How popular is the baby name Silvio 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 Silvio.
Anthony Boahene, a Ghanaian who moved to Italy in 2002, recently made headlines for revealing that he named his son Silvio Berlusconi Boahene in honor of Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Why? Here’s what Boahene told an Italian newspaper: “I like the way Berlusconi talks, the way he moves. I like him as a person.” He also likes the idea of his son becoming a politician. “This child will become president. Of Ghana or of Italy, it doesn’t matter.”
Silvio Berlusconi Boahene was born in 2005 in Accra, the capital of Ghana. He now lives with his father in Modena, Italy.
Source: Italy immigrant names son Silvio Berlusconi
A reader named Claudia is expecting her first baby (gender unknown). She’s looking for a Latin or Italian baby name.
She mentions that her middle name is Elisabetta, the baby’s father is named Simon Edmond, and the baby’s surname will be a 2-syllable D-name similar to Downie.
Here are some names that I think might work:
Which of the above do you like best?
What other Latin and Italian names would you suggest to Claudia?
A reader named Tamara is expecting a baby boy in May. She writes:
We are a bi-racial couple…he is Mexican and I am American (white), and are looking for a Spanish name for our little boy. Unfortunately, I don’t LOVE a lot of the Hispanic boy names, and we are having some trouble finding the perfect name.
So far, she and her fiance Oscar like the names Tiago and Gabriel…but here are the issues:
We need a good middle name to go with Tiago. And we haven’t gotten a lot of positive feedback on the name. And I feel like Gabriel is overused and doesn’t hold its own when paired with our daughter’s name, Nadia. And the two names don’t exactly flow well together, so pairing them up isn’t an option for us. Any suggestions? Middle names for Tiago? Or just different first names all together?
Here are some thoughts on Tiago and Gabriel:
- Nicknames (e.g. Benji, Topher, Xander) sometimes loose their charm when used as stand-alone names, so people might like Tiago more if it were a nickname for Santiago. Santiago is currently ranked 200th, but I don’t think it will rise too much higher.
- How about Diego? It’s not as hip as Tiago…but it’s got a similar sound, and, because it’s more familiar, it’ll probably get better feedback. In terms of popularity, Diego seems to be plateauing just outside the top 50.
- I think Gabriel sounds fantastic with Nadia, personally. But it’s become popular recently (i.e. over 10,000 babies have been named Gabriel every year since 2001) and my hunch is that it will remain popular for a while to come. So I can understand wanting to avoid it for that reason.
Let’s see, middle names for Tiago…I think iambic names like Ramón, Raúl and Noé sound good after Tiago. I also like longer middles (e.g. Antonio, Mauricio).
Here are a few other ideas for first names:
What other advice/suggestions would you offer Tamara?
A reader named Daniel recently e-mailed me. He and his wife are expecting a baby boy in several weeks and they’re looking for a botanical name for their son.
Botanical boy names can be hard to track down, but they’re definitely out there. For instance, tree names that can be used as boy names include Aspen, Cedar, Linden, Rowan and Willow. Herb names that work for baby boys include Basil, Burnet, Sage, Thyme and Valerian.
Several of the names above also happen to be traditional names with separate (non-botanical) origins. Rowan comes from the Gaelic word for “red,” Basil from the Greek word for “king,” and Valerian from the Latin verb “to be strong.” The word sage can also mean “wise” (adj.) or “wise man” (n.).
Forest, Kale, Reed and Rush are other possibilities from the plant kingdom. And, if one wants to be a bit more daring, there’s always Hawthorn, Orris or Huckleberry.
Finally, male names with botanical definitions include Alon/Elon, Ashton/Nash/Tash, Ogden, Silvio/Sylvester and Vernon.
Do you guys have any other ideas?
Update: The baby has a name! Scroll down to find out what it is…