Names from Red Queen

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I just finished reading Red Queen, a young adult fantasy novel by Victoria Aveyard.  I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel without falling in love with at least one of the names in it.  Check out this eclectic list of character names from Aveyard’s Dystopian world.

Cal
Tiberias “Cal” Calore VII, the eldest prince and the heir to the thrown
Cal is a diminutive name, usually seen as a nickname to Calvin.  In this case because he is a junior, character Cal pulls his nickname from his surname.  A few Cal names I enjoy include Caledon, Callahan, Calix, and Callum. 143 little boys were given the first name Cal last year.

Elara
Elara Merandusm, the Queen of Norta
Love her or love to hate her, this dynamic character has a lovely melodic name. In Greek mythology Elara was a mortal Princess, Zeus’ lover, and the mother of the giant Tityos.  Elara would be a lovely Laura alternative.  32 baby girls were named Elara last year.

Evangeline
Evangeline Samos, Cal’s fiancée
Evangeline is an elegant Greek name meaning good news.  Currently ranked at Number 261 in popularity, Evangeline lends itself to dozens of lovely nicknames from Eva to Evie to Angie.  Evangeline was also a character name in the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Farley
Diana Farley, captain of the Scarlet Guard
Farley is an Old English surname meaning sheep meadow or clearing.  Farley may remind you of author Farley Mowat or comedian Chris Farley.  Farley is so rare as a first name that it was used by less than 5 babies last year.

Gisa
Gisa Barrow, Mare’s younger sister
Gisa, pronounced GEE-zah, is a German diminutive of the French name Giselle, meaning hostage or pledge.  Though Gisa has a familiar look to it, it is very rare here in the US and was used by less than 5 girls last year.

Julian
Julian Jacos, Cal’s uncle and a royal librarian
Julian is an English form of the Latin name Julius meaning youthful and downy. Julian is one of the many beloved “Jul” names, currently ranked at Number 45 in popularity. Julian was the name of an Apostate, a Roman emperor, and several saints.

Kilorn
Kilorn Warren, Mare’s best friend
Kilorn was one of the stand-out names for me in this novel.  I’d never heard of Kilorn before though it does have a similar feel to Cillian, which I adore. Rarely used as a surname, there’s very little data or information on this cool character name.

Lucas
Lucas Samos, Mare’s guard
Lucas is a Latin form of Luke meaning man from Luciana. Lucas obviously easily lends itself to name Luke, both which are rising in popularity.  Lucas peaked in popularity last year at spot Number 16.

Mare
Mare Barrow, our protagonist who also goes by the alias Mareena Titanos
Mare is a simple, sweet, one-syllable name. Mare is a diminutive of names like Mary or Maria and may also be an Irish form of Mary. Mare was used by less than 5 girls last year.

Maven
Maven Calore, the second eldest prince
Maven is an anglicized form of the Irish name Meidhbhin, meaning intoxicating. Maven may also come from a Hebrew word meaning one who understands.  Maven definitely resembles many popular names in its sound. 14 boys and 44 girls were named Maven last year.

Ptolemus
Ptolemus Samos, is Evangeline’s brother
The name Ptolemus will probably remind you of Ptolemy or Ptolemaios, a Greek name meaning warlike.  Though the meaning of this name matches the character, it’s quite rare and was used by less than 5 babies last year.

Rane
Rane Arven, a Silver instructor
Rane may be a variation of Rain or Raine.  Rane may also be an Old Swedish form of the name Hrani meaning rough or brutal.  This rare spelling was used by less than 5 babies last year.

Sara
Sara Skonos, a healer and Julian’s friend
Sara is a variation of the Hebrew name Sarah meaning princess. Sara/Sarah was quite popularity throughout the 1980s and 90s.  Today Sara is still well loved and used at 162 in popularity.

Shade
Shade Barrow, Mare’s older brother
Shade is a cool word name that sounds like it should be a modern celebrity baby name.  “Throwing shade” or “being shady” are the downsides to this otherwise smooth sounding name. 22 boys and 5 girls were named Shade last year.

Tiberias
Tiberias Calore VI, the King of Norta
Tiberias may be a variant of Tiberius, a Latin name meaning of the Tiber River. Tiberias is the name of an Israeli city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Tiberias was used by less than 5 boys last year, but Tiberius was given to 109 boys.

Tristan
Tristan, a member of the Scarlet Guard
Tristan is a Celtic name meaning sorrowful or sad, but its meaning hasn’t detoured parents from using it, Tristan is currently ranked at Number 101.

What are you favorite names from this novel?

Lightly Vintage Girls Names

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Love the feel of a vintage name but don’t want your little girl to sound like a stuffy old lady? Lose the frump but keep the charm with 20 these lightly vintage names that would suit a beautiful baby born today.

Ada
If you love Ava, which has been a Top 10 name for the past 10 years, you may like the similar sounding Ada.  Currently ranked at Number 357, Ada comes from the German name Adelaide meaning noble. Simple, strong, and sweet, Ada also gets cool points for being a palindrome name.

Bonnie
Bonnie is a wholesome Scottish name meaning beautiful. Currently ranked at Number 871, Bonnie peaked in the late 1940s after the release of Gone with the Wind in which Bonnie was the nickname of Scarlett and Rhett’s sweet little girl.

Cora
Cora is just one of the lovely vintage names that Downtown Abbey helped revitalize.Cora is derived from a Greek name meaning maiden. Currently at spot Number 88, Cora hasn’t been this popular since 1910.

