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Literary Sisters – Add one!


There are many delightfully named literary sisters. I love looking at sibling sets in novels and crawling into the author’s name-nerd brain. Let’s look at four wonderful, well-loved sibling sets of sisters and imagine what we would name another sister to each literary family.

The March Sisters
Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women
Margaret “Meg”, Josephine “Jo”, Elizabeth “Beth”, Amy
How classy are the March sister’s names? It is widely assumed that Amy is short for Amelia, though never explicitly stated in the novel. I love a good nickname and Margaret, Josephine, and Elizabeth all lend themselves beautifully to an array of nicknames. So for fun, what would I name a fifth March sister? I would choose Samantha “Sam.” Samantha is another long and lovely classic name that can easily be shortened to Sam. Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, and Sam it is for me. What name would you add? Other names I considered that I think would fit in well with this set include Catherine, Charlotte, and the author’s own name, Louisa.

The Ingalls Sisters
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House Series
Mary, Laura, Caroline “Carrie”, and Grace
The Little House sister’s are unique to this list as the books were based off of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s real life sisters. Mary, Laura, Caroline “Carrie”, and Grace all have very wholesome, sweet sounds to them. So, what would I name a fifth Ingalls girl? Anna was the first name that popped into my mind. Anna is simple, sweet, and could potentially be shortened to Annie, which I think would suit this set well. What would you name a fifth sister? Other names I think would work well are Emily, Hannah, or Susanna.

The Bennet Sisters
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine “Kitty”, and Lydia
I could (and may) do a blogpost on Austen’s sibling sets. The five Bennet sisters, Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine “Kitty”, and Lydia all have very classic names. Austen loved repeating names in her novels and so I pulled name inspiration from her in choosing Anne to be the sixth Bennet sister. My mind races to imagine what she would be like. Other names repeated in Austen novels that could work in this sibling set for me would be Louisa, Margaret, and Marianne. I’d love to read your pick for this set of iconic sisters!

The O’Hara Sisters
Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind
Katie Scarlett “Scarlett”, Susan Elinor “Suellen”, Caroline Irene “Carreen”
Frankly, my dears, the O’Hara sisters have some pretty fun names! I think its neat that none of them go by their given names, but rather their middle name or a smoosh name. So we have Katie Scarlett “Scarlett”, Susan Elinor “Suellen”, and Caroline Irene “Carreen”. I looked at Scarlett, Suellen, and Carreen and immediately wanted another C name to balance out the two S’s. So my choice would be Cora Isobel “Corabelle.” I also considered the given first names; Katie, Susan, Caroline and thought Eliza, Rebecca, and Julia would work well as well. What name would you add to this fiery sibling set?

I’d love to hear you weigh in on these sister names and add your own additions to these timeless sets!


2017 Celebrity Baby Names

newyearsbaby17It’s a New Year and that means there will be a whole new batch of celebrity babies born and for us name nerds, that means new names to ooh and ahh at! Let’s take a look back and recap some of the more colorful and inspiring names from last year.

Most Anticipated Twin Names of 2017:

Rumi & Sir
Born to Jay-Z & Beyonce
Rumi is a Japanese name meaning beauty or lapis.
Sir is a word name and a title.

Alexander & Ella
Born to George & Amal Clooney
Alexander is a Greek name meaning defending men.
Ella is a name with multiple origins and depending on origin it can mean she, all, or maiden.

Interesting & Usable Celeb Boys Names of 2017:

Phoenix Wolf
Bam & Nicole Margera
Phoenix is a Greek name and a place name meaning dark red.

Gunner Stone
Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt
Gunner is a variant of a Scandinavian name meaning bold warrior.

Jones McCoy
Tony & Candice Crawford Romo
Jones is an English surname meaning God is gracious.

Watson Cole
Chelsea Houska & Cole DeBoer
Watson is an English and Scottish surname meaning son of Wat.

Ryder Falcon
Rodney & Rose Atkins
Ryder is an English surname meaning cavalryman.

