Monday, December 24, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Christmas

Merry Christmas everybody! This series was a lot of fun. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Our last Christmas name is Christmas. She has never been in the top 1000. Denise Richards played Christmas Jones in the 1999 James Bond film "The World is Not Enough." Other than that, Christmas is hardly ever heard as a baby name.

Christmas would make a lovely name for a holiday baby. She's long and pretty, so she could also work as a middle for a short name. Christmas is so unique, you're practically guaranteed not to have any others in her kindergarten class.

Thanks for reading this series, I'll be back next week with regular posts!

--Sophie

Friday, December 21, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Eve

Our Christmas baby name of the day is Eve. Eve is a Hebrew name meaning "life." She's never been too popular. Currently she stands at #546; her peak was in 1907, when she reached #414. Eve has never fallen out of the top 1000, but she came close in 1984, when she fell to #998.

Eve is very similar to her more popular sound-alikes, including Eva, Ava, and Evie. Her special connection to Christmas Eve makes her better for a holiday baby. Eve would be a great name for a baby girl born on December 24. Check back tomorrow for our final installment of the 25 Days of Christmas series. Happy Christmas Eve!

25 Days of Christmas: Silver

Our Christmas baby name today is Silver. Silver is an English word name meaning "the color silver." He's never been in the top 1000. Silver is one of the few color name on team blue. He could also work with the gem names.

Silver is a big color around the holidays. There's silver stars, silver tinsel, silver bells, and much more. He definitely reminds us of the holidays. Silver would make a great name for a Christmas baby. He sounds fresh and exciting as both a first and a middle. Silver is a great choice.

25 Days of Christmas: Winter

Today's Christmas baby name is Winter. Winter is a seasonal name, meaning "the season of winter." She was briefly in the top 1000, ranking 1000 in 1978,  then 705 in 1979. After that she abrubtly stopped being used, she hasn't been ranked since.

Right now Winter is incredibly stylish. She has been included in several star-babie's names. Winter was chosen by Nicole Richie for Harlow's middle name. She would make the perfect choice for a baby born around now. When people think of Winter, they think of snow, ice, and the holidays. She'd be lovely on a Christmas baby.

25 Days of Christmas: Garland

Today's Christmas baby name is Garland. Garland is a word name that has never been in the U.S. top 1000. Most people would associate this name with actress Judy Garland, but it works well for a holiday name for either a girl or boy. The Christmas tree garland gives it a holiday vibe, perfect for a December baby.

Garland is a truly unexpected choice for any time of the year. However, his ties with Christmas make him all the more relevant. Check back tomorrow for our next Christmas baby name!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Season

Today's Christmas baby name is Season. Season means "time of sowing." She's a word name, and has never been ranked in the U.S. top 1000. Season would normally be thought of as a substitute for common season names like Summer and Autumn. However, she could also take on another meaning, the Holiday Season.

A baby Season could go be Cece or Sea. She is a part of the new generation of hippie names, including Meadow and Storm, that replace Harmony and Sunshine. So long as that doesn't bother you, she'd make a great name for a holiday baby.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Olive

Today's Christmas baby name is Olive. Currently, Olive is ranked at 416. She peaked in the 1880s, coming in at 83. She never has left the top 1000, but she came pretty close in 2007, when she ranked 999. Nowadays Olive's right on trend, and rising quickly.

There are many famous Olives, both real and fictional. Drew Barrymore just had a baby Olive, and Sacha Baron Cohen has one as well. Olive is a reindeer, and also the girl from Little Miss Sunshine, played by Abigail Breslin. The most well-known Olive would be Olive Oyl, Popeye's girldfriend.

Olive connects to Christmas in many ways. The color olive green is a popular one for Christmas. Paired with maroon, it reminds us all of the holiday season. Her meaning of "olive tree" is directly correlated with peace, which is something we all try to focus on during the holidays. Olive would make a lovely, subtle choice for a Christmas baby girl.

