sexta-feira, 21 de Fevereiro de 2014
Bodhi is a sanskrit name that means "to awaken or become enlightened". It is also a nature name, thanks to the Bodhi tree, which has a spiritual connection to Buddhism - it is believed that the Buddha sat under this tree to reach enlightenment, where you obtain full comprehension of life, especially your own.
It has a very mystical feeling, one of those religious names that sounds very intriguing, but modern and appealing at the same time. This week, Bodhi has been on the spotlight alot - two celeb baby boys were given this name, and both children had some unusual middle names too: Rain and Ransom.
Bodhi is quite likely my favorite boy name ending in the letter "i", along with Kai. I love my nature names, because they are connected eternally to the earth and to the universe in general, and many of them evoke an image of tranquility and peace, such as River, Bay, Leaf, Sky - but Bodhi takes the cake as the ultimate peaceful nature name for everything that is stands for. You can picture a boy named Bodhi being very centered, focused, mannered, honest, down to earth, and empathetic. At least I can.
Bodhi has always been off the radar to most parents, it had its first taste of success back in 2010 when it entered the SSA top 1000 chart for the first time, but it's stalled somewhat since then, resting at #894 in 2012. Could this surge of celebrity baby boys being named Bodhi finally boost it up the charts faster? Even though I like my favorite names relatively underused, Bodhi has a lot of potential and deserves more lovin', so I'm hoping it does get more attention by the rest of us. I mean, what's there not to like about it? There is an alternative spelling, Bode, which I'm not a fan of at all because of the pronunciation issues it might have (people might rhyme it with "code"), it loses its nature name status, its peaceful image, its historical connection, and its just a letter away from "body". Bodhi to me just looks more complete, more of a real name.
What are your thoughts on Bodhi? Yay or nay? Can you picture this name in the top200 in a decade? Or is it destined to be an underdog? Tell me.
sábado, 4 de Janeiro de 2014
Another new year rolls in, and as usual, I start off with my review of the celeb baby names from the previous year. 2013 did brought an interesting mix of names, some trendy choices, some unexpected ones too, as well as the obligatory boy names on girls. Overall, I did like them more than the 2012 choices.
Ellis James - Like I always say, if you have two names you wanna use, one of them is part of the unexpected underrated category, and one is part of the overused classics category, and you're unsure in which order to put each name, I'll tell you: keep the most interesting name first, the more common one second. It's such a waste when great underused names are wasted in the middle. I do love Ellis.
Milan - Often thought of as a place name, which it can be, but it is also a hebrew name, with a different pronunciation than that italian city: MEE-lan. I didn't know what to expect from Shakira, but I do approve of this choice.
Greyson James - Greyson seems to be the new rising star over the past years, and one I like quite a bit (preferably spelled Grayson). James is the typical filler middle (and first) name, so don't really care for it.
Knox Addison - Ever since the Jolie's used Knox, the name has spread like wildfire, but yet is not at a point where your hear it everywhere everytime. It's that familiar face you don't see too often, one that you enjoy encountering. Addison is a male name that has made a switch to the female side, so I'm always surprised yet thankful when they make the reswitch, even if it's as a middle name. I love the flow of the name too.
Rekker Radley - Quite a tough name, don't you think? While it's not spelled "wrecker", it does sound the same, and as I dont like violent names, it gets a thumbs down from me. However, I do really like Radley, so it evens itself out.
Jax Copeland - I just adore the name Jax. It's weird that I can't stand Jack, maybe for all those not-so-appropriate things the name is associated with, but I do like Jax. And I like that they went with just Jax, and not the overused Jackson/Jaxon. Copeland is a fine and interesting middle name too.
Phaedra - Wow did this name get a lot of hate. And I'm totally feeling you guys, because if I wasn't against it, then I would consider myself a hypocrite. But what you feel about a boy named Phaedra is what I feel about most boy names that are used on girls, which end up becoming so common for the pink gender that they end up as female names permanently. The difference is, that boy names on girls is a very common practice since at least the early 20th century, and we've become numb to it, unlike girl names on boys. Or maybe we just accept tomboys better than feminine boys...
Jett Riviera - Jett is one of those names that I've grown to like. It's spunky and different. Riviera is such a unique middle name, that evokes the image of serenity due to the nature tie-in, and class (French Riviera anyone?). Great choices.
Daxel Vaughn - Let me get this out of the way already: I do not like the name Vaughn. Yes, there's nothing wrong with it, but sometimes you can't help what you feel towards a name. Daxel I'm not sure if its made up or not, but I prefer just Axel.
Xano William Varela - Xano is an obscure nickname for Alexander, and I'm glad they chose that rather than Alex or Xander. William, if some years ago was one of the few overused classics I could tolerate, is now on my last nerve because I keep hearing it more and more.
Valentin Francesco - A very latino name. I actually think I like Valetin better than Valentine, but both are 2 of my favorite V names for boys - they certainly beat Victor or Vincent by a mile. Francesco, well, it's a nice middle name. I do wonder if we'll see a surge of Francis related names on the new SSA list due to the new pope.
Quinnlann Clancy - Way to many n's for me, Quinlan would be much better, or just Quinn. Clancy is a cute, sort of dorky name. See, now those are the type of old male names that should be used more often, not Matthew...
