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Seven Sweet Names from Under the Sea!

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As a child of the 1980s I, like many girls my age, repeatedly watched Disney’s 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid. A name enthusiast from the start, I loved the small scene that introduces Ariel’s six sisters, whom all share the first initial A. There are so many gorgeous names that begin with the letter A. The seven most popular girls names right now beginning with the letter A are Ava #5, Abigail #8, Avery #13, Amelia #15, Aubrey #20, Addison #24, and Aria #31. Let’s explore the A names that King Triton and Queen Athena used for their seven daughters.

Aquata
The word aqua is Latin meaning water, very fitting for a mermaid, though perhaps a bit too literal in comparison to her sister’s names. Five little girls were given the first name Aqua last year. If you like sound of A and q together, you may also consider Aquila or Aquinnah.

Andrina
A rare name with a familiar sound, Andrina was only given to seventeen girls last year. Andrina is a feminine form of the name Andrew, meaning manly. Though this name means manly, the -ina ending gives Andrina a very feminine feel. Andrina easily lends itself to lovable nicknames like Annie or Andy. Andrina is also a cool alternative of way to honor someone named Andrew or Andrea.

Arista
Arista is a Greek name meaning harvest. It may also be derived from the ancient Greek name Aristos, meaning the best. Arista was the name of a record company and is the name of a star in the constellation Virgo. Arista has a spunky sound, though it is seldom used. Seven baby girls were named Arista last year.

Attina
Attina is a spelling variation of Atina or Atena, which are both forms of the name Athena. Athena was the name of the seven mermaid sister’s mother in the film. Athena is a Greek mythological name possibly meaning sharp or praise. Attina is scarcely used though it could be a fun alternative to Tina.

Adella
Adella peaked in popularity in 1901 when it ranked at Number 547. Last year seventy-six girls were given the name Adella. Adella is a spelling variant of Adela, a name with German roots, meaning noble. Adella has a lovely vintage vibe that makes it prime for a comeback. The nickname Della may be enticing to modern parents looking for an old name that feels fresh.

Alana
Alana is an Irish feminine form of Alan meaning harmony, fair, or little rock. One of the more familiar and utilized names on this list, Alana currently ranks at 198 in popularity. Model and actress Alana Hamilton Stewart’s fame gave this name a boost in the 1970s and 80s. She and former husband Rod Stewart used Alana as the middle name for their daughter, Kimberly Alana Stewart.

Ariel
The most popular name in this bunch of sisters is Ariel. Ariel peaked in 1991, two years after the film’s release, when it ranked at Number 66. Currently Number 133, Ariel is still a well loved and used name. Ariel is a Hebrew name meaning Lion of God. You may have noticed that Ariel the only name on this list that doesn’t begin and end in the letter A.

Which of these names do you like best? Andrina gets my vote.

What would you name seven mermaid princesses using names that begin with the letter A?
I would choose Arianwen, Aurelia, Alexandrina, Aveline, Astoria, Ariadne, and Arabella.

 

Girl Scout Names

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It’s Girl Scout cookie season! Let’s celebrate this delicious time of year and empowering organization by looking at some names inspired by the Girl Scouts.

Juliette
Founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912. Juliette is a French name meaning youthful. Juliette is currently 255 in popularity, just a smidge more common than Juliet at 258. There are many actresses named Juliette, including Juliette Binoche and Juliette Lewis.

Gordon
Gordon is another way to honor Juliette Gordon Low. A Scottish surname meaning great hill, Gordon peaked in the 1930s and is currently ranked at Number 935. Perhaps the popularity of Jordan has affected the popularity of Gordon. Gordon may remind you of restaurateur Gordon Ramsay or Lizzie’s sidekick, David “Gordo” Gordon, on the show Lizzie McGuire.

Savannah
The first Girl Scout troop was formed in Juliette Gordon Low’s hometown of Savannah, Georgia. Savannah Smiles, a crisp lemon cookie in the shape of a smile were introduced in 2012 in celebration of the Girl Scouts first meeting 100 years prior. Savannah is a Spanish name with a sweet Southern feel meaning flat tropical land. Savannah currently ranks at Number 39.