Robinson True
Samantha Ponder & Christian Ponder
Robinson is an English name meaning son of Robin.

Braver Celeb Baby Boys Names of 2017:

Strummer Newcomb
Julia Stiles & Preston J. Cook
Strummer is a word name possibly referring to a musical man who strums instruments.

Revel James Makai
Matthew & Renee Morrison
Revel is a word name meaning noisy and lively enjoyment.

My Favorite Celeb Boy Baby Names 2017:

#3 Arlo Benjamin
Theo & Meghan Rossi
Arlo is a place and literary name.

#2 Flynn Maxwell
Patrick & Jasmin Renna
Flynn is an Irish name meaning son of the red-haired one.

#1 Jude Malcolm
Steven Yeun & Joana Pak
Jude comes from a Latin name meaning praised.

Almost made My Fav Celeb Boys List:

Beckett Scott
Blair & Dylan Scott Robinson
Beckett is an Irish and English name meaning bee cottage.

Forrest Henry
John & Candice Cody
Forrest is an English name meaning dweller near the woods.

Ford Douglas Armand
Armie Hammer & Elizabeth Chambers
Ford is an English name meaning dweller at the ford.

Interesting & Usable Celeb Girls Names of 2017: 

Odette Elliott
Jared Padalecki & Genevieve Cortese
Odette is a French name meaning wealthy.

Mabel Jane
Topher & Ashley Hinshaw Grace
Mabel is a diminutive of Amabel meaning grace.

Kaia Joann
Earl Cole & Shelley Lee
Kaia may be Hawaiian meaning sea or derive from a Greek name.

Birdie Joe
Brie Bella & Daniel Bryan
Birdie is an English word name meaning bird.

Teddy Marilyn
James & Nicky Hilton Rothschild
Teddy is a diminutive of Theodora meaning gift of God.

Domenica Celine
Daphne Oz & John Jovanovic
Domencia is a Spanish name meaning born on Sunday. 
Braver Celeb Baby Girls Names of 2017: 

Gravity Blue
Lucky Blue Smith & Stormi Bree
Gravity is a word name for the force that attracts a body to the earth. 

Rome Coco
Jason Thompson & Paloma Jonas
Rome is a place name and the Capital city of Italy.

Zeppelin Adele
Kiele Sanchez & Zach Gilford
Zeppelin is a word name for a German airship. 

My Favorite Celeb Girl Baby Names 2017:
#3 Rosie Carolyn
Nathan & London Kress
Rosie is a diminutive of the flower name Rose.

#2 Rowan Louise
Mikey Way & Kristin Colby
Rowan is a tree name as well as an Irish and Scottish name meaning little redhead.

#1 Calliope Maeve
Felicia Day
Calliope is a Greek mythological name meaning beautiful voice.

Almost made My Fav Celeb Girls List:

Lyla Isabela
April Hernandez-Castillo & Jose Castillo
Lyla is an Arabic name meaning night.

Hear my thoughts on these names here:

Sweet Vintage Nickname Names


My love of everything old-fashioned extends of course to baby names.  Lately we’re seeing a rise in sweet old-timey diminutive names. Of course many of these could also work as nicknames if you prefer your little lady to have a longer full name.  Here are a few of my favorite short and sweet vintage nickname names!

By far one of my favorite nicknames, Edie has a bit of an edge coupled with a soft sweet girl-next-door vibe. It may be too Grey Gardens for some and stems from Edith, though I’d use it in a heartbeat for Eden if I could. Edie is plenty cute on its own but could also work for Edeline, Elodie, or Enid.

Elsie is one of the many adorable nicknames that derives from Elizabeth – that could seriously be its own post! Elspeth, Elsa, Estelle would make lovely longer names for this one. Elsie has shed her “Victorian maid” image and the quirky Zooey Deschanel recently named her daughter Elsie Otter.

When I hear the name Kitty I immediately think of 1950’s TV shows. I’m just waiting for a celeb to scoop up this vintage diminutive of Katherine to use on his or her little girl. You may also opt for the unisex and spunky Kit.

