Tag Archives: baby name blog

End of Summer Baby Names

endsummergirlsnames

“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.

August
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.

Leo
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
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.

Sailor
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.

Sky
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.

Summer
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?

Advertisements

The New Kids Kids – Babies on the Block

newkidskids

If you were a girl in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s chances are you were obsessed with the American boy band The New Kids on the Block (NKOTB). I had their poster in my room at age six and thought then that if I didn’t marry Jordan Knight that I’d at least have a son with his name. NKOTB still has hoards of followers, many that are now parents, which made me curious as to what the teen idols named their little ones.

Jordanjordananderic
I’ve already professed my childhood crush on Jordan, born Jordan Nathaniel Marcel Knight, the younger brother of fellow band-mate Jonathan Knight. Jordan is a Hebrew river name meaning flowing down. Knight’s parents were ahead of the trend in 1970 when Jordan was born. His name then ranked at Number 486. Jordan peaked in popularity in the late 1990’s when it reached spot Number 26. Today Jordan sits at Number 67. Knight married Evelyn Melendez-Knight and together they have two sons, Dante Jordan and Eric Jacob.
Dante is a Latin Medieval name, a variant of Durante, meaning enduring. One of the most famous bearers of this name was the 13th century poet Dante Alighieri. A bold and masculine name, Dante currently ranks at Number 344.
Eric is an Old Norse name meaning eternal ruler. Eric was a Top 100 name from 1950 to 2010. Today Eric ranks at Number 142, the lowest its been since the mid-1940s.

Jonathanjonathanandharley
Jonathan is the only guy in this group who has not yet become a father. He and fiance Harley Rodriguez have expressed interest in one day starting a family. We know Jonathan as Jordan’s older brother, but he also has three older siblings; Allison, Sharon and David. Jonathan was born Jonathan Rashleigh Knight. Jonathan is a Hebrew name meaning gift of God. Since the early 1960’s Jonathan has been in the Top 100. It ranked at Number 53 in 1968, when Knight was born, and today ranks just a few spots lower at Number 56.

Donniedonnieandelijah
Donnie Wahlberg has gone on to be one of the most famous members of the band. Donnie, born Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jr. Is the eighth of nine children, the youngest being famous brother Mark Wahlberg. Donald is a Gaelic name derived from Domhnall, meaning ruler or chief.  Donald peaked in the 1930’s when it was a Top 10 baby name. Donald ranked at Number 30 in 1969 when Wahlberg was born but has steadily declined every year since, today coming in at Number 488.
Wahlberg has two sons, Xavier Alexander and Elijah Hendrix with his ex-wife Kimberly Fey.
Xavier comes from a Basque place name meaning the new house. A noteable namesake is Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier. Xavier has been a Top 100 name since 2001, today ranking at Number 88.
Elijah has been steadily climbing the charts, peaking in popularity last year reaching spot Number 9. Elijah is the name of an Old Testament prophet and has Hebrew roots meaning Yahweh is God.  The attractive nickname Eli aids in Elijah’s appeal.

Dannydannydannyjr
Danny was the first in the band to become a father, see him pictured with Danny Jr. in 1992. Born Daniel William Wood, Danny has one of the most timeless and classic names on this list. Daniel is a has never dipped below spot Number 55. Today Daniel ranks at Number 13, maintaining its well-loved and well-used status. Danny has a son named Daniel William Jr. with his ex-girlfriend Elise Stepherson as well as son Chance and daughter Vega with ex-wife Patricia Alfaro.
Daniel is one of the many classic names we see passed from father to son. It was Number 7 in 1992 when Danny Jr. Was born.
Chance is a word name meaning luck or fortune though it can also be a diminutive of the English Chauncey meaning chancellor. Chance first entered the Top 1,000 in 1967, peaking in the mid-1990s. Today Chance is ranked at Number 274.
Vega is the rarest name on our list today. Vega is a star in the Lyra constellation as well as an Arabic name meaning swooping eagle. Only 35 girls and 10 boys were named Vegas last year.

