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Mid-Popular Baby Names

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If Name nerds had a holiday it would surely be around Mother’s Day each year when the U.S. Social Security Administration releases its annual updated list of the most popular baby names. Check out the video at the end of this video to hear about the most popular names and changes to the list. Today though, let’s look at names smack in the middle of the new Top 1,000.  Names in the middle, or the “sweet spot,” rank between 455 and 555 in popularity and are often familiar without feeling overly done. Here are the mid-popular names of 2018:

445 Alexis Frances
446 Kian Jimena
447 Jamison Kylee
448 Maximilian Leighton
449 Adan Katie
450 Milan Aitana
451 Phillip Kayleigh
452 Albert Sierra
453 Dax Kathryn
454 Mohamed Rosemary
455 Ronin Jolene

Truly an eclectic list!

Many classic contenders like Frances, Phillip, Albert, and Rosemary.

Then we have some names like Kylee, Adan, Kathryn, and Ronin that rank higher in the chars with other spellings.

Alexis tops the mid-popular list on the male side, though originally a male name it has been more popular for girls in recent decades.

Exotic beauties Jimena and Aitana stir up the girls list.

So which names are your mid-popular favorites? I’d choose Maximilian and Rosemary, two timeless choices with sweet natural nicknames Max and Rose.

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Desmond

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🖤Desmond🖤
Irish meaning “from south Munster”
Irish. Heroic. Distinguished. Versatile.

If you’re looking for a distinguished Irish name with numerous notable namesakes and fun nickname options then Desmond may be the name for you! A surname derived from  Deasmhumhain, Desmond means one originating from the southern region of Muntser, Ireland. Desmond began to be used as a given name in the 20th century.

Less clunky than other names with -d endings like Arnold and Edmund, Desmond is a versatile sophisticated name that easily lends itself to more relaxed nicknames like Des, Desi, and Dez.

South African human rights activist Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. Tutu’s work for equality and against apartheid makes Desmond a wonderful choice for parents with a passion for social justice.

You may also associate this name with the character Desmond Hume, a beloved character on the show Lost. Hume’s character was named after philosopher David Hume. Beatles fans are sure to associate Desmond with the song Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da.

A few others you may associate to this name include Desmond Miles, a main character in the game Assasin’s Creed, Zoologist Desmond John Morris, and Jamaican musician Desmond Dekker.

🖤 Sisters to Desmond: Caroline, Honor, Lucy, Margot, Olive

🖤 Brothers to Desmond: Cedric, Conrad, Hugo, Sebastian, Winston

🖤 Middle Name Suggestions: Desmond Arthur, Desmond Leo, Desmond Oliver, Desmond Patrick, Desmond Royce

🖤 Names with a similar vibe to Desmond: Dermot, Malcolm, Roland, Theodore

Seven Sweet May Namesakes

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Merry month of May 🌻 April showers lead to May flowers and here’s a bouquet of beautiful May names for you!

Adele
There are few artists that can go by one name alone and Adele is one of them. Singer and songwriter Adele Laurie Blue Adkins celebrates Birthday on May 5th. Adele is a French pet form of Adelaide meaning noble. Less popular than other names that lend themselves to “Addie/Addy,” Adele currently ranks at Number 789 in popularity.

Breckin
Comic Actor Breckin Erin Meyer was born on May 7th. Breckin’s parents were definitely ahead of their time when they used this handsome Irish name for their son in the mid-1970’s. Breckin means speckled or freckled and is more commonly spelled Breccan.

Fairuza
Actor and musician Fairuza Alejandra Balk was born on May 21st. Fairuza gets her unique and exotic Persian name from her father who exclaimed “fairuza,” the Farsi word for turquoise, when he saw his daughters brilliant bright eyes.

Kenan
Comedian Kenan Thompson, born May 10th, has been entertaining us since he was a child with his one-of-a-kind humor. Kenan is a smelling variation of the Irish Keenan, meaning ancient. Kenan is also a well-used name in Turkey and Bosnia.

Octavia
Academy Award winner Octavia Lenora Spencer was born on May 25th. A true showstopper, Octavia is a Latin name meaning eighth. Popular in the Victorian era, Octavia is a rare gem currently ranked at Number 593.

