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Names from the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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Netflix recently released the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a show based off the comic series of the same name and it has been all the buzz around the water cooler. Perhaps part of the appeal is nostalgia for the much lighter late 90’s sitcom Sabina the Teenage Witch. There are some great names a brew from cast and characters alike!

Sabrina Spellmansabrina
Played by Kiernan Shipka
Sabrina is the name of a mythological Celtic Princess as well as a Latin name derived from the River Severn. U.S. Ranking – Number 434.
Kiernan is traditionally and Irish male name meaning dark one. Not currently ranked in the U.S. Top 1,000 for either sex.

harveyHarvey Kinkle
Played by Ross Lynch
Harvey is a French name meaning battle worthy. U.S. Ranking – Number 382.
Ross is of Scottish origins meaning upland or Peninsula. Ross does not currently rank in the U.S. Top 1,000.

zeldaZelda Spellman
Played by Miranda Otto
Zelda comes from the name Griselda meaning gray battle. U.S. Ranking – Number 649.
Miranda is a Latin name meaning marvelous and worthy of admiration. U.S. Ranking – Number 344.

hildaHilda Spellman
Played by Lucy Davis
Hilda Hilda is a German name meaning battle woman. Hilda is not currently Ranked in the U.S. Top 1,000.
Lucy Lucy is an English variant of Lucia meaning Light. U.S. Ranking – Number 52.

ambroseAmbrose Spellman
Played by Chance Perdomo
Ambrose is a Latin name meaning immortal one. Ambrose does not currently rank in the U.S. Top 1,000.
Chance is a word name but may also be a variant of Chauncey, meaning chancellor. U.S. Ranking – Number 267.

maryMary Wardwell
Played by Michelle Gomez
Mary is a Latin name meaning bitter. U.S. Ranking – Number 126.
Michelle is a French feminine form of Michael meaning who is like God. U.S. ranking – Number 214.

prudencePrudence Night
Played by Tati Gabrielle
Prudence is a Puritanical virtue name meaning caution. Prudence is not currently ranked in the U.S. Top 1,000.
Tati is short for Tatiana a Russian family name. Tatiana is currently ranked at Number 700 in the U.S.

faustusFather Faustus Blackwood
Played by Richard Coyle
Faustus is a Latin name possibly meaning auspicious or lucky. Faustus is rarely used in the U.S. and not ranked in the Top 1,000.
Richard is a German name meaning dominant ruler. U.S. Ranking – Number 175.

rozRosalind “Roz” Walker
Played by Jaz Sinclair
Rosalind is a Latin name meaning pretty rose. Rosalind is not currently ranked in the U.S. Top 1,000.
Jaz is a variant of Jasmine, a Persian flower name. Jaz is not ranked in the U.S. Top 1,000, while Jasmine ranks at Number 130.

susieSusie Putnam
Played by Lachlan Watson
Susie is a diminutive of the name Susan meaning lily. Susie is not currently ranked in the U.S. Top 1,000.
Lachlan is a Scottish name meaning from the forjed-land or land of lochs. Lachlan is ranked at Number 695 for boys in the U.S.

Happy Halloween!

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Nature Names – Letter B

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Basil
An herb and Greek name meaning regal.

Bay
A name that brings to mind aquatic images, Bay has Latin roots meaning berry, a nature name through and through.

Beach
Surfs up! This one may be best in the middle name spot.

Begonia
Do you like flower names? Begonia is an unusual choice for the gorgeous flower.

Beech
So Beach is for the water babies and now we have Beech for the forest babes!
Beech trees are part of the fagaceae family.

Berry
Berry berry cute! I love Berry as a middle name. As a child of the 80’s and 90’s I can’t help but see this one and think of Strawberry Shortcake sheets.

Birch
Don’t you just love those white-bark branches? This one-syllable name is strong in sound and imagery.

Blossom
The flowering part of a plant and the coming-of-age 1990’s television show.

Bluebell
This flower name is on many name-lover’s guilty pleasure lists. Split this name up and nicknames Blue and Bell make it easy to wear.

Branch
Hard to see this one and not think of Justin Timberlake in Trolls.
Branch our with this sturdy nature name.

Briar
English for a thorny patch, this one is also associated with Sleeping Beauty who went by the alias “Briar Rose.”