Della
Della ends in the same lovely sound as sisters Isabella and Gabriella, though it is not nearly as popular.  A diminutive of the German name Adela, Della means noble. Only 213 girls were named Della last year.

Estelle
Estelle is a French name meaning star, and what little girl wouldn’t love that meaning? Currently ranked at Number 823, Estelle lends its self to the sweet old-timey nicknames Essie and Estee.

Etta
Fans of musician Etta James, who was born Jamesetta, may enjoy this sweet vintage name. Etta began as a diminutive of the name Henrietta meaning estate ruler. A great Ella or Emma alternative, Etta was only given to 242 little girls last year.

Flora
Flora is a Latin name meaning flower that has been getting more recognition in recent years. Still less common than its sisters Cora and Nora, Flora was only used by 173 girls last year. Flora peaked in 1902 when it reached Number 100.

Hattie
A diminutive of Harriet, meaning estate ruler, Hattie is an old-timey name that’s undergone a huge revival. Currently Number 488, Hattie hasn’t been this popular since the late 1950s and now outranks Harriet.

Iris
If you want a less frilly flower name, you may consider Iris. Iris is a Greek name meaning rainbow currently ranked at Number 217. In Greek mythology Iris was the goddess of the rainbow. Iris may also refer to the colored part of the eye.

June
June is a month name derived from the Roman goddess Juno. June is rising in the charts, currently ranked at Number 280, it hasn’t been this popular since 1966. Other attractive June names include Junia, Juniper, and Juno.

Lavinia
Lavinia is one of my favorite Olivia alternatives. A Latin name meaning from Lavinium, Lavinia is packed full of Victorian charm and hasn’t been in the Top 1,000 since 1929. Lavinia was only given to 63 baby girls last year.

Mabel
Mabel was the then rare name that Paul and Jamie gave their daughter in the 1990s sitcom Mad About You. Derived from the named Amabel, meaning loveable, Mabel is now ranked at Number 578, the highest it has ranked since the early 1950s.

Ottilie
If you love the sound of Natalie but are more drawn to rare vintage names then Ottilie is the name for you. Pronounced o-TEE-lee or ot-till-ee, Ottilie comes from the name Odilia meaning fortune. Ottilie is so rare that it was only given to 12 girls last year.

Pearl
The gemstone of June, Pearl is a granny-chic name making quite the comeback. Pearl ranked at 628 for the past two years, the highest it has been since the mid-1960s.  Pearl is a name I’m seeing more and more as a middle name as well.

Poppy
Poppy is the name of the sweet, cheery, red little flower. Poppy has never ranked in the US Top 1,000 and is definitely more used across the pond in the UK. Last year Poppy was used here by 257 little girls.

Sylvie
Sylvie is a sweet French variation of Silvia, meaning of the forest. Sylvie has a chic yet friendly air to it. Never before ranked in the Top 1,000, Sylvie was only given to 212 girls last year. Sylvie would also be a nice alternative to Sophie.

Rosalie
Whether or not you’re a fan of the Twilight saga, there sure were some beautiful names in the series, including Rosalie. A French form of Rosalia, meaning rose, Rosalie currently ranks at Number 266, the highest it has been since the early 1950s.

Tillie
Tillie is a cutesy little name that began as a nickname for Matilda meaning strength in battle. Vintage nicknames like Millie, Tillie, and Winnie do stand alone well as given names. 70 little girls were given the first name Tillie last year.

Vera
Vera has a very posh sound perhaps because of the elegant designer namesake Vera Wang. Vera is a Russian name meaning faith or true that ranks at Number 312. Vera peaked in 1919 when it reached Number 65.

Willa
If you’re looking for a Willow alternative or a way to honor a William than you may love the name Willa. Willa is a feminine form of William meaning resolute protection. Currently ranked at 481, Willa hasn’t been this popular in over 60 years.

What lightly vintage girls names do you love?

You can hear me chat about a few of these names here:

Beauty and the Beast Names

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The live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast opens on March 17th.  In anticipation for its release, let’s look at the fabulous names from the cast and characters in the upcoming fantasy film!

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What little girl wouldn’t like to be named for a Disney Princess? Belle is a sweet, chic, French name that fittingly means beauty. Belle fell out of the Top 1,000 in the early 1930s, though I think it stands a chance to rise following the release of the film. Belle is more often seen as a middle name.  Celebrities like Dylan Walsh, Rosie O’Donnell, and Bruce Willis and Demi Moore have used Belle as a middle name for their daughters.  Belle was only used by 248 girls as a first name last year.

Emma
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson plays Belle in this adaptation. The most popular name in the US right now, chances are you know a little Emma. A German name meaning universal, Emma has been a Top 5 name for the past 14 years.  The equally lovely Emilia and Emmeline are less popular alternatives, but have both risen greatly in the past few years. Emma is a celebrity favorite too, used by parents Martina McBride, Mick Taylor, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Harvey Weinstein.

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We talked about the beauty, but what about the Beast? Beast definitely isn’t a usable name choice, but Adam, the Prince’s human name, definitely is. Adam is a Hebrew name meaning man or son of the earth.  In the Old Testament God created Adam and Eve, the first humans from the earth. Currently ranked at Number 73, Adam has been a Top 100 name since 1970. Adam Lambert, Adam Levine, and Adam Sandler are just a few of the many popular bearers of this name that you may recognize.

