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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:

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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:

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?

End of Summer Baby Names

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“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?

Wonderful Whimsical W Names

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W makes for a great initial and there are several slightly hippie, majorly delightful girls names that begin with the letter W. If whimsical nature names are your style, then you’re sure to love this list!

Waverly
Waverly has a melodic, light, easy-going tone. I think Waverly will be this Generation’s Kimberly. Waverly may remind you of the Disney show The Wizards of Waverly Place or one of the main characters in The Joy Luck Club. Waverly is an English name meaning meadow of quivering aspens. Not quite yet in the Top 1,000, Waverly was used by 224 girls and 5 boys last year.

Wednesday
Wednesday may be the bravest and most polarizing name we’re looking at today, it always makes my own guilty pleasure list. Strongly associated with the character of Wednesday Addams, Wednesday is an English name meaning Woden’s day. 50 girls were named Wednesday last year. Wednesday does lend herself to nicknames like Wendy and Winnie which are coming up on our list.

Wendy
Wendy peaked in popularity in the early 1970’s and is one of the names I’d love to see make a comeback. Today Wendy ranks at spot Number 854. As a young name-lover I remember being delighted that Wendy Moira Angela Darling, from Peter Pan, had two middle names. Wendy may have in fact been a name invented by Pan author J.M. Barrie. Wendy may also come from the Welsh Gwendolen.

Willa
Willa is a feminine form of William, meaning resolute protection. Much less common than popular “Will” names, Willa ranks at Number 463. Willa began as a nickname for Wilhelmina, which it can still of course work for, though Willa works well on her own. Willa has a wholesome, bluegrass vibe that works well on a woman of any age.

Willow
Willow may have once been a hippie-dippie name, but now this tree name is in the Top 100 ranking at spot Number 96. I can’t help but think of the 1988 film Willow and I know many fans of the show Buffy associate Willow with a main character from that series. Willow is melodic and smooth with its soft and inviting “o” ending sound.

Winnie
I love Winnie as a nickname for Ceridwen, Gwendolen, and many other beautiful Welsh names, though Winnie is quite cute all on her own. Winnie was mostly seen originally as a nickname for Winifred, meaning fair and blessed friend. Jimmy Fallon has a daughter named Winnie Rose. 233 girls were given this spunky sweet name last year.

Winter
Winter would be a lovely full name to use to get to the nickname Winnie. A lovely season name, I think Winter is also striking as a middle name. At 506 in popularity, Winter is higher up in the charts than most people realize. Winter is a main character in Marissa Meyer’s popular series the Lunar Chronicles.

Wren
Wren is a darling bird name that could easily work well on any gender. At 524 in popularity for girls, Wren could be the next generations Robin. Wren is a straight-forward, one-syllable name with a sweet nature tie. Wren is definitely a name to watch and has been popping up in several modern TV shows and novels.

Which of these wonderful, whimsical W names would you use?