Brook
Often overlooked due to Brooks and Brooke’s popularity. This babbling water name is a great choice.

Bryony
A Latin flower name meaning to sprout. The spelling Briony was used in the film and book Atonement.

Buttercup
It’s hard not to think of The Princess Bride for this quirky, cute flower name.

Which of these names would you use for your little one?

Names from Disney’s “COCO”

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Parents and caregivers are always up on the latest children’s films to be released on Netflix. Disney Pixar’s “Coco” is all the rage right now. As I sat cross-legged on the floor to watch the delightful film for the third time this week, I kept wondering how the characters were related to one another and what their beautiful names meant.  SPOILER ALERT – not everyone in the film is who they seem, and this article reveals family names and connections.  I feel like I should start with Miguel, our stories protagonist, but my OCD mind feels like its better to start from the Top down.  See the graphic at the end of this article to see how everyone connects.

Imelda “Mamá  Imelda” – The sassy, suborn, matriarch of the family and Miguel’s Great-Great-Grandmother.  Voiced by Alanna Ubach. Imedla is a Spanish and Italian name meaning all-consuming fight, quite the perfect meaning for this fiery character.

Héctor – Talented and goofy Héctor is the guy we’re all rooting for.  We learn that he is Miguel’s Great-Great-Grandfather. Voiced by Gael García Bernal. Héctor is a Greek name widely used around the world.  Hector means holding fast and currently ranks at Number 317 in the U.S.

Oscar – One part of the lovable twin Uncles, “Tíos Oscar & Felipe.”  Oscar is one of Miguel’s Great-Great-Uncles. Voices by Herbert Siguenza. Oscar has English and Irish roots, though it’s been used in various countries and even has a bit of a hipster vibe. Rated at Number 192 Oscar has the adorable meaning, deer lover.

Felipe – The other half of the twin Uncle-Duo of “Tíos Oscar & Felipe.” Felipe is one of Miguel’s Great-Great-Uncles, also voiced by Herbert Siguenza. Much less popular than Oscar, Felipe, the Spanish form of Philip and ranks at Number 782.

Socorro “Coco” – The bearer of the films name, Socorro, better known as “Mamá Coco,” voiced by Ana Ofelia Murguia. Socorro is also the name of Miguel’s baby sister, born at the end of this film. A Spanish name meaning succour, help, or relief, the nickname “Coco” makes this name feel a bit more usable.

Julio – Miguel’s late great-grandfather, “Papá Julio” is lovable and kind. Voiced by Alfonso Arau. Julio is a Spanish form of Julius meaning youthful.  Julio is popular with Latino families and currently ranks at Number 499 in the U.S.

Rosita – Tía Rosita, Papá Julio’s sister is cheerful and adorable. I would’ve loved to see more of her in the film. Rosita is voiced by Selene Luna. Rosita is a Spanish nickname for Rosa, meaning rose. Rosita isn’t ranked within the Top 1,000, though Rosa comes in at Number 672.

Franco – Franco, “Papá Franco”, is Miguel’s grandfather and his name is totally ready for a revival. I think his namesake is in honor of the film composer, Germaine Franco.  Franco is an Italian form of Francis and currently ranks at Number 728 in popularity.

Elena – better known as “Abuelita”, Miguel’s Grandma is a bit or a tyrant though lovable, and full of good intentions.  Abuelita Elena is voiced by Renee Victor.  Elena is a Spanish form of Helen meaning bright, shining light.  Elena is trending right now and currently ranks at Number 67 in popularity.

Victoria –  Tía Victoria, Miguel’s Great-Aunt is a bit buttoned-up and no-nonsense like her Grandmother, Imelda. Voice by Dyana Ortellí, Tia Victoria would be a fun character to play.  Victoria is a classic Latin name meaning victory, currently ranked at Number 19.

Enrique  – Miguel’s  father, “Papá” is a loyal family man.  Voiced by Jaime Camil. Enrique is a Spanish form of Henry, meaning estate ruler.  Enrique isn’t quite as popular as Henry, it ranks at Number 487.

Luisa – Miguel’s mother, “Mamá ” is sensitive to her son and pregnant for most of the film with his little sister. Voiced by Sofia Espinosa. Luisa is an Italian feminine form of Louis meaning renowned warrior. Luisa isn’t in the Top 1,000 though the spelling Louisa ranked at Number 752.

