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June is in bloom and this month we’ll look to celebrities for a beautiful batch of M Names!
Child star Mae Whitman is all grown up now. The actress, born Mae Margaret Whitman, celebrates her birthday on June 9th. Mae is a simple sweet little diminutive of Margaret meaning pearl. Ranked at 554 in popularity, Mae is one we see more frequently in the middle name spot. Actor Mae West gave this wholesome name a sultry spin.
Child star turned fashion designer Mary-Kate Olsen shares her June 13th birthday with twin sister Ashley. Mary-Kate is a double barrel name, two names pronounced together. Mary is a Hebrew name meaning biter and Kate is a Greek name meaning pure, two very different meanings but very timeless names.
Film star Marilyn Monroe has become more iconic in her death than in her life. Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson on June 1st. Monroe is a unisex Scottish surname meaning mouth of the river roe and currently ranks at Number 603 for girls in the U.S. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon choose the name Monroe for their little star born in 2001.
Actor, director, and legendary voice Morgan Freeman celebrates his birthday on June 1st. A Welsh name meaning sea circle, Morgan took the lead as a girls name through the 80’s and 90’s. Currently Number 744 for boys and 164 for girls, Morgan could be prime for a revival amungst the fellas. Imagine a schoolyard of little male Kelly’s and Morgan’s running around.
With a name like Wentworth its easy to overlook Miller as a surname. Actor Wentworth Miller was born on June 2nd. Miller is one of those very normal surname names that makes for a more unusual and interesting first name. If the beer association doesn’t both you, you may love Miller in a sea of Connor and Parker’s. Miller is and English occupational name for a grain grinder that currently ranks at Number 871.
Actor Minka Kelly, born June 24th, is one of the few people who has such a distinct first name that she could go by it alone – think Beyonce, Whoopi, Adele, Drake, you get where I’m going here. Minka is a Polish name rarely seen in the US that means strong. Less common than Mila or Mika, Minka has a spunky vibe.
Which of these M names delight you?
Latin meaning “damn”
Mysterious. Mythical. Melodic.
Aurora is a lightly exotic beauty that has swiftly been climbing the charts. Currently ranked at Number 44, Aurora is more popular now than ever. In Alaska Aurora was the most popular name given to baby girls in 2018. Aurora is unique in her diversity. She’s a mythological name, a nature name, a Disney name, and a Southern belle name, which have all contributed to her recent rise in usage.
According to ancient Roman mythology Aurora was the goddess of the morning. Fittingly, Aurora has Latin roots and means dawn. You may also connect Aurora to the northern lights , aurora borealis or the southern lights of aurora australis. Two great heavenly ties to this grand name.
In Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Aurora is the beautiful cursed Princess. Aurora has a feminine Princess-worthy flare while still lending herself to the spunk unisex nickname Rory. And who could forget Shirley Maclaine’s portrayal of the character Aurora Greenway in Terms of Endearment?
❤ Sisters to Aurora: Bronwen, Cressida, Genevieve, Scarlet, Tallulah
❤Brothers to Aurora: Dominic, Ezra, Leo, Orion, Roman
❤ Middle Name Suggestions: Aurora Giselle, Aurora Jane, Aurora Lily, Aurora Vivienne, Aurora Winter
❤ Names with a similar vibe to Aurora: Aurelia, Elora, Lorelei, Magnolia, Seraphina
What do you think of the name Aurora?
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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 🙂
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
York Banks – son of Tyra Banks & Erik Asla
A New little York
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
More on Last Year’s Celebrity Baby Name Trends & My Personal Favorites:
Name inspiration can be found anywhere, even in Pixie Hollow, home of Disney’s Tinker Bell and her fairy friends.
The Main Fairy Characters
Tinker or a tinkerer was a term for a traveler that repaired small items. Tinker does have a bit of a quirky sound, similar to names like Timber or Piper. Bell, a word name and fairly popular surname, makes for a more familiar name choice. Tinker bell does make for an endearing nickname.
Rosetta is one of the many attractive forms of the lovable flower name, Rose. Rosetta is an Italian diminutive of Rosa. Only 49 girls were named Rosetta last year in the U.S.
Zarina sounds perfectly fit for a Princess and has the cool “Z” factor to it. Zarina is a Persian name meaning golden. Zarina rhymes with other lovely names such as Karina and Marina.
Vidia may be a form of Vidya, a Sanskrit name meaning knowledge, science, and learning. Vidia may also be a short form of Ovidia, a Romanian name sheep. Either way Vidia is unexpected and delightful.
Two pretty cool word names come together to create Silvermist. This name is definitely fairy-worthy! Silver is a lustrous color name with a hippie or rock star vibe.
Iridessa comes from the word iridescent, referring to luminous colors that appear to change colors when seen from various points of view. Fittingly, the word iridescent comes from the Latin word Iris, meaning rainbow. Iris could make a cool nickname for Iridessa.
Fawn is an animal name used to describe a young dear. Fawn was briefly in the Top 1,000 in the 1960s and 1970s but was only used by 19 girls last year. I think Fawn would make a great middle name choice.
Periwinkle can be a five-petaled flower with glossy leaves, though it is mostly known as a color in a blue and purple hue. Periwinkle comes from the Middle English word parwynke and would definitely be a whimsical way to get to the nickname Peri.
A few minor fairy friends include…
I love the history, mythology, and beauty of Greek names. Here are some of my personal favorites:
What are your favorite Greek names?
This has been the biggest week in baby names! We started the week with the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana and we end it with the new Social Security Administration’s list of the most popular baby names in the United States! Here are the top 10 names for 2014:
Here I discuss changes to the top 10 names as well as their meanings:
You can learn more about the most popular names by visiting the SSA Website here: http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/
Happy Mother’s Day!
Your family tree is the perfect place to look for baby name inspiration! Crestleaf.com is the world’s leading free collaborative genealogy site. Today, Crestleaf and I have teamed up to look at some of the most popular surnames that are now being used as first names!
Read the full article at http://crestleaf.com/blog/10-popular-surnames-now-first-names/s/
First or last, names sure are fun!