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Hey baby, what’s your sign?

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*A hunky name for each star sign*

Many moons ago, when I was a tween, I loved flipping to the back of teen magazines to check my horoscope and see which hunky heartthrobs shared my star sign. Let’s do an updated version of this adolescent pastime and explore the names of 12 Hollywood heartthrobs, one guy for each zodiac signs. These guys not only share the limelight, they also share some fabulous names!

alouisCapricorn – Louis Tomlinson
Born: December 24, 1991
Louis William Tomlinson is a member of the popular boy band One Direction. Louis, pronounced loo-ee by Tomlinson, is a French name meaning famous in battle. Louis is a name associated with several royals. Little Prince George of Cambridge honors with his second middle name, George Alexander Louis. Another adorable little Louis is Sandra Bullock’s son, Louis Bardo, who was named after jazz musician Louis Armstrong.

Aquarius – Calum Worthyacal
Born: January 28, 1991
Calum Worthy is an actor best known for his roles on the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally and The Coppertop Flop Show. Calum is a Scottish that means dove. More commonly seen spelled Callum, Colm is another spelling variant. My friend and fellow name enthusiast Rebe Sharpe named her eldest Callum Donovan. A few other cool Cal names include Caledon, Calvin, Calix, and Calisto.

Pisces – Stephen Currystep
Born: March 14, 1988
Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry II is a basketball player for the Golden State Warriors. Curry is said to be one of the greatest shooters in NBA history. Stephen is a Greek name meaning crown, pronounced stef-en by Curry. Saint Stephen was the first Christian martyr, making his name beloved and popular choice in the early Christian world.

Aries – Peyton Manningapay 
Born: March 24, 1976
Peyton Williams Manning is a former NFL football quarterback. Peyton is a unisex English surname meaning from Pœga’s town. Currently Number 210 in popularity for boys, Peyton is more popular for girls at Number 56. Peyton Manning has a pretty cool sibling set with brothers named Eli and Cooper. Manning choose the names Marshall and Mosely for his two sons.

achanTaurus – Channing Tatum
Born: April 26, 1980
Channing Matthew Tatum is an actor and dancer. Channing is an English surname now strongly associated with the Magic Mike star. As a surname Channing may remind you of actors Carol Channing and Stockard Channing. Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan named used the rapidly rising name Everly for their daughter in 2013.

Gemini – Hayes Grierahay
Born: June 8, 2000
Hayes Grier is a Vine and Internet personality. Hayes is an English surname that may be derived from the Gaelic surname O’hAodha. A popular last name, Hayes makes for an interesting first name. Kevin Costner used the name Hayes Logan for one of his sons. Grier’s parents created an interesting sibling set using the names Hayes, Nash, Will, and Skylynn.

Cancer – Luke Bryanaluke
Born: July 17, 1976
Thomas Luther Bryan, best known as Luke Bryan, is a country music singer. Luke is a Greek name meaning from Lucania. Luke is a New Testament name that still feels fresh and current. A few cool ties to the name Luke include Star Wars Luke Skywalker and Luke Danes from Gilmore Girls. Jessica Capshaw, Bill Murray, and Lance Armstrong are just a few celebrities that used the crisp name Luke for their sons.

Leo – Jordan Spiethajor
Born: July 27, 1993
Jordan Alexander Spieth is a professional golfer. Jordan is a Hebrew name meaning descended or flowing down. In the New Testament Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Jordan peaked for boys in 1997 and remains in the Top 100. Jordan is a unisex name, still a bit more popular for boys. Jordana would also be a great variation.

Virgo – Hunter Hayesahunt
Born: September 9, 1991
Hunter Easton Hayes is a singer and songwriter. Hunter is an English surname and occupational name meaning one who hunts. Actor’s Terrence Howard and Josh Holloway both choose the name Hunter for their sons. If you have a connection to hunting you may also enjoy the Greek name Theron, meaning to hunt.

Libra – Bruno Marsbruno
Born: October 8, 1985
Peter Gene Hernandez, best known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is a singer and choreographer. Bruno was formerly thought of a clunky name before Mars breathed new life into it. Bruno is a German name meaning shield, armor, or brown. Chef Nigella Lawson used the name Bruno Paul for her son.