Gloria – Gloria is Miguel’s Aunt or Tía. She’s outspoken and has fun makeup, don’t we all have a Gloria in our lives? Gloria is a Latin name meaning glory that ranks at Number 561.  I predict that glory, this names meaning, will take off in the years to come.

Berto  Tío Berto, Miguel’s Uncle, is voiced by Luis Valdez. Berto is quite a little character, a bit clumsy, but also a kind family man.  Berto is a Spanish nickname for names like Alberto, Roberto, and other names with similar endings. As a stand-alone name, Berto is not in the Top 1,000.

Carmen – Carmen is Berto’s wife, and Miguel’s Aunt or Tía. Carmen is a Spanish form of Carmel and means garden. Carmen is an attractive name that works well in various languages and currently ranks at Number 405 in the United States.

Abel – Abel is Miguel’s dutiful cousin who like his father is a bit of a klutz. Abel is a Hebrew name meaning breath that people are loving.  Currently ranked at Number 146, Abel is one of those names more popular than many may realize.

Rosa – Rosa is another one of Miguel’s cousins.  I love how they dressed her in the film.  Rosa may have been named for her Tía Rosita.  Rosa means rose and ranks at Number 672.

Benny – One half of Miguel’s twin-cousin duo of Benny and Manny.  Benny may be a dimiuntive of a multitude of Ben names – from Benjamin to Benicio. I think Benicio would be a handsome and fitting fuller name for this character.

Manny – Benny’s twin brother, and Miguel’s cousin, is Manny. Manny is a diminutive of Emmanuel, a Hebrew name meaning God is with us.  Manny may also work as a nickname for Manuel, which I think would fit this character’s heritage well.

Miguel – Finally we get to our tenacious and talented little Miguel. Vocied my Anthony Gonzalez. Miguel is a Spanish and Portuguese form of the name Michael, meaning who is like the Lord. Miguel is a well-loved name, ranking at Number 176 in the U.S.

Ernesto – I had to included another lead character, the antagonist, Ernesto de la Cruz voiced by Benjamin Bratt. Ernesto is a Spanish and Italian form of Ernest meaning serious and resolute.  Ernesto currently ranks at Number 708 in popularity.

What are your favorite names from the Rivera Family?

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Alabama Baby Names

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Do you find yourself looking at place names when you travel? I recently moved to a new state and I love taking in all the potential local baby names. My love of the U.S., travel, and names has come together in this new series where I’ll be talking about some great names inspired by each state. Let’s look at some great names from the heart of Dixie inspired by the state of Alabama.

Alabama
Why not pull inspiration from the state itself? Alabama comes from a Choctaw Native American name which when broken down means plant-cutters and to clear. Celebs Travis Barker Shanna Moakler named their daughter Alabama Louella. Writer William Faulker also used Alabama for his daughter. Alabama would be a cool way to get to the nickname Ally/Allie. Only 14 girls were named Alabama last year.

Auburn
Auburn is a college town, home of Auburn University. One of Alabama’s largest cities, Auburn’s nickname is ,“The Loveliest Village On The Plains.” Auburn is also a lovely red-brown color name and lends itself easily to the nickname Aubrey. Auburn has never ranked in the US Top 1,000 and was only used by 34 girls and 6 boys last year.

Birmingham
Birmingham may be suited best as a middle name or a name reserved for a brave namer. You could get creative with nicknames like Bing or Barry for Birmingham. One of the most recognizable cities in Alabama, Birmingham is packed full of history. Birmingham comes from an Old English surname meaning homestead of the people. Birmingham is so rarely used that less than 5 babies were named Birmingham last year.

Camelllia
Camellia became the state flower of Alabama in 1927. If you like the rising name Amelia, you may enjoy Camellia. Camellia is a rarely used “Cam” name that was only given to 78 baby girls last year. Camellia is an uncommon name with lovable recognizable nicknames like Cam, Cami, Mellie, Mia, and Millie.

Cotton
Located right in the center of the Cotton belt, one of Alabama’s nicknames is fittingly “the Cotton state.” Cotton played a huge role in Alabama’s history and economy. A word name, Cotton was more popular among Puritans and early settlers. 18 baby boys were named Cotton last year. Cotton may also remind you of the folk song “Cotton-eyed-Joe” or the 2014 film Cotton.

