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Little Old Lady Names

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Are these names too old or too cute? You be the judge!

Agnes
Agnes is a polarizing name that you’ll either feel is dusty and way-too-dated or darling and dainty. Agnes is a Greek name meaning virginal that does lend herself to the soft nickname “Aggie.” Fans of the Bronte sisters may associate this name with the novel Agnes Grey as I do.

Dorothea
Believe it or not I’m seeing Dorothy pop up on lots of instagram and Youtube favorites list! The Greek Dorothea has a similar but different vibe and the wonderful meaning of gift of God. Perhaps the best part of Dorothea is the nickname potential she brings, a few of which include; Dori, Dot, Dottie, and Thea.

Frances
A family name for me, Frances is a Latin name meaning from France or free man. Frances has a very classic and grounded vibe. Less vibrant than her sisters Francesca and Francine, Frances ranks at Number 439. An infant named Frances may be hard to picture but Francie, Franny, or Frankie are fun and youthful vintage nicknames for her.

Gertrude
Gertrude may be one of the first names people come up with when asked to pick an old-timey Grandma name. Trudy is adorable and Gertie has her charm (Drew Barrymore in E.T. anyone?), but Gertrude like many old German names isn’t quite catching favor for modern American babies. Gertrude means spear of strength and hasn’t ranked in the U.S. Top 1,000 since the 1960s.

Ida
Could Ida be the next Ava? It may follow a similar sound pattern though it does have a stronger beginning sound which isn’t as well-received in girls names. Ida screams sweet little Granny at a deli to me. A German name meaning industrious one that hasn’t been in the US Top 1,000 since the 1980s.

Mildred
As delightful as the first syllable is, the second syllable in Mildred does have a much heavier sound. Millie is rising on its own but can Mildred come out of the attic to play too? Mildred is an English name meaning gentle strength.

Opal
Opal is a rarely used gemstone name, currently ranked at Number 859, that means gem in Sanskrit. Opal is October’s gemstone and is considered a symbol of good fortune. Opal’s vintage sister Pearl is on the rise, so perhaps Opal will be the next come-back gemstone.

Selma
Emma aside, many names ending in “ma” like Irma, Thelma, Wilma, and Selma have an older vibe to them. Selma is a German name meaning godly helmet. Actress Selma Blair makes this name feel much more youthful and usable. Selma may have a dated stigma but she does have a soft sweet sound.

Weigh-in below and let me know which of these names are too old and which are too cute!

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The Top 19 Names in 1919

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Happy 2019! Let’s hop in our baby name time machines and check out the Top 19 names from the year 1919 to see what names have truly stood the test of time!

# 1 John & Mary
It doesn’t get more simple and classic than John and Mary! I’d opt for a cool variant for a fresh twist like the Scottish Ewan & or Latin Maren.
Today’s Ranking: John #27 & Mary # 126

#2 William & Helen
William is the epitome of a name that will never go out of style. Helen is more commonly seen now on Grandmother’s and Great-Grandmother’s but could be prime for a comeback.
Today’s Ranking: William #3 & Helen # 418

#3 James & Dorothy
We’ve seen a trend of Celeb’s loving James for girls, but James is still well loved, used, and rising for boys. Dorothy may be just old enough to be cute again, I’m seeing loads of buzz about Dorothy on instagram!
Today’s Ranking: James #4 & Dorothy #601

#4 Robert & Margaret
Robert and Margaret both have vintage vibes and sound very stayed and grounded in the middle name spot.
Today’s Ranking: Robert #65 & Margaret #132

#5 Charles & Ruth
If you’re like me, at this point you’re thinking of all your older relatives that bear these names. Charles and Ruth are two names also tied to great historical figures.
Today’s Ranking: Charles #49 & Ruth #265

#6 George & Mildred
George and Mildred have a very British vibe paired here together in their ranking. Mildred is the first on our list here today that would be a shock to hear on a modern baby.
Today’s Ranking: George #124 & Mildred is no longer in the US Top 1,000.

