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A Host of Great Names!

hostnamesThese famous television show hosts have the gift of gab. Let’s have our own chat about their names!

Conan O’Brien
Conan is an Irish name meaning little wolf or little hound.  Conan has long been associated with the character Conan the Barbarian. Only 45 babies were named Conan last year, making it a great alternative to similar, popular names like Connor.

David Letterman
David is a classic Hebrew name meaning beloved. Currently number 18 in popularity, David was in the Top 10 from 1936 till 1992. If you’re looking for a cool spin on David, you might consider Davis, Davidson, or Dawson.

Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen peaked in 1946, though I think it’s due for a comeback. Like so many popular girls names, Ellen is two syllables, and lends itself to the nickname Ellie. Ellen is an English variation of Helen meaning bright and shining.

Seth Meyers
Seth is a Hebrew name meaning appointed or placed. Seth Meyers’ is just one of the many funny men with this name. The club of funny Seth’s include Seth Green, Seth Rogen, Seth Macfarlane, and of course Seth Meyers.

oprahOprah Winfrey
Oprah’s iconic name actually comes from a mispronunciation of her given name, Orpah. Orpah is a Hebrew name meaning back of the neck. There’s only one, Oprah.

Craig Ferguson
Craig is a Scottish surname meaning rocks or one who lives near the rocks. Craig peaked in popularity in 1970. Currently at 933, Craig is the lowest it’s ever been in the charts.

Wendy Williams
Wendy is a literary name invented by J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan. Prior to Barrie’s use of the name Wendy, it may have also been used as a nickname to Gwendolen.

Stephen Colbert
Stephen is a Greek name meaning crown. Peaking in the 1950’s, Stephen currently comes in at number 258. There are many handsome variations of Stephen, such as Stefanos, Étienne, and Esteban.

Chelsea Handler
Chelsea is an Old English name chalk landing place. Most people know Chelsea as a London and a New York place name. Chelsea first entered the Top 1,000 in 1969 and is currently number 274.

Double John/Jon’s – let’s hear it for Carson and Stewart

jpohnnyJohnny Carson (John “Johnny” Carson)
John is just about as classic as it gets. A Hebrew name meaning God is gracious, John is currently number 26.
Carson is a name that feels very much on trend. At number 91 in the charts, Carson is an Irish and Scottish surname possibly meaning son of the marsh-dwellers. Carson is also the first name of talk show host Carson Daly.

Jon Stewart (Jonathan “Jon” Stewart)
Jonathan is a Hebrew name meaning gift of God. Jonathan peaked in the 1980’s, providing parents with a replacement and way to honor the classic John. Slowly falling in popularity, Jonathan is currently number 44.

Three Cheers for James – we’re talking Leno, Kimmel, and Fallon

Jay Leno (James “Jay” Leno)
James is an English name meaning supplanter. Last year James reentered the Top 10 at number 9. There are many familiar nicknames for James, including Jay, Jim, Jimmy, Jamie, and Jem. Recently several celebrities have used the name James for their daughters as well.

Jimmy Kimmel (James “Jimmy” Kimmel)
Kimmel could make an interesting first name choice. It would follow the surname trend and Kimmel has a similar feel to Kendall and Campbell. Kimmel may come from a German word meaning caraway.

Jimmy Fallon (James “Jimmy” Fallon)
Fallon is an Irish unisex name meaning leader. Fallon was briefly ranked in the Top 1,000 for girls, from 1981-1995. No doubt, the small spike Fallon saw was due to it being the name of a character on the show Dynasty.

What is your favorite Host named?

Eight Great Kate’s


Wonderful Names of Characters played by Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet is a skillful actress that has brought many characters to life. Here’s a look at 8 wonderful names of characters Kate has portrayed.

Juliet Hulme in Heavenly Creatures
Juliet is a name synonymous with romance. An English form of the French Juliette, meaning youthful, Juliet was first used by Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet. Juliet has climbed the charts in recently years, currently at Number 258 in popularity.

Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility
Marianne peaked in 1957. A French combination of the names Mary and Anne, Marianne means bitter grace. Marianne is also the National symbol of the French Republic.