I adore Tilly as a nickname for Matilda, which is stems from, but its also a pretty cute little name all on her own! Former Big Brother contest Brittany Haynes is Mom to Minnie, Tilly, and Rhue – clearly she loves this style in naming!

Fans of Phantom of the Opera will associate this name with the line, “little Lotte let’s her mind wander..” Lottie may be bursting on the scene as Charlotte climbs the charts. Lottie could also work for Ottilie, Loretta, Charlotta, or my favorite, Colette.

Maggie seems to be a name people have polarizing feelings toward. Perhaps so many pets named Maggie have detured people a bit. Maggie is one of the many great diminutives of Margaret. Maggie would be a fun nickname for Margot or Magdalene, but my pick would be Magnolia.

Not just for Minnie Mouse – I’m thinking of the lovely actress Minnie Driver, born Amelia. Harry Potter fans may choose Minnie as a nickname for Hermione or Minerva. Wilhelmina would be another fun full name for the sweet Minnie.

An old name once used for Helen or Eleanor, today she stands all on her own. I think Nellie would be adorable on a little Cornelia if you’re as gah-gah for vintage names as I am. Nellie would also be a fun nickname to Penelope which people are loving lately!

I love Rosie just all on her own and of course it comes from Rose. There are tons of Rose names though, a few lovely ones include – Rosa, Rosalie, Rosette, Roseanne, Rosario, Rosalyn, and Rosaline.

Winnie is one cutesy nickname that I see many other fellow name lover’s obsess over. I was pleasantly surprised to see Jimmy Fallon use the name Winnie for his eldest daughter. Fallon’s second daughter’s name Franny (Frances), could’ve also made this list! If you like old fashioned longer names Winnie works for Edwina and Winifred, though I’d love to use Winnie for Elowen, Gwendolen, or Winter.

What are your favorite names from this list?

Witty Word Names for Girls


Word names are hot hot hot with no signs of cooling down. Here are some witty word names for girls A to Z.

A cool Amy alternative that shares the meaning of friendship, if you can get over the Amityville Horror association.
42 girls were named Amity last year.

A sweet, soft sound. Ellen Page played a character named Bliss in the film Whip It.
40 girls and 5 boys were named Bliss last year.

A piece of jewelry, and appearance, a band, and a cool way to get to Cam or Cami.
5 girls and 7 boys were named Cameo last year.

Sweet, pure symbol of peace.
20 girls were named Dove last year.

Romantic sounding middle name.
Used by less than 5 babies last year.

No not Heather, Feather.  A cool choice in a sky of bird names rising.
7 girls were named Evening last year.

The nickname Goldie makes this one more enticing.
16 girls and 17 boys were named Golden last year.

Virtue name loved by Puritans and modern parents.
Harmony ranks at Number 191 for girls in the U.S.

Bluish-purple hue and fabulous color name that lends itself to the nickname “Indie.”
118 girls and 44 boys were named Indigo last year.

Simple and sweet, Jewel is a great way to honor a Julie, Julia, Julian, Juliana, and so on…
Jewel ranks at Number 924 for girls in the U.S.

A name full of good vibes.
202 girls were named Karma last year.

The character of Lisa from Saved By The Bell was played by Lark Voorhies.
40 girls and 7 boys were named Lark last year.

A name that conjures up images of lush life and peaceful foliage.
Meadow ranks at Number 687 for girls in the U.S.

Another fun and spunky color name.
152 girls and 29 boys were named Navy last year.

Another nature name with beautiful imagery that also reminds me of the rock band.
9 girls were named Oasis last year.

A sweet wholesome sounding name. Prairie Dawn is a sweet little Muppet on Sesame Street.
16 girls were named Prairie last year.

Regal names are all the rage.  I think of Alex Haley’s novel and miniseries Queen.
197 girls were named Queen last year.

Xmen fans are sure to love this bold choice.
45 girls and 17 boys were named Rogue last year.