Daniel
Dan Stevens, best known for his role as Mathew Crawley in Downton Abbey, is our Beast/ Prince Adam.  Dan’s full name is Daniel Jonathan Stevens, a classic name for the handsome actor.  Daniel is another popular name choice, currently ranked at Number 12.  Daniel has always been a well-loved name, ranking in the Top 50 since the early 1920s. A Hebrew name meaning God is my judge; Daniel was a Hebrew prophet in the Old Testament. There is also the tear-jerking Irish melody Oh, Danny Boy.

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Gaston is the hunky villain with a distinguished French name. French from a German name, Gaston means stranger or guest. There was a 2004 Hurricane and a 2010 storm called Gaston.  Today it’s hard to part the name from this vain character. A rarely used choice in the United States, only 27 boys were named Gaston last year.

Luke
The dashing Luke Evans portrays the Gaston, the character we love to hate. Luke is an English form of the Greek name Loukas meaning from Lucania.  A much more usable name than Gaston, Luke peaked in popularity last year when it reached spot Number 28. Similar names Luca and Lucas are also rapidly rising in the charts. Luke is one of the four books in the New Testament.  Luke may remind you of Luke Duke from The Dukes of Hazard or Luke Skywalker from Star Wars.

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Maurice is Belle’s absent-minded yet lovable father.  Maurice is French from the Roman name Mauritius meaning dark-skinned.  Maurice ranked in the Top 200 for most of the 20th Century.  Peaking in 1914 at Number 94, Maurice now ranks the lowest it has ever been at Number 621. Saint Maurice is the patron saint of locales and kingdoms. You may also like the variations Mauricio (Spanish), Meuric (Welsh), Moritz (German), or Morris (English).

Kevin
Kevin Delaney Kline is a beloved actor playing the part of Belle’s whimsical father. Kevin is a popular anglicized Irish name meaning handsome or kind. Currently ranked at Number 79, Kevin has been a Top 100 name in the US since 1949. Kevin has long been a popular name choice amongst Irish-American’s, in part due to Saint Kevin, one the patron Saint’s of Dublin.  John McEnore and Tatum O’Neal have a son named Kevin, as does Jimmy Kimmel.

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LeFou is Gaston’s bumbling little sidekick. LeFou has the distinction of being one of the few character names I would not recommend as it translates in French to the fool or the crazy one.  If you do like the sound of Le Fou, perhaps I can interest you in the French surname Lafayette meaning faith.  Lafayette is a rare choice and was only given to 10 baby boys last year.

Josh
Actor Joshua Ilan “Josh” Gad offers a much more usable name choice than that of his character LeFou. Disney fans will recognize Gad as the voice of the lovable snowman Olaf in Frozen. Joshua is a Hebrew name meaning Jehovah is salvation.  The Biblical Joshua was chosen to succeed Moses as leader of the Israelites.  Joshua was a Top 10 name from 1979 to 2009.  Today Joshua is still well-loved and used at Number 33 in popularity.

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The charming candelabra Lumière gets his name from the French word for light. A few other male names that have meanings related to light include Abner, Lior, Lucius, Lugus, Ori, Ray, and Uriah.  As you may have guessed Lumière was not used by any babies born last year.

Ewan
Ewan Gordon McGregor channels his inner-cupid as the charming match-making candelabra Lumière. Ewan is the Scottish spelling of the Gaelic Eoghan meaning born of the yew tree. Pronounced YOO-un, other spellings include Eoin, Euin, and Ewen. A cool alternative to the rising name Owen, Ewan was only used by 138 boys last year.

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This new version of Beauty and the Beast will introduce us to a brand new character, Maestro Cadenza who is a grand piano and a neurotic maestro. Maestro would make for a cool and quirky word name.  Maestro is a term given to a distinguished musician, usually a classical musical conductor. Cadenza is another musical term for a solo passage inserted into a concerto typically near the end of a piece.

Stanley
Stanley Tucci will be bringing the new character of Maestro Cadenza to life.  Stanley is an Old English name meaning stone clearing.  At 688 in popularity, Stanley could be a hidden gem ready for a revival by hipster parents. Stanley was a Top 100 name in until 1960 and currently ranks at the lowest it’s ever been.  Sir Henry Morton Stanley initially gave rise to the name Stanley in 1871 with his historic contact of Dr. Livingston in Africa.

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You may have noticed already that many names in this tale relate to who or what the character is; for example Belle meaning beauty and Lumière meaning light. Cogsworth is a French term for “Big Ben,” the well-known clock tower in London, and this character is the persnickety little clock in the story.

Ian
Sir Ian Murray McKellen is a distinguished actor playing the role of the fussy Cogsworth.  Ian is a Scottish variation of the name John meaning the Lord is gracious. Currently ranked at Number 76, Ian has been a Top 100 name since 1982.  Other interesting forms of John include Evan, Giovanni, Hans, Ivan, Johan, Juan, Sean, and Yannick.

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Another play on words is the head housekeeper Mrs. Potts who was transformed into a teapot.  While Potts might not make the best name choice, perhaps Potter could work? Potter is an English occupational name meaning maker of storage vessels.  Less popular than other similar sounding occupational surnames like Porter or Parker, Potter was used by less than 5 babies last year.  Potter may also remind you of the character Harry Potter.