Joeyjoeyfamily
Joey is the youngest member of the group and went on to find success in his solo musical career.  Born Joseph Mulrey McIntyre, Joey is the youngest of nine children. His older siblings names are Judy, Alice, Susan, Tricia, Carol, Jean, Kate, and Tommy. Joseph is another well-loved classic Biblical name.  A Hebrew name meaning Jehovah increases, Joseph is currently Number 20 in popularity, the lowest it has ever ranked. Joey and wife Barrett Williams are parents to Griffin Thomas, Rhys Edward, and Kira Katherine.
Griffin is a Welsh variant of Gruffudd meaning strong lord. Griffin has never been too popular, peaking in 1998 when it reached Number 215. Today Griffin is just a bit lower at Number 229. Nicknames Finn, Griff, and Griffy add to Griffin’s appeal.
Rhys is another handsome Welsh name meaning ardor. Numerous Welsh rulers were fittingly named Rhys. Rhys first entered the US Top 1,00 in 2004 and today ranks at Number 494.
Kira is a Russian feminine form of Cyrus meaning young or throne. Kira can have numerous origins and spellings, but with this spelling it currently ranks at Number 369.

Which of the New Kids has the best naming chops?

Alabama Baby Names

alabamababynames

Do you find yourself looking at place names when you travel? I recently moved to a new state and I love taking in all the potential local baby names. My love of the U.S., travel, and names has come together in this new series where I’ll be talking about some great names inspired by each state. Let’s look at some great names from the heart of Dixie inspired by the state of Alabama.

Alabama
Why not pull inspiration from the state itself? Alabama comes from a Choctaw Native American name which when broken down means plant-cutters and to clear. Celebs Travis Barker Shanna Moakler named their daughter Alabama Louella. Writer William Faulker also used Alabama for his daughter. Alabama would be a cool way to get to the nickname Ally/Allie. Only 14 girls were named Alabama last year.

Auburn
Auburn is a college town, home of Auburn University. One of Alabama’s largest cities, Auburn’s nickname is ,“The Loveliest Village On The Plains.” Auburn is also a lovely red-brown color name and lends itself easily to the nickname Aubrey. Auburn has never ranked in the US Top 1,000 and was only used by 34 girls and 6 boys last year.

Birmingham
Birmingham may be suited best as a middle name or a name reserved for a brave namer. You could get creative with nicknames like Bing or Barry for Birmingham. One of the most recognizable cities in Alabama, Birmingham is packed full of history. Birmingham comes from an Old English surname meaning homestead of the people. Birmingham is so rarely used that less than 5 babies were named Birmingham last year.

Camelllia
Camellia became the state flower of Alabama in 1927. If you like the rising name Amelia, you may enjoy Camellia. Camellia is a rarely used “Cam” name that was only given to 78 baby girls last year. Camellia is an uncommon name with lovable recognizable nicknames like Cam, Cami, Mellie, Mia, and Millie.

Cotton
Located right in the center of the Cotton belt, one of Alabama’s nicknames is fittingly “the Cotton state.” Cotton played a huge role in Alabama’s history and economy. A word name, Cotton was more popular among Puritans and early settlers. 18 baby boys were named Cotton last year. Cotton may also remind you of the folk song “Cotton-eyed-Joe” or the 2014 film Cotton.

Crimson
“Roll Tide!” The Alabama Crimson Tide refers to the 21 beloved sports teams at the University of Alabama. Crimson is a cool color name for a brilliant deep red hue. 69 girls and 44 boys were given the first name Crimson last year. A recognizable but rare name choice, Crimson could be an alternative to Scarlett which continues to rise.

Dixie
Alabama is known as the “heart of Dixie.” Dixie is a nickname for the South which is derived from the Latin word “dix” meaning ten. Dixie peaked in the late 1930s when it reached spot Number 167.  Last year 254 girls were named Dixie. When I think of Dixie I think of actor Dixie Carter who played Julia Sugarbaker on the TV show Designing Women or the musical trio The Dixie Chicks.

Harper
Writer Harper Lee who is remembered for her iconic book, To Kill A Mockingbird, was born in Monroeville, Alabama. One of Alabama’s most celebrated residents, Lee was born Nelle Harper Lee.  Harper first entered the Top 1,000 in 2004 and has quickly rose to the Number 10 spot where it has been the past two years. Harper is a English surname and occupational name for a harp player.