Monday, December 17, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: December

Our Christmas baby name today is December. December is an unpopular month name meaning "the month of December." She sounds fresher than April, May, or June, and a bit more usable than February or November.

December would make the perfect name for a holiday baby. She's cool and sophisticated; she also had the fun holiday season part to her to. Paired with a short name, December would make an interesting middle. If you're looking for an unexpected name that screams holidays, December could be the right choice for you.

25 Days of Christmas: Star

Our Christmas name of the day is Star. Star is a word name that means "star." She peaked in 1980 at 895. In 1999 she fell off the charts completely. Nowadays she's seen as more of a trashy name, but Star could make a stellar middle name choice.

The most famous Star would be Star Jones, former co-host of The View. Star could be a nickname for a number of names including Starina, Starla, Starlet, Starry, and Staria.

Often times, Star is considered a Christmas name because of her associtaion with the star on top of the Christmas tree, the twinkle starry lights, or the North Star. She would make an uncommon choice that is perfect for the holidays.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Holiday

Happy Sunday! Our Christmas baby name of the day is Holiday. Holiday has never been ranked in the U.S. top 1000. She means "holiday" and is obviously a word name.  Other spellings include Holliday, Holidae, Holidaye, and Holaday.

The only real nickname for Holiday would be Holly. That is the nickname of Holiday's most famous wearer, Holiday Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Holiday is played by Audrey Hepburn.

Holiday is one of my personal favorite Christmastime names. She's fun, unique, and an overall lovely choice. She works for other holidays too, but seems especially relevant at Christmas.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Neve

Even though it hasn't snowed yet in Chicago, our baby name today is Neve. If you couldn't guess already, Neve means "snow." She is Latin and has never been in the U.S. top 1000. In Ireland, she is more commonly spelled Niamh.

Famous Neves include the actress Neve Campbell, and Conan O'Brien's daughter, Neve O'Brien. Neve has no obvious nicknames, which can be a good thing, depending on how you look at it.

Neve's meaning makes her perfect for a holiday or winter baby. Especially if she is born on a snowy day. She's an uncommon choice, but not too out-there. Neve strikes the perfect balance.

Friday, December 14, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Poinsettia

Our Christmas baby name for today is Poinsettia. Poinsettia is a red Christmas flower. She is not ranked in the U.S. top 1000. Poinsettia is very out-there, she's defintely not for the conservative namer.

Poinsettia is a long name, but she has some nickname possibilites. Some of them include Pia, Settia, and Posy. This makes her all the more useable.

She's an interesting Christmas pick, best paired with a short middle name. You have to be brave to use this one. Check back tomorrow for our next Christmas name.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Nicholas

The next installment in our 25 Days of Christmas series is Nicholas. Nicholas is a Greek name meaning "people of victory." He is currently ranked at #42, but peaked in the mid-nineties at #6. He is considered a classic by many, Nicholas has been in the top 200 ever since the 1880s (when they started taking name data.)

Nicholas has many great nicknames, ranging from the classic Cole, Colin, Nick, or Nicky, to the on-trend Nico. Some famous Nicholas' include Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, and Nicolas Sparks, the author.

Nicholas is great for a baby born any month of the year. His ties to "Saint Nick" could help make a subtle themed sib set. Nicholas is a well-regarded classic, he would make a great choice for a holiday baby boy.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Carol

Our Christmas name today is Carol. She is the English version of Charles, and means "free man." She peaked in the 1940s, ranking at #5. Today she would mostly be considered a "grandma name" but on a baby she might sound fresh again.

Carol has many full name options, including more modern ones like Caroline and Carolina, and also under-used choices like Carlotta, Carolyn, and Carline. She also works on her own, or would be great in the middle spot.

Carol is a great name that merges holiday and music. If you want a unexpected, old-fashioned name for your baby girl, Carol would make a lovely, simple choice.