#7 Joseph & Virginia
Joseph is a strong familial name for many and “Joe” just never feels dated. Virginia could make a comeback as people are loving vintage nicknames like Vina or Ginny.
Today’s Ranking: Joseph #19 & Virginia #514

#8 Edward & Elizabeth
This regal duo is still quite current. Edward may feel a bit formal in the U.S. but it’s got a handsome and distinguished sound non the less. Elizabeth with all her gorgeous nicknames and rich history is an ideal classic girls name.
Today’s Ranking: Edward #169 & Elizabeth #13

#9 Frank & Frances
I chuckled at this pairing not only because the names are just variants of each other, but they’re also my Grandpa and Great-Aunt’s name. In fact all of their siblings names made this list! Frankly Frank names are beginning to dwindle.
Today’s Ranking: Frank #373 & Frances #438

#10 Thomas & Anna
I love that this pairing would work seamlessly on babies born today! Thomas and Anna both have very wholesome and timeless vibes.
Today’s Ranking: Thomas #48 & Anna #53

#11 Walter & Evelyn
Walter is what I call “Grandpa-chic.” Walter is handsome and dignified with an older vibe. Evelyn could easily be the top girls name in a few years, it’s had a resurgence and is a name to watch!
Today’s Ranking: Walter #265 & Evelyn #9

#12 Richard & Marie
You’re probably noticing that many of the male names on this list have a lot of staying power. Male names are more likely to be passed down from generation to generation, thus feeling more classic. Marie is a common middle name that would feel fresh in the first name spot.
Today’s Ranking: Richard #175 & Marie #651

#13 Harold & Alice
Harold would be hard to picture on a small child without a fun nickname. Harold seems to have seen his heyday. A name rich in history and literature, Alice has been climbing the charts the past 10 years.
Today’s Ranking: Harold #799 & Alice #70

#14 Raymond & Florence
Does everybody love Raymond? Not so much anymore, it’s still used but likely as a name to honor. Florence may seem like she’s barely ranked, but be mindful that Florence just returned to the U.S. Top 1,000 last year!
Today’s Ranking: Raymond #293 & Florence #980

#15 Paul & Betty
Paul is definitely a name that’s easy to picture on a man of any age. It’s interesting that Betty, while no longer popular, was popular at the same time it’s root name Elizabeth was also trending. Any other Riverdale fans out there crushing on the name Betty?
Today’s Ranking: Paul #225 & Betty is no longer in the U.S. Top 1,000.

#16 Henry & Irene
Henry has been on the rise and will probably exceed it’s former popularity in the years to come. Irene seems to be hovering in the 500-600 range.
Today’s Ranking: Henry #18 & Irene #594

#17 Donald & Lillian
I’m noticing that Donald and Harold have the same feel with the “ld” ending that is no longer in fashion. Lillian has a romantic, vintage vibe and has been rising again in popularity.
Today’s Ranking: Donald #488 & Lillian #27

#18 Albert & Doris
Albert is much more popular across-the-pond and has a very distinctly British feel. Doris could get picked up by the hipsters but I don’t we’ll see her return.
Today’s Ranking: Albert #430 & Doris is no longer in the U.S. Top 1,000.

#19 Arthur & Rose
Arthur has an old knowing quality and makes a fabulous middle name. Rose is a name booming in the middle name spot that would be lovely to see more as a first name.
Today’s Ranking: Arthur #244 & Rose #141

Which of these 100-year-old trendsetters could you see on a babe today?

Lovely Names Ending in “L”

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Do you love a good “L” name? Lillian, Lucy, Layla, or perhaps Linnea? The letter “L” makes a lovely sound and seems to dance off the tongue. If you love “L” names then you may consider one of these beauties that puts “L” at the end.

Popular “L” Endings

Abigail
A Top 10 name since 2001, Abigail has been a long time leader in popularity currently ranked at Number 10.
Hazel
Hazel gives off vintage vibes and is well loved today at Number 43 in popularity
Isabel
Isabel’s third syllable is “L”, perfect for “L-ending” fans. There are numerous spellings of Isabel, this one ranks at Number 145.