Montgomery
Montgomery is the Capital city of Alabama. The second largest city in Alabama, Montgomery was named after Richard Montgomery. Montgomery is a distinguished sounding Norman name meaning man power. 14 girls and 115 boys were given the first name Montgomery last year. I have a soft spot for Montgomery because of author Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Rocket
Brave parents may take a page from Pharell Williams who has a son named Rocket. Alabama is known as the rocket capital of the world. Hunstville, Alabama is home of the US space and rocket center. A fun word name with equally fun nicknames like Rock or Rocky, only 23 boys were named Rocket last year.

The most popular names in Alabama last year were:

1 William (#3 in the US)
2 James (#5 in the US)
3 John (#28 in the US)
4 Mason (#4 in the US)
5 Elijah (#9 in the US)
6 Noah (#1 in the US)
7 Jackson (#17 in the US)
8 Michael (#8 in the US)
9 Liam (#2 in the US)
10 Samuel (#21 in the US)

1 Ava (#3 in the US)
2 Emma (#1 in the US)
3 Olivia (#2 in the US)
4 Elizabeth (#13 in the US)
5 Harper (#10 in the US)
6 Madison (#15 in the US)
7 Amelia (#11 in the US)
8 Caroline (#56 in the US)
9 Isabella (#5 in the US)
10 Ella (#17 in the US)

 

The Top Names of 2016

topnames16

It’s here! It’s here! The United States Social Security Administration just released their most current data giving us a new list of popular baby names.  Let’s look over the new Top Baby Names!

Girls

1 Emma
2 Olivia
3 Ava + up one spot from last year
4 Sophia – down one spot from last year
5 Isabella
6 Mia
7 Charlotte + up two spots from last year
8 Abigail – down one spot from last year
9 Emily – down one spot from last year
10 Harper

Boys

1 Noah
2 Liam
3 William + up one spot from last year
4 Mason – down one spot from last year
5 James + up two spots from last year
6 Benjamin + up four spots from last year
7 Jacob – down three spots from last year
8 Michael + up one spot from last year
9 Elijah + up two spots from last year
10 Ethan – down four spots from last year

Elijah is new to the Top 10 and Alexander has fallen out of the Top 10.

Do you know any babies born last year with these names? What are your personal favorites?

Posh Names for your Princess

posh

These feminine names age well and have a distinctly upper-crust vibe. Consider one of these 10 sophisticated choices for your little lady.

Bianca
Bianca is one of the many Shakespearean character names that easily fits in to this category. An Italian name meaning white, Bianca has a much more refined sound than her sister Blanche. Currently ranked at 379, Disney fans will love the connection to the prim little mouse Bianca in The Rescuers.

Claudia
A common name in ancient Rome, Claudia still feels sophisticated and current at Number 741 in popularity. Fashion model Claudia Schiffer and the eternally young vampire Claudia from Interview with a Vampire are two well-known bearers of this name. You could also kick up the posh level a bit by using the name Claudine.

Francesca
It doesn’t get much more posh or Princess-worthy than the grand name Francesca. A flowery Italian form of Frances, meaning french man or free man, Francesca currently ranks at Number 428. Nickname lovers will delight in the numerous nickname options including; CeCe, Fanny, Fran, Francie, Frankie, and Franny.

Georgiana
Jane Austen fans will instantly recognize this as the name of Mr. Darcy’s sister in Pride and Prejudice. Georgiana is one of the many attractive feminine forms of George meaning farmer. Whether you pronounce it gor-gee-AH-na or gor-JAY-na its simply magnificent.

Lavinia
A great alternative to the much more popular Olivia, Lavinia was only used by 63 little girls last year. A fun way to get to Liv or Livie, Lavinia is a Latin name meaning from the ancient Lavinium. There were characters named Lavinia in A Little Princess and Downtown Abbey.

Margot
We could easily fill this list with lovely posh French names for girls. Margot is a french form of Margaret meaning pearl. At 593 in popularity Margot is on the rise, up nearly 150 spots last year. Margaux Hemingway changed the spelling of her name from Margot to Margaux after learning Margaux was the name of the wine her parents consumed the night of her conception.

Natasha
There is something exotic, alluring, and appealing about the name Natasha. A Russian diminutive of Natalya, meaning born of Christmas, Natasha currently ranks at Number 666. Barack and Michelle Obama named one of their daughters Natasha, though she goes primarily by the nickname Sasha.