Scorpio – Leonardo Dicaprio1leo
Born: November 11, 1974
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an actor and film producer. I must confess that I had posters of Leo on my walls as a teenager. Leonardo is an Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of Leonard, meaning brave lion. A grand name, Leonardo easily lends itself to the popular and wearable nickname, Leo.

Sagittarius – Theo James1theo
Born: December 16, 1984
Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis, known as Theo James, is an actor. Theodore is a Greek name meaning Gift of God. Theodore is a classic name that many Hollywood is taking notice of. Actors Bryce Dallas Howard, Ali Larter, and Rachael Leigh Cook all recently used the name Theodore for their sons.

Which Heartthrob shares your star sign?

The Doctors are in

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The Doctors are in and they have some fabulous names!

Just what the doctor prescribed! Let’s explore great names of famous TV doctors past and present for a healthy dose of name inspiration!

Jack Shephard
Dr. Jack Shephard was a spinal surgeon on Lost played by Matthew Fox.  Jack may sounds like an all-American kid, but it is actually derived from the English name John, meaning God is gracious. There are numerous wonderful associations to Jack, from author Jack London to actor Jack Nicholson.  Jack is currently Number 41 in the U.S, but is popular worldwide, ranking in the Top 5 in Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.

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Michaela Anne “Dr.Mike” Quinn, M.D. was a doctor on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman played by Jane Seymour. Michaela is a feminine form of Michael meaning who is like God. Currently ranked at 478, Michaela peaked in the late 1990s. Other spelling variations including Makayla, Mikaela, and Mikayla also rank within the US Top 1,000. Dr. Quinn’s character went by the nickname Mike. A few other fun nicknames for Michaela include Mickey, Mika, Millie, Kaylie, Kayla, and Kay.

Hawkeye Pierce
Captain Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce, B.S., M.D. was a doctor on M*A*S*H played by Alan Alda (TV) and Donald Sutherland (film). I bet a lot of little boys would enjoy the nickname Hawkeye, but let’s look at Benjamin, this characters given first name.  Benjamin is a wildly popular Hebrew name meaning son of the right hand. Benjamin is currently the most popular it has ever ranked at Number 12.  If you love Ben names like I do, you may also consider Bennett, Benedict, or Benson.

Doogie Howser
Douglas “Doogie” Howser, M.D. was a teenage physician on Doogie Howser, M.D. played by Neil Patrick Harris. Douglas comes from the Scottish name Dubhglas meaning dark water. Douglas originated as a river name and is also the name of a Scottish clan.  Currently Number 598 in popularity, Douglas has been used as a first name since the 16th century. George Clooney played another famous doctor named Douglas in his role as Dr. Douglas “Doug” Ross on the hit show ER.

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Frasier Winslow Crane M.D. Ph.D. was a Psychiatrist on Cheers and Frasier played by Kelsey Grammer.  Frasier is a spelling variation of Fraser, a Scottish surname meaning strawberry. Although rarely used in the US, Fraser is Number 67 in Scotland and Number 220 in England and Wales. Frazier is another spelling variant, which you may recognize as the surname of TV host Kevin Frazier and former basketball player Walt Frazier.

Addison Montgomery
Dr. Addison Adrianne Forbes Montgomery was a neonatal surgeon on Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice played by Kate Walsh. Addison is a unisex English surname meaning son of Adam. Addison is a Top 100 girls name in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the US where it currently ranks at Number 24.  Addison first entered the Top 1,000 in 1994.  It has a similar sound to the popular Madison, the 9th most popular name.  Addison also shares the same beginning sound as Adelaide and Adeline, both of which are rising in popularity. We’re sure to hear more little Addie’s/Addy’s on the schoolyard.

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Gregory House, M.D. was a doctor on House M.D. played by Hugh Laurie. Currently number 316, Gregory is steadily declining in popularity.  A Greek name meaning watchful and alert, Gregory peaked in 1963.  Gregory was a popular name among early Christians and was used by several popes and saints. If you’re looking for a new twist on this old name you may consider Gregor or Greer, both of which share the same roots as Gregory.