Emma
Emma Thompson takes on the nurturing role of Mrs. Potts.  Since we already looked at the name Emma earlier with Emma Watson, I thought it would be fun to mention Emma Thompson’s children’s names.  Thompson is truly a namer at heart having chosen the names Gaia Romilly and Tindyebwa Agaba for her children.  Emma Thompson and Emma Watson share more than just a first name, they also share a birthday and both starred in the Harry Potter series.

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Madame de Garderobe translates to Mrs. Wardrobe, a fitting name for the woman who is magically turned into a wardrobe. This is another fun spin as we see it relates to who and what the character is, though it doesn’t quite work for a human child.

Audra
The wildly talented Audra Ann McDonald will bring the wardrobe to life at Madame de Garderobe.  Audra is an English name meaning noble strength.  No longer in the Top 1,000 Audra was only given to 190 girls as a first name last year.  Audra makes for a lovely less-popular alternative to its sister Audrey which ranks at Number 37.

Plumette
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, born Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha, plays the role of maid turned feather duster Plumette which was known as Babette and Fifi in other versions of this tale.
Gugulethu is a Zimbabwe name of Ndebele origin meaning our precious child.

Chip
Chip Potts is the son of Mrs. Potts who was transformed into a chipped teacup.  Chip has traditionally been used as a nickname for Charles.
Nathan Mack will be playing the sweet role of Chip.  Nathan is a popular Hebrew name meaning given, that currently ranks at Number 38.

Monsieur D’Arque
Monsieur D’Arque is the local madhouse owner who is bribed by Gaston in his scheme to win over Belle.  It’s no coincidence that his name D’Arque sounds a lot like dark.
Adrian Schiller will play the unscrupulous Monsieur D’Arque.  Adrian is a Latin name meaning man of Adria that is currently Number 58 in popularity.

Agathe
Agathe is the Enchantress that curses Prince Adam and his castle. Agathe is a French form of the name Agatha meaning good.
Hattie Morahan, born Harriet Jane “Hattie” Morhan plays the Enchantress Agathe.   Hattie is a diminutive of Harriet meaning estate ruler that currently ranks at Number 488.

What are your favorite names from the cast and characters?

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Hitchcock’s Leading Ladies

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Alfred Hitchcock, often referred to as the “Master of Suspense” worked with forty-seven lead actresses in his five decades of film making. Let’s explore his seven most memorable leading ladies.

Eva
Eva Marie Saint
Eva Marie Saint won an Oscar for her performance in One the Waterfront, though her role of Eve Kendall in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest is arguably one of her most memorable roles. Eva is a Latin form of the name Eve meaning life. Currently ranked at Number 75, Eva hasn’t been this popular since the mid-1920s. Eva ranked at Number 66 in 1924, the year Saint was born. Eva peaked in popularity in 1900 at Number 33.

Grace
Grace Patricia Kelly
The epitome of elegance, Grace Kelly starred with James Stewart in Rear Window, one of Hitchcock’s greatest films. Kelly also starred in Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder and To Catch a Thief. Grace Kelly truly lived up to her virtuous name which means elegance and refinement. A popular name in the early 1900s, Grace regained popularity again in the late 1990s. Today Grace ranks at Number 19, it was Number 54 in 1929 when Kelly was born. Grace peaked in 2004 when it reached Number 13 in popularity.

Ingrid
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Legendary beauty Ingrid Bergman starred in some of Hitchcock’s most acclaimed films. One of her most remembered roles was alongside Cary Grant in the thriller Notorious. Bergman also starred in Hitchcock’s Spellbound and Under Capricorn. Ingrid is a polarizing name with a strong sound that people seem to love or hate. Ingrid is an old Norse name meaning beautiful. Currently Number 957, Ingrid was not in the Top 1,000 in 1915 when Bergman was born. Ingrid peaked in 1967 reaching Number 380.

Janet
Janet Leigh – born Jeanette Helen Morrison
Janet Leigh’s appearance in Psycho made her one of Hitchcock’s most famous leading ladies. Though her role was brief, Leigh’s shower scene became one of the most famous scenes in cinematic history. Janet is a Medieval diminutive of Jane, meaning God is gracious. Janet fell out of the Top 1,000 in 2012, though it ranked at Number 112 the in 1927 when Leigh was born. Janet peaked in 1938 when it reached Number 16.

Joan
Joan Fontaine – born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland
Joan Fontaine’s first Hitchcock film was Rebecca. Fontaine was the only actor, male or female, to win an Academy Award in a Hitchcock film for her role in Suspicion. Joan is a Medieval form of Johanna meaning God is gracious. Joan is a generational name, seen more these days on Grandmother’s and Great-Grandmother’s.  Joan was last in the Top 1,000 in 1993, but ranked at Number 182 in 1917 when Fontaine was born. Joan reached its peak in 1933 when it was Number 5.

Kim
Kim Novak – born Marilyn Pauline “Kim” Novak
Kim Novak’s most praised work was for her role in Vertigo. Hitchcock cast Novak in Vertigo as a replacement to Vera Miles, who had to leave the part when she became pregnant. Kim is an English diminutive of the place name, Kimberly. Modern parents may enjoy other “Kim names” like Kimber or Kimball. Kim left the Top 1,000 in 1992, and was not in the Top 1,000 in 1933 when Novak was born. Novak more than likely helped Kim gain attention as it peaked in 1960 when it reached spot Number 34.