Octavia
Another great Olivia alternative, Octavia is a striking Latin name meaning eighth. Oscar winning actor Octavia Spencer helped bring attention to this Victorian name. Only 173 baby girls were named Octavia last year.

Portia
Portia has an super sophisticated sound though it derives from a Roman family name meaning pig or hog. Perhaps the Porsche car association is too strong since only 42 babies were named Portia last year. Actress Portia de Rossi, born Amanda, chose the prim Portia in renaming herself.

Sophie
Sophie is sweet and chic French form of Sophia, meaning wisdom. A very wearable name, currently ranked at Number 104, Sophie is in the Top 3 in Austria, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Scotland.

Which of these posh names would you use?

Names from Rugrats

rugratsnames

Rugrats was one of the few shows that I, born in the 1980s, and my baby brother, born in the 1990s could agree to watch together. If you were born in the 80s or 90s chances are you’re also familiar with baby Tommy and his family and friends. Let’s take a trip down memory name and look at the cool names from Nickelodeon’s Rugrats.

The Kids

Tommy
Thomas “Tommy” Malcolm Pickles
Tommy is the Rugrats lovable and adventurous main character.  Tommy was named after the son of Paul Germain, one of the show’s creators.  Thomas Malcolm is a handsome and noble name choice even paired with the quirky and fun surname Pickles.
Thomas is an Aramaic name meaning twin.  Currently ranked at Number 51, Thomas has always been a well loved name, never dipping below Number 63.

Dil
Dylan “Dil” Prescott Pickles
Baby Dil is Tommy’s little brother.  You can see the Rugrats writer’s had a sense of humor in naming him Dil Pickles.  Dylan Prescott is another strong combo that modern parents could easily use.
Currently ranked at Number 27, Dylan has been in the Top 50 for the past 25 years.  Dylan is a handsome Welsh name meaning son of the sea.  Dylan is also rising for girls and peaked in popularity for girls last year at Number 397.

Chuckie
Charles “Chuckie” Crandall Finster III
Chuckie is one of Tommy’s dearest little friends. He didn’t get the same cool nickname as his Dad “Chas”, but somehow Chuckie seems to fit him best.
Charles is a classic French name that comes from a German name meaning free man. From 1900-1954 Charles was in the Top 10. Today Charles is still readily used at Number 50 and has never ranked lower than Number 63.

Phil
Phillip “Phil” Richard Bill DeVille
Phil is one part of the dynamic duo of twins Phil and Lil. Phillip Richard is quite a classic sounding name, but again we see the writer’s humor come out in the second part of his rhyming name, Bill DeVille.
Phillip is a Greek name with one of my favorite meanings, lover of horses.  A great name for an equestrian lover, Phillip is currently Number 410 in popularity, just 24 spaces ahead of Philip which ranks at Number 434.

Lil
Lillian “Lil” Marie Jill DeVille
Lil is the second part of the lovable twins Phil and Lil.  Lillian Marie is a fairly popular name combination, however those silly writer’s amuse us once more with the later part of her rhyming name, Jill DeVille.
Lillian is a lovely English name meaning Lily.  A popular name at the turn of the century, Lillian reentered the Top 100 in 2002 and is currently ranked at Number 26.

Angelica
Angelica Charlotte Pickles
Love her or hate her Angelica is Tommy and Dil’s older sassy cousin. Many adults still strongly associate this name with this often bratty little character.  Did Angelica Pickles spoil this name for you?
Angelica is a Latin name meaning angelic.  Angelica has never been too popular, peaking in 1996 when it reached spot Number 97.  Today Angelica is ranked at Number 425.

Kimi
Kimiko “Kimi” Watanabe-Finster
Kimi is Chuckie’s step-sister. While Kimi can be a nickname for many names, Kimiko is a great choice and one of my favorite names from this show.
Kimiko (pronounced kee-mee-ko) is a Japanese name meaning beautiful, noble, or valuable child. Kimiko has never been in the US Top 1,000 and was only given to 14 little girls last year.