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John Michael “J.D.” Dorian, M.D. was a doctor of internal medicine on Scrubs played by Zach Braff. It doesn’t get more timeless than John, a Hebrew name meaning God is gracious.  Currently Number 26 in popularity, John has never dipped below Number 28. Several celebrities, including Mira Sorvino, Steve Carrell, Denzel Washington, and Julie Bowen have used this classic name for their sons. Johnny, Jack, and Jay are popular nicknames for John.

Dr. McCoy “Bones”
Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy was a doctor on Star Trek played by DeForest Kelley. Leonard peaked in 1923 when it was Number 37 in popularity. Leonard is much less popular now, though it is still used at Number 662. A German name meaning brave lion, Leonard was introduced to England by the Normans. Another fun TV tie to the name Leonard is the character Leonard Hofstadter, on the show The Big Bang.

Meredith Grey
Meredith Grey, M.D. is a general surgeon on Grey’s Anatomy played by Ellen Pompeo. Meredith originated as a male name and is now more commonly used for girls.  Meredith peaked in the early 1980s and is now Number 606 in popularity.  Meredith is derived from the Welsh Maredudd or Meredydd, meaning sea lord or great ruler. Other notable Meredith’s include journalist Meredith Vieira and singer Meredith Brooks.

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Marcus Welby was a doctor on Marcus Welby, M.D. played by Robert Young. Marcus is a Latin name most likely derived from Mars, the Roman god of war. Marcus is a name with staying power.  Never dipping in the charts below the 300’s, Marcus peaked in 1984, and currently sits at spot 158. Marcus is in the Top 100 right now in Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, and Norway. Michael Jordan used the name Marcus James for his son in 1990.

Sean McNamara
Sean McNamara was a plastic surgeon on Nip/Tuck played by Dylan Walsh. Sean is a popular Irish form of the name John, meaning God is gracious.  Sean was in the Top 100 from 1965 to 2009 and currently sits just out of the Top 200 at spot 193. Several actors share this handsome name, a few of which include, Sean Penn (Thomas) Sean Connery, Sean Astin, and Sean Hayes. I have a soft spot for Sean as it is my little brother’s name.

Some other famous TV Doctors include…

Ben Casey from Ben Casey played by Vince Edwards

Christian Troy from Nip/Tick played by Julian McMahon

Christopher Duncan Turk from Scrubs played by Donald Faison

Cristina Yang from Grey’s Anatomy played by Sandra Oh

Derek Shepherd from Grey’s Anatomy played by Patrick Dempsey

Doug Ross from ER played by George Clooney

Elizabeth Corday from ER played by Alex Kingston

Heathcliff Huxtable from The Cosby Show played by Bill Cosby

James Kildare from Dr. Kildare played by Richard Chamberlain

Jeffrey Geiger from Chicago Hope played by Mandy Patinkin

Joel Fleischman from Northern Exposure played by Rob Morrow

John Truman Carter III from ER played by Noah Wyle

John “Trapper” McIntyre from Trapper John, M.D. played by Pernell Roberts

Kathryn Austin from Chicago Hope played by Christine Lahti

Leanne Rorish from Code Black played by Marcia Gay Harden

Mark Sloan from Diagnosis Murder played by Dick Van Dyke

Miranda Bailey from Grey’s Anatomy played by Chandra Wilson

Paul Lochner from Medical Center played by James Daly

Phillip Chandler from St. Elsewhere played by Denzel Washington

Steve Hardy from General Hospital played by John Bernadino
Who are your favorite TV Doctors?

And the Winners are…

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This week America crowned the 15th and final American Idol Winner.  The hit singing competition debuted on June 11, 2002, going on to become one of the most successful television shows in history. Idol launched the career of many talented singers.  Let’s reminisce as we look back and explore the names of American Idol’s winners.

Kelly Clarkson – Season 1 Winner, 2002
Kelly Brianne Clarkson was the first and is one of the most recognizable winners of American Idol.  Clarkson is a three-time Grammy winner and has release seven studio albums. Kelly is an anglicized spelling of an Irish surname meaning war. Currently Number 432 in popularity, Kelly peaked in 1977 when it was the 10th most popular name for girls. A popular name for girls throughout the 1970s and 80s, Kelly is a unisex name that may make a fresh choice if used on a boy today.  Clarkson married to Brandon Blackstok in 2013.  They have a daughter named River Rose and are expecting a baby boy.