Ophelia in Hamlet
Ophelia is a beautiful name best known as Hamlet’s tragic lover. A Greek name meaning help, Ophelia is also now associated with mental illness. Ophelia was last in the Top 1,000 in 1958.

Rose DeWitt Bukater/Dawson in Titanic
Rose is a timeless flower name that is beginning to rise again in popularity. Could a rose by any other name smell as sweet? There sure are many lovely names with Rose in them, from Rosalie to Rosemary.

Clementine Kruczynski in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Oh, My Darlin’ Clementine just reentered the Top 1,000 last year. A French form of the name Clement, meaning merciful, Clementine is definitely a name to watch in the coming years!

Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in Finding Neverland
Sylvia is a Latin name with the beautiful meaning, from the forest. Sylvia is just about in the middle of the Top 1,000 at number 493. It also lends itself to the charming nickname Sylvie.

Iris Simpkins in The Holiday
Iris is a beautiful purple flower name with Greek roots meaning rainbow. In Greek mythology Iris was the goddess of the rainbow. A colorful name in many ways!

Sabine De Barra in A Little Chaos
Sabine is a French and German form of Sabina meaning woman of Sabine. A smooth, feminine name that could work as an alternative to names like Isabella.

Off to watch some movies,

My Favorite Greek Names


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

What are your favorite Greek names?


Beautiful Names from Road to Avonlea


Road to Avonlea was a wholesome television show based off of several of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved books. From Hetty to Felix, there were some fabulous names in this early 90’s show.

Sara Stanley
Sara – The series is largely told through the eyes of the adventurous Sara Stanley.  Sara is a variation of the name Sarah meaning princess.  I think most little girls would love to have a name that means Princess.  Sara Stanley pronounced her name SER-ə, though in many parts of the world Sara may be pronounced SAH-rah or ZAH-rah.

Henrietta “Hetty” King
Henrietta – Hetty is one of the spinster Aunt’s that Sara is sent to live with.  Henrietta is a variation of Henry, meaning estate ruler, that I can’t see making a comeback anytime soon.  Henrietta may have a heavy, schoolmarm sound to it, but the nickname “Hetty” is quite delightful.

Alec King
Alec – Alec is a wholesome farmer and Sara’s Uncle.  One of the most modern sounding names on this list, Alec is a diminutive of the name Alexander, meaning defending men. At 469 in popularity for boys in the U.S., Alec is a former nickname that now works well as a full given name.

Felicity King Pike
Felicity – Felicity is one of my favorite names from this series.  Not only was Felicity Sara’s cousin in the series, it was also the name of a popular American Girl doll.  Those two connections put Felicity on one of my first favorite baby names lists.  Felicity is a virtue name meaning happiness.

Felix King
Felix – Felix is an adorable little trouble-maker. Felix is a Latin name, meaning happy and lucky. Don’t Felicity and Felix have great meanings? Felix has a wonderful vintage vibe, but also has a modern feel with its cool “x” ending.

Cecily King
Cecily – Cecily is Sara’s sickly little cousin. Cecily comes from the name Cecil, a Latin name meaning blind. If you’re looking for a pretty, feminine name that isn’t in the top 1,000, you might consider Cecily.  Cecily also comes with a ton of wonderful nickname options.

Gus Pike
Gus – Gus is a wandering sailor. Gus can be a nickname for numerous names, including August, Augustus, and Angus.  With the rise of these name, I think we’ll see more little Gus’ about.

Clive Pettibone
Clive – Clive is a strict widower with a warm heart. Clive comes from an Old English surname meaning high cliff.  Clive has a very upper-crest, British sound to it.  The handsome Clive Owen wears this name well.

Isolde “Izzy” Pettibone
Isolde – Izzy is a tomboy and Clive’s youngest child.  Isolde has Welsh roots meaning ice ruler.  Isolde was the famous ill-fated Irish Princess from Arthurian legend. Isolde, especially with the nickname Izzy, makes a great alternative to the popular Isabella.

Eulalie Bugle
Eulalie – Eulalie is one of the town busy-bodies.  Lovers of vowel-rich, melodic names will enjoy this rare beauty. Eulalie is a French form of the name Eulalia, meaning to speak well.  As a lover of names, I can’t help but be excited when I hear this name.