Our third color name on this list, just in time for winter!
50 girls and 12 boys were named Silver last year

An unexpected nature name that’s fun to say.
Less than 5 babies were named Thistle last year.

Great meaning with a virtuous vibe.
30 girls were named Unity last year.

The perfect Violet alternative.  Elizabeth Taylor played a Velvet Brown in National Velvet
8 girls were named Velvet last year.

This would be adorable on a pet or as a nickname
Less than 5 babies were named Whimsy last year.

Great look and meaning with a bit of a futuristic vibe.
54 girls were named Xenia last year.

Holiday cheer is in our midst!
Less than 5 babies were named Yule last year.

A zesty little name that would work well in the middle as well.
9 boys were named Zeal last year.

Which of these witty word names would make your list?

Little People, Big Names


The Roloff Family became household names with their TLC show Little People, Big World which follows a family of six, three of which have dwarfism. The Roloff parents have separated since the show aired but the family continues to grow as all four of the children are in relationships and the two eldest sons have become father’s themselves. Let’s take a look at names from this growing little family!

The Roloff Parents

Matthew “Matt” James Roloff
Matthew James Roloff is the patriarch of the Roloff bunch. Matthew is a timeless Hebrew name meaning gift of God.  Matthew was ranked at Number 59 in 1961 when Roloff was born, though today its much more commonly used at Number 15. The Spanish variant Mateo is also on the rise. Matthew ranks within the Top 100 in Australia, Canada, England and Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Matt is currently dating Caryn Chandler.

Amy Jo Knight Roloff
Amy Jo Knight, Matt’s ex-wife, is the Roloff matriarch. Amy is a French name meaning beloved that peaked in 1976 when it was the Number 2 girls name in the US. Amy ranked at Number 44 the year Roloff was born and today comes in at spot Number 176. We may be hearing Amy more as a nickname as Amelia climbs the charts. Amy could also work as a nickname to Amandine, Amaryllis, Amelie, Amethyst, and Amity. Amy is currently dating Chris Marek.

The Roloff Kids

Jeremy James Roloff
The twin brothers Jeremy and Zach are the eldest. Jeremy James, who sometimes goes by the nickname “Jer,” shares the same middle name as his father. Jeremy is an English form of the Hebrew name Jeremiah meaning appointed by God. Jeremy ranked at Number 40 in 1990 when Roloff was born, but has since declined in popularity currently ranked at Number 184. I’ve always been fond of the name Jeremy and believe it could be more appealing to modern parents with the nickname “Remy.”

Zachary Luke “Zach” Roloff
Zachary Luke, predominantly called “Zach,” is the other twin in duo of Zach and Jeremy. Zachary is a Hebrew name meaning God has remembered. Zachary peaked in the mid 1990’s just a few years after Roloff was given his name in 1990 when it was Number 22. Today Zachary ranks at Number 90, the lowest its been since the late 1970s.

Molly Jo Roloff Silvius
Molly Jo is the only girl in the bunch and she shares her the middle name Jo with her mother. Molly is a sweet, wholesome sounding diminutive of the Hebrew name Mary meaning bitter. Molly ranked at Number 87 in 1993 when Roloff Silvius was born and today comes in at Number 157. Molly has a special place in my heart as it reminds me of American Girl doll and character Molly McIntire.

Jacob George Roloff
Jacob, who sometimes goes by “Jake”, is the youngest of the Roloff siblings. Jacob is a well-loved Hebrew name meaning supplanter that is currently the Number 7 boys name in the US. Jacob ranked at Number 2 in 1997 when Roloff was born. Jacob was the most popular boys name from 1999-2007, so chances are you know a Jacob or two.

The Roloff Kids Partners

Audrey Mirabella Botti Roloff
Jeremy Roloff married Audrey Mirabella Botti in September 2014. Doesn’t Audrey Mirabella sound like a name straight from a name-lover’s favorites list? Audrey is an English name meaning noble strength that reminds many of the lovely and classy Audrey Hepburn. Audrey ranked at Number 169 in 1991 when Roloff was born but has been steadily climbing the charts, today ranked at Number 39.

