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The Best Celeb Baby Names of the Year (so far)

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Doesn’t it seem like we we’re just ringing in the New Year? Spring is in bloom and we’re already four months into 2018, so let’s see what names celebrities treated us to in the first quarter!

Classy Choices
When you think of celebrity baby names often the weird and the wacky come to mind. These are some more popular and classic names that are lovely and wearable. Tabitha Simmons & Robert Livingston “Topper” Mortimer went for a classy combo for their daughter Violet Elizabeth. Eddie and Hannah Redmayne picked the timeless name Luke Richard for their little leading man.

Showstopper
Christina Perri and Paul Costabile wowed us with the rare and grand name Carmella.

Double The Name Fun
2018 has given us two sets of twins so far! Hillary Scott and Chris Tyrell welcomed sweet country cuties Betsy Mack and Emory Joann. AJ Buckley and Abby Ochse dazzled us with twin boys named Bodhi Robert and Ranger Joseph.

Vintage Delights
Jack & Lisa Osbourne welcomed third daughter Minnie Theodora in February. She joins older sisters Pearl Clementine and Andy Rose. These two truly are namers at heart!

A Touch of Whimsy
Aaron Paul and Danielle Hart chose Story Annabelle for their first daughter. I sweet word name anchored with a sensable and equally lovely middle name.

Kardashian Korner
Love em’ or hate em’ the Kardashian’s have had a big pull on names in recent years. Two new little ones have recently joined the family! Kim & Kanye West welcomed daughter Chicago in January followed by little sister Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott’s first child, Stormi born in February.

You can watch me chat about these names and more here:

Witty Word Names for Girls

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

Amity
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.

Bliss
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.

Cameo
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jewel
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zeal
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?

Alaska Baby Names

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Baby, it may be cold outside in Alaska, but these names inspired by the state of are hot and ready to be used! Alaska has an expansive and diverse terrain which yields to many great Native names and nature names. Let’s look at some great names from America’s last frontier.

Alaska
It seems only fitting that we start with this dynamic place name. Alaska comes from a Native American word meaning great land. Not very common as a first name, only 51 little girls were given the first name Alaska last year. Alaska Young is the title character in John Green’s popular novel Looking for Alaska. Alaska may also remind you of Alaska Matthews the pint sized beauty queen from the show Toddlers and Tiaras.

Benson
In 1927 13-year-old John Ben “Benny” Benson Jr. won a contest for designing the flag of the then territory of Alaska. Benson is an English name that as you may have guessed means son of Ben. Much less popular than Benjamin, which ranks at Number 6, Benson comes in at Number 428. If you love Ben names you may also consider Benedict, Bennett, Bentley, or Benton.

Denali
Denali is a National Park in Alaska that has the highest mountain peak in North America. Denali is a Native American name meaning great one or tall one. 62 girls and 24 boys were named Denali last year. You may also recognize Denali as the name of one of the vampire covens in the Twilight saga.
Name nerds like me will appreciate that Denali is an anagram for Daniel.

Frontier
Alaska has been nicknamed “The Last Frontier.” Frontier definitely brings to mind images of cowboys and unsettled regions. A bold and uncommon word name, Frontier is two syllables and ends in “r” like Fletcher, Carter, and many more popular boys names. As you may have guessed Frontier is so uncommon as a name that less than 5 babies were named it last year.

Jade
Alaska designated Jade as its state gemstone in 1968. Jade is a beautiful precious green stone. As a name Jade has Spanish roots meaning stone of flank. One of the most popular names on our list today, Jade is currently Number 117 for girls. Though this name has clearly gone to the girls, it was still used by 53 boys last year. I’ve also seen Jade commonly used as a middle name in recent years.

Juneau
Juneau is the capital of Alaska and comes from a french word meaning young. If you do have a connection to Alaska, Juneau is a distinctive place name. The spelling Juno may be assumed when this name is said out loud, in part due to the popular 2007 film Juno. A rarely used name, 10 girls were named Juneau last year.