Monday, December 10, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Noel

Today's name is another unisex one- Noel. Noel is currently ranked at 455 in the U.S. for boys. His meaning is "Chrismas." The feminine Noelle is a little more popular, coming in at #357. The spelling Noel is much more popular for boys than it is girls.

Noel has been slowly decreasing in popularity ever since his peak in 1938. His lack of use is just one of the reasons he would make a great choice. Noel has no nicknames and would also be a very unexpected choice. He is very associated with Christmas, but if that's what you're going for, he should be at the top of the list for boys.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Piper

Piper is our Christmas name of the day. Currently, she is ranked the highest she's ever been, coming in at 110. She means "pipe or flute player." She relates to Christmas by the song "The 12 Days of Christmas." She is in the line Twelve pipers piping.

Piper gained popularity after the television show Charmed first aired in 1999. Another well-known Piper is Sarah Palin's youngest daughter, Piper Palin.

Piper would make a lovely, subtle holiday choice for a daughter. She is trendy, not too popular, and very sweet. Check back tomorrow for our next Christmas name!

25 Days of Christmas: Merry

Our Christmas name of the day is Merry. Merry is an English girls' name meaning "light-hearted or happy." She is more commonly seen as a word in the phrase "Merry Christmas." While she is not currently ranked in the United States, Merry's peak was in the year 1954, where she reached #469.

If her similarity to Mary makes her seem too old-fashioned to you, you might consider Merry as a middle name. She would sound lovely and festive with many names, and can soften the sounds of harsher and more serious appellations.

Merry is a nice choice for a holiday name, especially if you want something that sounds classic, but entertains the holiday spirit. Check back tomorrow for our next Christmas name!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Yule

Happy Weekend everybody! Our Christmas name of the day is very festive, Yule.

Yule is an English name that is not currently ranked in the U.S. He means "winter solstice." Yule is a word name that would only work around Christmastime. Most people associate him with the Yule Log, a popular Christmas Tradition.

Yule would make a great name for a baby boy, especially if you like short names with no nickname options. He is a very festive choice that would be a little surprising if you chose is for a son. Nonetheless, a lovely name.

Friday, December 7, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: North

Today's Christmas Baby Name is truly unisex- I'm talking about North. North is a word name that means "the direction North." While I prefer it for a girl, North is more on trend with the boys. It has a tough girl/boy vibe, and goes along well with names like Arrow or Fawn.

North is very up-and-coming. It is a pretty new name, inspired by its trendy brothers Weston and Easton. There are no famous Norths yet, but we'll probably see a celebrity use this one in the next few years.

North is an unusual appellation that conjures up pictures of snow and ice, perfect for a winter or holiday baby. North makes my own list (for girls, not boys) and I would love to see somebody use it. It's a great name that is suitable for either gender.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Bell

Bell is our Christmas Name of the Day. She is a cousin of  Belle and Bella, however her origins are much different. Bell originated as a surname and occupational name, she means "ringer of the bell." She reached her height in 1884, at 275. She completely dropped off the charts in the year 1915. Some would say that Bell looks incomplete, but others will like her simplicity and rather musical ere.

There are no famous Bells, however you may recognize the name from Galt Niederhoffer's book, A Taxonomy of Barnacles. Bell Barnacle is the name of the eldest daughter in the book. (Rumor has is that Maggie Gyllanhaal will be playing Bell in the movie adaptation.)

Bell would make a lovely name for a daughter born around the Holidays. She reminds us of Christmas Caroling and the sounds of Christmastime (plus "Silver Bells" would make a cute lullaby.)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Joy

Today's Christmas Name is one that is thought of a lot when asked about holiday names- Joy.
Joy means exactly what she sounds like. She is one of the original "word names." Joy peaked in popularity during the year 1974, when she reached #109. In recent years, Joy has been on a solid decline, however she climbed almost twenty spots in 2011.

Some famous Joys include Joy Fawcett, a soccer player, Joy Harjo, a poet, and Joy-Anna Duggar, one of the Duggar family's nineteen children.

