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Mid-Popular Baby Names

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If Name nerds had a holiday it would surely be around Mother’s Day each year when the U.S. Social Security Administration releases its annual updated list of the most popular baby names. Check out the video at the end of this video to hear about the most popular names and changes to the list. Today though, let’s look at names smack in the middle of the new Top 1,000.¬† Names in the middle, or the “sweet spot,” rank between 455 and 555 in popularity and are often familiar without feeling overly done. Here are the mid-popular names of 2018:

445 Alexis Frances
446 Kian Jimena
447 Jamison Kylee
448 Maximilian Leighton
449 Adan Katie
450 Milan Aitana
451 Phillip Kayleigh
452 Albert Sierra
453 Dax Kathryn
454 Mohamed Rosemary
455 Ronin Jolene

Truly an eclectic list!

Many classic contenders like Frances, Phillip, Albert, and Rosemary.

Then we have some names like Kylee, Adan, Kathryn, and Ronin that rank higher in the chars with other spellings.

Alexis tops the mid-popular list on the male side, though originally a male name it has been more popular for girls in recent decades.

Exotic beauties Jimena and Aitana stir up the girls list.

So which names are your mid-popular favorites? I’d choose Maximilian and Rosemary, two timeless choices with sweet natural nicknames Max and Rose.

Bodacious “B” Surname Names

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2019 is just days away and as we look at trends from last year that are sure to carry into next year, surname names aren’t loosing their luster! Here are 8 bodacious surnames that begin with the letter B!

Bauer
Bauer is a familiar surname that would make an edgy yet really usable first name! A German occupational name meaning tiller of the soil, Bauer may remind you of 24′s iconic character Jack Bauer.

Beckett
Beckett is my favorite suggestion for honoring a Rebecca. An Irish and English surname meaning bee cottage, I love the association to playwright Samuel Beckett.

Bennett
Bennett derives from the surname Benedict, meaning blessed. Bennett is a delightful way to get to the nickname “Ben.” I’m also fond of the spelling Bennet, as it was the surname of the five sisters in Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice.

Blair
The Gossip Girl‘s character Blair Waldorf helped give this Scottish surname a boost. Blair is a unisex name, now more popular with girls, and means dweller on the plain.

Boone
Boone is so cowboy-chic! Originally a French surname, Boone means blessing. This one is tightly associated to legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone.

Briggs
There’s something very hearty and salt-of-the-earth about the name Briggs. Briggs is an English surname and a variation of bridges. Briggs reminds me of the Myer’s Briggs personality test, any other INJF’s out there? ūüėČ

Brooks
Brooks is just dripping with hunky charm. An English name meaning by the brook, Brooks has been steadily gaining popularity in the U.S. Fittingly several ball players bear this handsome name.

Burke
I had to include my own surname, Burke! A popular name in Ireland, Burke is an anglicized spelling of a French name meaning from the fortress.

 

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.

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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 “Mam√°¬† 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.

H√©ctor¬†– Talented and goofy H√©ctor is the guy we’re all rooting for.¬† We learn that he is Miguel’s Great-Great-Grandfather. Voiced by¬†Gael Garc√≠a Bernal.¬†H√©ctor 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, “T√≠os 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¬†“T√≠os 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 “Mam√° 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, “Pap√° 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¬†–¬†T√≠a Rosita,¬†Pap√° 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, “Pap√° 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¬†–¬†¬†T√≠a Victoria, Miguel’s Great-Aunt is a bit buttoned-up and no-nonsense like her Grandmother, Imelda. Voice by¬†Dyana Ortell√≠, 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, “Pap√°” 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, “Mam√° ” 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¬†T√≠a. 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 ¬†T√≠o 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¬†T√≠a. 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¬†T√≠a 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 РI 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‚Äôs largest cities, Auburn‚Äôs nickname is ,‚ÄúThe Loveliest Village On The Plains.‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúCam‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs nicknames is fittingly ‚Äúthe Cotton state.‚ÄĚ Cotton played a huge role in Alabama‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúCotton-eyed-Joe‚ÄĚ or the 2014 film Cotton.

Crimson
‚ÄúRoll Tide!‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúheart of Dixie.‚ÄĚ Dixie is a nickname for the South which is derived from the Latin word ‚Äúdix‚ÄĚ 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?