Maxwell Haze - After a spike in girls named Maxwell last year, I'm glad things are back to normal this year. Maxwell is a fine male name, and I do prefer, in this case, the full name over the nickname Max. Maybe because it's used on pets so much? I have heard of a Maxwell that goes by Welly, which I find much cuter. Haze is a rather intriguing middle name that you don't hear that often, if ever.
Klay Anthony - I don't really care for Klay, whichever way you spell it. But at least it doesn't bore me, so it's not all bad. Anthony is fine in the middle spot.
Axl Jack - One of the most talked about baby names, and I do also hear Apple Jack in it, which is why I really dont like it. It's weird. I do like Axl, but spelled Axel, however I can't stand Jack. Meh.
Camden Quinn - The most overused celebrity male name of 2012, makes a comeback in 2013. Still, I'm not yet fed up of Camden, and it's one of my favorite C-names for boys, and there aren't many of those for me. I still love Quinn for a boy, so this is a thumbs up from me.
Theodore Ignatius - I never liked Theodore, I always prefered just plain Theo. However, the full name has been growing on me recently, so I don't mind it anymore. However, I still dislike male names ending in -us, they just sound so ancient Rome, that I just can't get over it. Ignatius is no exception.
Ace Knute - Everyone was wondering what Jessica Simpson would name a son after giving her daughter a very masculine first name. She came up with Ace. Ace? It could be worse, but it could also be better. I just don't care for it, or the middle name, and the combo doesn't flow too well.
Thatcher Bray - While I do love a lot of -er names, Thatcher is not one of them. Maybe the political reference is too strong, I dunno. Bray feels like there is something missing.
Shooter Sandhed Julian Jr - Violent names get an immediate thumbs down from me, so this one is a no no. Plus, he's a junior, which is my number one baby name pet peeve, I just don't think sons should be named after fathers, especially those still alive. If you want to pay tribute, use it as a middle name. Give your son his own identity.
Dekker Edward - What's with the -ekker boy names lately? Well, at least this one is a bit better than Rekker. It looks very futuristic, but Edward tames it a bit.
Lincoln Marshall - I've always really liked the name Lincoln, even now, when it's becoming more popular than ever. Marshall is an ok name, just that.
Vernon Lindsay - This is the second time a celebrity has used the name Lindsay on a boy in the past 1 or 2 years. We just need that extra bit of courage to slap it on as a first name now. And that is all I like about this combo...
Kane Ren - I prefer Wren over Ren, but still, it's a nice middle name. Kane is a good first name, nothing too crazy, but at least it's still somewhat underused.
Bear Winslet - And here comes another Bear... I still don't like it, no matter how much time passes. Winslet is by far my favorite of the too, but I think I like it better on a girl.
Valor - It's so rare to meet a boy with a virtue name, so when they do come about, it's so surprising and refreshing. Thumbs up!
Logan Vincent - Nothing to shout out about here. Logan is a fine popular name, Vincent is an ok middle name. Doesn't make my head turn.
Hartley Eric - I do know of a boy named Hartley, so I do have an association with this name that already makes me like it. I think its more preppy and buttoned up than Harley, which seems more sporty, maybe because of wakeboarder Harley Clifford or celeb trainer Harley Pasternak. Eric is bland, but it's in the middle, so it's ok.
Sebastian Oscar - Sebastian is rising super fast in the popularity charts, yet all I can think of is that crab from The Little Mermaid. I don't care for it. I also think it's rising fast because of the latino population, which are using it in droves. Oscar is decent as a middle name.
Ryker Mobley - First came Ryder, now we have Ryker. I do get the appeal, I think it looks and sounds cool, if a bit butch and aggressive. Mobley, is a nice middle name, but not something I would use.
Louis Augustus - So you've heard how I don't like -us names. Here is another one in the middle spot, and we have a first name that almost sounds like an -us name too. The flow of this name is terrible, and the is-us-us sound is everywhere. Don't like at all.
Quincy Xavier - This one I enjoy, a lot. Quinn and Quincy are my favorite Q- names for boys, and Xavier, while a bit overused, is still a name I like, maybe because names starting with the letter X are so cool and rare.
Joseph Frederick - I really dislike all names that are part of the category I like to call "overused classics", and Joseph is no exception. Next. Frederick is more interesting and nowhere near as popular, yet it's wasted in the middle spot. Still, it's not my style. Next.
Kaius Jagger - One of the last names of 2013, Kaius will be Skyler's little brother. While I did love Skyler (hello, my name is Skye), I'm a bit disappointed with Kaius. Kai, the nickname they've chosen, is so much better, again, the -us ending just doesn't speak to me. While this is unrelated to the name itself, Skyler is called Sky by his mom Rachel Zoe. Doesn't she think Sky and Kai are too close? Hmmm. Jagger is a cool middle name though, and has some swag appeal.
Paisley Faye - One of the trendiest names for girls in recent years, Paisley is everywhere nowadays. It's not one of those trendy names that I love, it's just ok. Faye however, I do think makes for a great middle name (and why not a first name again?)
Lula Rosylea - I don't like Lula. Why, you ask? Because in portuguese it means "squid". So yeah, not a fan.