Joy would make a great Christmastime baby name. Though she is mostly used for girls, it is not unheard of to use Joy or Joi for a baby boy. She's short and sweet, has no potential nicknames, and a lovely message. Joy is absolutely darling.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Pax

Number four in our 25 Days of Christmas series is our first boy name- Pax. Pax is Latin and means peaceful. Even though he is not currently ranked, he is in vogue because he ends in X. Pax is the perfect choice for a winter holiday baby. The meaning relating to peace incorporates the meaning of the holiday season.

Pax would make a logical alternative to Max, if you were looking for something less common. He could be should for Paxton, a surname name that has a more polished quality.

The most famous Pax would be Pax Jolie-Pitt, Brangelina's adopted son.

Pax is an all-around great name. If you are looking for something short, easy to remember, and holiday related, Pax makes a great choice

Monday, December 3, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Plum

Our Christmas pick of the day is Plum. We all know the story The Night Before Christmas. Remember that line "and visions of sugar plums danced in their heads?" That's where this lovely lady comes from.

Plum is not ranked as a given name; she has just started to get attention pretty recently. The most common way to get to Plum would be via Victoria. Victoria Plums are an English breed of the fruit, and Victoria Plum is also the name of a fairy in a children's book. Plum could also work as a nickname for Peplum (if you are adventurous). More about that in this post.

Real life Plums include Mom blogger Bleubird's daughter Milla Plum, whom she calls by her middle.

Plum would make a daring choice for a Christmas baby, and is perfect if you want a subtle connection to the holiday.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Holly

Time for the second name in our 25 Days of Christmas series- Holly. Holly is ranked at #426, slowly decreasing in popularity. She is most often considered a nature name; holly is a plant species with red berries.

Holly peaked in the year 1984, coming in at #53. Even though she is no where near that number now, she still remains a popular pick around Christmas time.

While Holly herself does not have a easy nickname, she could be the nickname for many other names including Holiday/Holliday, Holloway, Hollis, Holland, Hollister, and Hollyn.

Even if Holly seems like a dated choice to you, she would still make a lovely, unpopular appelation for a daughter born around Christmas.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: Natalya

Happy Holidays everyone! This year on S My Name is Sophie, I am going to profile 25 different Christmas names in the days leading up to the holiday. Let's start with Natalya.

Natalya means "born on Christmas Day." She has Russian origin, and currently stands at #828. Natalya (or her relatives Natalie and Natasha) would make a great name for a holiday baby, not just because of her meaning. She sounds very fresh and current; it would be an unexpected choice though.

Natalya could go by a couple different nicknames, including Nattie (the nickname of professional wrestler Natalya Neidhart), Lia/Lya, Tally, or Nat.

Check back tomorrow for the next Christmas name!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Land of Nod Holiday Catalogue Names

Everybody knows that the best part of looking through children's catalogues is the names. Companies like The Land of Nod make it very easy to name spot with all their mongrammed items. This holiday issue had some especially good ones.

Girls:

Alva
Annika
Brie
Brittany
Charlotte
Dana
Dominique
Einar
Florence
Ginger
Gloria
Gracie
Gwinaveer
Harper
Harriet
Hazel
Isabell
Isabella
Jayne
Jeanne
Jessa
Lena
Lindsay
Marnie
Mia
Milly
Ruthie
Seraphina
Taylor

Boys:

Adam
Anderson
Archer
Benjamin
Charlie
Christopher
Danny
Dylan
Gill
Henry
Jacob
Jake
Jasper
Jonathon
Julius
Logan
Luke
Mason
Max
Maxwell
Micah
Nicholas
Nolan
Pierre
Quinn
Rex
Rudy
Sam
Simon
Sylvain
Wallace
William
Zane
Zeek

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Belle's Full Names

Belle and Bella seem to be the nicknames of the year. It's no surprise either, with Isabella ranking number two last year, and one the year before. She's more popular than ever, and so are the nicknames that come with her. Needless to say, if you love Belle or Bella, there's no reason to skip straight to Isabella. They have some much more unexpected full names.