Georgia
Georgia was the birth place of founder Juliette Gordon Law. The first official Girl Scout meeting was held in 1912 in Savannah, Georgia. Georgia is a place name as well as a feminine form of George meaning farmer. Currently Number 243, this little Peach of a name is on the rise, up nearly 100 spots in the last 5 years.

Scout
Scout is a spunky word name that many associate with the lovable character in Harper Lee’s iconic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout also brings to mind images of camping and exploring, perfect for a little Girl or Boy Scout. Last year 205 girls and 54 boys were named Scout.

Daisy
Daisies are the youngest level of Girl Scouts. Daisies get their name from founder Juliette Gordon Low, who went by the nickname Daisy. A cheery flower name, Daisy is currently Number 180. Actor Meg Ryan and Chef Jamie Oliver each have daughters named Daisy.

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Obsessed with Girl Scout cookies? While Thin Mints might be an odd name for a child, Araminta carries that same minty sound. Here are some sweet names inspired your favorite Girl Scout cookies!

Caramel deLites – Carmen
Samoas – Samara

Peanut Butter Patties – Patrick
Tagalongs – Tabitha

Shortbread – Shoshanna
Trefoils – Trinity

Do-si-dos – Doyle
Peanut Butter Sandwich – Pierre

Thin Mints – Araminta

Cranberry Citrus Crisps – Crandall

Lemonades – Lemuel

Rah-Rah Raisins – Rae

Savannah Smiles – Savion

Thanks-A-Lot – Thane

Toffee-tastic – Fiona
Trios – Tristan

What are some other cool names that you would content to these delicious treats?

Wonderful Whimsical Disney Fairy Names

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Name inspiration can be found anywhere, even in Pixie Hollow, home of Disney’s Tinker Bell and her fairy friends.

The Main Fairy Characters

Tinker Bell
Tinker or a tinkerer was a term for a traveler that repaired small items. Tinker does have a bit of a quirky sound, similar to names like Timber or Piper. Bell, a word name and fairly popular surname, makes for a more familiar name choice. Tinker bell does make for an endearing nickname.

Rosetta
Rosetta is one of the many attractive forms of the lovable flower name, Rose. Rosetta is an Italian diminutive of Rosa. Only 49 girls were named Rosetta last year in the U.S.

Zarina
Zarina sounds perfectly fit for a Princess and has the cool “Z” factor to it. Zarina is a Persian name meaning golden. Zarina rhymes with other lovely names such as Karina and Marina.

Vidia
Vidia may be a form of Vidya, a Sanskrit name meaning knowledge, science, and learning. Vidia may also be a short form of Ovidia, a Romanian name sheep. Either way Vidia is unexpected and delightful.

Silvermist
Two pretty cool word names come together to create Silvermist. This name is definitely fairy-worthy! Silver is a lustrous color name with a hippie or rock star vibe.

Iridessa
Iridessa comes from the word iridescent, referring to luminous colors that appear to change colors when seen from various points of view. Fittingly, the word iridescent comes from the Latin word Iris, meaning rainbow. Iris could make a cool nickname for Iridessa.

Fawn
Fawn is an animal name used to describe a young dear. Fawn was briefly in the Top 1,000 in the 1960s and 1970s but was only used by 19 girls last year. I think Fawn would make a great middle name choice.

Periwinkle
Periwinkle can be a five-petaled flower with glossy leaves, though it is mostly known as a color in a blue and purple hue. Periwinkle comes from the Middle English word parwynke and would definitely be a whimsical way to get to the nickname Peri.

A few minor fairy friends include…

Queen Clarion
Fairy Mary
Bobble
Clank
Terence
Dewey
Spike
Gliss
Sled

Great Names from the Golden Globes

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The 73rd Annual Golden Globes were held on Sunday, January 10th. The big winners had some great names! Let’s celebrate their wins by pouring over their names.

Winners in Film

leodBest Actor in a Drama – Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Leonardo is handsome Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish form of Leonard. There’s a lot to love about this grand name with its smooth “o” ending. Leonardo majestically means “brave lion”, and comes with the lovable nickname Leo.

