I’m not leaving, but posts will be sparse.

Hey everyone!

Lately my other blog has grown a lot and it’s taking up a lot of my time, and then there’s school and extra curricular and all that jazz. Plus I’m not really feeling inspired in the name department right now. Maybe you’ve noticed my posts are few and far between lately. They’ll probably be like that for a while. My goal is maybe a post every week or two, and we’ll see how that goes. But I will still be reading all your blogs and I hope to feel inspired again soon!

Happy naming!



Meryl Streep’s Lookalike Daughters

I found this interesting article on Yahoo about Meryl Streep’s daughters and how they look so alike. The famous American actress’ daughters do have very similar appearances, as shown above. But, I think what is perhaps most striking about this trio, are their names – Mamie, Grace, and Louisa.

It’s worth noting, before we begin, that Meryl’s full name is Mary Louise “Meryl”, and they also have a son named Henry Wolfe “Hank”.

Mary Willa “Mamie” – Love this combo. Mary honours mom, and the middle name is quirky and sweet. Mamie is such a fun, vintage nickname worthy of a revival.

Grace Jane – This one is so simple, yet very sweet, and will never become outdated. With last name (Gummer) it is kind of G heavy (Grace Gummer), but nevertheless it is cute – perhaps the alliteration adds to the name.

Louisa Jacobson – Love Louisa. It’s a new addition to my list. But Jacobson? I still can’t figure out where that one comes from. Possibly a family name?

Hank, Mamie, Grace, and Louisa? It could easily be a sibset from the 1700s, but it still fits so well today. Love it!


Greek -ia Names

Sophia Loren

Since doing my last post on Isabelle/Isabella alternatives, I’ve been feeling in the mood for some more US top 10 alternative ideas. Sophia, Olivia, and Mia all rank on the top ten (#2, #4, and #10, respectively). Clearly the -ia names hold some appeal. Of course, there are tons of other reasons for these three names to be popular, but the fact that they all end in -ia means that many other -ia ending names could have a shot at mega popularity, too. Other -ia names we find on the US top 100 are Amelia (#41), Julia (#55), Maria (#86), Valeria (#94), and Natalia (#98). And that’s not counting the -ya names, of which there are a few more on the top 100. And then, as it turns out, there are a lot of lovely Greek -ia names (including Sophia). So, here are three Greek -ia names that are much less popular but still have a ton of charm!

 AcaciaAcacia is not found on the US top 1000. She’s the Greek name of a flowering shrub, symbolizing immortality and resurrection. Looking way back, Acacia derives from the Greek ake, meaning “thorn” or “point”. I’ve seen Acacia pronounced both uh-KAY-sha and uh-KAY-see-uh.

Olympia – Another Greek name also not in the top 1000, Olympia means “from Mount Olympus”, and is derived from the masculine name Olympos or Olympus. Mount Olympus was the name of the mountain where the Greek gods lived. Olympia has famous connections to the nude painting by Edouard Manet, done in 1865, as well as Olympia Snowe (Republican senator in Maine), and Olympia Dukakis, actress. Olympia is a clear and creative alternative to Olivia.

Eulalia – Our final Greek -ia name, Eulalia means “sweet-speaking” or “well spoken”. She originally derives from “to talk well”. What’s interesting about Eulalia is that she appears in a variety of other languages, such as Spanish and Italian. Eulalia is the patron saint of Barcelona, and a 4th century saint and martyr from Spain. It has been said that when Eulalia died, a dove flew out of her neck – connecting the meaning of speach. Eulalia was chosen by Marcia Gay Harden for her daughter.

Oh So Belle

Has this post not been done 1000 times before? With the Isabella craze off the charts, alternative Bel(le) names seem overdone. But, perhaps there is still room for a couple more suggestions?

Sable – I found this name in a baby name book under Alternatives to Isabella (surprise, surprise) a couple years ago, and it’s stuck with me since. While it does sound like “stable” and “able” (and why not through in “table”), I still think it is a lovely name and a wonderful Isabella alternative.  Sable is from the English word meaning “black” and shares her name with the black-furred mammal. The name is originally thought to be Slavic. While you could still stretch it and use the nickname Bel(le), it is less likely to come naturally from Sable than a Bel ending name.

Mirabel – This Latin name meaning “wonderful” was very commonly seen in the later Middle Ages. Mirabelle is the name of a French plum, and Mirabella is the Italian version. While Isabel and Annabel are very pretty alternatives, Mirabel is perhaps the lesser known of the Bel names. She doesn’t even make top 1000 in America. Then of course there is the slight variation: Maribel, however I’ve been told that Mirabel is more recognizable therefore Maribel would most likely be seen as Mirabel.

Dulcibella – I found this one at Nancy’s Baby Names and decided I had to mention it! It was seen mostly in the Middle Ages, but spelled then as Dowsabel. Dulcibella is from the latin dulcis (sweet) and bella (pretty). Nancy also mentioned that in The World Book Dictionary, dowsabel/dousabel is defined as “a common name for a rustic sweetheart in old pastoral poems.”!

Name of the Day: Birdie

Name: Birdie

Gender: Female

Meaning/Origin: Birdie is English, and means “bird” or “bright, famous”. It is said to be a variant of Bertha, Bird, and Birdena.

Popularity of Birdie (2010, US): Does not rank in top 1000, with 18 births

Birdie is one of those old lady nicknames, commonly seen used as a pet name for Bridget. She’d fit very well next to a little Hattie (Harriet), Tilly/Millie (Matilda), or perhaps Evie (Evelyn, Evangeline, etc). She’s been chosen by numerous celebrities and has lots of appeal for parents seeking something vintage and quirky.