Holiday Grace - Where to begin with Holiday... Am I the only one who has thought about all the jokes that could be made to this girl once high school comes around? It's just an easy name to make fun of.
Lily Georgina - I'm really over Lily at this point, it's probably my least favorite of the Lily related names. Lillian or Lilith sound much better to me. Georgina I dont like either, I think it's rather ugly. Again, I much prefer Georgia.
Sterling Diane - I dont like Sterling for a boy, let alone a girl. I just don't see the appeal of this name. Don't like Diane either, very dated.Thumbs down.
Elizabeth Mae - Classy, perhaps. But also plain and overused, both the first name and the middle name. Its like the equivalent to the male combo Alexander James, Daniel James, Michael James, etc.
Violet Grace Devereux - Violet is getting more and more popular, but it still retains it's beauty. It's not at a point where I'm just over it, like Lily. Devereux makes for an interesting middle name, balancing out the predictable Grace.
Rainbow Aurora - Back when I reviewed Rainbow as one of my Name In Spotlight, I liked it for its outlandish factor, and its nature link, which might be because my own name is also nature related. However, I also evidenced why Rainbow never made it big: the cuteness factor. People associate rainbows with kids, and I think even parents that go for the cute factor, want a cute name that could age well, and Rainbow probably won't. Still, I commend Holly Madison for her bravery, and I still love Aurora - at least she can go by that when she's older if she feels like it.
Penna Mae - There is Mae again... Its funny because I actually like it as a first name, but as a middle name it's just so overused. I dont even need to look at a ranking, I just know its common. Penna doesn't really do it for me either, Penny maybe, or better yet, Penelope. But Penna just falls flat.
Cricket Pearl - Cricket is such a polarizing name, you either love it or hate it. I dont like it, it's just weird, and not in a good way. Pearl is still a fab choice, classy but not overused, yet.
Charlotte Bryant - An interesting mix of overly feminine first name and and overly masculine middle. It does work for me, in an odd way.
Goldie Ryan - There's nothing here that I like. Goldie sounds like a pet name to me, and Ryan I just don't care for on girls.
Margaret Laura - Apparently Margaret will go by Mila, which is an interesting nickname choice. I much prefer Mila to Margaret, so I'm glad they went there. Laura is a good middle name.
Scout Margery - Some people dislike Scout because it's a made up name. Well I say all names were made up at one point in time, so that argument doesn't work for me. What I don't like about this name is its sound. Scout. It doesn't sound appealing to me. I do like Margery though.
Penelope Joan - Is Penelope the new "it" name in Hollywood? I do love it, so it deserves it's moment to shine. Joan works fine in the middle spot, no issues to report.
Saffron Rose Kiran - The No Doubt babies keep coming, and they all have such unique first names, I just can't wait for more of them to arrive. I just love Saffron, maybe because I also love Sapphire which is similar in sound. Kiran is an unexpected middle name, though I do wonder if its related to the male Kieran?
Vaunne Sydney - I'm not sure how Vaunne is meant to be pronounced, but I read it like Vaughn. And if you've read my reviews of the male names, you know I dislike Vaughn. So not only is it a name I dislike, it's being used on the wrong gender with a girlified spelling which I hate. Sydney has no appeal left for me, at least on girls. Thumbs down.
Margot - No middle name to report here, but I included this one because I really like Margot. I feel like it gets a lot of love online, but few people are brave enough to use it. There is a new sassy character on the TV show Revenge that answers to this name, let's hope it helps the number of Margot's being born.
Autumn James - I think Autumn is a beautiful name, and even though it's not my favorite season of the year, I think the name is really elegant and classy. James however, ruins the combo for me.
Lucy Thomas - What is it with the classic male names being used as middle names for girls lately? It just looks strange to me. I guess no name is untouchable.
North - As much as I adore Easton and Weston for boys, with the nicknames East and West, North just doesn't feel like a usable name to me. And I think the numbers will reflect it, as I dont expect this name to become popular anytime soon, if ever. Add to the fact that her last name is West, and it just feels like a joke to me.
Jett Ling - I would've given this name a pass if it was spelled Jette, which at least has some feminine atributes, however Jett is just such a cowboy-ish name, what on earth is it doing on a little girl?
Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina - Wow. That is a lot of middle names. First, let's start with Maud. I've always lumped this name in the "unlikely to make a comeback", but maybe I'm wrong? If it does, color me surprised. Daphne and Marina are two names that I like, and they balance out the two first names that I don't care about. Why couldn't they have been the first names instead? Love the name Marina.
Kaia Rose - I know both girls and boys with the name Kaia. I do like it, and prefer it on girls (as I prefer Kai on boys). Rose is a pleasant, if predictable middle name.
Winnie Rose - I feel Winnie is such a cute name. I guess it should be a nickname for something, but all the suggestions I've heard are not my cup of tea, so why not just Winnie?
Elsie Marigold - Elise is nice, but not as cute as Winnie. I prefer Elsa. Speaking of, I wonder if Disney's "Frozen" will give a Elsa the boost she deserves? Marigold is a great middle name, grand yet feminine at the same time.
Justice Jay - I love Jensen Ackles, but what the hell was he (or his wife) thinking? This combo sounds great, but for a boy...
