
952. Audrianna
953. Cristina
954. Harlee
955. Jazzlyn
956. Scarlette
957. Zahra
958. Akira
959. Ann
960. Collins, Warning
961. Kendyl
962. Anabel
963. Azariah, Fail
964. Carissa
965. Milena
966. Tia
967. Alisa
968. Bree
969. Carleigh
970. Cheyanne
971. Sarahi
972. Laurel
973. Kylah
974. Tinley
975. Kora
976. Marisa
977. Esme
978. Sloan, Fail
979. Cailyn
980. Gisselle
981. Kasey, Fail
982. Kyndal
983. Marlene
984. Riya
985. Annabell
986. Aubriana
987. Izabelle
988. Kirsten
989. Aya
990. Dalilah
991. Devyn, Fail
992. Geraldine
993. Analia
994. Hayleigh
995. Landry, Fail
996. Sofie
997. Tess
998. Ashtyn, Fail
999. Jessa
1000. Katalina

The 31 “Warning” names: Avery, Taylor, Morgan, Skylar, London, Payton, Kendall, Reese, Eden, Ariel, Emery, Teagan, Marley, Lyric, Camryn, Kelly, Guadalupe, Haven, Braelyn, Mckinley, Courtney, Amani, Charley, Nova, Briley, Regan, Rayne, Kendal, Blair, Kaylen, Collins.

The 58 “Fail” names: Alexis, Riley, Peyton, Quinn, Hayden, Jordan, Angel, Emerson, Charlie, Dakota, Parker, Tatum, Finley, Kamryn, Skyler, Jayden, Harley, Jamie, Rowan, Logan, Amari, Sage, Dylan, Justice, Sawyer, Cameron, Leighton, Phoenix, Kayden, Ryan, Shiloh, Jessie, River, Armani, Blake, Milan, Karsyn, Rylan, Jaylin, Casey, Zion, Shannon, Sidney, Sky, Elliot, Ali, Campbell, Micah, Emory, Dallas, Kai, Monroe, Azariah, Sloan, Kasey, Devyn, Landry, Ashtyn.

Here is last year’s femininity test.

Baby Name Needed – Name for Luke and Zeke’s Sibling

A reader named Bethany has two boys, Luke and Zeke (full name Ezekiel, but he always goes by Zeke). She’s expecting a baby in August, and she’d like some help coming up with boy and girl names. Here are the names she’s currently considering:

Boy names: Hudson, Zane, Abe, Jed

  • “Our favorite right now is Hudson for a boy, mostly because my husband’s name is Richard (“son of Richard”) and also because of the great old Christian man, Hudson Taylor. Our only concern is: Will this soon become a girls name?”
  • “We have also toyed around with Zane, but fear “inZane” jokes–and also, is it too similar to Zeke? Luke, Zeke, and Zane?”
  • “Is Abe just too much? Luke, Zeke, and Abe? Does it roll off the tongue weird?”
  • “And Jed–too hill-billy? Luke, Zeke, and Jed?”
  • A boy name doesn’t need to end with a k-sound, “yet we don’t want the third boy (if it’s a boy) to feel like the weirdo if he has too different of a name.”
  • They want “a manly third name if it’s a boy.” Nothing that could be mistaken for a girl’s name.

Girl Names: Emmie, Ellie

  • “For girls, we love Emmie and Ellie, but how common are those? Emma and Emily are list toppers, but how many Emmies are there?”

Bethany also mentions: “We are Christians, and although we don’t care if the name is straight from the Bible, it would be nice if it did have a good strong meaning.”

Here are some thoughts I had about the current favorites:

Hudson – I think Hudson is a great choice. It’s a good name, it’s masculine (I don’t think it’ll become a girl name anytime soon), the definition is perfect, and the association with Hudson Taylor is both meaningful and inspiring. It works on many levels.

Zane – My feeling is that it’s too close to Zeke.

Abe – Would it be nickname for Abraham? If so, I like this one. I don’t think “Luke, Zeke, and Abe” sounds weird at all.

Jed – It does sound slightly hillbilly to me, but not as full-on hillbilly as names like Jethro and Cletus.

Emmie – It’s not common as a given name–it hasn’t ranked in decades–but it’s used as a nickname for both Emily and Emma. So it hasn’t dropped off the radar entirely.

Ellie – I like Ellie, but I think it could be a lot more meaningful if it were a nickname for Elizabeth (more on this below).

Here are some other ideas, plus potential nicknames and associations:

Boy names Girl names
Asher
Boaz (Bo)
Eric (Eric Liddell)
Gideon
Isaac (Ike)
Jacob (Jake)
Jude
Lazarus
Malachi
Matthias
Micah (Mike)
Michael (Mike)
Moses (Mo)
Seth
Samson (Sam)
Simeon
Abigail (Abbie)
Amy (Amy Carmichael)
Elizabeth (Ellie, Liz, Betty, etc.)
Cornelia (Corrie; Corrie ten Boom)
Charlotte (Lottie; Lottie Moon)
Chloe
Grace/Gracie
Ida (Ida Scudder)
Judith (Judy)
Lillian (Lillie; Lillian Trasher)
Mara
Phoebe
Rebecca (Becky)
Sarah (Sadie)
Sela
Tabitha (Tabby)

I think my favorite is Elizabeth. It’s biblical, it has an element in common with Bethany (reminding me of the Hudson/Richard connection), and it allows for not only the nickname Ellie but a number of other nicknames as well. (Liz might sound cute with Luke and Zeke; Betty could be used in tribute to Betty Greene.)