Crimson
“Roll Tide!” The Alabama Crimson Tide refers to the 21 beloved sports teams at the University of Alabama. Crimson is a cool color name for a brilliant deep red hue. 69 girls and 44 boys were given the first name Crimson last year. A recognizable but rare name choice, Crimson could be an alternative to Scarlett which continues to rise.

Dixie
Alabama is known as the “heart of Dixie.” Dixie is a nickname for the South which is derived from the Latin word “dix” meaning ten. Dixie peaked in the late 1930s when it reached spot Number 167.  Last year 254 girls were named Dixie. When I think of Dixie I think of actor Dixie Carter who played Julia Sugarbaker on the TV show Designing Women or the musical trio The Dixie Chicks.

Harper
Writer Harper Lee who is remembered for her iconic book, To Kill A Mockingbird, was born in Monroeville, Alabama. One of Alabama’s most celebrated residents, Lee was born Nelle Harper Lee.  Harper first entered the Top 1,000 in 2004 and has quickly rose to the Number 10 spot where it has been the past two years. Harper is a English surname and occupational name for a harp player.

Montgomery
Montgomery is the Capital city of Alabama. The second largest city in Alabama, Montgomery was named after Richard Montgomery. Montgomery is a distinguished sounding Norman name meaning man power. 14 girls and 115 boys were given the first name Montgomery last year. I have a soft spot for Montgomery because of author Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Rocket
Brave parents may take a page from Pharell Williams who has a son named Rocket. Alabama is known as the rocket capital of the world. Hunstville, Alabama is home of the US space and rocket center. A fun word name with equally fun nicknames like Rock or Rocky, only 23 boys were named Rocket last year.

The most popular names in Alabama last year were:

1 William (#3 in the US)
2 James (#5 in the US)
3 John (#28 in the US)
4 Mason (#4 in the US)
5 Elijah (#9 in the US)
6 Noah (#1 in the US)
7 Jackson (#17 in the US)
8 Michael (#8 in the US)
9 Liam (#2 in the US)
10 Samuel (#21 in the US)

1 Ava (#3 in the US)
2 Emma (#1 in the US)
3 Olivia (#2 in the US)
4 Elizabeth (#13 in the US)
5 Harper (#10 in the US)
6 Madison (#15 in the US)
7 Amelia (#11 in the US)
8 Caroline (#56 in the US)
9 Isabella (#5 in the US)
10 Ella (#17 in the US)

 

Posh Names for your Princess

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These feminine names age well and have a distinctly upper-crust vibe. Consider one of these 10 sophisticated choices for your little lady.

Bianca
Bianca is one of the many Shakespearean character names that easily fits in to this category. An Italian name meaning white, Bianca has a much more refined sound than her sister Blanche. Currently ranked at 379, Disney fans will love the connection to the prim little mouse Bianca in The Rescuers.

Claudia
A common name in ancient Rome, Claudia still feels sophisticated and current at Number 741 in popularity. Fashion model Claudia Schiffer and the eternally young vampire Claudia from Interview with a Vampire are two well-known bearers of this name. You could also kick up the posh level a bit by using the name Claudine.

Francesca
It doesn’t get much more posh or Princess-worthy than the grand name Francesca. A flowery Italian form of Frances, meaning french man or free man, Francesca currently ranks at Number 428. Nickname lovers will delight in the numerous nickname options including; CeCe, Fanny, Fran, Francie, Frankie, and Franny.

Georgiana
Jane Austen fans will instantly recognize this as the name of Mr. Darcy’s sister in Pride and Prejudice. Georgiana is one of the many attractive feminine forms of George meaning farmer. Whether you pronounce it gor-gee-AH-na or gor-JAY-na its simply magnificent.

Lavinia
A great alternative to the much more popular Olivia, Lavinia was only used by 63 little girls last year. A fun way to get to Liv or Livie, Lavinia is a Latin name meaning from the ancient Lavinium. There were characters named Lavinia in A Little Princess and Downtown Abbey.

Margot
We could easily fill this list with lovely posh French names for girls. Margot is a french form of Margaret meaning pearl. At 593 in popularity Margot is on the rise, up nearly 150 spots last year. Margaux Hemingway changed the spelling of her name from Margot to Margaux after learning Margaux was the name of the wine her parents consumed the night of her conception.