Ruben Studdard – Season 2 Winner, 2003
Christopher Ruben Studdard was affectionately nicknamed the “Velvet Teddy Bear,” while preforming on the second season of American Idol.  Studdard has released five studio albums and went on to appear on the hit TV show The Biggest Loser. Ruben is a spelling variation of the Hebrew name Reuben, meaning “behold, a son.” At 357 in popularity Ruben is actually a more popular spelling than Reuben in the U.S. Ruben would be a cool name to use to get to the nickname Ben.

Fantasia Barrino – Season 3 Winner, 2004
Fantasia Monique Barrino is one of the few artists with a name so iconic that she is easily recognizable by first name alone.  Fantasia is a Grammy winner and appeared in the Broadway musical The Color Purple. Fantasia is a mystical sounding name meaning fantasy or imagination. Aside from Fantasia Barrino, Fantasia is probably best recognized as the 1940 Disney animated film, Fantasia. Fantasia is the mother of daughter Zion Quari and son Dallas Xavier.

Carrie Underwood – Season 4 Winner, 2005
Carrie Marie Underwood is one of the biggest stars to have come out of American Idol.  Underwood has numerous awards and achievements, including seven Grammy awards and six consecutive Number 1 albums on the Billboard’s Top Country Album chart. Carrie is a diminutive of Carol or Caroline meaning free man.  Carrie peaked in 1977, and fell out of the Top 1,000 in 2008.  The popularity of the similar sounding Carly may have contributed to the decline of Carrie being used. Underwood married Mike Fisher in 2010.  They welcomed son Isaiah Michael in February 2015.

Taylor Hicks – Season 5 Winner, 2006
Taylor Reuben Hicks currently has a successful residency in Las Vegas and continues to tour. Hicks is also the co-owner of an Alabama BBQ restaurant called Saw’s Juke Joint. Taylor is an English occupational name for a tailor, fittingly meaning to cut. Taylor is a unisex name that is currently more popular for girls. At spot 435 Taylor is still being used for boys, and got some visibility when teen heartthrob Taylor Lautner appeared in the Twilight films.

Jordin Sparks – Season 6 Winner, 2007
At age 17 Jordin Brianna Sparks became the youngest American Idol winner.  One of Spark’s biggest successes was her collaboration with Chis Brown in the 2008 single No Air, which earned her a Grammy nomination. Jordin is a spelling variation of the Hebrew name Jordan, meaning flowing down. The spelling Jordin briefly entered the US Top 1,000 from 2007-2009, most likely boosted by Sparks.  Jordan peaked in popularity for girls and boys in the late 1990s.

David Cook – Season 7 Winner, 2008
David Roland Cook broke numerous Billboard records the week following his idol win.  Cook parted ways with RCA records in 2012 and moved to Tulsa where he joined the band Midwest Kings. Chances are that you know quite a few men named David. David has always been a popular name in the US, never dipping below spot 32, it is currently ranked at Number 18.  A Hebrew name meaning beloved, David is a classic name popular in many countries. Cook married longtime girlfriend, Rachael Stump in 2015.

Kris Allen – Season 8 Winner, 2009
Kristopher Neil “Kris” Allen may not have reached the success of season 8 runner-up, Adam Lambert, but he did debut a hit single Live Like We’re Dying, in 2009. Kristopher is a spelling variation of Christopher, meaning bearing Christ.  Christopher is quite popular at Number 30, though Kristopher also appears on the charts at spot 591. Actors Jane Seymour and James Keach used the name Kristopher for one of their twin sons in 1995.  Kris Allen and wife Katy O’Connell welcomed son Oliver Neil in 2013.  They’re expecting their second child this June.

Lee DeWyze – Season 9 Winner, 2010
Leon James “Lee” DeWyze, Jr.’s debut album peaked at Number 19 on the Billboard charts.  DeWyze’s rendition of Blackbird Song was featured on season four of the AMC hit show, The Walking Dead. Leon comes from a Greek name meaning lion. Currently Number 321 in the US, Leon is a Top 20 name in Austria, Croatia, Norway, and Switzerland.  Though Lee can be a nickname for Leon, as used by DeWyze, it is also a given name meaning meadow or clearing.  DeWyze married Jonna Walsh in 2012.

