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End of Summer Baby Names

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“August is like the Sunday of Summer.”

School is starting and summer is quickly ending, but let’s not let these final days of the season end without a final look at hot names in this hot month.

August
Why not pull name inspiration from this final month itself? August is quickly rising, currently ranked at Number 193 for boys. August was also used by 222 girls last year. Mariska Hargitay and Dave Matthews have son’s named August, while Charlize Theron and Garth Brooks used the name August for their daughters.
Some other cool August names include;
Augusta, Augustina, Augustine, Augustino, Augusto, and Augustus.

Leo
Strong, short, and simple, Leo is a little name taking the world by storm, currently ranked at Number 74. The end of July through mid-August falls under the Zodiac sign Leo. Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz chose the internationally loved name Leo for their son. Another cool thing about Leo, it means lion. Imagine the cute nursery decor you could do with that meaning!
Lion lovers may also like these names with meanings related to lions;
Ari, Ariel, Aslan, Leander, and Lev.

Ocean
Ocean has a peaceful, carefree, beachy vibe. Forest Whitaker chose the name Ocean Alexander for his son. Only 102 boys and 82 girls were given this blue nature name last year.
Other great ocean inspired names include;
Oceana, Oceane, Oceania, and Oceanus.

Sailor
Nautical names are a perfect fit for late summer babes. Sailor is a name that is projected to break into the Top 1,000, used by 242 girls and 48 boys last year. Christie Brinkley was ahead of the trend when she named her daughter Sailor in 1998.
A few more great nautical choices include;
Anchor, Coral, Crew, and Marina.

Sky
If you were to draw your ideal summer day it would more than likely be filled with blue skies. Sky is a unisex word name ranked at 779 for girls and used by 85 boys last year. The alternatively spelled Skye was also used for both sexes.
If you like the sound of Sky you may like;
Skyla, Skylee, and Skyler.

Summer
Sure its an obvious choice for the end of the season but it is still readily used and loved. Christina Aguilera used the double word combo Summer Rain for her daughter. Summer peaked in the late 1970’s but remains hot at Number 202 in popularity.
If you like summery hippie names that are less popular you may also consider;
Sunset, Sunshine, and Soleil.

What names remind you of sweet summer days?

Lovely Names Ending in L

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There’s something feminine and sweet about the letter L.  Lily, Lillian, Layla, and Leah are all currently ranked in the Top 50 for girls.  If you love the luring L sound you may consider one of these great names ending in the letter L.

Nature Names

Coral
A great alternative to the rapidly rising Cora, Coral was only used as a first name by 199 baby girls last year. Disney fans will also recognize Coral as the name of Nemo’s Mom in Finding Nemo.

Hazel
People are really enjoying the vintage vibe of this color and plant name. Hazel currently ranks at Number 63, the highest it has ranked since the late 1920s.

Laurel
A lovely tree name, Laurel is a great way to honor a Laura, Lauren, or even a Laurence.  Laurel currently ranks at Number 772.

Gem Names

Beryl
Beryl peaked in popularity in 1920, falling out of the Top 1,000 in the late 1950s.  Last year this green gemstone name was only used by 9 little girls.

Crystal
Originally a male name, Crystal peaked for girls in the early 1980s.  Today Crystal is Number 550, right in the middle of the charts for popularity.

Jewel
A pretty, sweet, one-syllable name, Jewel is a lovely and fresh way to honor someone with a name beginning in Ju- (Julia, Julian, Juliet, etc..)  Jewel is currently Number 887.

Opal
The birthstone of October, Opal has a strong vintage vibe and hasn’t been in the Top 1,000 since 1960.  Only 229 baby girls were named Opal last year.  Could Opal be the next Ruby?

Pearl
This little vintage name is making a comeback.  Currently ranked at 628, Pearl jumped 331 spots in the last 5 years. Pearl is one of June’s birthstones.

Celebrity Names

Ariel
Modern Family actress Ariel Winter is one of the bearers of this name.  Ariel may also remind you of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Disney’s Ariel gave this name a huge boost in the early 1990s.  Today Ariel ranks at Number 137

Avril
Singer Avril Lavigne is probably the first person who comes to mind when you hear the name Avril.  A French variation of April, Avril was only used by 129 little girls last year.

Bristol
Bristol Palin, spokesperson and daughter of politician Sarah Palin, helped bring this name to the public eye.  Bristol first entered the Top 1,000 in 2009 and currently ranks at Number 447.