Everest Hobson - And moving on to an even more masculine combo. Again, Everest to me sounds masculine, maybe because of the name Everett, and Hobson is definitely masculine with it's -son ending. Do not approve.
Carmen Gabriela - For all my life, I've always hated the name Carmen. It just sounded a bit too butch. But over the last few years I've grown to at least tolerate it. The combo is nice, and flows well.
Nora Kara - Speaking of combos that don't flow well, here's one. I like Nora and Kara on their own, but they dont go together at all. Both are just too similar to be paired up together.
Tallulah Anais - Such an outlandish name, I don't know what I think of Tallulah. Some days I really like it, others I don't. Today, I'm more on the positive side, so I give it my thumbs up. Anais is a lovely name, when pronounced correctly, which can be a problem.
Lincoln Bell - No. Just no. Lincoln should not be used on girls, there are no feminine qualities about this name. I also dislike the middle name spelt this way, a bell, really? Belle is much prettier.
Luna Encinas - Most names this year seem to have at least one flaw for me, there's not one that made me go "wow". In this case, Encinas ruins it for me, it's rather ugly. Luna is still fabulous though.
Actually, looking back at the list, I don't know if this was an improvement over 2012. It's a very mixed back, lots of names I dont like or care for, some names I love but are paired with others that I don't, so it's been hard to choose to my favorites and least favorites of the year. I could've extended the "worst" category for quite a bit if I wanted to, especially for girls, but in the end I had to cut a few bad names off the list, but keeping some sort of variety in them, whether it was just plain awful, boring, outrageous, terrible flow, etc.
Best Boy Names of 2013: Quincy Xavier, Knox Addison, Jett Riviera, Camden Quinn
Worst Boy Names of 2013: Louis Augustus, Shooter Sandhed Julian Jr, Bear Winslet, Joseph Frederick, Phaedra
Best Girl Names of 2013: Margot, Saffron Rose Kiran, Penelope Joan, Kaia Rose
Worst Girl Names of 2013: Goldie Ryan, Lincoln Bell, Sterling Diane, Vaunne Sydney, North
domingo, 1 de Dezembro de 2013
Like any name nerd, the first thing I notice whenever I watch something new are the names each character has, and Witches Of East End certainly has a few good ones.
The main characters:
Joanna - Joanna is the mother of the two younger women of the show, and also a big sister. Personally I feel Joanna is a bit dated and not ready for a comeback, but give it a few more years and and it might be the right time. It's definitely not one of those names that I feel is gone forever, it has potential to return.
Wendy - Wendy is Joanna's spunky and funny younger sister. She has a great relationship with her nieces and is kind of the heart and glue of the show, for me at least. Wendy is a cute name, and while I feel it is a tad dated, I can also picture it on a little girl, therefore I do think its usable for those of you who want to choose this name for a daughter.
Freya - She is the emotional and romance-driven daughter of Joanna. She struggles to choose between the 2 main guys of the show, and her storyline revolves around that. Her name was appropriately given, since in norse mythology she was the goddess of love and fertility. I'm starting to hear this name more and more these days, its a popular choice in the UK, and its only a matter of time before it becomes common in the US too.
Ingrid - She is Freya's sister, and is the more rational and nerdy of the two. I feel this name has been eternally popular in the UK, but always ignored in the US. Could things change in the future? There are not many common girl names that end in -d, so maybe that is a problem, but perhaps it's also a reason why this name can be charming too? It deserves more attention.
Dash - He is Freya's fiancé, and seems to be the guy that is well put together and has everything in control. I think this name fits right in with other trendy choices like Cash, and works well on its own. However, I prefer it as a nickname for Dashiell, it just gives it a little extra something.
Killian - He is Dash's brother, and is apparently Freya's soulmate from a previous lifetime. Killian is related to the awesome irish name Kelly and means "bright headed". Some people are put off by the "kill" initial, but I think it's easy to get past that and it doesn't stop this name from being ultra cool. Several boy names ending in -ian are in the top100, could Killian eventually join them?
The secondary characters:
Penelope - She is Killian and Dash's mother, and is so far the villain of the show. Penelope is a name that is on the rise, and is also a celeb baby name thanks to a certain Kardashian. For those of you who want to avoid popular names, Penelope might be one to scrap off your list, but if you don't care about popularity then you have a green light, it's certainly beautiful.
Athena - Athena is actually Penelope's real name in the series, and it is referenced sometimes on the show. Both names are greek in origin, and both were names featured on Homer's Odyssey, so maybe there is a deeper connection between the character and the mythology that we don't know yet? Athena is a name that has been climbing the SSA ranking recently, and it's easy to see why. Definitely a name to watch.
Harrison - Personally I'm not a fan of this name, because I feel like it will always be shortened to Harry, which I detest, at least with the american pronunciation. But I featured this name because clearly many people do like it, it is currently in the top200, and has been steadily climbing the popularity chart for the past 4 years.
Hudson - A newly arrived name to the top100, the future is looking bright for Hudson. Recently featured as one of my Name In Trend back in October, it's a place name, a nature name, and a "son" name. Those are three ingredients that make it one of the most modern and safe choices for today's parents. Like Penelope, if you want to avoid names that are becoming popular, you might want to find an alternative, if not, then you have picked a great name regardless.