Spunky “L” Endings

Avril
Avril isn’t ranked in the US Top 1,000 but has a spunky rocker edge due to its ties to alternative singer Avril Lavigne.
Bristol
A great underused nature name, Bristol ranks at Number 483. Many American’s became familiar with this name through social figure Bristol Palin.
Laurel
Another great nature name, Laurel is the perfect way to honor a Laura or Lauren. Laurel comes in at Number 597.
Teal
Teal is an unexpected but highly usable color name that isn’t currently in the Top 1,000.

Vintage “L” Endings

Amabel
A great Annabelle or Amelia alternative, Amabel has a great old-fashioned vibe and is not currently in the Top 1,000.
Anabel
Like Isabel, Anabel can be spelled many ways. At 908 in popularity, Anabel may remind your of the Edgar Allen Poe poem Annabel Lee.
Coral
Another great nature and color name, coral was all the rage in jewelry many moons ago. Coral as a name has yet to break into the Top 1,000.
Mabel
At 451 in popularity, Mabel may feel lightly vintage but it’s more popular now than ever before.
Muriel
Muriel is melodic and romantic but isn’t in the Top 1,000. My fellow Anne of Green Gables fans will think of the darling character Muriel Stacy.
Opal
A gemstone name Opal may feel like a Great-Grandma name, but it actually peaked in popularity last year at Number 859.
Pearl
Another lovely gemstone name, Pearl is a symbol of purity and innocence currently ranking at Number 652.
Sybil
Hello Downton Abbey fans, I’m looking at you. Sybil is a lovely vintage name that isn’t currently in the Top 1,000.

A few more “L” Endings

April
A springy month name, April ranks at Number 453.
Ariel
Hello Disney fans! Ariel comes in at Number 142.
Chantel
A bit of a French vibe, Chantel hasn’t ranked in the Top 1,000 since 2001.
Crystal
Crystal exploded in the 1980’s and has steadily declined every decade since. Today Crystal comes in at Number 644.
Liesl
Let’s end this list with the lovely Liesl which I see on many a name-lover’s list but isn’t in the Top 1,000.

Which of these names do you love?
This article was written by Meagan @tulipbyanyname and may not be reprinted without permission, thank you!

Elven Baby Names

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Some beautiful names with an Elven vibe!

Ariadne
A Greek name meaning most holy, Ariadne currently ranks at Number 773. Mythological names lend themselves to the Elven sound as does the spunky nickname Ari.

Eirlys
Eirlys, like many Welsh names, has a mystical fairy-like sound. Eirlys even means snowdrop, which would make for a great Elven surname.

Eirwen
Eirwen is another gorgeous Welsh name, this one is a form of Welsh coinage. Eira, which made my video list could be a charming nickname for Eirwen.

Fauna
Fauna was the name of one of the fairies in Sleeping Beauty, perhaps that’s why this Latin name gives my a mystical vibe. Fauna refers to the animals in a specific area, perfect for a woodland Elf.

Gaia
If Fauna had a sister, she’d probably be Gaia. Gaia is a Greek name meaning mother earth that brings about imagery of lush green lands.

Orlaith
The Irish Orlaith (pronounced Orla) is relatively undiscovered in the United States. Orlaith means golden princess, the perfect fit for Elven royalty.

Sylvie
There is something so sweet about the French Sylvie, and much more youthful than the Latin Sylvia which she stems from. Sylvie means from the forest, perhaps the best fitting meaning to name match up on this list. Sylvie ranks at Number 993.

Twila
I’ve met a cat or two named Twila, and indeed it seems equally suited for a furry friend of pointy eared elf. Twila is of English origins and means woven with double thread.

Rue
Rue has a very whimsical feel, though it means regret. English from a Greek name, Rue was the lovable character in The Hunger Games.

Zinnia
A rarely used flower name, Zinnia gets extra credit for starting with the zesty initial Z. Many flower and nature names could easily fit this category!

