How popular is the baby name Xanthe 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 Xanthe.
A reader named Lisa writes:
I have a 2 year old boy named Phoenix Edward Brooks*, and recently found out I’m pregnant again! The baby will be born in June, and we’re already racking our brains for names. We like “different” names – like Phoenix – who was named after the mythical bird – and would like something that goes well with Phoenix. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
At the moment she likes Leo/Leonardo for a boy, but doesn’t have any favorite girl names.
Here are some ideas to kick things off:
What other names would you suggest for Phoenix’s younger brother or sister?
*The last name isn’t Brooks, but does start with b and have one syllable.
The latest batch of English baby names was released last week, and I’ve finally had time to peruse the whole thing (over 10,000 names in total). Here are a few of the interesting names I spotted:
- T, given to 8 baby boys. The SSA doesn’t include one-letter names on the U.S. list, and I only know of one U.S. baby that may have been named T, so I’m curious about how many Ts we have over here. And whether any of them have the middle name Pain.
- Leeloo, given to 3 baby girls. This was the name of the half-naked, orange-haired alien character played by Milla Jovovich in the The Fifth Element (1997). The U.S. list doesn’t include names given to fewer than 5 babies, which is a shame–just think of all the crazy names we’ll never see. (Also, Leeloo reminds me of Laa-Laa.)
- Cobain, given to 3 baby boys. This one smells like teen spirit to me. And it reminds me that I started a post about ’90s alt-rock baby names ages ago that I ought to find and finish…
- Siouxsie, given to 3 baby girls. Another music reference, this time to influential Brit rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. Either that or specifically to vocalist Siouxsie Sioux.
- Kal-el, given to 13 baby boys. I see Superman’s birth name as a real-life baby name so often nowadays that it doesn’t even seem unusual anymore. Also, notice the hyphen–something else the SSA excludes from the U.S. list.
- Daisy-Boo, given to 4 baby girls. Just like Jamie Oliver’s second daughter. Makes me wonder how many babies named “Buddy-Bear” will pop up on the 2010 list.
- Xanthe, given to 55 baby girls. Up from 18 a decade ago. This one surprised me, as only a handful of U.S. babies are named Xanthe every year. Is Xanthe on its way up in England? Is Xanthe the new Zoe? Hm.
Have you had a chance to scan the full list yet? (You can download the Excel files here.)
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:
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:
Those were the girl names, these are the boy names:
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.