Scotty McCreery – Season 10 Winner, 2011
Scott Cooke “Scotty” McCreery was Idol’s youngest male winner at age 17.  A country star sensation, McCreery has sold over 2.5 million albums. McCreery’s debut album, Clear as Day, was certified platinum. Scott is a crisp, one-syllable, English and Irish surname referring to a person from Scotland. Scott peaked in 1971 when it was the 10th most popular name for boys.  Currently Number 425, Scott does have some other cool associations, including writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and Scott Lang, also known as Marvel comics Ant Man.

Phillip Phillips – Season 11 Winner, 2012
A name so nice, it’s used twice by Phillip LaDon Phillips Jr. One of the most memorable songs to have come from Idol is Phillips coronation song Home. Home was the best-selling coronation song in Idol history, and was used in the NBC Olympic coverage. Phillip is a spelling variation of the Greek name Philip, meaning lover of horses. Phillip is currently Number 391 in popularity, just a tad behind Philip at 389. Nicknames such as Pip or Flip could make for fun fresh alternatives to the more familiar Phil. Phillips married Hannah Blackwell in 2015.

Candice Glover – Season 12 Winner, 2013
Candice Rickelle Glover has not yet produced a hit single, though she has continued to perform at corporate and professional sporting events. Rumor has it that she has a second album in the works.  Candice is a spelling variation of the Biblical name Candace, the title of a queen or mother of a queen. Candice peaked in 1982 when it ranked at Number 78. Both Candice and Candice were fashionable in the 1980s and neither currently appear in the Top 1,000.  One of the most notable bearers of this name is actress Candice Bergen.

Caleb Johnson – Season 13 Winner, 2014
Caleb Perry Johnson’s debut album, Testify, was released less than three months after his Idol win. The song Holding On, from Johnson’s sophomore album was just released in February 2016. Caleb is a handsome Hebrew name meaning faithful or dog. Currently 35 in popularity, Caleb was also commonly used among the Puritans.  Several celebrities have chosen this wearable Biblical name. Bill Murray, Jack Nicholson, and Julianne Moore all have sons named Caleb.

Nick Fradiani – Season 14 Winner, 2015
While we await the debut of his first album, Nick Fradiani’s first single, Beautiful Life, appeared in the Billboard Hot 100 charts last year.  Frandiani also appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2014 with his band Mohegan Sun. Nick is an English name, most commonly used as a diminutive of names like Nicholas or Dominic. Actors Nick Sandow and Nick Stevenson also share the given name Nick.  A few other great names that Nick could serve as a nickname to include Nicodemus, Nikolai, and Nixon.

Trent Harmon – Season 15 Winner, 2016
Trent William Harmon was crowned the 15th and final winner of American Idol on April 7, 2015.  Harmon will kick off his career with his single, Falling, which was co-written by Idol judge Keith Urban.  Trent is an English surname originally used to describe someone who lived near the River Trent in England. Trent peaked in 2001, and currently sits in the middle of the Top 1,000 at Number 499 in popularity.

Which American Idol gets your vote for the best name?

Beyond Anne

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Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Green Gables novels bring back warm childhood memories for me. I believe these books positively impacted my imagination as well as my naming style.  I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the title character, Anne Shirley, and her insistence on spelling her name Anne, with an ‘e’.  “But if you call me Anne, please call me Anne with an ‘e’.” Let’s explore some of the rich and wonderful names for girls that Montgomery used in this series!

Cordelia
I have to start with the name Cordelia as it inspired me to write this article. Underwhelmed with her own sensible name, Anne requests to be called Cordelia. Cordelia has a bit of an unknown meaning.  It may be a Celtic name meaning daughter of the sea, or a Latin name meaning heart. A personal favorite of mine, there are many lovely nickname options for Cordelia, such as Cora or Delia. At 993 in popularity, Cordelia is a familiar, but still underused name choice.

Sybil
Sybil is a Greek name meaning prophetess. According to an ancient Greek legend, the sibyls were women that prophesied at holy sites. Sybil peaked in 1919, though it has dropped significantly, used by only 86 girls last year. Audiences were reintroduced to this lovely, understated name as it was used by the admirable youngest Crawley sister on Downton Abbey. Sybil in the Anne of Green Gables series is affectionately called “Dovie.”