Hear my chat about 10 more great Elven inspired names in my latest video:

Named after Grandma

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The baby in this picture is so adorable but Grandma’s today are much more stylish and hip than the old-school Granny cliches! Grandma’s today are typically in their 50’s or 60’s so let’s look at some of the most popular names from that generation. I plucked names from 58 years ago in 1960, since most of these names held popularity for several years making them now Grandma-aged names!

Mary
Mary, a Hebrew name meaning bitter, was the Number 1 name in 1960 and today ranks and Number 126. Mary was a Top 10 name from 1900-1971 so chances are you have a Grandma, Great-Grandma, Aunt, or other female relative named Mary. My favorite modern Mary alternative is Maren. I love how familar yet unique Maren is. Maren has Latin roots meaning sea. There are probably 1,000 variations and diminutives of Mary, but a few I think make nice modern way to honor include Mara, Meryl, and Molly. And for you more adventurous namers, how about Marietta? Etta sure would be a sweet nickname.

Susan
My Dad is the eldest of seven children and he has five younger sisters. I just had to chuckle seeing that four of my five Aunt’s names are on this list, including Susan. Susan was ranked at Number 2 in 1960 and comes in at Number 963 today. Susan is a Hebrew form of Susannah, meaning Lily, which is my top pick for honoring. I love that the meaning and think that would be a lovely bond between grandmother and granddaughter. Of course it’s root name Susannah would make a lovely choice, as would Suzette (again that Etta nickname, or the upbeat Sookie. If you want something with a clear sound connection that is distinctive you may like Sioux.

Linda
Linda was all the rage in the 1940’s-1960’s. Ranked at Number 3 in 1960, today Linda is Number 708, the lowest it has ever ranked. Linda is still popular among Spanish speakers as it is a Spanish and Portuguese name meaning pretty. A friend of mine had a daughter named Linden last year and I remember loving the nature tie but also thinking it would be a great Linda alternative! My other ideas for honoring a Linda include Lindley, Lydia, or Lindy. If you’re craving something more bold you may consider Linnora.

Karen
In 1960 Karen was Number 4 but today this Dutch variation of Katherine is all the way down at Number 556. I could see Karen coming back into fashion, is it just old enough to sound fresh? Karen does share the pattern of being a two syllable name ending in N that many popular names also have.  I think Kieran would be the perfect Karen alternative. There are tons of great Karen alternatives including Karina, Kara, and Karys. I also think Kerensa would be a great showstopper!

Donna
Donna peaked in the 1960’s, reaching spot 5 in 1960 and then decreeased steadily there after.  Donna fell out of the Top 1,000 in 2010.  Truly a generational name, Donna also reminds many of use of the character Donna Martin in the TV show 90210. Donna is Italian meaning lady but I really like male alternatives for this one! My top pick would be Donovan. I also think Dante, Donnelly, and Donal would make cool choices for a grandson. If you’d like a bold name that is also female Domina shares the same meaning and has a ton of flare!

Lisa
Lisa is totally a modern Grandma name. It ranked at Number 6 in 1960 but Lisa was a Top 10 name from the late fifties through the mid-seventies. Still, Lisa doesn’t feel as old or dated as some names on this list and today it ranks at 884. Lisa is one of the several variations of Elizabeth meaning God is my oath. I have always loved the name Lisette so that will be my pick for a Lisa alternative. You might also consider Liesel, Elise, or Elisa. My favorite creative way to honor a Lisa though is to scramble the letters and use Isla.

Patricia
Patricia was fashionable for a number of years and ranked in the Top 10 from 1929-1966! In 1960 Patricia was Number 7 and today it comes in at spot Number 889.  A Latin feminine form of Patrick, Patricia means noble or patrician. Unless you go the Trisha/Tricia route then you’re a bit limited in P names with a similar vibe, but I’m going for that sound and so my top pick would be the similar sounding unisex Pax. I also think the more exotic Petra, Patrice, or Patrika could be fun, particiularly in the middle name spot. Want to go out on a limb? Then I’d vote for Adelaide which shares a similar meaning as Patricia.