Pierce
Irish actor and producer Pierce Brendan Brosnan was born on May 16th. I love a strong, striking, one-syllable boys name. Pierce is an English name meaning son of Piers, currently ranked at Number 522. Pierce also makes for a great middle name paired with a longer first name.

Reilly
Comedian and actor John C. (Christopher) Reilly celebrates his birthday on May 24th. It doesn’t get much more classic than John Christopher. Reilly makes for a great first name as well for either sex. An Irish surname, Reilly means courageous.

Eight Great April Namesakes

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Spring has sprung and April is showering us with name inspiration! Check out these eight great namesakes fit for a baby born any month of the year.

Alessandra
Brazilian model and actor Alessandra Ambrósio was born on April 11th. Alessandra is probably best recognized as a Victoria Secret angel. A Spanish and Italian form of Alexandra, meaning defending men, Alessandra is grand, extoic, and yet totally usable at Number 313 in popularity. A great name to honor anyone from an Alexander to an Alice to an Alessia, Alessandra is a stunning name.

Bijou
Actor and model Bijou Phillips, daughter of musician John Phillips, was born on April 1st. Bijou is a delightful and whimsical French name, pronounced bee-zhoo, meaning jewel. A rarely used name in the U.S. as well in France, Bijou is a brave and quirky choice.

Clark
Actor and director Clark Gregg, born Robert Clark Gregg, celebrates his birthday on April 2nd. Clark plays Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Clark is an English surname and occupational name referring to a clerk or scribe. A crisp name with an Old-Hollywood tie, Clark currently ranks at Number 380 in popularity.

Hawkins
English actor and Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins blows out her Birthday candles on April 27th. Sally has been in many beloved period pieces, including Persuasion (where are my Jane Austen lovers at?). I love the wholesome sweet name Sally, but today I wanted to highlight Hawkins, familiar as a surname it makes for an unexpected first name. Hawkins is an English surname meaning Hawk, a natural nickname to a fun name choice.

Hugo
Actor Hugo Weaving was born on April 4th. Hugo has portrayed multiple iconic roles from Elrond in The Lord of the Rings films to Agent Smith in the Matrix Trilogy. Hugo is a Latin form of Hugh meaning mind and intellect. Hugo may remind you of writer Victor Hugo or of Hugo Cabret in the film Hugo. Hugo is a name with many great film and literary ties. Hugo currently ranks at Number 418 in popularity.

Murphy
Eddie Murphy is one of the most recognizable comedians and actors of our time. Eddie celebrates his birthday on April 3rd. Born Edward Regan Murphy, I appreciate the historic and literary ties to the classic Edward but again felt we should draw inspiration from a surname. An Irish name meaning sea warrior, Murphy is a well-loved canine name choice. A unisex name, the show Murphy Brown gave this name a nudge for the girls in the 80’s and 90’s.

Ronan
Irish actress Saoirse Ronan was born April 12th. In addition to being a phenomenal actress, Saoirse has such a great name that both her first and last name made my list today. So let’s talk about the Irish surname Ronan. Ronan in addition to having a hearty Irish feel also comes with the irresistible meaning of little seal. A strong yet sweet name choice, Ronan currently ranks at Number 296 in popularity.

Saoirse
Saoirse Ronan helped introduce her lovely name to American audiences. Saoirse is pronounced SEER-sha or SAIR-sha depending on region and accent. Saoirse is dipping her toes in the Top 1,000, currently ranked at Number 962 in popularity. Need something else to love about this beautiful Irish name gem? Saoirse means liberty, and with that I drop the name mic. 😉

Black History Surname Names

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A beautiful batch of surname baby names for Black history month inspired by African American leaders and pioneers.

Coleman
Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman to receive a pilots license. Coleman is an English surname meaning servant of Nicholas. Cole ranks at Number 873 in popularity and easily lends itself to the nickname Cole.

Ellington
Composer and legendary jazz musician Duke Ellington is a wonderful February namesake. Ellington is an English surname and place name meaning Ellis town. Ellington has a distinguished vibe and could work well for either sex.