Aurelia
My love of the name Aurora often makes me overlook the stunning and grand Aurelia. If you are looking for an Aurora alternative, Aurelia is a mirror in beauty, and less commonly used. Aurelia is currently Number 832, whereas Aurora sits at 116. That said, Aurelia was one of the most rapidly-rising names in 2013. The name of many early saints, Aurelia is a feminine form of the Latin Aurelius, meaning golden or gilded.

Esther
The Biblical Esther was a heroic Jewish queen in the Old Testament that saved her people from obliteration. Esther’s original Hebrew name was Hadassah. A Persian name meaning star, Esther peaked in 1913, though it is still wearable ranking at Number 203. As a lover of nicknames, I love that Essie, Estee, Etta, and Tess could all stem from Esther.

Theodora
Theodore is all the rage right now, rising 150 spots just in the last five years. If you’re worried about the recent spike that Theodore has made, you may want to consider the less popular, feminine variation, Theodora. A Greek name meaning gift of God, Theodora has a sophisticated old world charm. Robbie Williams used the name Theodora “Teddy” Rose for his daughter born in 2012.

Blythe
Blythe is a surname in the Anne of Green Gables series that makes for a fresh and spirited first name. Blythe comes from an Old English surname meaning happy and cheerful, a wonderful meaning to bestow upon a child. A rarely used virtue name, 167 girls and 9 boys were given the name Blythe last year. Perhaps the most well-known bearer of this name is actress Blythe Danner.

Muriel
Muriel is derived from a Celtic name meaning bright sea.  There are forms of the name Muriel in Irish, Breton, and Scottish Gaelic languages.  Muriel peaked in 1922, but dropped off the charts in the mid-1960s.  Last year only 30 girls were given the first name Muriel.

Flora
Flora is a sweet, chic, vintage name prime for a comeback.  Nora and Cora have both had recent dramatic leaps in popularity, could Flora be next? Flora peaked in 1902 and was given to just 167 baby girls last year.  A Latin name meaning flower, Flora is a Roman goddess of flowers and springtime.  You may also recognize Flora as the name of one of sweet fairy-godmother’s in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

A few more beautiful names from this series include:

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Charlotta
Clarice
Cornelia
Hester
Jamesina
Lavendar
Laurette
Louisa
Marilla
Mirabel
Myra
Pearl
Persis
Philippa

What are your favorite names from Avonlea?

Seven Sweet Names from Under the Sea!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Girl Scout Names

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Caramel deLites – Carmen
Samoas – Samara

Peanut Butter Patties – Patrick
Tagalongs – Tabitha

Shortbread – Shoshanna
Trefoils – Trinity

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

Thin Mints – Araminta

Cranberry Citrus Crisps – Crandall

Lemonades – Lemuel

Rah-Rah Raisins – Rae

Savannah Smiles – Savion

Thanks-A-Lot – Thane

Toffee-tastic – Fiona
Trios – Tristan

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

Wonderful Whimsical Disney Fairy Names

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

The Main Fairy Characters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A few minor fairy friends include…

Queen Clarion
Fairy Mary
Bobble
Clank
Terence
Dewey
Spike
Gliss
Sled

Great Names from the Golden Globes

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

Winners in Film

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners in Television

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrity Babies born in 2015!

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

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

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

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

Bodhi was one of the fastest rising names last year.

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

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

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

A female Dashiel and male Dashiell made the list!

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

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

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

Some lovely feminine forms of Francis and the rising Finley.

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

Georgia is sweet and Grayson is right on trend.

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

These H names are hot and happening!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some sweet southern sounds here with McCoy and Montgomery.

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

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

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

O do I love all three of these O names.

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

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

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

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

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

Rocket and Ranger – word names are abundant here!

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

Sailor/Saylor, definitely a name to watch!

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

Tennessee Hawkins screams cowboy cutie to me!

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

Two lovely Vi’s

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

Uncommon and delightful W’s!

Y
Yara – daughter of Mona & Ricki from CarterFamTV

A rare but cool Y name

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

Three little letters for a fun little name!

Twins of 2015

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

Check out my annual Celebrity Baby Name Review:

Austen’s Bad Boys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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