Kodiak
Kodiak is Alaska’s largest island and the second largest island in the United States. Fittingly, Kodiak is a Russian name meaning island. In addition to being a place name Kodiak is also the name of a species of bear. 25 boys were named Kodiak last year. Nicknames like Koda or Kody may make this untapped place name feel more usable.

McKinley
Denali was once called Mount McKinley. There is some naming controversy surrounding the highest point in North America. Native’s called the mountain Denali then later William Dickey began calling it McKinley after President William McKinley. Both names are still used interchangeably though locals will call it Denali. In 2015 Obama approved officially restoring the name to Denali. McKinley is a Scottish name meaning son of the fair warrior. Currently more popular with girls were it ranks at Number 428, McKinley was used by 68 boys last year as well.

North
Alaska’s motto is “North to the future.” This directional name made waves when Kim Kardashian and Kanye West used it for their daughter in 2013. I still associate North with Elijah Wood in the 90’s film North. I think North would make a handsome middle name choice. 11 boys were given the first name North last year.

Winter
A land of winter, many people associate Alaska with ice, snow, cold, and a seemingly endless winter.  A beautiful seasonal word name, Winter is rising in popularity, currently coming in at Number 506. Winter can also work on the fellas, 45 boys were named Winter last year. I love Winter as a middle name, it yields a clean, crisp (pun intended) sound. I also think Snow and Frost would make for fun cold weather middle names.

The most popular names in Alaska last year were:

1 Liam (#2 in the US)
2 Oliver (#12 in the US)
3 James (#5 in the US)
4 William (#3 in the US)
5 Joseph (#20 in the US)
6 Lucas (#14 in the US)
7 Noah (#1 in the US)
8 Owen (#23 in the US)
9 Logan (#18 in the US)
10 Mason (#4 in the US)

1 Emma(#1 in the US)
2 Olivia (#2 in the US)
3 Amelia (#11 in the US)
4 Charlotte (#7 in the US)
5 Sophia (#4 in the US)
6 Abigail (#8 in the US)
7 Ava (#3 in the US)
8 Elizabeth (#13 in the US)
9 Aurora (#66 in the US)
10 Chloe (#20 in the US)

Names from Red Queen

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I just finished reading Red Queen, a young adult fantasy novel by Victoria Aveyard.  I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel without falling in love with at least one of the names in it.  Check out this eclectic list of character names from Aveyard’s Dystopian world.

Cal
Tiberias “Cal” Calore VII, the eldest prince and the heir to the thrown
Cal is a diminutive name, usually seen as a nickname to Calvin.  In this case because he is a junior, character Cal pulls his nickname from his surname.  A few Cal names I enjoy include Caledon, Callahan, Calix, and Callum. 143 little boys were given the first name Cal last year.

Elara
Elara Merandusm, the Queen of Norta
Love her or love to hate her, this dynamic character has a lovely melodic name. In Greek mythology Elara was a mortal Princess, Zeus’ lover, and the mother of the giant Tityos.  Elara would be a lovely Laura alternative.  32 baby girls were named Elara last year.

Evangeline
Evangeline Samos, Cal’s fiancée
Evangeline is an elegant Greek name meaning good news.  Currently ranked at Number 261 in popularity, Evangeline lends itself to dozens of lovely nicknames from Eva to Evie to Angie.  Evangeline was also a character name in the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Farley
Diana Farley, captain of the Scarlet Guard
Farley is an Old English surname meaning sheep meadow or clearing.  Farley may remind you of author Farley Mowat or comedian Chris Farley.  Farley is so rare as a first name that it was used by less than 5 babies last year.

Gisa
Gisa Barrow, Mare’s younger sister
Gisa, pronounced GEE-zah, is a German diminutive of the French name Giselle, meaning hostage or pledge.  Though Gisa has a familiar look to it, it is very rare here in the US and was used by less than 5 girls last year.