Best Actress in a Drama – Brie Larson, “Room”
Brie can be a diminutive of several names from Aubrey to Brianna. Brie Larson’s full first name is Brianne, a feminine form of Brian meaning “high, noble.” Last year there were 94 girls named Brianne and 74 named Brie.

Best Director – Alejandro Inarritu, “The Revenant”
Alejandro is another big handsome name with a wonderful “o” ending. Currently Number 157 in popularity, Alejandro is a Spanish form of Alexander, meaning “defending men.” Lady Gaga had a hit song in 2009 called “Alejandro.”

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy – Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Matthew is a popular Hebrew name meaning “gift of God.” Matthew was a Top 10 name from 1972 till 2008. Currently Number 16, Matthew remains a household name. A few other attractive forms of Matthew include Mateo, Matthais, and Matthieu.

jlawBest Actress in a Musical or Comedy – Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Jennifer was all the rage in the 1970’s. The number  One name from 1970 through1984, a generation of Jennifer’s are now becoming mothers. Jennifer is a Cornish form of the Welsh name, Guinevere, meaning “white and fair.”

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”
Sylvester comes from a Latin name meaning “of the forest.” Only 75 little boys were named Sylvester last year. These days the name Sylvester brings to mind two images, one of actor Sylvester Stallone, and two of Sylvester the cat, from the Looney Tunes.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
A crisp, classic name, Kate is a diminutive of the name Katherine meaning “pure.” Kate Winslet is a personal favorite of mine, and has played many characters with many great names. Check out some of her character names in my article 8 Great Kates.

Winners in Television

Best Actor in a Drama – Jon Hamm, “MadMen”
Jon Hamm’s first name is Jonathan. Currently Number 44 in popularity, Jonathan has been in the Top 50 since 1969. Jonathan is a well-loved Hebrew name meaning “gift of Jehovah.” Jonathan may seem like a more modern alternative to John, but John comes is still more popular at Number 26 in popularity.

tarajjBest Actress in a Drama – Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Taraji is a Swahili name meaning “hope.” Last year 200 little girls and 6 boys were named Taraji in the US. Could they have been named for the dynamic actress? Taraji is a fun, spunky name, with a wonderful meaning.

Best Actor is a Musical or Comedy – Gael Garcia Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle”
Gael is a name of uncertain meaning that may have derived from the word Gaelic. Gael is currently Number 231 in the US and is used in many countries. Gael is currently in the Top 100 in Catalonia, Mexico, and Spain.

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy – Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Rachel is a popular Old Testament Hebrew name meaning “ewe.” A Top 50 name from 1972 to 2006, Rachel was most popular in 1996. It currently ranks at 155. Raquel is a Spanish and Portuguese variation, a bit less popular at Number 697.

pscarglobesBest Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie – Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero”
Did you know Oscar has never ranked lower than 245 in polarity? Currently Number 183, Oscar has a bit of a disputed origin and meaning. Oscar may come from an English or Gaelic name meaning “deer-lover”, or “God spear.”

Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie – Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel”
As fun as Gaga is to say, Lady Gaga’s first name is Stefani. Stefani is a variation Stephanie, a name that peaked in the 1980’s. Stephanie comes from Stephen, meaning “crown, garland.” If you’re a fan of Lady Gaga’s latest role, you may enjoy my article on names from American Horror Story:Hotel

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie – Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”
Christian is a popular Greek name meaning “follower of Christ.” Currently Number 42 in popularity, Christian has been in the Top 50 since 1991. Christian also ranks in the Top 100 in Australia, Austria, Chile, Denmark, Italy, and Norway.

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series of TV Movie – Maura Tierney, “The Affair”
Maura was last in the US Top 1,000 in 1996. Last year only 161 little girls were named Maura. Maura may be an anglicized form of Maire, meaning “bitter”, or it could come from the Gaelic word mór meaning “great.”