Annabella: With all the rage of Annabelle, you'd think Annabella would not be far behind. Think again, because she ranks at a modest 328. She's a bit of a mouthful, but if you're planning on using Belle or Bella, she would make a nice choice for the birth certificate.

Annabelle: She's the quintessential American girl. Annabelle conjures up images of apple pie and pure sweetness. It's no wonder parents love her. She comes in at 111, with her alternate spellings (Annabel, Annabell, Anabelle, Anabell, and Anabel) all making the list as well.

Belia: Meaning beautiful, Belia is the Spanish version of Bella. Perfect for honoring your family's history, though she's so pretty that she might not need a nickname.

Bellamy: Quite possibly my favorite of this list. She doesn't rank in the top 1000, but she's been getting some attention lately. Bellamy just made Nameberry's list of Unusual Girls' Names Destined for Stardom. The name of a Novogratz daughter (twin to Tallulah by the way), Bellamy is appealing to many parents for obvious reasons. She's may be tomboy, but she has America's sweetest nicknames.

Bellatrix: Honestly, I don't suggest you use Bellatrix. Unless you're a celebrity or a major Harry Potter fan, she seems a little- over the top. She has very strong ties with the literary franchise, but if you're planning on calling your little one Bella or Belle, she would make for an interesting choice. Especially if she was born on Halloween (is it just me, or does she seem a bit spooky?).

Gabriella: She's more popular than you think, with a ranking of 34. Gabriella is princessy, elegant, and very regal sounding, and Bella or Belle seems like fitting nicknames.

Gabrielle: Not quite as long, or as popular as Gabriella, she ranks at 119. Simpler, but by no means simple. You don't need four syllables to sound like a princess.

Isabelle: She comes in at 114, with sister Isabel not far behind at 128. She's a beautiful choice, but far from uncommon. My favorite spelling however, is the far from trendy Isobel.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lily's Full Names

Everybody loves Lily. She stands at a popular 15 on the U.S. charts. Even though you could go right ahead and use Lily (or Lili, Lillie, or Lilly) She has some great longer appellations.

Lileas- Also spelt Lillias, this Scottish version of Lily is extremely unique and beautiful.

Lilia- Lilia is super sweet and girly, and has two built in nicknames.

Liliana- Even though she is originally from Spain, Liliana is catching on with many an American parent.

Lillian- Not far behind Lily at 22, Lillian is a lovely choice for parents that want a modest , well-liked full name for their Lily.

Lilith- Lilith is a charming choice for parents that aren't spooked by her meaning of "night monster".

Lilla- A bit of a mouthful, but Lilla seems like the right choice for parents struggling between Lila and Lily.

Fashion Trends as Names

Recently I was thinking about some of the latest fashion trends, and some of them could work well as (possibly guilty pleasure) names.

Girls:

Bow(e)- Spell it Beau and it's a boy's name, but Bowe (especially with that e) would be lovely on a little girl.
Coral- The color coral was big this summer. The name Coral is about ready for a comeback, it is vintage and oh so sweet.
Dot- As in the Polka Dot. She is cute as a nickname for Dorothy, or even on her own.
Floral- Rhymes with the antique Laurel, but a bit more spunky.
Peplum- A style of shirt, Peplum comes with the fabulous nicknames of either Peppy (a la Peppy Miller) or the lovely Plum.


Boys:

Jack- As in England's Union Jack, a popular pattern this year. Jack is short and sweet, but a little too popular.
Plaid- Plaid would make a daring middle name for a little boy.
Neon- Close to Neo, but a bit more bright!
Oxford- This shoe style would make a smart and quirky name for a boy.
Tribal- Tribal patterns were all the rage this year. With the nickname Tribe, it fits in with the short, masculine names.

Either:

Chevron- Chevron stripes are very trendy, and it could make a great unisex name.
Navy- The dark blue hue of Fall 2012 would make an appealing choice for a girl or boy.