Tippi
Tippi Hedren – born Nathalie Kay “Tippi” Hedren
Tippi Hedren was the last classic Hitchcock leading lady starring in the legendary film The Birds. Hedren also starred alongside Sean Connery in Marnie, considered to be Hitchcock’s last great film. Tippi is a nickname that Hedren received from her father. Tippi has never ranked in the Top 1,000 though her given name, Nathalie is currently Number 652 and was Number 828 in 1930 when Hedren was born. Nathalie is a variant of Natalie meaning the Lord’s Birthday. Nathalie peaked in 1998 reaching spot Number 446. Tippi could be a quirky and fun nickname to Tabitha, Tiffany, or Topanga.

Which of these Leading Lady’s names do you like best?

Lovable Underused L Names for Boys

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L is a wonderful letter for names with lots of variety to choose from.  The Top L names for boys right now are Liam at Number 2, Logan at Number 14, Lucas at Number 16, Levi at Number 42, and Lincoln at Number 66. Though many of the popular L names for boys are on my own personal list, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some equally awesome lesser used L names!

Landry
Landry can and is being used for both sexes.  I put it on our boys list here today because it gives me a hearty, handsome, cowboy feel.  Landry is a French surname meaning ruler, currently ranked at Number 858. Landry may remind you of Tom Landry the legendary Dallas Cowboys coach.

Langston
Literary parents will instantly think of writer Langston Hughes.  Langston is an Old English surname meaning long stone ranking at Number 691. Langston just entered the Top 1,000 for the first time in 2013 and has been steadily rising ever since.

Laszlo
Laszlo comes from a Hungarian name meaning glorious ruler.  Saint László was an eleventh century Hungarian king. Laszlo has the smooth trending ‘o’ ending and easily lends itself to the cool nickname Laz.  Only 23 boys were given the name Laszlo last year.

Leary
Everyone loves and Irish name! Leary is an Irish surname meaning calf herder. Leary was the name of several Irish kings and may also remind you of writer and producer Dennis Leary.  Leary is so rarely used as a first name that less than 5 boys were named Leary last year.

Ledger
Ledger is another great surname name derived from a Norman name meaning tribe or spear.  The late actor Heath Ledger is a strong association to this name.  Another name with a cool cowboy vibe, Ledger was used by 157 boys last year.

Lemuel  
I discovered the name Lemuel through my friend and fellow baby name enthusiast Alena (you can find her on YouTube: AlenaJIngle).  Lemuel is a Hebrew name meaning devoted to God. A wonderful underused Biblical name, only 72 boys were named Lemuel last year.

Lev
Lev is a wonderful alternative to the much more popular Levi.  Lev has both Hebrew and Russian origins meaning heart or lion. Actress Candace Cameron has a son named Lev. Last year 136 baby boys were given the first name Lev.

Lowell
Lowell comes from a French nickname meaning wolf. I first noticed the name Lowell while watching the TV show Wings.  Lowell peaked in 1934 when it reached spot Number 148. Only 45 baby boys were named Lowell last year.

Ludo
Ludo is one of those names that I think would be more used if more people knew about it.  Ludo has the loveable “Lu” sound like the more popular names Luca, Lucas, and Luke.  Ludo is a short form of the name Ludovic meaning famous ruler.  Seven boys were named Ludovic last year, but less than 5 were named Ludo.

Lysander
Lysander is one of my favorite alternatives to the classic Alexander.  Lysander is a Greek name meaning liberator.  Lovers of Shakespeare will recognize Lysander as one of the characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Only 34 little boys were named Lysander last year.

What are your favorite underused L names for boys?

Non-Girly Girl Names

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Looking for a name for your little Princess that doesn’t sound so much like a Princess name?  Move over Tatiana and Christiana!  Here’s a list of lovely names for your little girl that don’t end in the typical feminine ending sounds –a or –ia.

Eden
One of my favorite things about Eden is the built in vintage nickname Edie (E-dee). Eden, most commonly pronounced EE-den in the US is also a Hebrew male name pronounced Ed-en.  Though either pronunciation can work on either sex, Eden is booming for girls right now, currently ranked at Number 156. Actor Marcia Cross has twin girls named Eden and Savannah.

Juniper
Juniper is a spunky tree name that peaked in popularity last year at Number 429.  Juniper just entered the US Top 1,000 in 2011 and has been rapidly rising. Juniper is a less popular alternative to Harper which is ranks at Number 10 and shares the trending –er ending.  Juniper is a lovely way to honor a June or get to the sweet nicknames June, Junie, and Junebug.

Lux
I first encountered the name Lux while reading The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides.  A Latin name meaning light, Lux is simple yet strong with it’s cool x ending.  If you love underused name gems you may consider Lux which has never ranked in the US Top 1,000 and was only used by 99 girls last year.

Quinn
Quinn is an Irish surname meaning descendant of Conn. A loved name for both sexes, Quinn is more popular for girls at Number 97 than it ranks with boys and Number 354. Quinn may remind you of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman or the annoying younger sister from MTV’s Daria.

Blythe
Blythe is a wonderful, underused virtue name meaning carefree and happy. Blythe has never reached the US Top 1,000 in popularity and was only given to 151 baby girls last year.  I have a soft spot for this name as it is the surname of the beloved character Gilbert Blythe is L.M.Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series.

Maren
Maren has a familiar sound and would fit in with names like Erin and Megan, though it’s never reached the popularity of either.  Maren also isn’t nearly as frilly as its sister names Marina or Mariana.  A Latin name meaning sea, Maren was only briefly in the Top 1,000 and was given to 229 girls last year.  Maren would also be a great way to honor a Mary, Marie, or Maria.

