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My Favorite Greek Names

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I love the history, mythology, and beauty of Greek names.  Here are some of my personal favorites:

What are your favorite Greek names?

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~Meagan

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The Most Popular Baby Names!

popbannerThis 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:

Boys
1. Noah
2. Liam
3. Mason
4. Jacob
5. William
6. Ethan
7. Michael
8. Alexander
9. James
10. Daniel

Girls
1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Sophia
4. Isabella
5. Ava
6. Mia
7. Emily
8. Abigail
9. Madison
10. Charlotte

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!
~Meagan

Popular Surnames that are now First Names!

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!

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Read the full article at http://crestleaf.com/blog/10-popular-surnames-now-first-names/s/

First or last, names sure are fun!
~Meagan

Famous February Birthdays

febbadyA month full of birthdays, a month full of names!

February 1st – Heather Morris
Heather Elizabeth Morris – Actor and Dancer, born in the United States on February 1, 1987.
Heather is a botanical name and the title of the 80’s cult classic film Heathers.

February 2nd – Shakira
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripol – Singer, born in Colombia on February 2, 1977.
Shakira is an Arabic name, meaning “woman of grace”.  Shakira is one of those iconic names, like Beyonce or Oprah, that needs no last name.

February 3rd – Warwick Davis
Warwick Ashley Davis – Actor, born in England on February 3, 1970.
Warwick isn’t a name you hear everyday, is it? An old English surname, Warwick means “dairy farm”.

Rosa Parks Feb 4th

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February 4th – Rosa Parks
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks – Civil Rights Activist, born in the United States on February 4, 1913.
A lovely namesake, Rosa is a variation of Rose.  Rosa doubles as a color name, meaning “pink” in Spanish.

February 5th – Darren Criss
Darren Everett Criss – Actor and Musician, born in the United States on February 5, 1987.
Darren falls in the middle of the top 1,000 at #467 in the U.S.  An Irish name with the cute meaning, “little great one”.

February 6th – Babe Ruth
George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr. – Baseball player, born in the United State on February 6, 1895.
Most of my generation learned Babe Ruth’s name whilst watching The Sandlot. George is a classic Greek name, meaning “farmer”.

February 7th – Ashton Kutcher
Christopher Ashton Kutcher – Actor, born in the United States on February 7, 1978.
(Christopher) Ashton has a twin brother named Michael. I’ve seen this name used on both boys and girls. Ashton is an English name, meaning “ash trees place”.

Bethany Hamilton Feb 8th

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February 8th – Bethany Hamilton
Bethany Meilani Hamilton Dirks – Surfer, born in the United States on February 8, 1990.
Bethany has a very warm, friendly sound to me. Bethany is Hebrew and a Biblical place name that means, “house of figs”.

February 9th – Gypsy Rose Lee
Rose Louise Hovick – Burlesque dancer, born in the United States on February 9, 1911.
Rose, like Rosa is also a lovely flower name. Gypsy means “wanderer”, if you are brave enough to use it.

February 10th – George Stephanopoulos
George Robert Stephanopoulous – TV journalist, born in the United States on February 10, 1961.
Don’t you just love Greek surnames? I’m anxious to see the new name stats in May to see if the name George has risen since the birth of little Prince George.

February 11th – Damian Lewis
Damian Watcyn Lewis – Actor, born in England on February 11, 1971.
Damian used to be a name clouded by the association to the devil child in The Omen. Parents are now taking notice of this Greek name, meaning “to subdue”.

Abraham Lincoln Feb 12th

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February 12th – Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln – U.S. President, born in the United States on February 12, 1809.
In the Old Testament Abraham was originally named Abram. Abraham is a Hebrew name, meaning “father of many”.

February 13th – Stockard Channing
Susan Antonia Williams Channing – Actor, born in the United States on February 13, 1944.
Stockard Channing was ahead of her time in her choice of a stage name.  Stockard is an English name, meaning “tree stump”, much less common than Susan, which means “lily” and was very popular the year of Channing’s birth.

February 14th – Florence Henderson
Florence Agnes Henderson – Actor, born in the United States on February 14, 1934.
Florence is the name of a beautiful Italian city that doubles as a Latin name meaning, “flourishing, prosperous”.

February 15th – Greer Grammer
Kandace Greer Grammer – Actor, born in the United States on February 15, 1992.
I love Greer as a middle name.  Greer is derived from the Scottish name Gregor, meaning “watchful, alert”.

Sonny Bono Feb 16th

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February 16th – Sonny Bono
Salvatore Phillip “Sonny” Bono – Musician and Politician, born in the United States on February 16, 1935.
Salvatore feels like the name of a mysterious romantic man in a novel.  An Italian form of the name Salvador, Salvatore means “savior”.

February 17th – Paris Hilton
Paris Whitney Hilton – Socialite, born in the United States on February 17, 1981.
We had Florence, now we have Paris. A Shakespearean male name, Paris is a place name associated with love.

February 18th – Vanna White
Vanna Marie Rosich – TV Personality, born in the United States on February 18, 1957.
Vanna White is known for turning letters and for her iconic name. Vanna is a diminutive of many names such as Giovanna, Savannah, or Ivanna.

Benicio Del Toro Feb 19th

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February 19th – Benicio del Toro
Benicio Monserrate Rafael Del Toro Sánchez – Actor, born in Puerto Rico on February 19, 1967.
As a lover of “Ben names”, I have to say Benicio just oozes coolness.  A Spanish name, Benicio has the wonderful meaning, “blessed”.