Victoria Elizabeth “Tori” Patton Roloff
Zach Roloff married Victoria Elizabeth “Tori” Patton in July 2015. Victoria almost exclusively goes by the nickname Tori, though her given name, Victoria Elizabeth is quite regal. Victoria has long been a classic name in the US, ranking at Number 28 in 1991 when Roloff was born and today at Number 21. Victoria is a Latin name meaning victory that could also lend itself to the nicknames Ria, Rori, Tora, Via, and of course Vicky.


Joel Silvius
Molly Roloff Silvius married Joel Silvius is August 2017. Joel and Molly share the same birthday, how sweet is that? Joel is a Hebrew name meaning God has remembered. Joel was Number 101 in 1993 when Silvius was born and has dropped just a bit in popularity to 166, making it still a well loved name.  I particularly like Joel in the middle name spot and think it makes a nice alternative or way to honor a Joseph.


Isabel Sofia Garreton Rock
Jacob Roloff has been dating Isabel “Izzy” Rock for a couple of years. I have to point out the fun Twilight name connection of Jacob and Isabel (close to Isabella). Isabel seems is such a delight and the couple have had fun with their names calling themselves “Rock and Roloff.” I’m unsure of Isabel’s birth-date, though if she was born in 1997 like Jacob, her name would have ranked at 141 then and ranks at 145 now. Isabel is a variant of the classic Elizabeth meaning pledged to God.

The Roloff Grandkids


Jackson Kyle Roloff
On May 12, 2017 Zach and Tori welcomed the first Roloff grandchild, Jackson Kyle. Jackson is affectionately called “Baby J” by his family occasionally. Jackson is an English name meaning son of Jack that currently ranks at Number 17 in popularity. The popularity of Jackson is a bit deceiving though because there are multiple spelling variations within the Top 1,000.


Ember Jean Roloff
On September 10, 2017 Jeremy and Audrey welcomed the first Roloff granddaughter named Ember Jean.  Ember is a word name referring to a coal glowing on a fire. Ember just entered the US Top 1,000 in 2009 and peaked last year at Number 320 in popularity.

Arizona Baby Names


Let’s warm things up with some baby names inspired by the state of Arizona! Sunny southwestern Arizona is one of the newer US states, the 48th to be added. Arizona’s cities and desert landscapes make for some lovely names chalked full of character.

Let’s start with the place name Arizona, a Native American name meaning small springs. You may recognize Arizona as Jessica Capshaw’s character on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy. Arizona was briefly ranked in the Top 1,000 between 1901-1911. Last year only 115 girls were named Arizona.

Arizona has been nicknamed “The Grand Canyon State.” The Grand Canyon is located in Northern Arizona and is known world-wide for its stunning size and color. Canyon makes for an interesting, underused, yet familiar sounding word name. 130 boys and 8 girls were given the name Canyon last year.

Chandler is a prominent suburb of Phoenix, Arizona. Chandler got its name from veterinary surgeon Dr. Alexander John Chandler. Chandler is a surname and occupational name meaning candle-maker.  Chandler is also closely associated with Mathew Perry’s character Chandler Bing from the popular TV show Friends. Chandler is currently ranked at Number 466 for boys and Number 995 for girls.

Copper is the state metal of Arizona which also bears the nickname, “the copper state.” Copper is a beautiful burnished metal that was only used by 30 boys and 11 girls last year. Copper could make for a good alternative to Connor or Carter.

Arizona is most definitely known for its vast desert landscape. Truly an unusual name, it could be a fun word name and lends itself to the cute nicknames Des or Desi. Desert is so rare that it was given to less than 5 babies last year and has never ranked in the US Top 1,000.

Gilbert is a town located in southeast Phoenix, Arizona. Gilbert gets its name from William “Bobby” Gilbert who provided land for the Arizona Eastern Railway. I have a soft spot for the name Gilbert, a beloved character from the Anne of Green Gables series. Gilbert is a German name meaning shining pledge that currently ranks at Number 960.