Haley
Writer Alex Haley wrote the ground breaking book and screenplay Roots. Haley is an English surname meaning hay field that currently ranks at Number 343 for girls in the U.S.

Hope
Writer and artist Akua Lezli Hope has an undeniably uplifting word name and surname. Puritan’s were immensely fond of virtue names though few are as widely used now as Hope which currently ranks at Number 253.

Jemison
Engineer and physician Mae Jemison was the first African American woman to travel to space. Jemison is a great Jameson alternative and Jem makes for a darling nickname. Jemison does have a bit of a disputed meaning but may come from Jacomus or Jacobs meaning supplanter.

Truth
Sojourner Truth was a prominent proponent of Civil rights and Women’s rights. Truth is another virtuous word name that I’d love to see used more. Truth mirrors the sound of Ruth and certainly carries a great meaning as well as a great namesake.

Walker
Alice Walker is a Pulitzer prize winning writer. Walker is amungst the many surnames that are gaining popularity as first names. Currently ranked at 314 in popularity, Walker is an occupational name meaning cloth-walker

Wells
The final namesake on our list today is that of Civil rights leader and journalist Ida B. Wells. Wells is both a surname and a place name meaning a spring. A distinguished name, Wells is only rarely seen in the U.S. currently ranked at Number 915.

Which of these surnames would you consider using?

The Top 19 Names in 1919

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Happy 2019! Let’s hop in our baby name time machines and check out the Top 19 names from the year 1919 to see what names have truly stood the test of time!

# 1 John & Mary
It doesn’t get more simple and classic than John and Mary! I’d opt for a cool variant for a fresh twist like the Scottish Ewan & or Latin Maren.
Today’s Ranking: John #27 & Mary # 126

#2 William & Helen
William is the epitome of a name that will never go out of style. Helen is more commonly seen now on Grandmother’s and Great-Grandmother’s but could be prime for a comeback.
Today’s Ranking: William #3 & Helen # 418

#3 James & Dorothy
We’ve seen a trend of Celeb’s loving James for girls, but James is still well loved, used, and rising for boys. Dorothy may be just old enough to be cute again, I’m seeing loads of buzz about Dorothy on instagram!
Today’s Ranking: James #4 & Dorothy #601

#4 Robert & Margaret
Robert and Margaret both have vintage vibes and sound very stayed and grounded in the middle name spot.
Today’s Ranking: Robert #65 & Margaret #132

#5 Charles & Ruth
If you’re like me, at this point you’re thinking of all your older relatives that bear these names. Charles and Ruth are two names also tied to great historical figures.
Today’s Ranking: Charles #49 & Ruth #265

#6 George & Mildred
George and Mildred have a very British vibe paired here together in their ranking. Mildred is the first on our list here today that would be a shock to hear on a modern baby.
Today’s Ranking: George #124 & Mildred is no longer in the US Top 1,000.

#7 Joseph & Virginia
Joseph is a strong familial name for many and “Joe” just never feels dated. Virginia could make a comeback as people are loving vintage nicknames like Vina or Ginny.
Today’s Ranking: Joseph #19 & Virginia #514

#8 Edward & Elizabeth
This regal duo is still quite current. Edward may feel a bit formal in the U.S. but it’s got a handsome and distinguished sound non the less. Elizabeth with all her gorgeous nicknames and rich history is an ideal classic girls name.
Today’s Ranking: Edward #169 & Elizabeth #13

#9 Frank & Frances
I chuckled at this pairing not only because the names are just variants of each other, but they’re also my Grandpa and Great-Aunt’s name. In fact all of their siblings names made this list! Frankly Frank names are beginning to dwindle.
Today’s Ranking: Frank #373 & Frances #438

#10 Thomas & Anna
I love that this pairing would work seamlessly on babies born today! Thomas and Anna both have very wholesome and timeless vibes.
Today’s Ranking: Thomas #48 & Anna #53

#11 Walter & Evelyn
Walter is what I call “Grandpa-chic.” Walter is handsome and dignified with an older vibe. Evelyn could easily be the top girls name in a few years, it’s had a resurgence and is a name to watch!
Today’s Ranking: Walter #265 & Evelyn #9

