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Popularity of the Baby Name Taliesin

Number of Babies Named Taliesin

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

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Could Baby Names Help Battle Climate Change?

Today, for Blog Action Day, over 8,000 9,000 10,000 blogs from all over the world are posting about climate change in order to raise awareness and spark discussion.

Climate change & baby names…unlikely pairing, is it? Tying these two topics together in a meaningful way isn’t easy.

A post about nature names would be the obvious solution. But nature names only appeal to a small number of people; not many parents are willing to consider names like Ocean and Sky for their newborns.

So I asked myself: Are there baby names out there for parents who aren’t into nature names, but still want something that reflects their commitment to environmental responsibility? Names that might actually make a difference as far as climate change is concerned?

After some thought, I came to the conclusion that yes, names of this sort might just exist. And, if they did, they’d be names with short, simple, standard spellings.

Why? Because short, simple, standardized names aren’t misspelled as often as names that are long, or complicated, or have more than one standard form (e.g. Eric & Erik). Misspellings lead to waste. Not just the waste of printing a name incorrectly and then having to reprint it, but the waste involved with drawing attention to that mistake and providing whatever proof is required to correct it. That amounts to wasted paper, wasted electricity, maybe wasted fuel, and definitely wasted time. If we reduce the number of misspellings, we can reduce some waste, and reducing waste is one of the key things we can do to battle climate change.

Luckily, hundreds of names fit the bill. Adam, Amy, Edgar, Emily, Leo, Lisa, Martin, Megan, Jonas, Julia, Simon, Susan…all are short, simple names typically spelled one particular way. Using one of these instead of something like Maximilian, Taliesin, Jaidyn or Maeghanne certainly won’t match the impact of, say, driving a hybrid or installing solar panels. But it may make some sort of difference. And, when it comes to climate change, every little bit helps.


Baby Names Needed – Whimsical, Weird Names for Quadruplets

Estelle wrote to me recently with a tall order:

I’m having quads (!!!) in 4 weeks and I need names! I’m having one boy and three girls. My 4 year old son’s name is Cosmo. My husband and I like spacey, whimsical and weird names.

In fact, they “don’t have any limits on how weird a name can be.”

One girl name they’re considering is Ione, which is a family name.

The combination of Cosmo and the adjective “spacey” made me think of star and constellation names right off the bat:

Adhara
Aldebaran
Altair
Aludra
Antares
Antlia
Aquarius
Aquila
Aries
Auriga
Azha
Carina
Corvus
Cygnus
Deneb
Denebola
Hamal
Kastra
Lacerta
Libra
Lyra
Meissa
Musca
Nashira
Norma
Orion
Pavo
Polaris
Rana
Rigel
Shaula
Sheratan
Sirius
Sirrah
Suhail
Taurus
Thuban
Vega
Vela

One nice thing about these is that several together probably wouldn’t scream “star names” to the average person. Unlike, say, a group of flower names. (Though I’m sure stargazers would catch on pretty quickly.)

And here’s what we have for non-galactic suggestions:

Allegra
Althea
Apollonia
Artemis
Aurora
Briony
Calypso
Clio
Danae
Demetria
Echo
Eulalia
Freya
Hestia
Imelda
Imogen
Isis
Lucasta
Luna
Jonquil
Minerva
Olympia
Rhea
Sapphira
Severina
Ursula
Vita
Xanthe
Zelda
Zenobia

Those were the girl names, these are the boy names:

Agni
Aldous
Barnaby
Casper
Cyril
Elan
Evander
Erasmus
Fabio
Gideon
Horatio
Ignatius
Isidore
Jethro
Leander
Loki
Magnus
Milo
Nigel
Odin
Pascal
Peregrine
Reuben
Rémy
Silas
Taliesin
Theron
Tycho
Ulysses
Zenon

What other whimsical names can you come up with for Estelle? And, can you put together any good combinations of 1 boy and 3 girl names?

Update: The babies have arrived! Scroll down to see what names Estelle selected.

Unique Names in Scotland – Atom, Divine-Grace, Olaoluwapolorimi, Rhythm

Yesterday I posted about the top baby names in Scotland for 2007, so today I thought I’d mention some of the unique baby names. :)

Approximately 6,500 baby names were bestowed in Scotland in 2007. Of these, about 1,700 boy names and 2,400 girl names were unique (as in, given to only one child). Here’s a sampling of those unique names:

Boy Names Girl Names
Atom
Brydon-Craig
Crombie
Daood
Eriz
Favour
Gurardass
Heini
Ieuan
Jock
Kurtis-Jae
Loche
Montague
Nader
Olaoluwapolorimi
Promise
Qirui
Ruslan
Stephenjunior
Taliesin
Ubayd
Vithujan
Wesley-Scott
Xabier
Yadgor
Zaineddine
Amberly
Babyjane
Chardonnay
Divine-Grace
Eliska
Fizzah
Gracealexandra
Heaven-Leigh
Irmak
Jasmina
Kiranpreet
Luighsighe
Misty-Blue
Noor-El-Iman
Oluwateniolami
Possum
Queeneffa
Rhythm
Sheignneth
Tianqi
Uxia
VJay
Wezi
Xanthia
Yolwandle
Zalfa

To see more, download the full list directly from the General Registrar Office for Scotland.