Susie
Susanna “Susie” Yvonne Carmichael
Susie is one of the children’s neighborhood friend’s that often goes head-to-head with Angelica.  Her name fits in with her parents who also go by nicknames ending in the “e” sound.
Susanna is Greek from a Hebrew name meaning lily. Like similar names Susannah and Suzanne, Susanna is no longer in the Top 1,000.  Only 190 little girls were given the first name Susanna last year.

The Adults

Stu
Stuart “Stu” Pickles
Stu is Tommy and Dil’s Dad.
Stuart is an English and Scottish occupational name referring to a person who was a house steward. Notice that this names his Stu Pickles? Heehee.
Stuart peaked in popularity in 1960 when it reached Number 161.  No longer in the Top 1,000, only 84 baby boys were names Stuart last year.

Didi
Diane “Didi” Kropotkin Kerpackter-Pickles
Didi is Tommy and Dil’s Mom.
Diane is another name that has fallen out of popularity.  Peaking in the early 1950’s when Diane was a Top 20 name, last year only 92 little girls were named Diane.  Diane is a French form of the name Diana meaning divine or heavenly.

Lou
Louis “Lou” Kalhern Pickles II
Lou is Tommy, Dil, and Angelica’s Grandpa.
Louis is a German and French name meaning renowned warrior.  Commonly pronounced LOO-ee and LOO-is, Louis is still readily used ranked at Number 297.

Lulu
Louise “Lulu” Jonston
Lulu is Grandpa Lou’s second wife.
Grandpa Louis and Grandma Louise share very similar names!
Louise is a feminine form of Louis and shares the meaning renowned warrior. Nicknames like Lulu and Lulie endear me to Louise.  No longer in the Top 1,000 only 240 little girls were named Louise in 2015.

Drew
Andrew “Drew” Pickles
Drew is Stu’s brother and Angelica’s Dad.
Andrew is a classic Greek name meaning strong and manly.  Andrew has been a popular name for many years, currently ranked at Number 30, Andrew was a Top 10 name from 1986-2007.

Charlotte
Charlotte Cilia McSell
Charlotte is Angelica’s Mom and fittingly Angelica’s middle name is Charlotte.
Charlotte is a classy French feminine form of Charles meaning renowned warrior.  Charlotte has been steadily climbing the charts and first entered the Top 10 in 2014.  Currently ranked at Number 9, I expect Charlotte to continue to rise in popularity.

Betty
Elizabeth “Betty” Gizelle
Betty is Phil & Lil’s Mom.
Elizabeth is the epitome of a timeless name to me.  I must confess it’s my own middle name and high on my own personal favorites list.  A Hebrew name meaning pledged to God, Elizabeth currently ranks at Number 13. Elizabeth has never dipped below Number 26 in popularity.  One of my favorite things about this name is its many delightful nickname options.

Howie
Howard “Howie” DeVille
Howie is Phil and Lil’s Dad.
I don’t come across many little Howard’s and chance are you don’t either since it was only given to 192 baby boys last year.  Howard is derived from a German and English surname meaning brave heart or high guardian.  Do you think Howard is due for a comeback?

Chas
Charles Norbert “Chas” Finster Sr.
Chas is Chuckie’s Dad.
Two Charles’ and a Charlotte in this fun cast of characters.  Chas or Chaz is a diminutive of Charles and a lesser used option than the classic Charlie. Other cool variants of Charles include Charleston, Carlos and Carlo.

Kira
Kira Watanabe-Finster
Kira is Kimi’s Mom and Chas’s wife.
Kira is a Russian feminine form of the name Cyrus meaning throne. Kira may also be a variant of the Irish Ciara meaning dark or black. There are numerous spellings of Kira within the Top 1,000.  Kira currently ranks at Number 361.

Lucy
Dr. Lucille “Lucy” Carmichael
Lucy is Susie’s Mom.
Lucia, Lucy, and Lucille are all rising in popularity.  At Number 283 Lucille hasn’t been this popular since the 1950s.  Lucille is a French form of Lucilla meaning light.
Lucille Ball played a character named Lucy Carmichael on The Lucy Show.

Randy
Randall Randolph “Randy” Carmichael
Randy is Lucy’s husband and Susie’s dad. Randall Randolph certainly is a mouthful.
Randall is an English name meaning shield-wolf that peaked in 1955.  Randall just fell out of the Top 1,000 last year and was only used by 193 little boys last year.

What are your favorite names from the show Rugrats?