Celebrity Babies born in 2015!

celeb15header2015 brought us a myriad of diverse and delightful Celebrity Baby Names! We welcomed a well-named Princess, saw a wide assortment or word names, and from the wacky to the wonderful we delighted in discussing them all! Every month on my YouTube channel (TulipByAnyName), I share updates on celebrity baby births. Below I’ve compiled a list of celebrity babies born in 2015. Be sure to check out my video at the end, breaking down some of these names by category and dishing on my own personal favorites!

A
Aaliyah Reign – daughter of Katherine Jenkins & Andrew Levitas
Adrian Benjamin – son of Ginger Zee & Ben Aaron
Alaska – daughter of Anne V. & Adam Cahan
Allie Jane – daughter of Alyssa Bates Webster & John Webster
Amélie Moon – daughter of Kevin Durand & Sandra Cho
Amory Tristan – son of Alan & Catherine Ritchson
Anders Reyn – son of Alfonso Robeiro & wife Angela
Andy Rose– daughter of Jack & Lisa Osbourne
Anthony Joseph– son of Rob & Nicole Cesternino
Ariah Talea – daughter of Tamera Mowry-Housley & Adam Housley
Ariya Eliana – Reshma Shetty & Deep Katdare
Arlo Day – daughter of Leighton Meester & Adam Brody
Armie Heartly –daughter of Cam Gigandet & Dominique Geisendorff
Art – son of Chris O’Dowd & Dawn O’Porter
Atticus James – son of Jennifer Love Hewitt & Brian Hallisay
Athena Belle – daughter of Stacey Bendet & Eric Eisner
August – daughter of Charlize Theron
August Jane – daughter of Kim Spradlin Wolfe & Bryan Wolfe
Augustus Juppiter – son of Billy Crogan & Chloe Mendel
Ava Marie – daughter of David Faustino & Lindsay Bronson
Ava Simone (twin to Solei Diem) – daughter of Glory Johnson

Ava is holding strong, even amongst celebs! Traditionally thought of as male names, August, Arlo, and Andy were all used for girls last year.

B
Beatrix Leigh – daughter of John & Candice Cody
Blake Everleigh (twin to Zoe Madison) – daughter of Kevin Zegers & Jaime Feld
Blues Anthony – son of Jessica Paré & John Kastner
Bodhi Jameson Rein – daughter of Bobby Brown & Alicia Etheredge
Bodhi Ryan – son of Ryan Miller & Noureen DeWulf
Bradford “Ford” Powell – son of Virginia Williams & Bradford Bricken
Brayden James – son of Tarek & Christina El Moussa
Brexton Locke – son of Kyle & Samantha Busch
Brooklyn Elisabeth – daughter of Nick & Vanessa Lachey

Bodhi was one of the fastest rising names last year.

C
Cadence Gaëlle – daughter of Ludacris & Eudoxie
Calvin Eugene –son of Claire Coffee & Chris Thile
Calvin Scott – daughter of Ellie & Jared Mecham
Canaan – son of Oprah Winfrey
Caroline Olivia – daughter of Eli & Abby Manning
Chanel Nicole– daughter of Ice-T & Coco Austin
Charles Stephen IV “Carson” – son of Erin Bates Paine & Chad Paine
Charlie Mae – daughter of Dave & Odette Annable
Charlie Ocean – son of Jeff Goldblum & Emilie Livingston
Chloe – daughter of Elizabeth Smart & Matthew Gilmour
Christopher Carlton – son of Benedict Cumberbatch & Sophie Hunter
Christopher Russel Reeve – son of Alexandra Reeve Givens & Garren Givens
Coco – daughter of Terri Seymour & Clark Mallon
Conrad – son of Reid Scott & Elspeth Scott
Cooper Blue (twin to Kingsley Rainbow) – son of Dylan Lauren & Paul Arrouet
Crow – son of Matt Dallas & Blue Hamilton

Quite a mix here, from the classic Christopher, to the modern Crow.

D
Dakota Lynne – daughter of Craig Wayne Boyd & Taylor Borland
Dashiel Edon – daughter of Mila Jovovich & Paul W.S. Anderson
Dashiell Julius William Clunie-Singer –son of Bryan Singer & Michelle Clunie
Della Rose – daughter of Bill Joel & wife Alexis
Donovan Evers – son of Donovan Leitch & Libby Mintz

A female Dashiel and male Dashiell made the list!