Natasha
There is something exotic, alluring, and appealing about the name Natasha. A Russian diminutive of Natalya, meaning born of Christmas, Natasha currently ranks at Number 666. Barack and Michelle Obama named one of their daughters Natasha, though she goes primarily by the nickname Sasha.

Octavia
Another great Olivia alternative, Octavia is a striking Latin name meaning eighth. Oscar winning actor Octavia Spencer helped bring attention to this Victorian name. Only 173 baby girls were named Octavia last year.

Portia
Portia has an super sophisticated sound though it derives from a Roman family name meaning pig or hog. Perhaps the Porsche car association is too strong since only 42 babies were named Portia last year. Actress Portia de Rossi, born Amanda, chose the prim Portia in renaming herself.

Sophie
Sophie is sweet and chic French form of Sophia, meaning wisdom. A very wearable name, currently ranked at Number 104, Sophie is in the Top 3 in Austria, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Scotland.

Which of these posh names would you use?

Names from Rugrats

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Rugrats was one of the few shows that I, born in the 1980s, and my baby brother, born in the 1990s could agree to watch together. If you were born in the 80s or 90s chances are you’re also familiar with baby Tommy and his family and friends. Let’s take a trip down memory name and look at the cool names from Nickelodeon’s Rugrats.

The Kids

Tommy
Thomas “Tommy” Malcolm Pickles
Tommy is the Rugrats lovable and adventurous main character.  Tommy was named after the son of Paul Germain, one of the show’s creators.  Thomas Malcolm is a handsome and noble name choice even paired with the quirky and fun surname Pickles.
Thomas is an Aramaic name meaning twin.  Currently ranked at Number 51, Thomas has always been a well loved name, never dipping below Number 63.

Dil
Dylan “Dil” Prescott Pickles
Baby Dil is Tommy’s little brother.  You can see the Rugrats writer’s had a sense of humor in naming him Dil Pickles.  Dylan Prescott is another strong combo that modern parents could easily use.
Currently ranked at Number 27, Dylan has been in the Top 50 for the past 25 years.  Dylan is a handsome Welsh name meaning son of the sea.  Dylan is also rising for girls and peaked in popularity for girls last year at Number 397.

Chuckie
Charles “Chuckie” Crandall Finster III
Chuckie is one of Tommy’s dearest little friends. He didn’t get the same cool nickname as his Dad “Chas”, but somehow Chuckie seems to fit him best.
Charles is a classic French name that comes from a German name meaning free man. From 1900-1954 Charles was in the Top 10. Today Charles is still readily used at Number 50 and has never ranked lower than Number 63.

Phil
Phillip “Phil” Richard Bill DeVille
Phil is one part of the dynamic duo of twins Phil and Lil. Phillip Richard is quite a classic sounding name, but again we see the writer’s humor come out in the second part of his rhyming name, Bill DeVille.
Phillip is a Greek name with one of my favorite meanings, lover of horses.  A great name for an equestrian lover, Phillip is currently Number 410 in popularity, just 24 spaces ahead of Philip which ranks at Number 434.

Lil
Lillian “Lil” Marie Jill DeVille
Lil is the second part of the lovable twins Phil and Lil.  Lillian Marie is a fairly popular name combination, however those silly writer’s amuse us once more with the later part of her rhyming name, Jill DeVille.
Lillian is a lovely English name meaning Lily.  A popular name at the turn of the century, Lillian reentered the Top 100 in 2002 and is currently ranked at Number 26.

Angelica
Angelica Charlotte Pickles
Love her or hate her Angelica is Tommy and Dil’s older sassy cousin. Many adults still strongly associate this name with this often bratty little character.  Did Angelica Pickles spoil this name for you?
Angelica is a Latin name meaning angelic.  Angelica has never been too popular, peaking in 1996 when it reached spot Number 97.  Today Angelica is ranked at Number 425.

Kimi
Kimiko “Kimi” Watanabe-Finster
Kimi is Chuckie’s step-sister. While Kimi can be a nickname for many names, Kimiko is a great choice and one of my favorite names from this show.
Kimiko (pronounced kee-mee-ko) is a Japanese name meaning beautiful, noble, or valuable child. Kimiko has never been in the US Top 1,000 and was only given to 14 little girls last year.