Greer
Greer comes from the Scottish name Gregor meaning watchful and alert. Greer has a strong sound and an old-Hollywood tie to actress Greer Garson.  Only 88 girls were named Greer last year.  The alternative spelling Grier is equally cool and underused.  Actor Brooke Shields used the name Grier for one of her daughters.

Wren
Wren is a charming bird name tied to an Irish fable.  Wren first entered the US Top 1,000 in 2012 and has steadily been climbing, currently ranked at Number 712 in popularity. Wren is a straight-forward, one-syllable name that looks like it will be this generations Robin.

Sloane
Sloane will forever remind me of the cool girlfriend in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Sloane is another cool Irish surname that makes for an awesome first name.  Sloane peaked in popularity last year at Number 327.

Bryn
Bryn is the perfect solution for anyone looking to honor a Brian or a Lynn or even better, both! Bryn is wonderful Welsh name meaning hill that was traditionally male.  While Bryn was only used by 213 girls last year, the alternative spelling Brynn is much more popular and ranks at Number 259.

What are your favorite frill-less girls names?

Celebrity Babies born in 2016

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Oh Baby! 2016 brought us a lovely bunch of baby names!  From classic names with vintage charm, to unusual modern word names, let’s look back at the names Celebrities used for their little ones last year!

Every month on my YouTube channel, TulipByAnyName, I share updates on celebrity baby births. Below I’ve compiled a list of celebrity babies born in 2016. Be sure to check out my video at the end, breaking down some of these names by category and dishing on my own personal favorites!

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Aashna Brynn – daughter of J’Tia Taylor Hart & Graeme Ross Har
Ace Thomas – son of Spike & Cody Mendelsohn
Ace Wells – son of Kandi Burruss & Todd Tucker
Adeline Elise – daughter of Jon & Danielle Murray
Adora Borealis – daughter of Brendan Villegas & Rachel Reilly
Aidan Clinton– son of Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky
Aiya Rose – daughter of Andrew Keegan & Arista Ilona
Alec Richard –son of Sara Haines & Max Shifrin
Alex Jay – son of Renee Oteri Maynard & Bracy Maynard
Alexander Erick Hubertus Bertil – son of Prince Carl Philip & Princess Sofia of Sweden
Alice Rose (twin to Gracie Jane)daughter of Ronnie & Sally Wood
Amada Lee – daughter of Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes
Anacã – son of Candice Swanepoel & Hermann Nicoli
Arrow Rhodes (twin to Zeppelin Bram) – daughter of Jensen & Danneel Ackles
Ashe Olsen – son of Seth & Alexi Meyers
Aspen King – daughter of Meghan King Edmonds & Jim Edmonds
Atlas –son of Jacqueline Piñol & Jonny Blue
Auden James Ellis– son of Kelsey & Kayte Grammer
Austin Michael – son of DeAnna Pappas & Stephen Stagliano

Word names were all the rage year, as is evident in these A names which include Ace, Arrow, Aspen, and Atlas.

B
Bianka Bella– daughter of Kobe & Vanessa Bryant
Bodhi Burton – son of Burt Jenner & Valerie Pitalo
Boomer Robert – son of Michael Phelps & Nicole Johnson
Bowie Juniper – son of Tess & Nick Holliday
Brooklyn Elise – daughter of Erin Bates Paine & Chad Paine
Brooks Hartman – son of Ashley Salter & Austin Brannen
Brooks Walker – son of Cullen & Katie

Bodhi to Boomer to Bowie, modern parents were loving “Bo” names.

C
Caleb Gene – son of Greg Belanti & Robbie Rogers
Caleb Kelechi – son of Kerry Washington & Namdi Asomugha
Calvin Bradley– son of Dylan Dreyer & Brian Fichera
Calvin Ernest– son of Sam & Amber Jaeger
Cameron Hendrix – son of Ashlee Holmes & Pete Malleo
Caroline Boone – daughter of Megan Boone & Dan Estabrook
Carter Stone (twin to Cash Steven) -son of Robbie E & Tara
Cash Steven (twin to Carter Stone)- son of Robbie E & Tara
Cayson Jack – son of Melissa Rycroft & Tye Strickland
Charles Max– son of Savannah Guthrie & Mike Feldman
Christian Scott – son of Scott & Christina MacIntyre
Clara Elizabeth – daughter of Anna Chlumsky & Shaun So
Cleo James – daughter of Nev Schulman & Laura Perlongo
Cruz Achille Porter – son of Mara Schiavocampo
Cypress Night – son of Jack Huston & Shannan Clik

Calvin may mean crooked nose but celebs flocked straight to it.

D
Daisy Josephine– daughter of Olivia Wilde & Jason Sudeikis
Daren O.C. “Doc” – son of Shanola Hampton & Daren Duckes
Desmond Daniel– son of Dan & Chelsea Gheesling
Deveraux Octavian Basil – son of Mick Jagger & Melanie Hamrick
Dimitri Portwood – son of Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher
Dream Renee– daughter of Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna
Dusty Rose – daughter of Adam Levin & Behati Prinsloo

Daisy Josephine was a crowd-pleaser, while Dusty Rose was more polarizing.