#12 Richard & Marie
You’re probably noticing that many of the male names on this list have a lot of staying power. Male names are more likely to be passed down from generation to generation, thus feeling more classic. Marie is a common middle name that would feel fresh in the first name spot.
Today’s Ranking: Richard #175 & Marie #651

#13 Harold & Alice
Harold would be hard to picture on a small child without a fun nickname. Harold seems to have seen his heyday. A name rich in history and literature, Alice has been climbing the charts the past 10 years.
Today’s Ranking: Harold #799 & Alice #70

#14 Raymond & Florence
Does everybody love Raymond? Not so much anymore, it’s still used but likely as a name to honor. Florence may seem like she’s barely ranked, but be mindful that Florence just returned to the U.S. Top 1,000 last year!
Today’s Ranking: Raymond #293 & Florence #980

#15 Paul & Betty
Paul is definitely a name that’s easy to picture on a man of any age. It’s interesting that Betty, while no longer popular, was popular at the same time it’s root name Elizabeth was also trending. Any other Riverdale fans out there crushing on the name Betty?
Today’s Ranking: Paul #225 & Betty is no longer in the U.S. Top 1,000.

#16 Henry & Irene
Henry has been on the rise and will probably exceed it’s former popularity in the years to come. Irene seems to be hovering in the 500-600 range.
Today’s Ranking: Henry #18 & Irene #594

#17 Donald & Lillian
I’m noticing that Donald and Harold have the same feel with the “ld” ending that is no longer in fashion. Lillian has a romantic, vintage vibe and has been rising again in popularity.
Today’s Ranking: Donald #488 & Lillian #27

#18 Albert & Doris
Albert is much more popular across-the-pond and has a very distinctly British feel. Doris could get picked up by the hipsters but I don’t we’ll see her return.
Today’s Ranking: Albert #430 & Doris is no longer in the U.S. Top 1,000.

#19 Arthur & Rose
Arthur has an old knowing quality and makes a fabulous middle name. Rose is a name booming in the middle name spot that would be lovely to see more as a first name.
Today’s Ranking: Arthur #244 & Rose #141

Which of these 100-year-old trendsetters could you see on a babe today?

Five Fab Fresh January Namesakes

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Let’s kick off the New Year and new month with five fabulous fresh January Namesakes. I have two previous articles that I’ll link at the end with some wonderful historic and meaningful namesakes, but for today let’s looks to celebs born in January for some modern name inspiration!

Dax
Actor, writer, and funny man Dax Shepard celebrates his birthday on January 2nd. Dax is a French place name that has an appealing and modern sounding “x” ending. If you love the timeless name Max, you may also like the very current sounding Dax which ranks at Number 456 in popularity.

January
It’s hard to talk about celebrities born in the month of January without mentioning actor and model January Jones. Jones was born on January 5th and has definitely brought recognition to this month name. January is the first month of the Gregorian calendar and is derived from the name of the Roman goddess Janus.

Keaton
Eccentric and lovable actor and director Diane Keaton blows out her birthday candles on January 5th. Keaton is a surname that is heating up in the charts as a first name. An English name meaning shed town, Keaton currently ranks at Number 572 for boys but would also be charming on a little lady. I think Diane Keaton would approve of her surname as a modern first name.

Rowan
Actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson is perhaps best known for his character “Mr.Bean.” Rowan has Scottish and Irish roots meaning little redhead. Nature name lovers will recognize Rowan as a tree name. I know three girls under the age of five named Rowan. Rowan is truly a unisex name, currently ranked at 212 for girls and at Number 140 for boys.

Watson
Highly acclaimed actor Emily Watson was born on January 14th. Watson, is an English and Scottish surname meaning son of Wat. Watson is one of the most common surnames in Scotland today. This rich historic surname is also tightly associated with Sherlock Holmes sidekick John Watson. Watson would be an unexpected yet familiar choice, right on trend with the surname craze.

My January Namesakes Article from 2017: https://nameberry.com/blog/great-inspirations-for-a-january-babe-crosby-to-zane

My January Namesakes Article from 2016: https://nameberry.com/blog/notable-january-namesakes