Susie
Susanna “Susie” Yvonne Carmichael
Susie is one of the children’s neighborhood friend’s that often goes head-to-head with Angelica.  Her name fits in with her parents who also go by nicknames ending in the “e” sound.
Susanna is Greek from a Hebrew name meaning lily. Like similar names Susannah and Suzanne, Susanna is no longer in the Top 1,000.  Only 190 little girls were given the first name Susanna last year.

The Adults

Stu
Stuart “Stu” Pickles
Stu is Tommy and Dil’s Dad.
Stuart is an English and Scottish occupational name referring to a person who was a house steward. Notice that this names his Stu Pickles? Heehee.
Stuart peaked in popularity in 1960 when it reached Number 161.  No longer in the Top 1,000, only 84 baby boys were names Stuart last year.

Didi
Diane “Didi” Kropotkin Kerpackter-Pickles
Didi is Tommy and Dil’s Mom.
Diane is another name that has fallen out of popularity.  Peaking in the early 1950’s when Diane was a Top 20 name, last year only 92 little girls were named Diane.  Diane is a French form of the name Diana meaning divine or heavenly.

Lou
Louis “Lou” Kalhern Pickles II
Lou is Tommy, Dil, and Angelica’s Grandpa.
Louis is a German and French name meaning renowned warrior.  Commonly pronounced LOO-ee and LOO-is, Louis is still readily used ranked at Number 297.

Lulu
Louise “Lulu” Jonston
Lulu is Grandpa Lou’s second wife.
Grandpa Louis and Grandma Louise share very similar names!
Louise is a feminine form of Louis and shares the meaning renowned warrior. Nicknames like Lulu and Lulie endear me to Louise.  No longer in the Top 1,000 only 240 little girls were named Louise in 2015.

Drew
Andrew “Drew” Pickles
Drew is Stu’s brother and Angelica’s Dad.
Andrew is a classic Greek name meaning strong and manly.  Andrew has been a popular name for many years, currently ranked at Number 30, Andrew was a Top 10 name from 1986-2007.

Charlotte
Charlotte Cilia McSell
Charlotte is Angelica’s Mom and fittingly Angelica’s middle name is Charlotte.
Charlotte is a classy French feminine form of Charles meaning renowned warrior.  Charlotte has been steadily climbing the charts and first entered the Top 10 in 2014.  Currently ranked at Number 9, I expect Charlotte to continue to rise in popularity.

Betty
Elizabeth “Betty” Gizelle
Betty is Phil & Lil’s Mom.
Elizabeth is the epitome of a timeless name to me.  I must confess it’s my own middle name and high on my own personal favorites list.  A Hebrew name meaning pledged to God, Elizabeth currently ranks at Number 13. Elizabeth has never dipped below Number 26 in popularity.  One of my favorite things about this name is its many delightful nickname options.

Howie
Howard “Howie” DeVille
Howie is Phil and Lil’s Dad.
I don’t come across many little Howard’s and chance are you don’t either since it was only given to 192 baby boys last year.  Howard is derived from a German and English surname meaning brave heart or high guardian.  Do you think Howard is due for a comeback?

Chas
Charles Norbert “Chas” Finster Sr.
Chas is Chuckie’s Dad.
Two Charles’ and a Charlotte in this fun cast of characters.  Chas or Chaz is a diminutive of Charles and a lesser used option than the classic Charlie. Other cool variants of Charles include Charleston, Carlos and Carlo.

Kira
Kira Watanabe-Finster
Kira is Kimi’s Mom and Chas’s wife.
Kira is a Russian feminine form of the name Cyrus meaning throne. Kira may also be a variant of the Irish Ciara meaning dark or black. There are numerous spellings of Kira within the Top 1,000.  Kira currently ranks at Number 361.

Lucy
Dr. Lucille “Lucy” Carmichael
Lucy is Susie’s Mom.
Lucia, Lucy, and Lucille are all rising in popularity.  At Number 283 Lucille hasn’t been this popular since the 1950s.  Lucille is a French form of Lucilla meaning light.
Lucille Ball played a character named Lucy Carmichael on The Lucy Show.

Randy
Randall Randolph “Randy” Carmichael
Randy is Lucy’s husband and Susie’s dad. Randall Randolph certainly is a mouthful.
Randall is an English name meaning shield-wolf that peaked in 1955.  Randall just fell out of the Top 1,000 last year and was only used by 193 little boys last year.

