Aurora

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🖤Aurora🖤
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?

 

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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.

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.

Alice

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❤ Alice ❤
German meaning “noble”
Classic. Royal. Literary. Whimsical

Alice is a classic and intriguing name rich with royal and literary ties. Most people associate the name Alice with the iconic character created by Lewis Carroll  in his 1871 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Carroll’s novel was later adapted into Disney’s animated film Alice in Wonderland in 1951. Carroll’s Alice has been a muse featured in numerous artistic adaptations.

There are numerous characters outside of Carroll’s Alice in literature. Alice Cullen in the Twilight saga flipped our image of a blonde pre-teen in a ribbon to a pixie-cut-raven-haired beauty.  Alice was also the name of Neville Longbottom’s Mom in the Harry Potter series. The 1971 novel Go Ask Alice,gets its title from a lyric in Jefferson Airplane’s song White Rabbit.

Alice has German roots, possibly from an Old French name meaning noble. Queen Victoria used the moniker for her second daughter. Alice became a popular name in England and France during the 12th century and has been used by many royal families.

Celebrities have been loving and using this classic yet whimsical name as well. Writer John Green has daughter Alice Grace, actor Tom Cavanagh named his daughter Alice Ann, and comedian Tina Fey is Mom to Alice Zenobia.

❤ Sisters to Alice: Amelia, Eloise, Imogen, Josephine, Lucy

❤Brothers to Alice: August, Desmond, Henry, Luke

❤ Middle Name Suggestions: Alice Juliette, Alice Matilda, Alice Penelope, Alice Victoria, Alice Winter

❤ Names with a similar vibe to Alice: Claire, Ellis, Eve, Iris, Hazel

What do you think of the name Alice?

8 Great Easter Names for Girls

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8 lovely choices for your little honey bunny!

Anastasia
Anastasia is a beautiful Greek name with a Princess-worthy ring often associated with the daughter of the last Russian Czar that mysteriously disappeared. Anastasia means resurrection, could there be a more perfect meaning for an Easter baby? Fun name fact, Anastasia Termaine was the name of one of the evil stepsisters in Disney’s Cinderella.

April
April is a Latin month and springtime name meaning to open. Easter is more often celebrated in the month of April. Once one of the most popular month names, April is now falls behind in popularity to her sisters June, August, and May. Fun name fact, comedian Ralphie May named his daughter April May, her full name is actually April June May.

Easter
Easter is a rarely used English name derived from the name of the Greek goddess Eostre. When I think of Easter as a name I can’t help but hum the lyrics from Sheryl Crowe’s song Everyday is a Winding Road, “…he’s got a daughter he calls Easter. She was born on a Tuesday night.” Fun name fact, you could also opt for the international variation Pascale.

Evangeline
Evangeline is a gorgeous Greek name meanings bearer of good news. Evangeline has a great meaning and is connected to the Christian faith. Evangeline may remind you of beautiful actress Evangeline Lilly, born Nicole Evangeline Lilly. Fun name fact, Evangeline is a character in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog .

Lily
Lily is the most popular flower name with holiday ties to the demure English lily. A sweet and timeless name, Lily is also a Top Name in England, Scotland, and Wales. Fun fact, several celebrities have daughters named Lily including Chris O’Donell, Fred Savage, Johnny Depp, Kate Beckinsale, and Nicky Hilton.

Sunday
Sunday is quickly becoming one of the most loved weekday names. Easter falls on Sunday, a revered holy day. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban helped bring attention to this name when they used it for their daughter in 2008. Fun name fact, only 34 little girls were given the first name Sunday last year.

Susanna
Susanna is a Greek name meaning lily. A wonderful subtle connection to Easter lilies, Susanna has a wholesome and grounded sound. Susanna is sure to remind many of the song Oh, Susanna. Fun name fact, Susanna is a Biblical figure in the book of Daniel.

Una
Una is a little Latin name with a lovely exotic flare. Una means lamb, a subtle but powerful connection to the Easter holiday. You may also like the Irish spelling, Oona. Fun name fact, actress Saoirse Ronan’s middle name is Una.

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. 😉