Julian
Julian Jacos, Cal’s uncle and a royal librarian
Julian is an English form of the Latin name Julius meaning youthful and downy. Julian is one of the many beloved “Jul” names, currently ranked at Number 45 in popularity. Julian was the name of an Apostate, a Roman emperor, and several saints.

Kilorn
Kilorn Warren, Mare’s best friend
Kilorn was one of the stand-out names for me in this novel.  I’d never heard of Kilorn before though it does have a similar feel to Cillian, which I adore. Rarely used as a surname, there’s very little data or information on this cool character name.

Lucas
Lucas Samos, Mare’s guard
Lucas is a Latin form of Luke meaning man from Luciana. Lucas obviously easily lends itself to name Luke, both which are rising in popularity.  Lucas peaked in popularity last year at spot Number 16.

Mare
Mare Barrow, our protagonist who also goes by the alias Mareena Titanos
Mare is a simple, sweet, one-syllable name. Mare is a diminutive of names like Mary or Maria and may also be an Irish form of Mary. Mare was used by less than 5 girls last year.

Maven
Maven Calore, the second eldest prince
Maven is an anglicized form of the Irish name Meidhbhin, meaning intoxicating. Maven may also come from a Hebrew word meaning one who understands.  Maven definitely resembles many popular names in its sound. 14 boys and 44 girls were named Maven last year.

Ptolemus
Ptolemus Samos, is Evangeline’s brother
The name Ptolemus will probably remind you of Ptolemy or Ptolemaios, a Greek name meaning warlike.  Though the meaning of this name matches the character, it’s quite rare and was used by less than 5 babies last year.

Rane
Rane Arven, a Silver instructor
Rane may be a variation of Rain or Raine.  Rane may also be an Old Swedish form of the name Hrani meaning rough or brutal.  This rare spelling was used by less than 5 babies last year.

Sara
Sara Skonos, a healer and Julian’s friend
Sara is a variation of the Hebrew name Sarah meaning princess. Sara/Sarah was quite popularity throughout the 1980s and 90s.  Today Sara is still well loved and used at 162 in popularity.

Shade
Shade Barrow, Mare’s older brother
Shade is a cool word name that sounds like it should be a modern celebrity baby name.  “Throwing shade” or “being shady” are the downsides to this otherwise smooth sounding name. 22 boys and 5 girls were named Shade last year.

Tiberias
Tiberias Calore VI, the King of Norta
Tiberias may be a variant of Tiberius, a Latin name meaning of the Tiber River. Tiberias is the name of an Israeli city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. Tiberias was used by less than 5 boys last year, but Tiberius was given to 109 boys.

Tristan
Tristan, a member of the Scarlet Guard
Tristan is a Celtic name meaning sorrowful or sad, but its meaning hasn’t detoured parents from using it, Tristan is currently ranked at Number 101.

What are you favorite names from this novel?

Beautiful -by Baby Names

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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?

Get to know Alexia Mae of Names Daily

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Alexia Mae started the first Instagram name account @NamesDaily and is now delighting us with her new NamesDaily blog. She is witty, innovative, and a dear friend of mine. I thought it would be fun to pick Alexia’s brain on her life as a fellow name enthusiast.

Tell us a little bit about your love of names and your journey as a name enthusiast.

I love names. They’re like poetry, with their sounds and their meanings and their history. How they’re written down and spoken. How they’re passed along, often with a story that stirs the heart. You can’t tell me that names like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Shania Twain, don’t sound rhythmic.

I started out watching Anastasia Ruby’s videos which spurred me to make my own blog, and my own YouTube. I’ve been doing this for five years now.

What are your hopes and dreams for Names Daily?

I’m blessed to have been at the very start of the name explosion on Instagram. I started out as the only one, and now I look around and there are name account gems all around me. On there is Meagan, who’s account is as sweet and hopeful and lovely as her own personality.

I love being in the community mentality that Instagram fosters. Meeting people from all over the world and getting to know them is amazing. I’ve never seen another social media platform that is the same. It’s been an open door to get to be a part of some of the most exciting times of people’s lives. @NamesDaily has been a passport to blessings, and I don’t take it for granted. My hope and dream for @NamesDaily, for both my blog and my Instagram, is to keep me traveling around the world on the creative platform that is names.