May your day be as sweet as a character in Avonlea,

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:

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

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!

“S” at the end


I’m really enjoying the name trend of boys names that end in the letter “s”.  Three of my favorite names – Lucas, Elias, and Rhys all fit in this category well.  The list below has great old timey names – like Amos, up-and-coming celebrity favorites – like Silas, and treasured literary names – like Atticus.

  • Alexandros
  • Amos
  • Andres
  • Angus
  • Atlas
  • Atticus
  • Augustus
  • Barnabas
  • Boris
  • Brooks
  • Caius
  • Carlos
  • Cassius
  • Charles
  • Cornelius
  • Curtis
  • Cyrus
  • Darius
  • Davis
  • Demetrius
  • Dennis
  • Douglas
  • Elias
  • Ellis
  • Farris
  • Feliks
  • Fergus
  • Francis
  • Giles
  • Gus
  • Hans
  • Harris
  • Hayes
  • Idris
  • James
  • Johannes
  • Jonas
  • Julius
  • Justus
  • Lars
  • Lazarus
  • Leonidas
  • Lewis
  • Linus
  • Louis
  • Lucas
  • Lucius
  • Luis
  • Magnus
  • Marcellus
  • Marcos
  • Marcus
  • Marius
  • Matthias
  • Maximus
  • Miles
  • Moses
  • Nicholas
  • Niles
  • Otis
  • Phineas
  • Piers
  • Rhodes
  • Rhys
  • Rivers
  • Ross
  • Seamus
  • Severus
  • Silas
  • Thaddeus
  • Thomas
  • Tiberius
  • Titus
  • Tobias
  • Tomas
  • Travis
  • Ulysses
  • Wells
  • Willis
  • Zacharias
  • Zeus


What are you favorite boys names that end in the letter “s”? You can hear my personal favorites in the video below:

Cheers (I couldn’t resist using a word that ended in s),

Names of the Week – Violet & Winston


This week our names are Violet & Winston

Violet – a Victorian flower and color name. Violet is a lovely name that is quickly climbing the charts.  There are many characters in literature and film that bear this purple name. Maggie Smith plays the sharp tongued character, Violet Crawley  in the Downton Abbey Series, and who can forget the gum-chewing, blueberry fated Violet Beauregard from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

Violets & Winston Churchill

Violets & Winston Churchill

Winston– for years vintage girls names have been making a comeback, and I suspect we’ll start seeing old names, like Winston, begin to climb for boys.  An English name, meaning “wines town” or “joy stone”, many people, myself included, associate this old charming name with Winston Churchill.

Learn more about these names, middle name ideas, & alternatives:

Beginning next week, The Names of the Week will no longer have a video companion.  You can expect to see more through weekly name blogposts!

Names of the Week – Felicity & Declan

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This week our names are Felicity & Declan

Felicity – a beautiful Latin name, meaning “happiness and good fortune”.  In addition to it’s delightful meaning, Felicity is an underused virtue name.  The sweet, Colonial, red-headed American Girl doll introduced me to this beautiful name.

Felicity Huffman & Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus).

Felicity Huffman &
Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus)

Declan– an anglicized version of an Irish name, meaning “man of prayer”, Declan would be a great name for a baby boy born on St. Patrick’s day! In fact, Elvis Costello’s birth name was Declan Patrick.  I’d be willing to bet that the world welcomes a few new little Declan Patrick’s this St.Patrick’s Day!

Learn more about these names, middle name ideas, & alternatives:

Wishing you a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day,

Names of the Bennet Sisters

bennsistersI grew up watching film adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels with my Mom long before I could read them.  I love literature, period pieces, and classic names.  One of my favorite sibling sets is that of the Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice.  All five of these names are classy, beautiful, and usable.

jbennJane is the eldest of the Bennet sisters. She’s kind, shy, and sensible. I’ve always thought of her as a sweet character.
An English name, Jane means “God’s gracious gift”. One of my least favorite name sayings is “plain Jane”. Jane is a simple, classic, beautiful little name. As a fan of Austen, I also like that Jane reminds me of the author. Austen used the name Jane in several of her stories.