E
Edie – daughter of Keira Knightley & James Righton
Edith Vivian Patricia – daughter of Cate Blanchett & Andrew Upton
Elle Corbin – daughter of Andrea Canning & Tony Bancroft
Eloise Ann – daughter of John Popper & Jordan Auleb
Elsie Otter – daughter of Zooey Deschanel & Jacob Pechenik
Eric Thomas II –son of Eric & Jessie James Decker
Esther Ballantine – daughter of Sophie B. Hawkins
Eva James – daughter of Brandon & Leah Jenner
Evelyn Grace – daughter of Carey Mulligan & Marcus Mumford
Ever Belle – daughter of Owain Yeoman & Gigi Yallouz

Edie, Eloise, and Elsie – yes please, I love these vintage comebacks!

F
Finley Jay – son of Bryan and Missy Lanning
Frances Harper – daughter of Noah Wyle & Sara Wells
Francesca Isabella – daughter of Joey Gonzalez & Jonathan Rollo

Some lovely feminine forms of Francis and the rising Finley.

G
Georgia Jane – daughter of Lindsay Cascaddan Roberts & Ryan Roberts
Grayson Lee – son of Marisa Miller & Griffin Guess
Grayson Richard– son of Sarah & Bradley Lehoux

Georgia is sweet and Grayson is right on trend.

H
Hank – son of Andy Roddick & Brooklyn Decker
Harlow Monroe – daughter of Kimberly Caldwell & Jordan Harvey
Hattie Belle – daughter of Mandie
Holt Fisher – son of Tiffani Thiessen & Brady Smith
Hutton Michael – son of Beverly Mitchell & Michael Cameron

These H names are hot and happening!

I
Iman Tayla Jr – daughter of Iman Shumpert & Teyana Taylor
Ioni James – daughter of Coco Rocha & James Conran
Isaiah Michael – son of Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher
Israel David – son of Jill Duggar Dillard & Derick Dillard
Iyla Vue – daughter of Ashley Scott & Steve Hart

Iyla Vue was an intentional play on words to sound like “I Love You”

J
Jack Steven (twin to James Jeffrey) – son of Jeff & Audrey Dunham
Jagger Snow – daughter of Ashlee Simpson & Evan Ross
James – daughter of Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively
James – son of David & Lauren Bush
James Jeffrey (Jack Steven) – son of Jeff & Audrey Dunham
Jasmine – daughter of “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson & Lauren Hashian
Jayde Carter – daughter of Maci Bookout & Taylor McKinney
Jax Bracy – son of Renee Oteri & Bracy Maynard
Jeanne – daughter of Jean Dujardin & Nathlaie Pechalat
Jennings Tyler – son of Emily Maynard & Tyler Johnson
Josey Hollis – son of Lily Naya Rivera & Ryan Dorsey
Jovan Jr. – son of Daphne Oz & Jovan Jovanovic
Jules Andrew – son of Brad Grey & Cassandra Grey

James was a big name for boys and girls this year. You’ll notice James a lot on this list as a first and middle name.

K
Kane Alexander – son of Theo Rossi & Meghan Mc Dermott
Kellen William – son of Kelly Stables & Kurt Patino
Kenric Justin II – son of Sonquea Martin-Green & Kenric Green
Kingsley Rainbow (twin to Cooper Blue) – daughter of Dylan Lauren & Paul Arrouet
Knox Blue (twin to Violet Moon) – son of Steve Howey & Sarah Shahi
Koltyn Murphy – son of Kiptyn Locke & Samm Murphy

Kenric is a pretty cool name for a junior. Kingsley and Knox are both one half of some pretty cool twin sets.

L
Lachlyn Hope – daughter of Mark-Paul Gosselaar & Catriona McGinn
Laila – daughter of Sandra Bullock
Lawson Brent (twin to Lillian Catherine)- son of David & Catherine Nail
Lennon Ray – daughter of Tara & Mandi from LivingRosa
Leo Thames – son of Jaime King & Kyle Newman
Lillian Catherine (twin to Lawson Brent) – daughter of David & Catherine Nail
Logan Lee – daughter of Jason Mewes & Jordan Monsanto
Luna Mae daughter of Leonor Varela & Lucas Akoskin

Lovable L names with some great meanings – from Leo “lion” to Luna “moon.”