E
Edward Aszard– son Tatyana Ali & Dr. Vaughn Rasberry
Eli Christopher– son of Ellen Pompeo & Chris Ivery
Elias– son of Michael Bublé & Luisana Lopilato
Ella-Loren– daughter of Tika Sumpter
Emilia – daughter of James & Kimberley Van Der Beek
Enzo – son of David & Melissa Fumero
Ernest “Finn” Zhang – son of Ernie & Cindy Halvorsen
Ernie William – son of Stephanie Izard & Gary Valentine
Esmé Olivia – daughter of Eric Christian Olsen & Sarah Wright Olsen
Essex Reese – daughter of JP & Ashley Herbert Rosenbaum
Ethan (twin to Willow) – son of Cheyenne Jackson & Jason Landau
Evangeline – daughter of Dylan Farrow & husband Dana
Evie Lennox “Poppy” – daughter of Rebe Sharpe & Brant

Could Ernie/Ernest be the next vintage comeback?

F
Finn (twin to Max) – son of Tig Notaro & Stephanie Allyne
Flora– daughter of Amy Smart & Carter Oosterhouse
Florence May –daughter of Joe King & Candice Accola King
Ford Oliver – son of Birttany & Korey
Forest Leonardo Antonio – son Holly Madison & Pasquale Rotella
Forest Sage– son of Teresa Palmer & Mark Webber
Forrester Bruce Elijah – son of Elissa & Brent Slater
Frances Laiz – daughter Ben McKenzie & Morena Baccarin
Frankie– daughter of Sarah Chalke & Jamie Afifi
Freddie Reign – son of Louis Tomlinson & Briana Jungwirth
Frederick Easton – son of Chris Klein & Laina Rose Thyfault

I’m delighted to see Forest, a personal favorite, utilized.

G
Georgia – daughter of Morgan & Joel Smith
Georgia James – daughter of Christine Lakin & Brandon Breault
Gibson Kyle– son of Emily Maynard Johnson & Tyler Johnson
Gracie Jane (twin to Alice Rose) daughter of Ronnie & Sally Wood
Greyson Valor– son of Jenni “JWoww” Farley & Roger Mathews

There’s something so sweet and wholesome about Georgia.

H
Hayden Joel – son of Ashley Jones & Joel Hendricks
Hendrix Estelle Sheba – daughter of Bobby Brown and Alicia Etheridge
Henry Harris – son of Rachael Harris & Christian Hebel
Hero – son of Terrence & Mira Howard
Holland Rose Madeleine – daughter of Erica Rose & Galen Gentry
Hugo Wilson – son of Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas
Hunter Zion– son of Jurnee Smollett Bell & Josiah Bell

Hendrix and Hero sure sound like cool rockin’ celebrity babes!

I
Ines– daughter of Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively
Isabella (twin to Sofia) – daughter of Josefina & Greg Walker
Isabella Rose – daughter of Mark Sheppard & Sarah Fudge
Iris Mary – daughter of Eddie & Hannah Redmayne
Isaiah Sion Robert Nesta –son of Ziggy & Orly Marley
Izzy Oona – daughter of Eddie Murphy & Paige Butcher

Isabella is popular even among celebs.

J
Jack Breckenridge – son of Alexandra Breckenridge & Casey Neil Hooper
Jack Clark – son of Annaleigh Ashford & Joe Tapper
James Arthur IV – son of Brooke Anderson & Jim Walker
Jameson Moon– son of Pink & Carey Hart
Jolie Rae – daughter of Jana Kramer & Michael Caussin
Jordana Nicole– daughter of Zachery & Carly Bryan
Josephine Kate – daughter of Jessica Capshaw & Christopher Gavigan
Journey River – son of Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green
Julia Mimi Bella – daughter of Lacey Chabert & Dave Nehdar
Justice – daughter of Nate Parker & Sarah DiSanto

Some great classics like Julia and James, mixed with fresh choices like Jordana and Jameson.

K
Kaci Lynn– daughter of Zach & Whitney Bates
Kinsley James – daughter of Travis and Jenny Clark
Kirra Max – daughter of Audrina Partridge & Corey Bohan
Kodah Dash– son of Rob & Bryiana Dyrdek

Kodah has a modern cool sound without sounding too out there

L
Lennox Noel (twin to Phoenix Avery)– son of Chris & Adrienne Bosh
Lennox Sawyer – son of Amy Davidson & Kacy Lockwood
Leo George – son of Jillian Harris & Justin Pasutto
Leonardo Ángel Charles– son of Alec & Hilaria Baldwin
Levi William – son of Alex Murrel Johnson & Kyle Mark Johnson
Liam – son of Tony Parker & Axelle Francine
Lillie Mae Louise – daughter of Holly Williams & Chris Coleman
Lily Grace Victoria – daughter of Nicky Hilton Rothschild & James Rothschild
Liv – daughter of Bar Refaeli & Adi Ezra
Lochlan Owens – son Lynn & Graham Smith
Love Lily – daughter of Preston & Kristen Brust
Logan – son of Sam Page & Cassidy Boesch
Lula Rose– daughter of Liv Tyler & David Gardner
Luna Simone – daughter of John Legend & Chrissy Teigen

Look out for Lennox! A cool sound and a name that could be rising.