lizzebenElizabeth, also known as “Lizzy” or “Eliza” is the protagonist in Pride & Prejudice. She’s intelligent, witty, and one of the most beloved literary characters.
Elizabeth is the epitome of a timeless name. It worked in 1813, when this novel was published, and it was the 10th most popular name for girls last year. Elizabeth is a Hebrew name, meaning “pledged to God”. I love all the potential nicknames that stem from Elizabeth.

marbennetMary is the plain sister. She’s often off by herself and probably the least memorable of the five sisters.
An important name in the Christian faith, Mary is Hebrew, meaning “bitter”. There are many lovely names that come from the name Mary, such as Molly, Mae, and Mariel. There are also tons of beautiful variations of Mary in other languages.

Catherine “Kitty”
kittybennettKitty is a silly, frivolous young woman. she’s often giggly and imitating her younger sister, Lydia.
Catherine is a classic Greek name, meaning “pure”. There are numerous literary and historic women named Catherine. There are also many popular variations and nicknames to this classic. Kitty has youthful, playful feel, fitting for this Bennet sister.

lydia bennetThe youngest, least sensible, and headstrong on the Bennet girls is Lydia. The only thing that I don’t like about this name is that I associate it with this self-absorbed character.
Lydia is one of my favorite names. Greek, meaning “woman of Lydia”, Lydia has been climbing back up the charts in popularity. It’s a lovely name with a Victorian feel that easily lends it’s to the cute nickname, Liddy.

P.S. I also love the name Bennet

Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Curl up with a good book ❤

Names from A Little Princess


“Everything’s a story – You are a story – I am a story.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote two of my favorite childhood novels, saracA Little Princess and The Secret Garden. (You can read my post about names from The Secret Garden here https://tulipbyanyname.com/2014/04/06/the-secret-garden-character-names/). Originally published in 1905, A Little Princess is a classic tale with beautiful names. I’ve been quite nostalgic lately and many names that I am loving come from the stories that illuminated my childhood. So, let’s explore just a few of the names from this timeless story!

Sara – You can’t help but love, relate to, and feel for sweet Sara lppCrewe. After watching the Shirley Temple film version of this story, I changed the spelling of one of my dolls names from Sarah to Sara. Either way you spell it, Sara is a timeless Hebrew name that very fittingly means “Princess”. Last year Sara was number 154 in popularity in the United States. Most popular in the 1970’s-1990’s, Sara has never been lower than #157 in the charts. In a sea of modern invented names, there is something sweet about this enduring little name.

Emily – I had a doll named Sara and Sara Crewe had a doll named Emily. Emily comes from the name Emil meaning “rival”. Emily is currently number 7 in popularity and has been a top 10 name for girls in the U.S. since 1991. It’s not surprising to me that Emily is so popular. It has a sweet, familiar sound and wonderful literary ties to amazing women like Emily Dickinson and Emily Brontë.carriage

Ermengarde – Yes, it’s a bit of a mouthful. Yes, it sounds similar to the popular “ermahgerd” meme. Still, I must confess I think that this name is a whole lot of fun! Ermengarde is on of my favorite “guilty pleasure” names. It’s grand, it’s fun to say, and it always reminds me of A Little Princess. Ermengarde is a German name meaning “universal protection”. As nostalgic as this name is for me, I don’t know that it’s quite ready for a comeback.

Lottie – The name Charlotte is quickly rising in the charts. Lottie is a diminutive name that comes from Charlotte meaning “free man”. I think Lottie is so precious! It also reminds me of The Phantom of the Opera. Lottie has a sweet, vintage, old-timey charm to it. It is by far my favorite nickname for Charlotte.

Becky – Another diminutive name, Becky comes from lpneighborRebecca/Rebekah, which is a Hebrew name meaning “servant of God”. Becky has a sweet-as-apple-pie, wholesome sound. A few other literary Becky’s include Becky Thatcher from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair.

Lavinia – Lavinia has a distinctively feminine, elegant, Victorian vibe. A striking Latin name meaning “from Lavinium”, Lavinia has not been in the top 1,000 since 1929. With the rise of other vintage beauties like Olivia and Violet, I’d love to see Lavinia come into fashion.

“All women are princesses , it is our right.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

Delight in your inner Princess/Prince!