How has being a “Namer” changed/shaped your life?

I’ve had an ear for names since kindergarten. I’ve always been drawn to the ones that stand out, and being in the name community the last five years has only emboldened that. I now am more quick to compliment people, or ask questions. Being official has given me the avenue for people (and myself) to take my name interest seriously.

As a Mom, what name advice would you give expecting parents?

Turn off the noise. It’s one thing to hear what people tell you, whether negatively or positively, but use it like the radio. At the end of the day, turn it off and choose the name you and your partner love. This baby is a part of you. Made by only you. And isn’t that wonderful? Don’t let anyone steal that wonder and sparkle from you. You know what your heart is speaking. Listen to that. You’ll regret it if you don’t. (Now stop listening to me! 😂)

I love a good rename game, so what would you rename yourself using your son’s initials?

Aaawww, my Judah David. I’d rename myself Juniper Della!

Be sure to check out NamesDaily on Instagram and her Blog!

Lovely Names Ending in L

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There’s something feminine and sweet about the letter L.  Lily, Lillian, Layla, and Leah are all currently ranked in the Top 50 for girls.  If you love the luring L sound you may consider one of these great names ending in the letter L.

Nature Names

Coral
A great alternative to the rapidly rising Cora, Coral was only used as a first name by 199 baby girls last year. Disney fans will also recognize Coral as the name of Nemo’s Mom in Finding Nemo.

Hazel
People are really enjoying the vintage vibe of this color and plant name. Hazel currently ranks at Number 63, the highest it has ranked since the late 1920s.

Laurel
A lovely tree name, Laurel is a great way to honor a Laura, Lauren, or even a Laurence.  Laurel currently ranks at Number 772.

Gem Names

Beryl
Beryl peaked in popularity in 1920, falling out of the Top 1,000 in the late 1950s.  Last year this green gemstone name was only used by 9 little girls.

Crystal
Originally a male name, Crystal peaked for girls in the early 1980s.  Today Crystal is Number 550, right in the middle of the charts for popularity.

Jewel
A pretty, sweet, one-syllable name, Jewel is a lovely and fresh way to honor someone with a name beginning in Ju- (Julia, Julian, Juliet, etc..)  Jewel is currently Number 887.

Opal
The birthstone of October, Opal has a strong vintage vibe and hasn’t been in the Top 1,000 since 1960.  Only 229 baby girls were named Opal last year.  Could Opal be the next Ruby?

Pearl
This little vintage name is making a comeback.  Currently ranked at 628, Pearl jumped 331 spots in the last 5 years. Pearl is one of June’s birthstones.

Celebrity Names

Ariel
Modern Family actress Ariel Winter is one of the bearers of this name.  Ariel may also remind you of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Disney’s Ariel gave this name a huge boost in the early 1990s.  Today Ariel ranks at Number 137

Avril
Singer Avril Lavigne is probably the first person who comes to mind when you hear the name Avril.  A French variation of April, Avril was only used by 129 little girls last year.

Bristol
Bristol Palin, spokesperson and daughter of politician Sarah Palin, helped bring this name to the public eye.  Bristol first entered the Top 1,000 in 2009 and currently ranks at Number 447.

Meryl
Legendary actress Meryl Streep was born Mary Louise Streep. Olympic Ice dancer Meryl Davis also shares this iconic name. Meryl was only given to 50 girls last year.

Traditional Names

You may recognize some of these names from your family tree:

Abigail
Annabel
April
Carol
Ethel
Gail
Rachel

Lovely International Choices

These names would be a great way to honor your heritage and are easily usable in the US:

Amabel
Gretel
Isobel
Liesl
Marisol
Raquel
Soleil

A few more great Names to Consider

These lovely names all rank below 500 in popularity:

Chanel
Mabel
Mehetabel
Muriel
Sybil
Teal
Xochitl

What are your favorite names ending in L?