Unique Alternatives to the Top Ten Names: 2012 Edition

We could all name our kids Sophia and Jacob, but there are so many more unique options. Listed here are my favorite lesser-used alternatives to the top ten of each gender.

Girls:

Sophia: Fiona, Philippa (nn Pippa?), Philomina, Seraphina
Isabella: Bellamy, Esmeralda, Isabeau, Isadora
Emma: Amelie, Emmeline, Lila
Olivia: Bolivia, Livia, Olive, Vivian
Ava: Ada, Avalon, Eva, Eve, Ever
Emily: Amelie, Melody, Millie, Romilly, Tillie
Abigail: Abear, Adelaide, Adelia, Gail
Madison: Ellison, Madeleine, Magdalena
Mia: Leia, Milla, Thea
Chloe: Celeste, Clara, Clio

Boys:

Jacob: Corbin, Jacobi, Jay
Mason: Carson, Edison, Logan
William: Leander, Logan, Warren, Willis
Jayden: Gray, Hayden, Jay
Noah: Isaac, Nathan, Nolan, Owen
Michael: Mack, Matthias, Maxwell
Ethan: Egan, Eli, Logan
Alexander, Alexei, Alvin, Anders, Anderson
Aiden: Adair, Adeon, Dennis
Daniel: Damian, Danner, Dashiell, Dennis

Thursday, April 12, 2012

If I Could Name 100 Girls...

They would be named... (in no particular order)

1. Nell
2. North
3. Clementine
4. Elsa
5. Frances
6. Nancy
7. Vivian
8. Bay
9. Hazel
10. Orla
11. Carys
12. Joanna
13. Amelie
14. Eloise
15. Effie
16. Harriet
17. Lilith
18. Nona
19. Olive
20. Paloma
21. Quincy
22. Reagan
23. Sloane
24. Solange
25. Sidney
26. Tillie
27. Tait
28. Walker
29. Andromeda
30. Bo
31. Flora
32. Fiona
33. Lucy
34. Louise
35. Blythe
36. Blake
37. Blair
38. Clara
39. Imogen
40. Hayes
41. Pimm
42. Romilly
43. Ingrid
44. Meryl
45. Gianna
46. Lane
47. Betty
48. April
49. Grey
50. Edith
51. Reid
52. Felicity
53. Adele
54. Adelaide
55. Georgia
56. Pippa
57. Poppy
58. Violet
59. Eliza
60. Lola
61. Simone
62. Audrey
63. Cornelia
64. Phoebe
65. Chevron
66. Rue
67. Holland
68. Vienna
69. Cicily
70. Sephora
71. Gemma
72. Birdie
73. Sadie
74. Reverie
75. Peony
76. Coral
77. Summer
78. Ruth
79. Mabel
80. Fawn
81. Beatrice
82. Alice
83. Marina
84. Flair
85. June
86. March
87. Helena
88. Miriam
89. Pearl
90. Clover
91. Clio
92. Evie
93. Stella
94. Anja
95. Irene
96. Leonie
97. Kit
98. Zoey
99. Anabel
100. Paige

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Valentines Names

Girls:

Amora
Amy
Carys
Cheryl
Darlene
Esme
February
Freya
Love
Lovey
Querida
Suki
Valentina
Venus

Boys:

Armando
Bennett
Cupid
David
Keefe
Luthando
Valentine
Valentino

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Splittable Names for Twins

Abby and Gail
Ame and Lia
Angel and Lina
Anna and Belle
Arri and Anna
Alex and Xander or Alex and Ander
Brooke and Lynn
Chris and Tina
Eliza and Beth
Eva and Lynn or Eve and Lynn
Henry and Etta
Jill and Ian or Gill and Ian
Kate and Lynn
Lily and Ana
Mac and Kenzie
Maddie and Lynn
Mary and Lynn
Rose and Mary
Will and Liam