Of all the names above, which do you like best with Luke and Zeke? What other boy and girl names would you recommend to Bethany?

UPDATE – The baby is here! To learn the gender and the name, scroll down to the last comment.

Baby Name Needed – Name for Hayden’s Little Brother or Sister

A reader named Angela is expecting her second baby (gender unknown). She sent me a lot of helpful information, so I’ve broken it down into main points:

  • The baby’s middle name will be Patrick (if a boy) or Josephine (if a girl).
  • The baby’s surname will start with P.
  • She and her husband like the name Abigail, but it may soon be taken by friends.
  • They also like the name Caleb, but the initials CPP sound like “see pee pee.” They want to avoid names and initials that invite teasing.
  • Ideally, the first name will be something that can be shortened to a nickname.
  • Angela likes “literature or movie referenced names.”
  • Angela’s husband likes “uncomplicated English or Christian names (he’s Adam…his brothers are Benjamin and Noah).”

Their first son is named Hayden Adam.

Here are the names I came up with, along with a few literature/film references. Ladies first:

Audrey (Hepburn)
Bethany
Charlotte (Gilman; Bronte)
Chloe
Denise
Dorothy (Gale)
Elizabeth (Bennet)
Jillian
Judith
Kaitlyn
Katherine
Leah
Lillian
Louisa (Alcott)
Lucy (Montgomery)
Lydia
Mara
Marianne
Mary
Maya (Angelou)
Michelle
Miriam
Molly
Naomi
Natalie
Rachel
Rebecca
Samantha
Sarah
Shirley (Anne; Temple)

And now the gents:

Beckett (Samuel)
Bennet (Elizabeth)
Daniel (Defoe)
David (Salinger)
Edward (Forster)
Eliot (T.S.; George)
Emmett
Everett
Gabriel (Márquez)
Jacob
Jonathan
James (Henry; Joyce)
Jerome (Salinger)
Joseph (Conrad)
Leo (Tolstoy)
Lucas
Martin
Matthew
Maxwell
Micah
Michael
Miller (Arthur)
Nathan
Raymond (Carver)
Samuel
Sawyer (Tom)
Simon
Sinclair (Upton; Lewis)
William (Faulkner; Golding)
Zachary

Do you like any of the above? What other names would you suggest to Angela?

Baby Name Needed – Name for Evan’s Little Brother

A reader named Kim is expecting her second son and would like help coming up with a name. Her first son is named Evan Isaac. So far, she and her husband like the names Jonah, Jonas and Miles.

My husband likes Jacob however as it’s been a number one name for many years, I’m not as thrilled about it. (As a child I grew up being Kim T. most of my life due to many Kims in my schools.)

The baby’s last name will start with a K and be “pronounced like the spice cumin.”

It seems to me that Kim and her husband really like 2-syllable names, so that’s what I focused on as I brainstormed. Here’s the result:

Adam
Aidan
Andrew
Amos
Asher
David
Dylan
Felix
Graham
Henry
James
Jasper
Jordan
Joseph
Justin
Levi
Liam
Lucas
Micah
Milo
Nathan
Noah
Owen
Philip
Samuel
Simon
Wesley

Kim is also interested in middle name ideas. I have a hard time suggesting middles when a first name isn’t confirmed, but here are a couple of thoughts:

  • If the first name ends with a vowel-sound (as Jonah does) a middle that starts with a consonant is a good idea.
  • If the first name contains only soft-sounding consonants (e.g. J, L, N) a middle that contains one or two plosive consonants (e.g. B, P, T) might be a nice contrast.

And now back to first names: Do you think any of the above go particularly well with Evan? What other names would you suggest?

Update: That baby has arrived! Scroll down to find out what his name is.

Baby Name Needed – Name for Baby #3

A reader named Molly recently asked me for a few name suggestions:

I have identical twin girls named Charlotte Maiden and Dylan Rose. I am expecting another. I need a boy or a girl name that fits with these names but isn’t too much like them (ie. I don’t want Sadie, Charlotte and Dylan because then Dylan would be too much of an odd woman out). I also don’t want any names ending in -en, -in, -an, etc. because they are just getting too popular. Finally, I’d prefer the names not start w/ a C or a D. Appreciate the help!!

Charlotte and Dylan make a very interesting pair, I think. The former is decidedly feminine and has been popular in Europe (and elsewhere) for centuries; the latter is traditionally masculine and has been popular in the U.S. only since the 1960s (thanks to folksinger Bob Dylan).

Here are some names that might work with both of them…

Girls Boys
Alexis
Astrid
Avery
Bailey
Beatrice
Brooke
Ellery
Georgia
Gwyneth
Ingrid
Laurel
Meredith
Matilda
Margot
Maeve
Piper
Paige
Philippa
Phoebe
Ramona
Reese
Riley
Shelby
Skylar
Sydney
Willow
Adam
Asher
Anthony
Alec
Bennett
Bryce
Brady
Blake
Edgar
Eli
Everett
Frederick
Gareth
Garrett
Graham
Henry
Hugh
Jonas
Leo
Lucas
Maxwell
Micah
Roderick
Raymond
Spencer
Wesley

Do you think any of these names sound particularly good with Charlotte and Dylan? What others would you suggest?

Update (1/30): Scroll down to the last comment to find out which name Molly chose!