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Little People, Big Names


The Roloff Family became household names with their TLC show Little People, Big World which follows a family of six, three of which have dwarfism. The Roloff parents have separated since the show aired but the family continues to grow as all four of the children are in relationships and the two eldest sons have become father’s themselves. Let’s take a look at names from this growing little family!

The Roloff Parents

Matthew “Matt” James Roloff
Matthew James Roloff is the patriarch of the Roloff bunch. Matthew is a timeless Hebrew name meaning gift of God.  Matthew was ranked at Number 59 in 1961 when Roloff was born, though today its much more commonly used at Number 15. The Spanish variant Mateo is also on the rise. Matthew ranks within the Top 100 in Australia, Canada, England and Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Matt is currently dating Caryn Chandler.

Amy Jo Knight Roloff
Amy Jo Knight, Matt’s ex-wife, is the Roloff matriarch. Amy is a French name meaning beloved that peaked in 1976 when it was the Number 2 girls name in the US. Amy ranked at Number 44 the year Roloff was born and today comes in at spot Number 176. We may be hearing Amy more as a nickname as Amelia climbs the charts. Amy could also work as a nickname to Amandine, Amaryllis, Amelie, Amethyst, and Amity. Amy is currently dating Chris Marek.

The Roloff Kids

Jeremy James Roloff
The twin brothers Jeremy and Zach are the eldest. Jeremy James, who sometimes goes by the nickname “Jer,” shares the same middle name as his father. Jeremy is an English form of the Hebrew name Jeremiah meaning appointed by God. Jeremy ranked at Number 40 in 1990 when Roloff was born, but has since declined in popularity currently ranked at Number 184. I’ve always been fond of the name Jeremy and believe it could be more appealing to modern parents with the nickname “Remy.”

Zachary Luke “Zach” Roloff
Zachary Luke, predominantly called “Zach,” is the other twin in duo of Zach and Jeremy. Zachary is a Hebrew name meaning God has remembered. Zachary peaked in the mid 1990’s just a few years after Roloff was given his name in 1990 when it was Number 22. Today Zachary ranks at Number 90, the lowest its been since the late 1970s.

Molly Jo Roloff Silvius
Molly Jo is the only girl in the bunch and she shares her the middle name Jo with her mother. Molly is a sweet, wholesome sounding diminutive of the Hebrew name Mary meaning bitter. Molly ranked at Number 87 in 1993 when Roloff Silvius was born and today comes in at Number 157. Molly has a special place in my heart as it reminds me of American Girl doll and character Molly McIntire.

Jacob George Roloff
Jacob, who sometimes goes by “Jake”, is the youngest of the Roloff siblings. Jacob is a well-loved Hebrew name meaning supplanter that is currently the Number 7 boys name in the US. Jacob ranked at Number 2 in 1997 when Roloff was born. Jacob was the most popular boys name from 1999-2007, so chances are you know a Jacob or two.

The Roloff Kids Partners

Audrey Mirabella Botti Roloff
Jeremy Roloff married Audrey Mirabella Botti in September 2014. Doesn’t Audrey Mirabella sound like a name straight from a name-lover’s favorites list? Audrey is an English name meaning noble strength that reminds many of the lovely and classy Audrey Hepburn. Audrey ranked at Number 169 in 1991 when Roloff was born but has been steadily climbing the charts, today ranked at Number 39.

Victoria Elizabeth “Tori” Patton Roloff
Zach Roloff married Victoria Elizabeth “Tori” Patton in July 2015. Victoria almost exclusively goes by the nickname Tori, though her given name, Victoria Elizabeth is quite regal. Victoria has long been a classic name in the US, ranking at Number 28 in 1991 when Roloff was born and today at Number 21. Victoria is a Latin name meaning victory that could also lend itself to the nicknames Ria, Rori, Tora, Via, and of course Vicky.


Joel Silvius
Molly Roloff Silvius married Joel Silvius is August 2017. Joel and Molly share the same birthday, how sweet is that? Joel is a Hebrew name meaning God has remembered. Joel was Number 101 in 1993 when Silvius was born and has dropped just a bit in popularity to 166, making it still a well loved name.  I particularly like Joel in the middle name spot and think it makes a nice alternative or way to honor a Joseph.