Beautiful -by Baby Names

bybeauty

There’s something sweet and approachable about names that end in –by.  Here are 20 beautiful and assessable choices for your little baBY.

Abby
Current Ranking: 437 for girls
A common nickname for Abigail, Abby would also be a great nickname for Abilene
Fun Fact: Abby Cadabby is a Sesame Street character

Ashby
Current Ranking: Only 23 girls and 17 boys were named Ashby last year
A fresh take on Ashley with a wholesome vibe
Fun Fact: TV and Radio Host Nancy O’Dell choose the name Ashby Grace for her daughter born in 2007

Barnaby
Current Ranking: less than 5 boys were given the name Barnaby last year
A form of the name Barnabas, Barnaby has never been in the Top 1,000
Fun Fact: Barnaby Tucker is one of the main characters in the musical Hello Dolly!

Colby
Current Ranking: 454 for boys
A fun sporty vibe, Colby is also the name of a cheese and a college
Fun Fact: Colby Donaldson was a contestant on the TV Show Survivor: The Australian Outback

Crosby
Current Ranking: 576 for boys
Equal parts hipster, old Hollywood, and rock and roll
Fun Fact: Dax Shepard played Crosby Braverman on TV’s Parenthood

Darby
Current Ranking: Only 110 girls and 27 boys were named Darby last year
A name sweetly associated with the 1959 film Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Fun Fact: Actor Patrick Dempsey chose the name Darby Galen for his son born in 2007

Gatsby
Current Ranking: Only 12 boys and 5 girls were named Gatsby last year
A fun name with the strong literary connection to F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Fun Fact: Actor Rex Smith has a son named Gatsby Richard who was born in 1999

Jacoby
Current Ranking: 655 for boys
A fun spin on the much more popular Jacob
Fun Fact: David Jacoby is an ESPN broadcaster and producer

Kelby
Current Ranking: Kelby was used by less than 5 boys or girls last year
A unisex name that could be the next Kelly
Fun Fact: Kelby Tomlinson is an American baseball player

Kirby
Current Ranking: Only 53 boys and 27 girls were named Kirby last year
Though more popular with boys, this one may soon be going to the girls
Fun Fact: Kirby Puckett is a hall-of-fame baseball player

Libby
Current Ranking: 995 for girls
Once a popular nickname for Elizabeth, Libby would also work well as a nickname for Liberty
Fun Fact: Willard Libby won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Moby
Current Ranking: Moby was used by less than 5 boys or girls last year
Moby-Dick is the name of the famed whale in Herman Melville’s famed novel Moby-Dick
Fun Fact: Moby is the stage name of singer songwriter Richard Melvin Hall

Quimby
Current Ranking: Quimby was used by less than 5 boys or girls last year
Quirky and fun, this one may work best on a pet
Fun Fact: Ramona Quimby is the delightful main character in Beverly Cleary’s Ramona book series

Rigby
Current Ranking: Only 31 boys and 9 girls were named Rigby last year
Another one that could be best on a pet and/or an intense Beatles fan
Fun Fact: Eleanor Rigby is the name of a song by The Beatles

Ruby
Current Ranking: 83 for girls
A lovely red name like Scarlet or Rose
Fun Fact: Ruby is the birthstone of July

Selby
Current Ranking: Only 9 girls and less than 5 boys were named Selby last year
Underused yet right on track with the surname trend
Fun Fact: Todd Selby is a photographer and fashion blogger

Shelby
Current Ranking: 299 for girls
A sweet Southern sound
Fun Fact: Julia Roberts played Shelby Eatenton in the film Steel Magnolias

Tibby
Current Ranking: Tibby was used by less than 5 boys or girls last year
A diminutive of Elizabeth, Tibby could also work well for Tabitha or even Tiberius
Fun Fact: Other spellings include Tibbi, Tibbie, Tibbee, and Tibeigh

Toby
Current Ranking: 689
Short for Tobias but holds its own on its own
Fun Fact: Actor Tobey Maguire (born Tobias) wears this name well with the added letter e

Willoughby
Current Ranking: 6 boys and less than 5 girls were named Willoughby last year
A fresh alternative to the popular William or Willow
Fun Fact: John Willoughby is a character in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility

What are your favorite –by ending names?