M
Maceo – son of Jesse Williams & Aryn Drake-Lee
Machai David – son of Drew Sidora & Ralph Pittman
Madeleine Parisa –daughter of Christa Hastie & Ali Sepahdari
Madelyn Skyler –daughter of Brian Tee & Mirelly Taylor
Maddox Alexander – son of Austin & Brittany Null
Maiya Grace – daughter of Justin & Emily Baldoni
Mason Levi – son of Jamie Krauss Hess
Matteo Oliver – son of Stanley Tucci & Felicity Blunt
Max Red – son of Casey Wilson & David Caspe
Maxima Chan – daughter of Mark Zuckerberg & Dr. Priscilla Chan
Meredith Grace – daughter of Anna & Josh Duggar
McCoy Lee – son of Scott Porter & Kelsey Mayfield Porter
McKenzie Rose–daughter of Teeny & Simon Bentley from OurTeenyFamily
Mia Alma – daughter of Perez Hilton
Montgomery Moses Brian – son of Isla Fisher & Sacha Baron Cohen

Some sweet southern sounds here with McCoy and Montgomery.

N
Nash Skan – son of Bode Miller & Morgan Beck Miller
Novalee Reign – daughter of Catelynn Lowell & Tyler Baltierra

I first heard Novalee in the film Where the Heart Is, staring Natalie Portman.

O
Olive Mae – daughter of Marla Sokoloff & Alec Puro
Owen Lee – son of Shiri Appleby and Jon Shook
Ozzie James – son of Max Greenfield & Tess Sanchez

O do I love all three of these O names.

P
Paulina Kathleen– daughter of Mike & Kelly Myers
Pauline – daughter of Vin Diesel & Paloma Jimenez
Phoenix Sky – son of A.J. Cook & Nathan Anderson
Poppy – daughter of Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent
Poppy Louise– daughter of Jenna Bush Hager & Henry Hager

The sweetest tribute for a celebrity baby name definitely goes to little Pauline, named for the late Paul Walker.

Q
Qirin Love – son of Terrence Howard & Miranda Howard
Quinn Lily – daughter of Jenna Wolfe & Stephanie Gosk
Quinn Sophie – daughter of Tom & Ashley Arnold

Qirin is a cool mythological choice and Quinn a spunky personal favorite.

R
Rafael Thomas – son of Alec & Hilaria Baldwin
Ranger – son of Kacie Boguskie Gaston & Rusty Gaston
Reygan Zea –daughter of Natalie Zea & Travis Shuldt
Rhodes Emilio – son of Sara & Gilbert & Linda Perry
Rocket Jade – daughter of Rachael & Gabriel Krueger
Rockwell Lloyd – son of Lucy Liu
Ryan Ava Erhard – daughter of Haylie Duff & Matt Rosenberg
Ryan Carson – daughter of Stephen & Ayesha Curry

Rocket and Ranger – word names are abundant here!

S
Sailor Gene – son of Liv Tyler & David Gardner
Sailor Grace – daughter of Bristol Palin
Saint son of Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
Sasha – son of Shakira & Gerard Piqué
Saylor James – daughter of Kristin Cavallari & Jay Cutler
Scarlett May – daughter of Molly Sims & Scott Stuber
Sean Fionn – son of Timothy V. Murphy & Caitlin Manley
Shepherd – Son of Kelis
Sidney Aoibheann –daughter of Vanessa Carlton & John McCauley
Silas Randall – son of Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel
Sistine Sabella – daughter of Kevin James & Steffiana de la Cruz
Skyler Eva – daughter of Elisabetta Canalis & Brian Perri
Sloane Ava Simone – daughter of Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) & Tricia Davis
Solal Samuel Glenn – son of Melissa George & Jean David Black
Solei Diem (twin to Ava Simone) – daughter of Glory Johnson
Sparrow Rose – daughter of Eivin & Eve Kilcher
Spurgeon Elliot – son of Ben Seewald & Jessa Duggar Seewald

Sailor/Saylor, definitely a name to watch!