Debra & Deborah
In 1960 Debra ranked at Number 8 and Deborah was Number 10. There were a whole generation of Debbie’s as you can imagine with two spelling variations in the Top 10. A name close to my own heart (it’s My Mom’s name), Debra is not currently in the Top 1,000 while Deborah is holding on at Number 774. A Hebrew name meaning bee, I thought Bee would be a cute nickname to honor a Debra or Deborah. Devorah which both names stem from would be another cool choice and you get Dev or Devi as nicknames. Most Debra/Deborah’s go by Debbie so why not consider similar sounding Darby or Libbie? Devra one final alternative I wanted to add to the mix. I still think Bee would be a cute middle name to honor.  Matilda Bee? Lucy Bee? I think so.

Cynthia
The Greek name Cynthia peaked in the 1950’s and 1960’s and ranked at Number 9 in 1960. Today Cynthia has a sophisticated era and comes in at Number 637. I love the name Thea so I’d chop off the end of Cynthia and use Thea as a name to honor. Kynthia (kin-thee-uh) is a very cool bold alternative or you could run with the beiginning letters and get Cypress or Cyan. Many Cynthia’s go by Cindy so if your Mom was more of a Cindy than a Cynthia you may also get away with honoring through names like Sidney or Lindy.

What’s your Mom’s name and what name would you consider using to honor her?

Seven C’s

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Calling all lovers of exotic Princess-worthy names! Feast your name eyes and ears on these seven grand, gorgeous, and glorious C names for girls!

Camellia
Camellia has an exotic flare though it shares a similar sound to the much more popular Amelia. Camellia is a flowering plant was named for botanist Georg Josef Kamel. What little girl wouldn’t love a flower name? The nickname possibilities are endless, but a few you may enjoy include Cam, Cammie, Mel, Mellie, Mia, and Lia.

Cataleya
Cataleya is a variant of cattleya which is a genus of orchids – can you tell I love a good flower name? Zoe Saldana played Cataleya in the film Colombiana, giving this name a boost, though its not too popular currently ranked at Number 510. Cataleya would be a great way to honor a Catherine, Kathleen, or even a Lee or Leah.

Celestia
A name written in the stars Celestia has Latin roots meaning heavenly or of the sky. Celestia is hardly a name one would forget as it is both striking and ethereal. Little House on the Praire writer Laura Ingalls Wilder’s younger sister Carrie was born Caroline Celestia “Carrie” Ingalls. Celestia peaked in the late nintenth century.

Christiana
A whole generation of Christian, Christine, and Christina’s are now becoming parents. Refresh these beloved names with the brilliantly opulant Christiana, a variation which shares the meaning follower of Christ. Feminine with an exotic twist, Christiana could skip nicknames like Chris and Christy and opt for Tiana.

Clementine
Oh, my darlin’s Clementine just recently re-entered the US Top 1,000.  A Frecnch feminine form of Clement, meaning merciful, Clementine has a very wholesome and country vibe. Several stars from Claudia Schiffer, Kate Winslet, and Ethan Hawke have all picked the name Clementine for their daughters. In France Clementine ranks within the Top 100.

Cornelia
I’m such a big Cordelia fan that I often overlook Cornelia. A Latin name meaning horn, Cornelia easily lends itself to very user friendly nicknames like Cory, Cora, Nell, and Nellie. A name rich is history and literature there are a load of assocations to this name from a Christian saint to Julius Caesar’s first wife.

Cressida
A former college classmate recently had a little Cressida making my name-loving heart swoon. Cressida is the name of a Shakepearean heroine and has Greek rooks meaning golden. Cressida was also used in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, giving it life to a younger generation Cressida is equal parts strong and feminine.

Please share your favorite from this list! xo

2017 Celebrity Baby Names

newyearsbaby17It’s a New Year and that means there will be a whole new batch of celebrity babies born and for us name nerds, that means new names to ooh and ahh at! Let’s take a look back and recap some of the more colorful and inspiring names from last year.