Isabel Sofia Garreton Rock
Jacob Roloff has been dating Isabel “Izzy” Rock for a couple of years. I have to point out the fun Twilight name connection of Jacob and Isabel (close to Isabella). Isabel seems is such a delight and the couple have had fun with their names calling themselves “Rock and Roloff.” I’m unsure of Isabel’s birth-date, though if she was born in 1997 like Jacob, her name would have ranked at 141 then and ranks at 145 now. Isabel is a variant of the classic Elizabeth meaning pledged to God.

The Roloff Grandkids


Jackson Kyle Roloff
On May 12, 2017 Zach and Tori welcomed the first Roloff grandchild, Jackson Kyle. Jackson is affectionately called “Baby J” by his family occasionally. Jackson is an English name meaning son of Jack that currently ranks at Number 17 in popularity. The popularity of Jackson is a bit deceiving though because there are multiple spelling variations within the Top 1,000.


Ember Jean Roloff
On September 10, 2017 Jeremy and Audrey welcomed the first Roloff granddaughter named Ember Jean.  Ember is a word name referring to a coal glowing on a fire. Ember just entered the US Top 1,000 in 2009 and peaked last year at Number 320 in popularity.

Names from The Breakfast Club


“We’re all pretty bizarre.
Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”

I love quoting John Hughes films. The Breakfast Club is an 80’s cult classic. It’s as funny, dramatic, and relevant today as it was in 1985. The five main actors who tell this story were part of a group of young Hollywood actors that the media nicknamed “the Brat Pack”. For this article I thought it would be fun to look at the names of the five main characters as well as the actors who portrayed them.


Andy ~ Andrew Clark “the athlete” played by Emilio Estevez

Andrew is a Greek name meaning “strong and manly”. A timeless classic, Andrew is currently #22 in popularity (in the U.S.) and has never been lower than #86. Andy and Drew are common nicknames for this well known name.

Emilio is a Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese variation of the name Emil, meaning “rival”. It is much less popular than Andrew at #298. The name Emilio Estevez has a very smooth, romantic sound to it.




Brian ~ Brian Ralph Johnson “the brain” played by Anthony Michael Hall

Brian comes from an old Irish name meaning “noble or high”. Brian was in the top 100 from 1947-2009. It is currently at #150.  The popularity of this name gives it an inviting and familiar sound.

Anthony is Latin meaning “priceless”. Anthony is currently #19  and has been in the top 20 since this film was released in 1985.  A beloved Saint’s name, Anthony has global appeal. A fun little name fact – Anthony Michael Hall’s birth name is actually Michael Anthony Hall.




Claire ~ Claire Standish “the princess” played by Molly Ringwald

Claire is a French name meaning “bright and clear”. The spelling Clair has traditionally been a male name.  Claire has a classic, crisp, clean sound to it. It is currently #49 in popularity. I love both Claire and the variation Clare, which I choose as a confirmation name.

Molly comes from the Hebrew name Mary, meaning “bitter”.  There is something sweet and friendly about the name Molly.  A popular name for pets and dolls, Molly is #102 in popularity.  Molly is also associated with the iconic 80’s coming-of-age actress, Molly Kathleen Ringwald.


Bender (John)

Bender (John)

Bender ~ John Bender “the criminal” played by Judd Nelson

John is perhaps the first name that comes to most people’s minds when they think of a classic and traditional male name.  A Hebrew name, John means “God is gracious”.  Currently #27, John was a top 10 name from 1880-1986!

Judd comes from the Hebrew name Jordan, meaning “flowing down or praised”. Judd Nelson was born Judd Asher Nelson, sounds like his parents were name-lovers to me! Judd is a simple yet strong one-syllable name.




Allison ~ Allison Reynolds “the basket case” played by Ally Sheedy

Allison is variation of the name Alice, meaning “noble”. Currently #34, Allison has been in the top 100 for the past 40 years.

Ally is a popular nickname for many names, including Allison. Ally Sheedy’s full name is Alexandra Elizabeth.  On it’s own, not as a nickname, Ally is #607.  Ally is a popular nickname though for Alice, Allison, Alexandra, Alexandria, Alexis, Alexia, Allegra, and many other names.

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