What are your favorite names from the show Rugrats?

Beautiful -by Baby Names

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There’s something sweet and approachable about names that end in –by.  Here are 20 beautiful and assessable choices for your little baBY.

Abby
Current Ranking: 437 for girls
A common nickname for Abigail, Abby would also be a great nickname for Abilene
Fun Fact: Abby Cadabby is a Sesame Street character

Ashby
Current Ranking: Only 23 girls and 17 boys were named Ashby last year
A fresh take on Ashley with a wholesome vibe
Fun Fact: TV and Radio Host Nancy O’Dell choose the name Ashby Grace for her daughter born in 2007

Barnaby
Current Ranking: less than 5 boys were given the name Barnaby last year
A form of the name Barnabas, Barnaby has never been in the Top 1,000
Fun Fact: Barnaby Tucker is one of the main characters in the musical Hello Dolly!

Colby
Current Ranking: 454 for boys
A fun sporty vibe, Colby is also the name of a cheese and a college
Fun Fact: Colby Donaldson was a contestant on the TV Show Survivor: The Australian Outback

Crosby
Current Ranking: 576 for boys
Equal parts hipster, old Hollywood, and rock and roll
Fun Fact: Dax Shepard played Crosby Braverman on TV’s Parenthood

Darby
Current Ranking: Only 110 girls and 27 boys were named Darby last year
A name sweetly associated with the 1959 film Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Fun Fact: Actor Patrick Dempsey chose the name Darby Galen for his son born in 2007

Gatsby
Current Ranking: Only 12 boys and 5 girls were named Gatsby last year
A fun name with the strong literary connection to F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Fun Fact: Actor Rex Smith has a son named Gatsby Richard who was born in 1999

Jacoby
Current Ranking: 655 for boys
A fun spin on the much more popular Jacob
Fun Fact: David Jacoby is an ESPN broadcaster and producer

Kelby
Current Ranking: Kelby was used by less than 5 boys or girls last year
A unisex name that could be the next Kelly
Fun Fact: Kelby Tomlinson is an American baseball player

Kirby
Current Ranking: Only 53 boys and 27 girls were named Kirby last year
Though more popular with boys, this one may soon be going to the girls
Fun Fact: Kirby Puckett is a hall-of-fame baseball player

Libby
Current Ranking: 995 for girls
Once a popular nickname for Elizabeth, Libby would also work well as a nickname for Liberty
Fun Fact: Willard Libby won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Moby
Current Ranking: Moby was used by less than 5 boys or girls last year
Moby-Dick is the name of the famed whale in Herman Melville’s famed novel Moby-Dick
Fun Fact: Moby is the stage name of singer songwriter Richard Melvin Hall

Quimby
Current Ranking: Quimby was used by less than 5 boys or girls last year
Quirky and fun, this one may work best on a pet
Fun Fact: Ramona Quimby is the delightful main character in Beverly Cleary’s Ramona book series

Rigby
Current Ranking: Only 31 boys and 9 girls were named Rigby last year
Another one that could be best on a pet and/or an intense Beatles fan
Fun Fact: Eleanor Rigby is the name of a song by The Beatles

Ruby
Current Ranking: 83 for girls
A lovely red name like Scarlet or Rose
Fun Fact: Ruby is the birthstone of July

Selby
Current Ranking: Only 9 girls and less than 5 boys were named Selby last year
Underused yet right on track with the surname trend
Fun Fact: Todd Selby is a photographer and fashion blogger

Shelby
Current Ranking: 299 for girls
A sweet Southern sound
Fun Fact: Julia Roberts played Shelby Eatenton in the film Steel Magnolias

Tibby
Current Ranking: Tibby was used by less than 5 boys or girls last year
A diminutive of Elizabeth, Tibby could also work well for Tabitha or even Tiberius
Fun Fact: Other spellings include Tibbi, Tibbie, Tibbee, and Tibeigh

Toby
Current Ranking: 689
Short for Tobias but holds its own on its own
Fun Fact: Actor Tobey Maguire (born Tobias) wears this name well with the added letter e

Willoughby
Current Ranking: 6 boys and less than 5 girls were named Willoughby last year
A fresh alternative to the popular William or Willow
Fun Fact: John Willoughby is a character in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility

What are your favorite –by ending names?