February 20th – Kurt Cobain
Kurt Donald Cobain – Musician, born in the United States on February 10, 1967.
I’m surprised there weren’t more 90’s kids named after Cobain.  Kurt is a German name that stems from Kurtis or Conrad.

February 21st – Rue McClanahan
Eddi-Rue McClanahan – Actor, born in the United States on February 21, 1934. 
Today’s kids will recognize the name Rue from The Hunger Games trilogy.  Rue has a sweet little sound with the unfortunate meaning, “regret”

February 22nd – Drew Barrymore
Drew Blyth Barrymore – Actor and Producer, born in the United States on February 22, 1975
Drew is on my guilty pleasure list as a girls name all because of Ms. Barrymore. Drew comes from the name Andrew, meaning “strong and manly”.

Aziz Ansari Feb 23rd

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February 23rd – Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari – Actor and Comedian, born in the United States on February 23, 1983.
The Z factor always gives names a cool edge to me. Aziz is an Arabic name, that I think wears well in the U.S., meaning “powerful and cherished”.

February 24th – Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Floyd Joy Sinclair – Boxer, born in the United States on February 24, 1977.
Floyd was a popular name about 100 years ago.  A Welsh name, meaning “gray”, Floyd has lost its luster in the U.S.

February 25th – Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Joy Handler – Comedian and Writer, born in the United States on February 25, 1975.
Chelsea is a place name that also means, “limestone”. Most popular here in the early 90’s.

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Levi Stauss Feb 26th

February 26th – Levi Stauss
Löb Strauß – Buisnesman, born in Germany on February 26, 1829.
Levi sounds like a cowboy and a pair of jeans to me – both good associations,by the way.  Levi is a Hebrew name, meaning “joined’ that has been rising in popularity.

February 27th – Joanne Woodward
Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward – Actor, born in the United States on February 27, 1930.
A French form of Joanna or Joan, Joanne means “God is gracious”. A familar name though it’s no longer in the top 1,000.

February 28th – Gilbert Gottfried
Gilbert Gottfried – Actor and Comedian, born in the United States on February 28, 1955.
This is where I must give an obligatory shout-out to my beloved fictional character, Gilbert BlytheI can’t seem to resist bringing up Anne of Green Gables whenever humanly possible.  Gilbert is a German name, meaning “shinning pledge”.

Love to all the February babies ❤
~Meagan

Baby Names – Q&A

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I get some awesome baby name questions! Periodically I round up questions and film a Q&A on my YouTube channel.  The past month I’ve received so many juicy questions that I thought were worthy of their own blog-post!

What would you rename Wyatt Isabelle?

I can’t wait to see pictures of her, don’t you just know that’s a gorgeous baby?  Wyatt reminds me of a cowboy, I definitely think of Kevin Costner as Wyatt Earp when I hear this name.  I’d actually prefer this name in reverse, Isabelle Wyatt.  Lately I’ve been loving the Scottish spelling Isobel. I also think Ashby would be a cool twist/way to honor Ashton.  So, I’d rename her Isobel Ashby.

Our daughter is due on Christmas Eve.  Is it cheesey to use a Christmas themed name?

I’m pretty cheesey, so I don’t think so.  If you’re worried about the cheese factor, you might want to consider using a seasonal name in the middle name spot.  I would however avoid using two word names and names that could possibly make a theme, for example – Winter Ivy. Here are some Christmas names if you need some ideas: https://tulipbyanyname.com/name-lists/christmas-names/ Congrats on your little one! Please let me know what name you choose!

Is Tulip a usable name?

You might have guessed that I love flower names and tulips in particular have special meaning to me.  I love the idea of using an uncommon flower name, like Tulip.  How cool would Tulip by as a middle name? Matilda Tulip, Wendy Tulip, Penelope Tulip.  Definitely usable in my book.

Would you use two middle names?

Maybe.  When I think of names and name combinations I usually think of just one middle name.  I feel like it can be a bit harder to make double middle names flow well.  I would consider using a family name as a middle and in that case, if I could make the flow work, I’d go for two middles.

How popular is too popular for you?

I like a lot of popular names.  I’d probably avoid using a name in the top 10.  To me, its more important that I use a name my partner and I love and that have significance to us, than use a name we feel lukewarm about just because its less popular.  Many of my favorite names are in the top 100.  I also like the idea of using an uncommon name with a common nickname or a common name with an uncommon nickname.

What would you name a little brother or sister to Maxwell “Max” James? We want to use another M name.

Congrats on baby M! I love Max names.  My favorite M names right now are Milo and Matilda, both of which I think would work with Max. Here are a few ideas; Milo Jude, Micah Reid, Matthew Frost, or Matilda June, Madeline Claire, and Mara Josephine. I’d love to hear what name you choose!

What name trends do you love?

I love a lot of vintage girls names that are coming back into fashion – Eloise, Rose, and Alice are a few of my favorites.  One of my favorite boys names is Everett.  I love a lot of male surnames ending in similar sounds – Beckett, Emmett, and Bennett to name a few.

I like boy names with Z’s in them like Ezra. Any suggestions?

Z’s do give names a cool factor! A few names you might enjoy – Blaze, Boaz, Cruz, Enzo, Paz, or Zion. Boaz would be my pick.

Check out the questions I just answered on my YouTube channel:

Feel free to share your answers in the comments!
~Meagan