Most Anticipated Twin Names of 2017:

Rumi & Sir
Born to Jay-Z & Beyonce
Rumi is a Japanese name meaning beauty or lapis.
Sir is a word name and a title.

Alexander & Ella
Born to George & Amal Clooney
Alexander is a Greek name meaning defending men.
Ella is a name with multiple origins and depending on origin it can mean she, all, or maiden.

Interesting & Usable Celeb Boys Names of 2017:

Phoenix Wolf
Bam & Nicole Margera
Phoenix is a Greek name and a place name meaning dark red.

Gunner Stone
Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt
Gunner is a variant of a Scandinavian name meaning bold warrior.

Jones McCoy
Tony & Candice Crawford Romo
Jones is an English surname meaning God is gracious.

Watson Cole
Chelsea Houska & Cole DeBoer
Watson is an English and Scottish surname meaning son of Wat.

Ryder Falcon
Rodney & Rose Atkins
Ryder is an English surname meaning cavalryman.

Robinson True
Samantha Ponder & Christian Ponder
Robinson is an English name meaning son of Robin.

Braver Celeb Baby Boys Names of 2017:

Strummer Newcomb
Julia Stiles & Preston J. Cook
Strummer is a word name possibly referring to a musical man who strums instruments.

Revel James Makai
Matthew & Renee Morrison
Revel is a word name meaning noisy and lively enjoyment.

My Favorite Celeb Boy Baby Names 2017:

#3 Arlo Benjamin
Theo & Meghan Rossi
Arlo is a place and literary name.

#2 Flynn Maxwell
Patrick & Jasmin Renna
Flynn is an Irish name meaning son of the red-haired one.

#1 Jude Malcolm
Steven Yeun & Joana Pak
Jude comes from a Latin name meaning praised.

Almost made My Fav Celeb Boys List:

Beckett Scott
Blair & Dylan Scott Robinson
Beckett is an Irish and English name meaning bee cottage.

Forrest Henry
John & Candice Cody
Forrest is an English name meaning dweller near the woods.

Ford Douglas Armand
Armie Hammer & Elizabeth Chambers
Ford is an English name meaning dweller at the ford.

Interesting & Usable Celeb Girls Names of 2017: 

Odette Elliott
Jared Padalecki & Genevieve Cortese
Odette is a French name meaning wealthy.

Mabel Jane
Topher & Ashley Hinshaw Grace
Mabel is a diminutive of Amabel meaning grace.

Kaia Joann
Earl Cole & Shelley Lee
Kaia may be Hawaiian meaning sea or derive from a Greek name.

Birdie Joe
Brie Bella & Daniel Bryan
Birdie is an English word name meaning bird.

Teddy Marilyn
James & Nicky Hilton Rothschild
Teddy is a diminutive of Theodora meaning gift of God.

Domenica Celine
Daphne Oz & John Jovanovic
Domencia is a Spanish name meaning born on Sunday. 
Braver Celeb Baby Girls Names of 2017: 

Gravity Blue
Lucky Blue Smith & Stormi Bree
Gravity is a word name for the force that attracts a body to the earth. 

Rome Coco
Jason Thompson & Paloma Jonas
Rome is a place name and the Capital city of Italy.

Zeppelin Adele
Kiele Sanchez & Zach Gilford
Zeppelin is a word name for a German airship. 

My Favorite Celeb Girl Baby Names 2017:
#3 Rosie Carolyn
Nathan & London Kress
Rosie is a diminutive of the flower name Rose.

#2 Rowan Louise
Mikey Way & Kristin Colby
Rowan is a tree name as well as an Irish and Scottish name meaning little redhead.

#1 Calliope Maeve
Felicia Day
Calliope is a Greek mythological name meaning beautiful voice.

Almost made My Fav Celeb Girls List:
 

Lyla Isabela
April Hernandez-Castillo & Jose Castillo
Lyla is an Arabic name meaning night.

Hear my thoughts on these names here: