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Great Names from the Golden Globes


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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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”

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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!

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

Two lovely Vi’s

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!

Yara – daughter of Mona & Ricki from CarterFamTV

A rare but cool Y name

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


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.


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?

Word Names for Writers


I’ve noticed that several baby name enthusiasts have a passion for writing. Many writers enter the world of baby names while researching potential character names. I thought it would be fun to look at some wonderful word names related to the art of writing.

Story seems like it should be a hipster favorite.  A unisex word name, meaning a narrative, Story has a whimsical vibe.  Though Story may seem a bit too out there to many parents, it does share the same ending sound as familiar names like Lori and Corey. Actress Jenna Elfman named one of her sons Story Elias.  If Story feels to bold as a first name, you may consider pairing it with a more traditional first name, like actress Minnie Driver who named her little one, Henry Story.

Can a name also be a verb? Why not? There’s Reid and Reed, so why not Read? A simple spelling twist ensures that this name has a recognizable sound, but different meaning. A cool name for a lover of literature. Reid is the most popular spelling at #259, followed closely by Reed at #317, while Read is not ranked in the top 1,000.

Page is another recognizable name, a slight spelling variation of Paige.  Page is both an occupational name, meaning an attendant to a Lord, and a term for a sheet of paper. A subtle book tie in with either spelling.  Page Hopkins, a television journalist, wears this name well.

Penn may remind you of illusionist Penn Jillette, or actor Penn Badgley. Penn is an English word meaning enclosure.  It also mirrors the sound of pen, a writing instrument.  Penn has a similar sound to Ben, and would make a cool alternative to the rising name, Finn.  Is the Penn mightier than the sword? I’m not sure, but I do think it’s one of the more usable names on this list.

Hot off the Press! There are many definitions of this interesting word name, but a printing press is what comes to mind when I think of writers.  Not sure about using Press on it’s own? Try Presley, Prescott, or Preston.  All give you the cool, subtle nod to published word.

A word name and occupational name with a romantic feel to it. Actress Soleil Moon Frye used the name Poet Sienna Rose for one of her daughters.  Poet seems like a name that should be a celebrity favorite.  It could easily work on either gender.

If you thought Poet was cool, then you might like Sonnet.  Sonnet is an inviting choice for avid readers and writers. The word Sonnet is derived from an Italian word meaning little song.  A beautiful sound and meaning, Forest Whitaker named his daughter Sonnet Noel.

Fable almost has a virtuous quality to it. A fable is a short story, often with animals, that is used to convey a moral.  A nice meaning and a quirky, yet usable name.  Blogger Rebecca Wolf named her daughter Fable Luella.

I really like the sound of the word Writer.  A Writer is someone who has written text. As a name, it has the same feel as Ryder and Wilder to me.  It follows the occupational trend and ends in the popular “er” ending.

A Quill is a writing instrument often made using a feather.  A lovely tool to write with and an interesting name. Q also makes for an interesting initial.  Quill could also work as a nickname for Quiller or Quillan.  I’d love to meet a little Quill!

Write On!


Lovely Lithuanian Names

lithuanianI love learning about names from different cultures and countries. There are many stunning Lithuanian names, here are a few of my favorites!

Elžbieta – Elizabeth is one of my favorite names in just about any language. Elžbieta is a beautiful, Lithuanian form of Elizabeth, meaning “pledged to God”.

Lilija – A Lithuanian and Latvian form of Lily. Lily is a popular and beautiful flower name associated with youth and purity. Lilija has a rich, feminine sound and lends itself to the nickname Lily.

Kotryna – Katherine, like Elizabeth, is a beautiful classic with many variations. Kotryna is a striking Lithuanian form of Katherine, meaning “pure”.

Lėja – The name Leah has been rising. If you like Leah, you might consider the Lithuanian form Lėja, meaning “wearly”.

Many female Lithuanian names end in the letters a, e, or ia.


Andrius – Andrius is my personal favorite name from this list. A Lithuanian form of Andrew, meaning “manly”, Andrius is a name used in many countries. I think it would wear well in the U.S.

Matas – I love the look of Matas.  It would fit in well with other male names ending in the letter S that are trending, like Silas and Tobias.  Matas is a Lithuanian form of Matthew, meaning “gift of God”.

Kasparas – A strong and handsome name, Kasparas is Lithuanian form of Jasper, meaning “treasurer”.  Fans of the name Casper might enjoy this grand name.

Mykolas – Mykolas is a cool Lithuanian form of Michael, meaning “who is like God”? Mykolas would be an awesome way to honor a Michael.

Many male Lithuanian names end in the letters as, is, ius, us, or ys.


Viso gero,

Set Sail with these Nautical Names!


Some fun, usable , nautical inspired names for lovers of the sea and sail!

Careen (ke-REEN)
Scarlett O’Hara had a sister named Carreen in Gone With the Wind. Careen may possibly be derived from Caroline, meaning “freeman”.  Careen is also a verb, meaning to tilt a ship on it’s side so that it may be cleaned.

An straight forward choice for this category, Fisher means, “fisherman”.  Fisher is part of a growing trend of occupational surnames being used in the first name spot.  In the U.S. Fisher is currently #862 for boys.

chevboatOcéane (oh-say-AHN)
The sleek and beautiful French word for “ocean”.  Océane has a sophisticated and feminine sound.  Oceana, Greek, also meaning “ocean” is a similar and equally beautiful choice.

A cool, no-nonsense, one syllable word and nature name.  A Reef is a rock, sandbar, or other feature lying beneath the surface of the water.  Reef would be a cool name for a scuba or snorkel lover!

One of my personal favorite names.  Cordelia has Celtic roots meaning, “daughter of the sea”. A subtle nautical tie with a gorgeous meaning. I fell in love with this name whilst reading the Anne of Green Gables series.

Kai (kye)
Kai is a unisex name that has been getting lots of buzz in the baby name world. There are many meanings and origins for this strong little name.  The Hawaiian meaning of Kai is “sea”. Kai is currently #199 for boys and #915 for girls in the U.S.

A gorgeous Latin name that has been used all over the world. Marina means “from the sea”. A Marina is also a boat dock or basin. Actor Matt LeBlanc used the name Marina Pearl for his daughter – a perfectly sweet nautical name!

Anchor is a word name that I could easily see rise in popularity.  It has a similar sound to names like Asher and Archer.  Anchors can also symbolize strength and support.

A word and occupational name fitting for a sea-lover. Christie Brinkley used the name Sailor for her daughter in 1998, and Liv Tyler recently had a son named Sailor (February 2015)

Dylan is a Welsh name meaning “son of the sea”.  Many Welsh names have great meanings with ties to the ocean.  I love the connection to poet Dylan Thomas.  Dylan is currently #28 in the U.S.

Warm waves of names,

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 Week – Lorelei & Casper


This week our names are Lorelei & Casper

Lorelei – is a German name, meaning “alluring temptress” or “luring rock”. Legend has it that the Lorelei was a beautiful maiden living in the rocks by the sea.  Her beautiful voice lured sailors to their death.  Perhaps not the best meaning, but Lorelai (yep, different spelling) is also the name of the lovable characters from The Gilmore Girls.


Casper – may possibly be a Dutch name meaning “treasurer”, a variation of the Persian name Jasper. The alternative spelling, Caspar is also well loved.  Many people associate this name with the lovable character, Casper the Friendly Ghost.

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A wonderful week to you,

Famous March Birthdays!


A month full of birthdays, a month full of names!

March 1st – Jensen Ackles
Jensen Ross Ackles – Actor, born in the United States on March 1, 1978.
Jensen is a twist on the Scandinavian name Jenson, meaning “son of Jens”. A wonderful name to use to honor a Jennifer.
A great day to be born, Jensen and I share the same Birthday.

Bryce Dallas Howard March 2nd

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March 2nd – Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard – Actor, born in the United States on March 2, 1981.
Bryce comes from the Scottish surname Brice, meaning “speckled, freckled”.  Not currently in the top 1,000 for girls, Bryce is #117 for boys in the U.S.

March 3rd – Camila Cabello
Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao– Singer, born in Cuba on March 3, 1997.
A Spanish and Portuguese form of Camilla, Camila has Latin roots meaning “young ceremonial attendant”.  At #39 for girls in the U.S. Camila is a name on the rise.

March 4th – Erin Heatherton
Erin Heather Bubley  – Model, born in the United States on March 4, 1989.
Erin is an Irish name derived from the name Éireann meaning “Ireland”.  I love to see celebrities given names.  Erin Bubley and Erin Heatherton have completely different vibes.

March 5th – Joel Osteen
Joel Scott Osteen  – Preacher and Author, born in the United States on March 5, 1963.
Joel is a Hebrew name, meaning “Jehovah is God”.  Currently #144 in the U.S. Joel also makes for a great, easy to pair middle name.

Connie Britton March 6th

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March 6th – Connie Britton
Constance Elaine Britton  – Actor & Singer, born in the United States on March 6, 1967.
Whatever happened to the name Constance? Could it be the next vintage revival?  Constance is a medieval form of Constantia, meaning “steadfast, constant”.

March 7th – Peter Sarsgaard
John Peter Sarsgaard  – Actor, born in the United States on March 7, 1971.
Peter is a Greek name, meaning “rock”.  Currently #208 in the U.S.  I love the many literary associations to this classic name!

March 8th – Boris Kodjoe
Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe– Actor & Model, born in Austria on March 8, 1973.
Boris is a Slavic name, popular in Russia with multiple meanings, including “snow leopard”, “short”, “wolf”, or “fight”.  Boris Kodjoe has quite the name, huh?

Raúl Juliá March 9th

Raúl Juliá
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March 9th – Raúl Juliá
Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay– Actor, born in Puerto Rico on March 9, 1940.
Raúl is a handsome Spanish/Portuguese variation of the name Ralph, meaning “wolf counsel”. At #409 in popularity, Raul makes for a usable name with a slightly exotic sound. Raoul is another great variation of this name.

March 10th – Carrie Underwood
Carrie Marie Underwood– Singer, born in the United States on March 10, 1983.
Carrie is a diminutive of the name Caroline, meaning “free man”.  The rise of the name Carly coincided with the decline of the name Carrie.

March 11th – Ainsley Bailey
Ainsley Bailey– Actor, born in the United States on March 11, 1992.
Ainsley is a Scottish surname and placename, meaning “field”, “hermitage”, or “Anne’s field”. A unisex name, Ainsley is more  popular for girls at #322.

Liza Minnelli March 12th

Liza Minnelli
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March 12th – Liza Minnelli
Liza May Minnelli– Actor & Singer, born in the United States on March 12, 1946.
“It’s Liza with a ‘Z’, not Lisa with a ‘S’.  Liza is a diminutive of the name Elizabeth, meaning “pledged to God”. Liza Minnelli was named after a Gershwin song.

March 13th – Emile Hirsch
Emile Davenport Hirsh– Actor, born in the United States on March 13, 1985.
Emile is a French form of the Latin name Emil, meaning “rival”.  It’s interesting to me how Emile/Emil is so underused in comparison to the wildly popular Emily.

Ansel Elgort March 14th

Ansel Elgort
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March 14th – Ansel Elgort
Ansel Elgort– Actor, born in the United States on March 14, 1994.
Ansel may have old French roots meaning “follower of nobleman”.  It may also come from a German name, Anselm, meaning “god, protection”.  A famous bearer of this names is photographer Ansel Adams, whom Elgort was named after.

March 15th – Eva Longoria
Eva Jacqueline Longoria– Actor, born in the United States on March 15, 1975.
Eva is a lovely Latin variation of the Hebrew name Eve, meaning “life”. At #88 Eva is a popular name, but still not as popular as Ava, which is #4.

March 16th – Victor Garber
Victor Joseph Garber– Actor, born in the United States on March 16, 1949.
Victor is a strong Latin name meaning, “a victor, or conqueror”. Currently #142 for boys in the U.S.  Garber shared his first name with writer Victor Hugo.

March 17th – Nat King Cole
Nathaniel Adams Cole– Musician, born in the United States on March 17, 1919.
Most Nathaniel’s now go by the nickname Nate or Nathan.  Nat is another great nickname or diminutive of Nathaniel, a Hebrew name meaning “gift of God”.

Sutton Foster March 18th

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March 18th – Sutton Foster
Sutton Lenore Foster– Actor & Singer, born in the United States on March 18, 1975.
Sutton Foster sounds cool enough to be a stage name, however this is her given name.  Sutton is an English name, meaning “from the Southern homestead”, currently #832 for girls in the U.S.  I think Sutton makes for a really cool middle name.

March 19th –Ursula Andress
Ursula Andress– Actor, born in Switzerland on March 19, 1936.
Ursula may remind you of the villainous octopus-lady in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. That association aside, Ursula is a Latin name with a cute meaning, “little female bear”.

March 20th – Chester Bennington
Chester Charles Bennington– Musician, born in the United States on March 20, 1976.
Chester comes from a surname, meaning “fortress, or walled town”.  Chester fell out of popularity int he 90’s.  Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have a son named Chester.

March 21st Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick– Actor, born in the United States on March 21, 1962.
Matthew is a Hebrew name, meaning “gift of God”.  A well loved name, Matthew has been in the top 100 since the late 1950’s and is currently #15 in the U.S.

Reese Witherspoon March 22nd

Reese Witherspoon
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March 22nd – Reese Witherspoon
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon – Actor, born in the United States on March 22, 1976.
Laura is a familiar name, meaning “bay laurel”.  Interestingly, Reese a Welsh name, meaning “ardor”, has now surpassed Laura in popularity.  The spike in popularity of Reese is no doubt due to Reese Witherspoon.

March 23rd – Joan Crawford
Lucille Fay LeSueur– Actor, born in the United States on March 23, 1904 (some sources list her birth year as 1905, 1906, and 1908 as well).
Joan Crawford was credited in her first works as Lucille LeSueur.  Pete smith of MGM worried her name sounded made up and had a “Name the star” contest in which readers selected Joan Crawford. Joan means, “God is gracious”.

March 24th – Harry Houdini
Erik Weisz– Illusionist, born in Hungary on March 24, 1874.
Houdini also went by the names Elrich Weiss and Harry Weiss.  How cool and iconic is the name Houdini? Harry comes from the name Henry, meaning “estate ruler”.

Elton John March 25th

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March 25th – Elton John (Sir Elton Hercules John)
Reginald Kenneth Dwight – Musician, born in the England on March 25, 1947.
Elton Hercules is quite different from his birth name, Reginald Kenneth.  Elton is an English name, meaning “from the old town”.  Whenever I hear this name I immediately think of Elton John.

March 26th – Amy Smart
Amy Lysle Smart– Actor, born in the United States on March 26, 1976.
Amy was a top name in the 80’s and 90’s.  I think Amy will make a comeback in the next 10-15 years.  A French name, Amy means “beloved”.

March 27th – Pauley Perrette
Pauley Perrette – Actor, born in the United States on March 27, 1969.
Pauley has a fun alliterative name that matches her personality.  Pauley is a diminutive of name name Paul, meaning “small”.

March 28th – Vince Vaughn
Vincent Anthony Vaughn– Actor, born in the United States on March 28, 1970.
Vincent is a strong Latin name, meaning “conqueror”. A popular name in the middle ages, there are many Saints that bear this commanding name.

Lucy Lawless March 29th

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March 29th – Lucy Lawless
Lucille Frances Lawless– Actor, born in New Zealand on March 29, 1968.
Lucille is a lovely, old French name meaning “light”. Lucy is a sweet nickname coming from names such as Lucille and Lucia. The name Lucy on it’s own is climbing the charts, currently #66.

March 30th – Piers Morgan
Piers Stefan O’Meara – Journalist & TV Host, born in England on March 30, 1965.
Piers was the first used English version of Peter.  A Greek name, meaning “rock”, Piers is rarely used in the U.S.

March 31st – Shirley Jones
Shirley Mae Jones– Singer & Actor, born in the United States on March 31, 1934.
Surely the name Shirley is due for a comeback! I think it would fit in well with many vintage girls names that have been trending.  An English name, meaning “bright meadow”, I love the association to the literary character Anne Shirley.