Mädchen: This is the first name of the actress that plays the character Wendy. Mädchen is a germanic name that means "young woman" or "girl" - it can also be spelled Madchen. Pronunciation should be "med-chun" rather than "mad", so it might be mispronounced in America, but either way, it's quite an intriguing name that you don't hear too often. Who knows, maybe parents who like Madison and Madeline could enjoy Mädchen too?
Enver Lief: Wow. A first name Enver with the middle name Leif. Now that is a crazy good name. Too bad this actor plays a character named Mike - how unfortunate, he deserved better. So yes, I decided to skip the overused and dated character name and focus on the actor's name instead. Enver is turkish in origin and means "handsome", and it fits right in with the -er endings trend for boys. It also could ride on the rising popularity of Ember, and now Ender thanks to the movie. Lief is scandinavian in origin and means "love", and is one of my favorite underused boy names, it deserves more "love", no pun intended. The curious thing is the actor isn't turkish or scandinavian, he's albanian. But this just proves you can borrow names from other cultures, after all, we live in a modern multicultural world, and Enver Lief would sound great for an american boy too.
So which names that I've chosen from the series do you like best?
quinta-feira, 28 de Novembro de 2013
So I got asked by my best friend to do a search on a family name of his: Jaxley. I thought, wow, that is quite a cool name. But as I was trying to find info on this name, I realized this wasn't just a rare name, but almost non-existant. There are no records of it on any baby name sites, and there are only a few people that have it as a surname (and even less as a first name). Determined not to let my best friend down, I had to find at least something I could tell him about the name, and I did. A very likely source is that this name is related to or a variant of the place name Yaxley, which is also a Harry Potter name. Yaxley means "cuckoo wood", and during the 19th century, the county of Yaxley in Suffolk, England, was written as Jacheslea. It is very likely that from Jacheslea, people eventually arrived at the more pronounceable Jaxley.
The most interesting part of his family tree, was that Jaxley was used as a first name. It's not terribly surprising since surnames have been used as first names for a very long time, at least on boys. But definitely not ultra rare surnames like this one that seem to have popped out of nowhere. There were only a handful of people with the first name Jaxley, almost all most of them baby boys from recent years - however the name has never registered on the SSA extended list, meaning that there never have been more than 4 Jaxley's born per year, making it a super unique name.
I then thought to myself, how has this name remained so rare all of this time? Yes, its a very rare surname, but it's a name that would fit perfectly in today's classrooms and playgrounds - from the modern jax- initial, to the ever so popular -ley ending - it was made for today's parents that desperately want something cool but underused. I'm positive that if Jaxley was used by a celebrity, or appeared on a popular movie or tv series, it would explode in popularity. But then, maybe it's good to keep it a secret, for now at least.
Jaxley makes a fantastic alternative to the very overused Jackson / Jaxon, currently the 2nd most used boy name in America. You still get the spunky nickname Jax, but you get a full name that is very leftfield. So if you like Jack and its variants, but not their huge popularity, my recommendation is: use Jaxley.
Similar names are: Yaxley, Baxley, Huxley, Oxley, Jaxson
Alternative spellings include: Jaxlee, Jaxly, Jaxlie, Jaxleigh
What do you think of Jaxley? Do you think it would fit in with todays naming styles? Could it ever become popular?
sexta-feira, 22 de Novembro de 2013
After some demand on making a girl edition, I spent the last few weeks compiling the future girl ranking - that is, if names during this year had the same increase / decrase as last year. I know that isn't really the case with most names, but it does give us some sort of preview of what could happen.
But enough of that, let's get to the juicy part, here is the possible top 20 for the 2013 list:
01 Sophia (=)
02 Emma (=)
03 Isabella (=)
04 Olivia (=)
05 Ava (=)
06 Emily (=)
07 Mia (+1)
08 Abigail (-1)
09 Madison (=)
10 Harper (+14)
11 Avery (+2)
12 Elizabeth (-2)
13 Aubrey (+2)
14 Ella (-2)
15 Charlotte (+4)
16 Zoey (+4)
17 Chloe (-6)
18 Sofia (=)
19 Amelia (+4)
20 Hannah (+2)
So, not many changes at the top end of the chart with Sophia keeping her crown, but there is one big star in the top 20 named Harper. It could just make into the top10, although I think it will probably just miss out. Amelia looks like it may join the top20 for the first time.
Here are the big climbers in the top100:
38 Aubree (+22)
40 Genesis (+14)
50 Skylar (+37)
51 Scarlett (+10)
53 Aria (+38)
72 Ellie (+12)
74 Violet (+14)
75 Naomi (+15)
77 Reagan (+20)
84 Piper (+14)
85 Annabelle (+15)
And the biggest losers:
26 Addison (-12)
59 Alyssa (-15)
60 Alexis (-20)
62 Brianna (-11)
63 Ashley (-13)
73 Khloe (-18)
83 Julia (-18)
86 Alexandra (-10)
87 Faith (-12)
91 Lauren (-19)
92 Kayla (-22)
94 Gianna (-21)
95 Morgan (-13)
96 Makayla (-27)
98 Jasmine (-13)
And the most intersting part, the new entries:
Which means the following fall out: Sydney, Molly, Madeline, Kimberly, Trinity, Jocelyn, Andrea.