Meryl
Legendary actress Meryl Streep was born Mary Louise Streep. Olympic Ice dancer Meryl Davis also shares this iconic name. Meryl was only given to 50 girls last year.

Traditional Names

You may recognize some of these names from your family tree:

Abigail
Annabel
April
Carol
Ethel
Gail
Rachel

Lovely International Choices

These names would be a great way to honor your heritage and are easily usable in the US:

Amabel
Gretel
Isobel
Liesl
Marisol
Raquel
Soleil

A few more great Names to Consider

These lovely names all rank below 500 in popularity:

Chanel
Mabel
Mehetabel
Muriel
Sybil
Teal
Xochitl

What are your favorite names ending in L?

Surf’s Up – Beachy Baby Names

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Summer is officially here! Warmer weather lends itself to some pretty cool names.  Check out these beachy names for your little dude or dudette!

Ripley
A sweet surfer name that works on a boy or a girl, Ripley may remind beach-lovin’ parents of rippling waves. Ripley is an Old English surname meaning strip clearing. A cool alternative to the much more popular Riley, Ripley was only used by 97 little girls and 29 little boys last year.

Marina
Marina is a beautiful, melodic choice for your little water baby. A Latin name meaning from the sea, Marina is currently Number 656 in popularity. Former Friends star Matt LeBlanc gave his daughter the enchanting name Marina Pearl.

Sailor
Sailor is an occupational nautical name that may take off in the years to come. In the last year Bristol Palin used the name Sailor Grace for her daughter and Liv Tyler selected Sailor Gene for her son.  Kristin Cavallari chose the alternative spelling Saylor for her daughter, Saylor James, who was also born last year.  There were 234 girls and 42 boys named Sailor last year. Saylor is actually more popular, ranking at Number 608 for girls.

Coral
In addition to being a pretty summertime color, coral is a word name for underwater skeletal deposits which often form beautiful reefs. You may recognize Coral as the name of Nemo’s Mom in Finding Nemo. Last year 199 baby girls were given the first name Coral.

Morgan
Morgan is derived from a Welsh name meaning sea and circle, the perfect meaning for a little beach babe.  Traditionally a male name, Morgan currently ranks at Number 674 for boys and 120 for girls. Morgan le Fay was a powerful enchantress in Arthurian legend.

Reef
Reef not only has a cool sound, it’s also a great beach baby name for a bar of rock, sand, or coral beneath the water. Only 51 little boys were given this aquatic name last year. Reef is also the name of a popular sandal and clothing company that sells beach gear and active wear.

Ocean
If you’re a fan of the water and of word names, why not consider Ocean? A cool sound that brings to mind a lovely image, Ocean can easily work on either sex.  Last year 80 boys and 65 girls were given the first name Ocean. Other great similar names include Oceanus, Oceana, and Oceane.

Waverly
Waverly is one of my favorite names to say with its easy-breezy flow. Waverly has the word wave in it and has a smooth, laid-back sound. An English surname, Waverly means meadow of quivering aspens. Waverly hasn’t broken into the Top 1,000 yet. It was used by 120 girls and 6 boys last year.

Kai
Kai is a short and sweet name that is on the rise.  Kai not only has a cool sound, it’s also a name used in many cultures.  The Hawaiian meaning of Kai is sea, perfect for a sweet little swimmer.  Kai is currently Number 145 for boys and Number 895 for girls.

Finn
Finn is a great choice for your little fishy. Finn is derived from an Irish name meaning white or fair. Fin is currently Number 209 for boys. Several celebrities including Tori Spelling and Christy Turlington have used the name Finn for their sons.

Dylan
Dylan is a popular Welsh name meaning tide, flow, or son of the wave. A less obvious beach baby name, Dylan currently ranks at Number 27 for boys and Number 397 for girls. Dylan has many great namesakes including writer Dylan Thomas and singer-songwriter Bob Dylan (born Robert Zimmerman).

Cove
If you’re looking for a smooth, underused nature name, than Cove may be it. A cove is a small bay or coastal inlet.  Only 53 little boys and 5 little girls were named Cove last year.  I can definitely picture this name on a little sun-kissed tike.

What are your favorite beachy baby names?

