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Popularity of the Baby Name Rae


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Pop Culture Baby Name Game 2012!

Britney Spears - Pop Culture Baby Name Game MascotHappy Birthday, Britney Spears!

And you guys know what happens every year on Brit’s birthday…we kick off the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game!

Which baby names have become more popular in 2012, thanks to popular culture?

We won’t have definitive answers until the SSA releases its next batch of data (in mid-2013). But 2012 is almost over, so we have all the information we need to start making guesses.

Some possibilities I’ve already blogged about:

Plus a few I forgot to blog about:

  • Blue, Ivy – Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy, born way back in January. (Only 7 girls and 11 boys were named Blue in 2011. I have a feeling both of these numbers will be going up.)
  • Maxwell (for a girl) – Jessica Simpson’s daughter Maxwell, born in May.
  • Mitt, Romney – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney

Want to play? Leave a comment with your name predictions and the pop culture event(s) you think gave those names a boost this year.

UPDATE, May 2013: Here are the results!

Will Babies Be Named for Carly Rae, Maybe?

By now we’ve all heard Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” (Just in case, here’s the video.)

The song has hit #1 on the pop charts in the U.S. and a number of other countries. Currently it’s the second-best selling single of 2012 after “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye.

But the pop charts don’t interest me as much as the baby name charts.

The name Carly entered the top 1,000 in 1973 thanks to another singer, Carly Simon. It peaked in the ’90s. Since then, it’s been sinking:

  • 2011: 1,264 babies named Carly
  • 2010: 1,435 babies named Carly
  • 2009: 1,506 babies named Carly
  • 2008: 1,682 babies named Carly

Based on records I’ve seen, at least a couple hundred of the babies named Carly since the ’70s were given the middle name Rae.

Do you think Carly Rae Jepsen will make the name Carly (and/or the combo Carly Rae) more popular in 2012?

Baby Named for Princess Zelda

zeldaA few months ago, Nintendo released Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, a remake of the original Ocarina of Time from 1998.

Who did they feature in the commercials for the new Ocarina? None other than Robin Williams, who named his daughter, Zelda, for Princess Zelda from the series. (Zelda Williams was in the commercial, too.)

Here are the commercials: Zelda Ad #1 and Zelda Ad #2.

Robin bought his first Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987 and became “completely immersed.” “When my wife was pregnant, my son Zachary mentioned that Zelda would be the perfect name for his new little sister.” Robin and his wife agreed, so when the baby girl was born on 31 July 1989, she was named Zelda Rae.

Here’s Robin and Zelda discussing her name [another vid].

Were other parents inspired to use the name Zelda as well around this time? Perhaps a few, though the numbers stay fairly flat:

  • 1985: 13 baby girls named Zelda
  • 1986: 16 baby girls named Zelda
  • 1987: 12 baby girls named Zelda
  • 1988: 17 baby girls named Zelda
  • 1989: 19 baby girls named Zelda
  • 1990: 18 baby girls named Zelda
  • 1991: 22 baby girls named Zelda

How was Princess Zelda named? Game creator Shigeru Miyamoto explains: “Zelda was the name of the wife of the famous novelist Francis Scott Fitzgerald. She was a famous and beautiful woman from all accounts, and I liked the sound of her name. So I took the liberty of using her name for the very first Zelda title.”

[On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon a fews ago, Robin stated that his son Cody is also named for a video game character, but didn’t mention which game/character. My guess would be Cody from Final Fight.]

Sources: In the Game: Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, Ocarina of Time 3D Commercial Stars Robin Williams, Robin Williams and Daughter Pitch Video Game She Was Named After

Baby Name Needed – Name Dilemma for Callie Rae

A reader named Kelsey writes:

I’m having my little girl Callie in October. Her last name will either be Perrin or McCann. I already have the middle name Rae picked out, but I’d love a second one because I feel a second one would sound better. Names starting with “A” sound best but unfortunately it would make her initials spell CRAP or CRAM or even CRAMP if we give her both last names. What last name do you think would sound best & what second middle names do you suggest (if any)?

Please, please avoid the initials CRAP, CRAM, CRAMP, and CRAPM at all costs. Initials like that may adversely affect Callie’s self-esteem. Definitely not worth it.

Because surnames are far more important than middle names, I’d suggest settling on a surname before trying to tackle anything else. I love the spunky sound of “Callie McCann,” but, ideally, a surname should be chosen not for sound but for how well it symbolizes the family.

Once the surname is known, figuring out what to do about the middle name(s) will be a lot easier.

I like “Callie Rae” as-is, but I feel like Rae isn’t working for Kelsey on some level. One way to fix this would be to add a second middle, but another way would be to look for an alternative to Rae — perhaps something a bit longer. How about names that contain the sound of Rae, such as:

Andrée
Désirée
Grace
Lorraine
Rachel
Reagan
Raelynn
Rayanne

But if Rae is non-negotiable, I think I would try for a second middle that starts with consonant. (I wouldn’t want the full set of initials to resemble any sort of word, just in case!) Here are a few ideas:

Bella
Daisy
Harper
Heidi
Jenna
Kate
Maya
Mia
Piper
Teagan

What other ideas/suggestions do you have for Kelsey?

One-Syllable Girl Names – Bree, Hope, Jill, Paige, Tess

Want a baby name that’s short & sweet? Here are over 100 one-syllable girl names:

Anne, Ann
Ayn
Bea
Belle
Bess
Beth
Bjork
Blair, Blaire
Blake, Blayke
Blanche
Bliss
Blythe
Bree, Brie
Britt
Brooke, Brook
Brynn, Bryn, Brynne
Cass
Cate
Claire, Clare, Clair
Dawn
Dee
Dream
Drew, Dru
Elle
Eve
Faith, Fayth
Fawn
Faye, Fay, Fae
Fern
Fleur
Flor
Fran
Gail, Gayle, Gale
Grace, Grayce
Greer
Gwen
Gwyn
Hope
Jade, Jayde, Jaide
Jan
Jane, Jayne
Jean, Jeanne
Jen, Jenn
Jess
Jill
Joan
Joy, Joi, Joie
Joyce
Jude
June
Kai
Kate
Kay, Kaye
Kim
Klaire
Kris
Laine, Lane, Layne
Lark
Leigh, Lee
Liv
Liz
Love
Lux
Luz
Lynn, Lynne, Lyn
Mae, May
Madge
Maeve
Mai
Marge
Maude, Maud
Nelle, Nell
Neve, Niamh
Noor, Nour
Paige, Payge
Pam
Pearl
Queen
Quinn
Rae
Reece, Reese
Rayne, Rain, Raine
Reem
Rose
Rue
Ruth
Sage, Saige
Scout
Shea, Shae, Shay
Skye, Sky
Sloane, Sloan
Sol
Star, Starr
Sue
Tea
Tess
Trish
True, Tru
Wren

See any you like?

P.S. Here are the most popular 1-syllable girl names of 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.