T
Tallulah Kiarra – daughter of Lena Headey
Tatum – son of Paulina Gretzky & Dustin Johnson
Tennessee Hawkins – son of Eric & Katherine Church
Theodore Joseph – son of Karen & Dylan from LuluBarretta
Theodore Vigo Sullivan – son of Rachael Leigh Cook & Daniel Gilles
Tobias – son of Bethany Hamilton & Adam Dirks

Tennessee Hawkins screams cowboy cutie to me!

V
Violet Moon (twin to Knox Blue) – daughter Steve Howey & Sarah Shahi
Vivienne Margaret – daughter of Ali Larter & Hayes MacArthur

Two lovely Vi’s

W
Wilder Frances – daughter of Donald Faison & CaCee Cobb
Wolfe Lee – son of Kimora Lee Simmons & Lee Leissner
Wylde Cole – daughter of Lily Cole & Kwame Ferreira

Uncommon and delightful W’s!

Y
Yara – daughter of Mona & Ricki from CarterFamTV

A rare but cool Y name

Z
Zoe Madison (twin to Blake Everleigh) – daughter of Kevin Zegers & Jaime Feld

Three little letters for a fun little name!

Twins of 2015

*Violet Moon & Knox Blue – daughter and son of Steve Howey & Sarah Shahi
*Cooper Blue & Kingsley Rainbow– son & daughter of Dylan Lauren & Paul Arrouet
*Zoe Madison & Blake Everleigh – daughters of Kevin Zegers & Jaime Feld
*Ava Simone and Solei Diem– daughters of Glory Johnson
*Jack Steven & James Jeffrey – sons of Jeff & Audrey Dunham
*Lawson Brent & Lillian Catherine, son and daughter of David & Catherine Nail

Check out my annual Celebrity Baby Name Review:

Austen’s Bad Boys

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Jane Austen is known for her love stories and social commentary. There are many noble, witty, and comical characters in her novels, but today let’s look at the characters that are lacking in virtue.

John Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility
A wolf in sheep’s clothing, Willoughby appears to be a dashing knight in shining armor, but those of us who love Austen know that appearances can be deceiving. Austen often repeated names in her novels, including the classic John. John is a Hebrew name meaning God is gracious that is quite common at Number 26 in popularity. Willoughby may be a scandalous heart-breaker but his surname is fun to say. Willoughby is an English surname meaning farm by the willows. I always thought it would make for a cool pet name. If you’re looking for an alternative to more popular names Willow or William, Willoughby may make for a great choice. In 2014 six boys and seven girls were named Willoughby.

George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice
Perhaps Austen had a thing for the letter ‘W’ when she was naming her scoundrels. I wonder if she picked the name Wickham because it fittingly mirrors the beginning sound of the word wicked. The name Wickham comes from the Old English word wicham, which was a term for a town settlement. George, a Greek name meaning farmer, is currently Number 134 in popularity. Though George has recently risen a bit in the United States, it remains most popular in England and Wales where it is currently Number 7. I wonder if Prince George of Cambridge will inspire more usage of this classic choice.

Henry Crawford from Mansfield Park
Henry Crawford stands out among Austen’s antagonist because we know from the start that he’s up to no good. Jane Austen had a few sets of conniving sibling duos, Henry and Mary Crawford being one of them. Henry is a German name meaning estate ruler that has steadily been rising in charts. Currently ranked at Number 33, Henry hasn’t been this popular since the early 1940s. Crawford would be a cool way to get to the nickname Ford. Crawford comes from an Old English surname meaning the ford where crows gather. Sixty boys and surprisingly six girls were named Crawford last year. Fordham and Bradford are also cool choices if you like the sound of Ford.