When you saw this was a list of Arizona themed baby names the name Phoenix was probably one of the first that came to mind. Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and the fifth most populated city in the US. Phoenix is a Greek name meaning dark red and the name of the mythological bird. Phoenix is currently ranked at Number 292 for boys and Number 443 for girls. This name also reminds me of actors River and Joaquin Phoenix.

Prescott is another large city in Arizona. Prescott was named in honor of historian William H. Prescott. Prescott has a crisp, preppy, vintage vibe. An English surname meaning priest’s dwelling, Prescott was only given to 33 boys and 5 girls last year.

Sedona is a breathtakingly beautiful city known for its red sandstorm formations. Sedona was named after the hospitable first postmaster’s wife, Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly. Schnebly’s mother created the name herself, combining sounds she found appealing. 64 girls were given this exotic place name last year.

Turquoise is the gemstone of this beautiful southwestern state. In addition to being a gorgeous bluish-green hue, Turquoise is a French name meaning Turkish stone. An uncommon color name, Turquoise was used by less than five babies last year.

The Most Popular Names in Arizona last year were:

1 Liam (#2 in the US)
2 Noah (#1 in the US)
3 Sebastian (#24 in the US)
4 Daniel (#13 in the US)
5 Alexander (#11 in the US)
6 Michael (#8 in the US)
7 Julian (#39 in the US)
8 Oliver (#12 in the US)
9 Benjamin (#6 in the US)
10 Elijah (#9 in the US)

1 Emma (#1 in the US)
2 Sophia (#4 in the US)
3 Mia (#6 in the US)
4 Olivia (#2 in the US)
5 Isabella (#5 in the US)
6 Ava (#3 in the US)
7 Emily (#9 in the US)
8 Sofia (#14 in the US)
9 Abigail (#8 in the US)
10 Charlotte (#7 in the US)

End of Summer Baby Names


“August is like the Sunday of Summer.”

School is starting and summer is quickly ending, but let’s not let these final days of the season end without a final look at hot names in this hot month.

Why not pull name inspiration from this final month itself? August is quickly rising, currently ranked at Number 193 for boys. August was also used by 222 girls last year. Mariska Hargitay and Dave Matthews have son’s named August, while Charlize Theron and Garth Brooks used the name August for their daughters.
Some other cool August names include;
Augusta, Augustina, Augustine, Augustino, Augusto, and Augustus.

Strong, short, and simple, Leo is a little name taking the world by storm, currently ranked at Number 74. The end of July through mid-August falls under the Zodiac sign Leo. Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz chose the internationally loved name Leo for their son. Another cool thing about Leo, it means lion. Imagine the cute nursery decor you could do with that meaning!
Lion lovers may also like these names with meanings related to lions;
Ari, Ariel, Aslan, Leander, and Lev.

Ocean has a peaceful, carefree, beachy vibe. Forest Whitaker chose the name Ocean Alexander for his son. Only 102 boys and 82 girls were given this blue nature name last year.
Other great ocean inspired names include;
Oceana, Oceane, Oceania, and Oceanus.

Nautical names are a perfect fit for late summer babes. Sailor is a name that is projected to break into the Top 1,000, used by 242 girls and 48 boys last year. Christie Brinkley was ahead of the trend when she named her daughter Sailor in 1998.
A few more great nautical choices include;
Anchor, Coral, Crew, and Marina.

If you were to draw your ideal summer day it would more than likely be filled with blue skies. Sky is a unisex word name ranked at 779 for girls and used by 85 boys last year. The alternatively spelled Skye was also used for both sexes.
If you like the sound of Sky you may like;
Skyla, Skylee, and Skyler.

Sure its an obvious choice for the end of the season but it is still readily used and loved. Christina Aguilera used the double word combo Summer Rain for her daughter. Summer peaked in the late 1970’s but remains hot at Number 202 in popularity.
If you like summery hippie names that are less popular you may also consider;
Sunset, Sunshine, and Soleil.

What names remind you of sweet summer days?