Considering a few of these new entries are just scraping the bottom of the top 100, I think one or more may just miss out depending on if they can keep the momentum going (or if the ones falling out dont fall as hard this year). I'm quite excited for the arrival of Mila and Penelope, I think they are ones to watch in the future. Not far off the top100 was Alice, so if it gets a bigger push this year it's very possible it can be a new entry also.
What are your thoughts on the possible girl rank for 2013? Let me know in the comments.
quarta-feira, 23 de Outubro de 2013
Curious to see how the SSA boy rank might look next year? Well that's what this post is all about. Basically, it is a preview on how the chart could look if the names had the same increase/decrease this year, as they had last year. Obviously this isn't gonna happen exactly, because numbers and trends change every year, but some overall jumps and falls are turn out to be quite accurate.
So how will the boys top 20 for 2013 look if it had the exact same performance as last year? Check it out:
01 LIAM (+5)
02 ETHAN (+1)
03 MASON (-1)
04 NOAH (=)
05 JACOB (-4)
06 WILLIAM (-1)
07 MICHAEL (+1)
08 JAYDEN (-1)
09 ALEXANDER (=)
10 AIDEN (=)
11 ELIJAH (+2)
12 MATTHEW (=)
13 JAMES (+1)
14 DANIEL (-3)
15 JACKSON (+7)
16 BENJAMIN (=)
17 ANTHONY (-2)
18 JOSEPH (+2)
19 LOGAN (+2)
20 ANDREW (-2)
And the biggest increases would be:
44 JAXON (+22)
45 LEVI (+10)
55 COLTON (+10)
57 DOMINIC (+13)
75 JACE (+11)
86 GAEL (+60)
87 DAMIAN (+10)
91 JAXSON (+15)
93 BRANTLEY (+65)
So there would be a new #1 next year, with Liam finally knocking Jacob off the top - but as with last years prediction of Mason becoming #1, it may not actually happen. The rest of the top10 is pretty static, hopefully there'll be more movement than this.
Beyond the top20, we have several big risers, with Gael and Brantley standing out from the crowd - the latter two were big trenders last year, will they keep the momentum going this year? Who knows.
Jaxson would also join the top 100, making it the third spelling of Jackson to achieve this. Clearly the actual popularity of this name is well masked by the alternative spellings.
Unlike last year with all the new entries cracking the top100, this year seems like it'll be a slow one, with only 3 new names. I do wish the turnover was faster, there are so many dated overused boy names still in the top100, its quite astonishing.
sábado, 28 de Setembro de 2013
Hudson is a name of Old English origin, and it means "son of Hugh". It is a rising star amongst the many -son names trending upwards in recent years. As well as that meaning, Hudson can also be used as a place name, thanks to the Hudson River in New York and the Hudson Bay in Canada - both were named after the explorer Henry Hudson. This gives Hudson an adventurous feel, and a strong association to water, which could give it the "nature name" tag.
Let's take a look at it's performance in the SSA ranking:
Hudson was around back in the late 19th century, early 20th century, popping in and out of the chart without ever making it big. Since its return in 1995, the name has soared from #998 that year, to #93 in 2012, making it the first time it's ever been inside the top100. It's not a big surprise that it has taken off in recent years, it fits the surname trend, the -son ending trend, the place name trend, the two-syllable trend, etc. I only assume that it'll keep on rising for a very long time, probably making it to the top20 eventually.
Names similar to Hudson include: Judson, Hanson, Holden, Hobson, Hutton, Hadon, Edson
Alternative spellings are: Hudsen, Hudsin, Hudsyn, Hudsan, Hudsun
Are you a fan of Hudson? Let me know.
segunda-feira, 9 de Setembro de 2013
Summer 2013 might be almost over, but it brought us some great flicks. As usual, I payed extra attention to the names of characters in hope of finding some interesting ones. Thankfully there were quite a few ones that caught my eye, and so I'm gonna present you the ones I thought were the most appealing and unique.
Male character names:
Harley (Iron Man 3) - A popular name for boys in the UK, but quite underused in the US, which is quite surprising for me because it's one of those names that has all the ingredients of a trendy sounding name, but isn't. I think its full potential has yet to be achieved in America, and I'd like to think it will eventually hit its stride.
Yancy (Pacific Rim) - Not one of the main characters of this movie since he dies early on, but his scenes at the start of the film were enough for me to remember his name. I don't think I've met or read about anyone with this name, although I'm not terribly surprised because I feel this one is for the brave namers only (right now). I believe this one might be quite a polarizing name if it ever pops up in a discussion, you'll either love it or hate it, a bit like Clancy.
Kruger (Elysium) - This is one of those names that unfortunately most people will connect it to one person, in this case one character, Freddie Krueger, even if the spelling is different. So unless you want people telling you "oh you named your son after Freddie Krueger", you'll probably be better off using a different name. However, if you love the character, why not? Still, it's definitely an intriguing name.
Cypher (After Earth) - Modern. Daring. Futuristic. This one is perfect for parents that love sci-fi, and want to give their kid a name that embraces their love for the genre. Although it's definitely futuristic sounding, I feel that this would be quite wearable today, especially with the trendy -er ending that's so popular for boys nowadays. One to consider for sure.