Names of the moon

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The moon has long been a symbol of romance, mystery, and change. Luna, the Italian and Spanish name for the moon, is now more popular than ever at Number 143.

Here are some other words that mean moon to consider:

Afrikaans & Dutch – Maan
Basque – Ilargia
Catalan – Lluna
Crosatian – Mjesectothemoon
Esperanto – Luno
English – Moon
French – Lune
German – Mond
Indonesian/Malay – Bulan
Italian/Spanish – Luna
Latin – Lunam
Lithuanian – Palydovas
Slovak – Mesiac
Swahili – Mwezi
Welsh – Lleuad

Also associated with the moon:

Galileo – Renaissance astronomer Galileo Galilei made numerous discoveries of the solar system through his observations. Galileo is an Italian name meaning from Galilee. A cool name for the child of a scientist, Galileo lends itself to many nicknames such as Leo, Gale, and Lee.

Crescent – A crescent moon is between a half moon and a new moon. One of the main characters in Marissa Meyer’s books The Lunar Chronicles is a young woman named Crescent “Cress”. Crescent is a French word that means growing. Crescent is an unusual but appealing name choice.

Orbit – The moon orbits the earth. An orbit is the gravitationally curved path of an object around a point in space. Orbit is definitely not a traditional name choice, though it may fit in with other two syllable names that also end in t such as Abbott, Everett, or Dermot.

Celestial – Positioned in the sky or related to outer space. A grand name meaning heavenly, you may also consider the similar sounding alternatives Celeste, Celestia, or Celestine.

“dance by the light of the moon

American Patriotic Names

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American Patriotic Names
Perfect for a 4th of July baby!

Check out my vintage video (from 2 years ago) on some cool American Patriotic Baby Names!

  • Abigail
  • Abraham
  • Amber
  • America
  • Anthem
  • Banner
  • Belle
  • Benjamin
  • Blue
  • Braven
  • Carter
  • Eleanor
  • Ellis
  • Ford
  • Franklin
  • Free
  • Glory
  • Grant
  • Honor
  • Jackson
  • Jacqueline
  • Jefferson
  • July
  • Justice
  • Kennedy
  • Liberty
  • Lincoln
  • Madison
  • McKinley
  • Monroe
  • Navy
  • Pearl
  • Pledge
  • Reagan
  • Revere
  • Sam
  • Star
  • Tennessee
  • Theodore
  • Truman
  • Victory
  • Virginia
  • Washington

Wishing you a Wonderful 4th of July!
~Meagan

Word Names for Writers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Write On!
~Meagan

 

Word to you baby – Juicy Word Names

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Word names as given names are popping up all over! There are all sorts of word names – virtue names, nature names, seasonal names, color names, and more! Today I made a video on my personal favorite word names (watch at the end of this post), but there are so many juicy word names out there!

Some of these names may be better suited for the middle name spot or a character.  Then again I went to school with girls named Sunset, Echo, and October, so what ‘s considered brave for one isn’t brave for all. Here are 7 unexpected word names:

Alchemy
Alchemy was a science used in the Middle Ages. A word name with a bit of mystery and magic to it.  A cool choice for a New Age parent or a lover of the book The Alchemist.

Bliss
Bliss means, “extreme happiness”. A lovely name with a virtuous vibe. Bliss would be a fresh alternative to names like Joy or Grace. Ellen Page played a character named Bliss in the 2009 roller derby movie Whip It.

Daily
The surnames Daley and Daly share the same sound but feel a bit less quirky than Daily. Daily means an occurrence done everyday. There are many popular two syllable names that end in the “lee” sound, which make this name feel a bit more familiar.

Harvest
Harvest feels very grounded and like a Puritan name to me. The Harvest is the time or season of gathering. Harvest would make a neat name choice for a baby born in the fall or on Thanksgiving. It would also be a great way to honor someone named Harvey.

Peace
I’m always surprised that Peace isn’t used more often. Peace means contentment, a great meaning to a word name that would make a fabulous middle name for a boy or a girl. Peace is pretty cool in other languages to – think Pax or Paz.

Relic
Relic sounds a bit like a movie hero to me. I could see this name on a future Indiana Jones type character. A relic is an object or artifact with historic or sentimental value.

Timber
Timber is wood prepared for carpentry. It’s also a saying used to warn lumberjacks of falling trees. As a name, Timber has a bit of a whimsical sound.

My personal favorite word names:

Word out
~Meagan