Say your name loud and proud, urges a teen named Isis to other kids who, like her, share the name of the terrorist group and are being tormented for it. The Tulsa, Okla., 14-year-old admits in a video that she often hid and cried after students at her former school taunted her.
The question we asked ourselves: If an expectant parent today were limited to only 100 choices from which to name their child, what should those names be?
Gary was widely trumpeted as being a name on the brink of extinction, but with 442 baby boys named Gary in the US in the most recent year counted, the reality is: Far from it.
Points for creativity! In BabyCenter’s annual baby-naming survey, 43 percent of parents reported liking unusual names – though some went further than others in an effort to make sure their child stood out from the crowd.
One woman’s attempt to buy her niece a personalized jar of Nutella was refused because the young girl’s name was deemed inappropriate.
Baby Seewald has a name! On Wednesday, Jessa Duggar Seewald and Ben Seewald posted a video reveal of their son’s name: Spurgeon Elliot Seewald. “We are very excited to introduce our little baby boy to the world,” Jessa says in the video on her family’s website and TLC.com. “We’ve been working on deciding on a name, and we finally figured it out.”
Any newcomer to the contemporary world of baby names may be amazed at how diverse and – to use a Mom word – different names have become. Popular baby names today that your Mom probably never heard of, with their standing now and in 1985, include: girls Aniyah Aniyah is one of those names that resembles a lot of other names, from Anya to Amaya to Aliyah, but is actually a recent invention. Used for zero babies in 1985, today it stands at Number 226.
By Linda Rosenkrantz, Nameberry.com Hollywood has had a long love affair with ghosts. From the silent days on, there have been genuinely scary ghosts, and comic ghosts terrifying everyone from Laurel & Hardy to Bob Hope. In screwball comedies, it was standard for dead mates to return to haunt their spouses, and also ghosts who came back in different bodies, like Joe in Heaven Can Wait as well as uber-romantic ghosts like Jamie in Truly Madly Deeply, and of course Patrick Swayze’s Sam in Ghost. Here’s a bakers’ dozen of ghosts with good names: Casper Of course we have to start with the friendliest, most familiar, and unscariest ghost of all.
Which famous figures are having the largest influence on baby names right now? The most important baby name influencers are a fascinating mix of actors, writers, sports stars, musicians, and historical figures. What they all share: A heroic image that inspires parents….and their young namesakes. Here, based on their names’ standings in the current US list of most popular names, are the biggest baby name influencers of our time.
“Parents are pushing the envelope in lots of ways in terms of choosing names that will be different,” Pamela Redmond Satran, author of The Baby Name Bible and creator of Nameberry, tells Yahoo Parenting.
It’s official! The #1 baby names in 2014 for England and Wales were Amelia and Oliver . Amelia managed to maintain its #1 spot for the fourth year running, and Oliver for the second year.
When we hear the phrase "virtue names," we tend to think first and foremost of the girls—Faith, Hope and Grace, Prudence and Patience. But some parents are beginning to acknowledge that there are good boys as well as girls, and are considering some of the old male virtue names that have been off the grid for decades.
All eyes are on Kate Middleton, who is due to welcome her second baby this month. Here are some baby names she and William may choose -- or may not.
The biggest names in music have inspired some of the fastest-rising baby names in recent years, from the now well-established Aaliyah to the astonishing debut of Jayceon to Beyonce to Jay Z to Sia.
The HBO show Girls is back, and whether you love it, hate it, or couldn’t care less, you’ve got to admit that it has probably the most interesting, eccentric, original roster of character and cast member names ever seen on TV.
Nameberry’s picks for the fourteen names most emblematic of the events of 2014—along with their related runner-ups —are: Ansel, runner-up Ellar Young Ansel Elgort hit the daily double this year via leading roles as Caleb Prior in Divergent and Augustus (Gus) Waters in The Fault in Our Stars. His father being a photographer, it’s a no-brainer that his name was inspired by the iconic Ansel Adams. Runner-up: Ellar Coltrane, the boy in Boyhood, who was filmed over a 12-year period, starting at age six. Azalea, runner-up Ariana With singer Iggy Azalea, forget Iggy—Azalea is one of the fastest climbing flower names—it came on the list in 2012 and jumped 269 places last year.