Etienne (Now You See Me) - I absolutely adore this name, yet it's so underrated, even amongst the many baby names communities around the web. It's the french version of Stephen, and I think it would be a wonderful choice for someone who wants to pay tribute to a relative or a friend named Stephen or Steven without being too obvious in the connection.
Raleigh (Pacific Rim) - Already been made my "Name In Spotlight" back in August, it's no secret that I love this name. Again, this is one of those names that sounds so current, that you're amazed its so uncommon. If you want a name that sounds great, current, with history, then this is one for you to consider. It's probably the only name ending in -leigh that I like, full of charm and swag, perfect for boy.
Aya (Wolverine) - This name caught my eye because it's only one letter away from one of my favorite biblical boy names, Asa. Aya is a unisex name, so it can be bestowed upon little girls too, even though in the Old Testament, Aya was a man. As someone that has a fascination with male names ending in "a" (and contrary to popular belief there are many, even dominant in some cultures), this had to be one of my picks. There are 2 possible pronunciations, I read it like "hi-ya", without the "h", I think it sounds better personally.
Basil (The World's End) - This is one of those old boy names that I feel deserves a comeback. It was slightly popular in the early 20th century, but has since faded away. It is also the name of a herb, so if you enjoy your nature names, why not go for this friendly sounding name? If Kale is used, I don't see why this one can't be. I think it sounds fresh again in 2013.
Wylie (Grown Ups 2) - Another one of those names that has been long forgotten, yet retains immense appeal today. It sounds like other popular choices like Riley and Wyatt, so why hasn't this one reemerged? It puzzles me. I feel it's a great alternative for parents that like Riley or Wyatt for a boy, but are held back by their popularity in recent years. Personally this name gives me a cowboy vibe, is it the same for you? A big thumbs up from me, I don't see a single downside to this it.
Grover (Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters) - Quite a rugged sounding name, while at the same time possessing some delicate characteristics, resulting in a perfect balance between hard and soft. Names starting with Gr- are gaining some ground for boys, with popular choices like Grayson, Grey, Grady, Grant, Graham being screamed in every playground these days, so this one blends in perfectly.
Kitai (After Earth) - A futuristic spin on Kai perhaps? This one could definitely work today, and I'm curious to see if the movie will have any effect when the new list comes out next year. This name also comes with several possible nicknames, from Kit, to Kai, to Ty/Tai for example, which is always a plus if want some variety to choose from. A brave, spunky, modern choice.
Female character names:
Frey (Elysium) - With the name Grey picking up some steam for both genders, can Frey ride on its tail? I doubt it, but it does make a nice alternative. It also sounds like a classic, maybe because its so close to the name Faye. So I guess you get the best of both worlds, modern, with an old school vibe.
Thalia (Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters) - This name first registered with me back in the early 2000s, when a latina singer with this name had a couple of popular hits. She rapidly disappeared from the scene, at least in the US, but the name has since been stuck in the back of my mind. I think it's a beautiful name, very feminine, and deserves more attention.
Mako (Pacific Rim) - The name of the female protagonist, this was an obvious choice for this post. Completely underused in the US, but in this case I think it's quite obvious why - it's very japanese sounding and many parents feel they are unable to use a name from that country without having some sort of japanese heritage. In my opinion, I think those barriers need to be broken, if we adopt names from Italy or France, then why not Japan? Unless the name is completely unpronounceable in english, I don't see any reason not to use a name from another country or culture.
Pepper (Iron Man 3) - You might be thinking, "Pepper? Are you crazy?", but this name is not that outrageous to me. I've actually heard about a few people named Pepper, and it's even been used by a celeb recently. While the first impact upon hearing it might be of shock, you soon get used to it - it's not that far off from Piper if you think about it, and that one has taken off lately. But I agree it's reserved for a brave namer only.
Katja (Red 2) - Sick of Kate and Katie? Then try Katja. If you think the spelling might throw people off, then you could always use Katia or Catia, both legitimate spellings. Do not pronounce it like the names Kate or Katie, the pronunciation is slightly different - say "cat" then "ya". The spelling is really the only downside I can see, but then, most people do know how to pronounce Sonja, so it might not be that big of an obstacle. You can always try an easier route, and go with Katherine, nicknamed Katja.
Estelle (Scenic Route) - Back in 2008 there was a british R&B singer named Estelle that had a big hit in the charts, but her name went kinda unnoticed and had little impact in the SSA list. I feel like Estelle is being outshined by Stella these days, rather than being boosted by it. And while I prefer Stella, I think this cousin is ready for stardom soon, but if you enjoy your names relatively underused, this is plus (at least for now).
Faora (Man Of Steel) - A relatively well known name in the comics universe, but completely unheard of in the real word. Pronounced "fay-ora", this name has several things working for it. The "ay" sound is everywhere these days, let's be honest, and girl names ending in -ora are hot right now, think Nora, Aurora and Cora for example. So it's easy for anyone to picture a little baby Faora. The only negative side I can see is that this is the name of several villains in the Superman universe, but if you don't care about stuff like that, then the light is bright green imo.
Matilda (Elysium) - Enjoying some major popularity in the UK, I feel it's only a matter of time before this name starts charming parents in the US too. The only question in my mind is when that boost will happen. There is also variant Mathilde, which I find quite endearing, but Matilda is even more appealing and has a certain spunkiness to it.