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Frank Churchill from Emma
Frank Churchill is arguably most forgivable of Austen’s antagonists. While Churchill is a selfish flirt, he does not ruin the honor of naïve young women, unlike most on this list, and we do come to understand his reasoning. Churchill may be a surname not fitting to cross over as a first name, though Frank makes for a classic choice. Frank comes from the name Francis meaning Frenchman. Frank is beginning to slip in popularity, currently coming in at Number 336. Other great variations of Frank include Franklin, Francisco, and Franco.

John Thorpe from Northanger Abbey
John Thorpe one half of another unvirtuous sibling set. John and his sister Isabella are irritating and unscrupulous. Thorpe is the second of Austen’s antagonists to be named John, a familiar name that has numerous variations in other languages. A few familiar forms of John include Evan, Giovanni, Ian, Juan, Sean, and Shane. If you’re looking for a less common variant, you might consider Ivo, Johan, Johannes, or Yannick.

William Elliot from Persuasion
I could argue that the situation itself is the antagonist in Persuasion, but I think William Elliot is deceptive enough in his intentions to share in that title. William Elliot is obsessed with his title and inheritance, but he does have two very handsome names. William is the most popular name on our list today at Number 5. English from a German name, William means resolute protection. Elliot is another well-loved name that is increasing in popularity for both boys and girls. Elliot comes from an English surname meaning Jehovah is God.

Weigh in on your favorite name from Austen’s Bad Boys:

Happy New Year!

Names of Young Adult Authors

yaauthorsThe genre of Young Adult fiction is booming. These writers have brought characters to life with wonderful, vibrant names and many of them have equally delightful names. Let’s take a look at the names of some popular Young Adult authors.

Veronica Roth – author of the Divergent trilogy
Veronica is a Latin variation of Berenice meaning true image. Saint Veronica is well known for wiping Jesus’ face with a towel that was later found to have his image imprinted on it. At 375 in popularity Veronica is a familiar name without being overused.

Tahereh Mafi – author of the Shatter Me series
Tahereh which can also be spelled Tahira, is an Arabic name meaning pure and virtuous. A beautiful but uncommon name in the U.S., no little girls were named Tahereh, and only 35 were named Tahira last year.

Ransom Riggs – author of Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children
Ransom is an attractive word name that unfortunately holds the association of holding someone for ransom. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green used Ransom as a middle name for their son Bodhi Ransom in 2014. 92 boys were named Ransom in the U.S. last year.

Suzanne Collins – author of The Hunger Games trilogy
Suzanne may have peaked in the last 1940’s, but I suspect it may be a name that we see return to popularity in the next decade. A French form of the name Susan, meaning Lily, Suzanne was only given to 77 girls last year.

John Green – author of The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska
The epitome of a classic name, John is currently number 26 in popularity, and has never dipped below number 28 in the U.S. A Hebrew name meaning God is gracious; there are many attractive international variations of John such as Sean, Ewan, and Ian.

Kiera Cass – author of The Selection series
Kiera is an angelcized form of the Irish name Ciara meaning black or dark. Kiera entered popularity in the late 1980’s. Currently number 592 in popularity, modern parents are leaning toward the spelling Keira which comes in at number 228.

Marissa Meyer – author of The Lunar Chronicles
Marissa is a variant of the Latin name Maris, meaning of the sea. Marissa peaked in the 1990’s when similar names like Alyssa and Melissa were also in fashion. Marissa is declining in popularity, although it is still readily used at spot 473.

James Dashner – author of The Maze Runner series
James is an English variation of Jacob meaning supplanter. Last year James re-entered the Top 10 at spot number 9. We also saw many celebrities gender-bending this traditionally male name and using it for their daughters. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively named their daughter James in 2014.

Rainbow Rowell – author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl
Rainbow is Rowell’s real birth name, much to the delight of my inner eight-year-old. A whimsical, colorful word name, only 9 girls were named Rainbow last year. In 2013 Holly Madison named her daughter Rainbow Aurora.

Cassandra Clare – author of The Mortal Instruments series
Cassandra Clare is the only writer on this list that goes by a pen name. She was born Judith Rumelt. Cassandra is a Greek name meaning prophetess, currently number 516 in popularity. In Greek mythology Cassandra was a Princess of Troy.

What’s your favorite YA author’s name?