M
Mabel – daughter of Russell Brand & Laura Gallagher
Madeline Robbie – daughter of Rob & Patricia Schneider
Maddox Laurel – son of ‘tWitch’ Stephen Boss & Allison Holker
Major James– son of Eva Amurri & Kyle Martino
Mary Lucille Diana – daughter of Zac & Kate Hanson
Maverick Reed – son of Maci Bookout & Taylor McKinney
Max (twin to Finn) – son of Tig Notaro & Stephanie Allyne
Minka Jagger – daughter of Daymond John
Molly Sullivan– daughter of Ali Fedotowsky & Kevin Manno
Monte – son of Guy Pearce & Carice von Houten
Montgomery Argo– son of Greg Rikaart & Robert Sudduth

The old world charm of Montgomery and Mabel bring spice to the letter M.

O
Ocean King– son of Alexa & Carlos PenaVega
Ode Mountain – son of Jena Malone & Ethan DeLorenzo
Odin Reign – son of Nick Carter & Lauren Kitt Carter
Olivia James – daughter of Kellie Martin & Keith Christian
Onyx Solace – daughter of Alanis Morissette & Mario “Souleye” Treadway
Oscar Carl Olaf– son of Crown Princess Victoria & Prince Daniel of Sweden
Oscar Holly – son of Robin Tunney & Nicky Marmet
Owen Bartlett –son of Heather Morris & Taylor Hubbell
O’Zell Gloriana De Green – daughter of GloZell Green & Kevin Simon

O, I do love a good word name.. Ocean, Ode, Onyx, cool choices in this group.

P
Patrick Miguel – son of Sean Duffy & Rachel Campos-Duffy
Payton June – daughter of Ike Barinholtz & Erica Hanson
Phoenix Avery (twin to Lennox Noel)– son of Chris & Adrienne Bosh
Phoenix Robert– son of Nick & Vanessa Lachey
Phillip Andrew – son of Priscilla & David Waller
Pierre – son of Jacques & Hasty Torres
Presley Bowie – daughter of Jackson Rathbone & Sheila Hafsadi

Phoenix has proven to be a Celeb favorite the past few year.

R
Ray Ling– daughter of Lisa Ling & Paul Song
Raymond Anthony III “Tripp” – son of AJ & Katherine Webb McCarron
Remi McKenna – daughter of Chris & Kaitlyn Lucas
Remington Alexander – son of Kelly Clarkson & Brandon Blackstock
Rhett Jameson– son of Wes Chatham & Jenn Brown
Rigney Cooper –son of Keifer & Shawna Thompson
River Rocket – son of Jamie & Jools Oliver
Rocco Robin – son of Rose Byrne & Bobby Cannavale
Roman – son of Natalia Vodianova & Antoine Arnault
Rose Elizabeth “Rosie”– daugher of Kris & Katy Allen
Rowan – son of Jordana Brewster & Andrew Ford

Lovely nature names from Rose to River to Rowan.

S
Sage Nicole – daughter of Taylor Earnhardt Putnam & Brandon Putnam
Sailor Stevie– daughter of Nick & JoAnna Garcia Swisher
Sally James– daughter of Audra McDonald & Will Swenson
Sam – son of Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys
Samuel Thomas – son of Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudici Lowe
Sebastian Lopeti – son Agnes Bruckner & Alefair Brewer
Scarlett Everly – daughter of Grayson & Elyse Null
Scarlett Heleena – daughter of Devon & Dawni Sawan
Shaffer Chimere Jr. – son of Ne-Yo & Crystal Renay Smith
Shane – daughter of Erika Christensen & Cole Maness
Sienna –daughter of Poppy Harlow & Sinisa Babcic
Sierra Esther – daughter of Daniela Ruah & David Olsen
Sloan Scott – daughter of Alicia Sacramone & Brady Quinn
Sofia (twin to Isabella) – daughter of Josefina & Greg Walker
Sophia Olivia – daughter of Andy & Kim Sears Murray
Sonny John – son of Brooke White & Dave Ray
Stenton David – son of Duncan Jones & Rodene Ronquillo
Story – son of Soleil Moon Frye & Jason Goldberg
Sutton Joseph – son of Angela Simmons & Sutton Tennyson

Scarlett soars even among celebs as do simple favorite like Sam and Sally.

T
Talon Bartell – son of Landon Donovan & Hannah Bartell
Theodore James. – son of Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner
Thomas Miles– son of Caitlyn Smith & Rollie Gaalswyk
Tiger – son of Paul & Yana Watson
Torin Mathias – son of Nadia Bjorlin & Grant Turnbull

Tiger to Talon – some animal inspired picks here!

V
Valentina Angelina – daughter of Kevin & Danielle Jonas
Venice Sire – son of Lisa D’Amato & Adam Friedman
Vera Audrey – daughter of Emilie de Ravin & Eric Bilitch
Violet – daughter of John Krasinski & Emily Blunt
Violet Rae– daughter of Marisa Ramirez
Vivia Colette – daughter of Paige and Michael

These all sound fitting for a romance novel 🙂

W
Walt – son of Kim Spradlin & Bryan Wolfe
Ward – son of Charles & Cassie Kelley
Willow (twin to Ethan) – daughter of Cheyenne Jackson & Jason Landau
Winner – daughter of Nya Lee Gave

Walt and Ward have an Old Hollywood edge

Y
York Banks – son of Tyra Banks & Erik Asla

A New little York

Z
Zeppelin Bram (twin to Arrow Rhodes) – son of Jensen & Danneel Ackles
Zoë Dylan – daughter of Thomas Ian & Colette Nicholas
Zyla Moon Oluwakemi – daughter of Wale & Claudia Alexis Jourdan

Z is always such a cool letter and these parents brought the zip

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