Dorothea (The Mortal Instrument: City Of Bones) - Dorothy is one of those old lady names that's resting in limbo waiting for a comeback. Personally, I feel it still sounds old ladyish, but that's just me. However, Dorothea gives it such an awesome update, especially because I love the name Thea. If you feel Thea is great but lacking a little extra something, then Dorothea gives you a more complete, fuller name. It also comes with several nickname options, which can be fun to play around with.
Margo (Despicable Me 2) - One of the most brought up names when you discuss girl names ending in "o", but is still flying under the radar when talking about names in general. I prefer the spelling Margot, I think it has an extra elegance, but Margo works great too. My gut feeling is this name will explode in the next 10 years perhaps, like a storm looming ahead. Or maybe it's just wishful thinking, but it has so much potential, don't you think? It's also a great name to pay tribute to someone named Margaret, or if you like that name but feel it's too heavy sounding. One to watch.
So these are my choices, do you like any of them? Do you feel we'll be hearing them more in the future? If you liked any interesting character names this summer, that I haven't listed here, then feel free to share them with me in the comments here, or on facebook.
quarta-feira, 28 de Agosto de 2013
Well all know how much influence Teen Mom has had on baby name trends for the past couple of years. Names such as Bentley, Jace, Aubree or Maci have had a significant boost since the show debuted. The third series of Teen Mom premiered this week and I decided to check the names on the show, and wonder which names might be the next superstars.
First let's take a quick look at the mom's names:
Mom (and dad even more so) names on the show tend to go unnoticed, only Maci and perhaps Farrah had any sort of boost in the previous 2 series. From this batch of names, I'm not expecting any of them to skyrocket, because all of them seem to be fading in popularity, and sound a bit dated, except for Mackenzie which is still sort of trendy. However, I dont think Mackenzie will benefit too much, since it's starting to become a bit saturated.
Now for the most important names on the show, the baby names. There are 4 kids featured on Teen Mom 3, one boy and three girls. Here are there names:
I think this one could definitely get a boost, because it sounds quite trendy, similar in style to Kannon / Cannon (which have gotten some attention by celebs), but perhaps less agressive sounding. There were 174 boys named Gannon in 2012, up from 113 in 2011, so it's definitely on the rise, and will probably make its SSA chart debut next year. Mackenzie unfortunately had a miscarriage before this baby was born, and she was planning on naming him Oakley, which is one of my favorite boy names of all time. That one should definitely be used more often.
Jackpot. Arabella not only is a celeb baby name, but it has all the qualities of a trendy girl name, from the popular -ella ending, to the endless nicknames, to its classy feminine sound. Arabella was #245 in the SSA ranking, almost 100 spots up from the previous year. I think this one could have a huge surge.
This spelling is not popular, not even registering in the top1000, however Molly is definitely a popular name, ranking at #90. While Maci became more popular than Macy, I don't think Molli will ever outshine Molly, and I think this name will largely go unnoticed on the show. But I may be underestimating it...
My favorite name of the bunch, and one I seriously hope can make it big. Nova re-entered the SSA ranking in 2011, after falling out in 1938, and in 2012 it climbed more than 250 places, a remarkable increase. I think it sounds very soft and feminine, but also fresh, spunky and interesting at the same time - I love the astro connection to the supernovas in outer space. Nova also means "new", a perfect meaning for a name that has been rediscovered. My gut feeling is this will be one of the names from Teen Mom 3 to have the most impact.
So there you have it! Overall a decent set of names, and from the 8 names featured, I'm betting Gannon, Arabella and Nova will be the ones to watch. Do you agree with my predictions?
domingo, 25 de Agosto de 2013
So I recently watched the movie Pacific Rim, which reminded me of how much I love the name Raleigh. That movie featured some pretty cool names, for example Raleigh's brother is named Yancy, which also caught my eye, so if you enjoy action flicks mixed with a dose of unique names, check the movie out.
Raleigh is of old english origin and it has two different meanings that I found: "roe deer's meadow" and "from the red field". There is definitely a nature connection in both, so if you like nature names this one is a great choice. It can also be a place name, because it's the capital of North Carolina, and it could definitely fit in with the place name trend going on lately with names like Princeton, Camden, Brooklyn, etc.
The impression I get from Raleigh is of a southern guy, it has some cowboy appeal imo, but it strangely sounds quite elegant and classy at the same time, a gentleman's name. Although it could work on girls too I guess, I'm not a fan - I feel it would get lost in a sea of tacky poorly spelled -leigh ending names that have no history to them and would make a great name like Raleigh look cheap.
I think this name would make a great alternative to popular soundalike names such as Riley, Rylan, Bradley, so if you like the sound of those names but not their widespread usage, Raleigh would make a fantastic replacement. The name only ever charted on the SSA ranking for boys, and peaked at #357 in 1891, dropping off the top 1000 in 1965, never to be heard from again. I feel it's very underrated and I'm surprised it has yet to take off. I wonder if the movie Pacific Rim might give it boost? It would be deserved, for sure.
What are your thoughts on Raleigh? Yay? Nay? For me, it's a definite "yay" and would make a great name for a son.