But is she sophisticated enough to be worn by a grown woman? If you would rather have Birdie as a nickname, some full name options include Bridget, Birdena, Bernadette, or even a bird name like Wren, Lark, or Robin.

As for popularity in the UK and such, Birdie does not make the top 100 in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, or Scotland. However, with the popularity in the UK of names like Daisy and Maisie, I do see Birdie getting popular over there before it does in North America.

Great Names Under the Radar #2


I saw this lovely blog post on Nameberry about girls’ names under the radar… Which inspired me to start a new series of posts – each post I will feature one boy name and one girl name that are relatively unheard of  but perfectly usable in society – great names under the radar!

Girls’ Name

Wren – This lovely name of a little songbird could make an appealing choice for a girl. In America she does not rank in the top 1000. Wren derives originally from the Old English Wrenna, but is now almosy always known as a bird baby name. Wren has a fresh, crisp sound and for the most part does not have a nickname. There are lots of bird names to choose from, but Wren just has that perky sound. Plus, I love the silent W. And bonus – she’s undiscovered in North America!

Hale –  I had searched for a boy name to use in this post for the longest time, and then I stumbled across Hale… In America Hale is not in the top 1000 (in fact, only 9 little Hales were born in 2010! Hale is said to be derived from a surname meaning “nook, retreat”, and a commonly seen meaning is “someone who lives in a hollow”. Hale has that one syllable snappy sound like Gage, Nate, and Jude, but with a more sophisticated, older sound.

For some reason both of these posts have had themes – last time it was L names and this time it’s one syllable names.

A Comparison: Boys and Girls of 2011

This is going to be short, because frankly the data I have to work with is not very much. So, here it is.

For the past 2 days I’ve posted about the babies born where I live. To recap: biggest city in Canada and most multicultural city in the world. On the first day I focused on the boys’ names, and on the second day the girls’. I categorized them by their rank on the US popularity list for 2010.

The categories were (in brackets is the number of boys’ names and girls’ names in each category):

Top 10 aka #1-10 (boys: 7,  girls: 4)

Top 50 aka #11-50 (boys: 19, girls: 8)

Top 100 aka #51-100 (boys: 2, girls: 3)

Top 500 aka #101-500 (boys: 5, girls: 5)

Top 1000 aka 501-1000 (boys: 7, girls: 5)

Beyond the Top 1000 (boys: 5, girls: 9)

So, looking at this we can tell that for boys the most common popularity range was 11-50, and for girls it was beyond the top 1000. Of course there are 11 more boys than girls, as well this is a very small sampling, so the results are fairly skewed. However, beyond the popularity, I just wanted to mention some notable names found on the list:


James Constantine

Evan Reginald James

Colin Matti

Callum Dune William

Finnegan Keith

Kolbe Raymond



Sophia Lorenza

Anna Hazel

Brooklyn Enid

Leila Ixchel

Kinza Rashid

Gioia Annette

Mataya Lewcie Skye

Naia Sidney

Myfanwy Lorraine Nordri

Lale Saskia

Tiombe Veronica

Zyana Rose

I think from both full lists my faves are Callum Dune William and Georgia 🙂

2011 Babies: Girls

Yesterday I did a post on the 2011 babies feature in my local newspaper, focusing on the boys names. I organized them based on their popularity status in the US. Today I am going to do the girls, and then tomorrow I will compare the lists.

These babies were born in the largest city in Canada, and the most multicultural city in the world.

The categories are: Top 10, Top 50, Top 100, Top 500, Top 1000, and Beyond. I am only categorizing by first name, and I do take spelling variations into account.


Top 10

Sophie Lorenza

Olivia Juliet


Mia Annabella

Top 50

Addison Sloane

Avery Leigh

Avery Faith


Anna Hazel

Amelia Grace Isabella


Brooklyn Enid

Top 100

Peyton Everleigh

Alexandra Grace


Top 500

Rebecca Maya

Alexia Marisse

Leila Ixchel

Madeleine Simone


Top 1000

Kaiya Horii


Vera Anna

Ellen Shalini

Jasmyn Kyla

Beyond the Top 1000

Kinza Rashid

Gioia Annette

Mataya Lewcie Skye

Naia Sidney

Myfanwy Lorraine Nordri (not a typo)

Rukayah Farida Klara

Lale Saskia

Tiombe Veronica

Zyana Rose

With the girls, Beyond the Top 1000 is the most crowded category. Check back tomorrow for a comparison of the two lists!

2011 Babies: Boys

I’ve been busy, and haven’t posted for a week. Sorry for my absence 😦 But, today, I have a very similar post to last week’s Saturday Ramblings. Last week I talked about the local babies of 2011 born where I live. This weekend, the larger (much larger) paper, has dedicated a whole section of the newspaper to babies born in 2011. This paper is from the largest city in Canada, and the most multicultural city in the world. Really interesting to see the names.

What I really noticed on this list is what I pointed out from last week’s list: tons of the boys are given common, traditional, and sometimes popular names, whereas the girls are given names with more spelling variations, more vintage names, more hipster names, and sometimes more exotic names.

While I can find tons of examples of boys given common, traditional names (David, Samuel Alexander, Ryan Michael, Nicholas, Conor Patrick, William Joseph, and Anthony-John just to name a few) it’s much harder to find that many girls on the list with common,traditional names (Rebecca Maya and Sofia are about the closest I can find).

I’m having a lot of trouble classifying these names. Many of them have different styles used in the first name and middle name, and a lot of them can be classified into different categories.

So, what I’ve decided to do is classify the names by their ranking on the US popularity list. Note that I’m only going by first name. The popularity categories are Top 10, Top 50, Top 100, Top 500, Top 1000, and Beyond.


Top 10

Anthony-John (John is not in the top 10 but Anthony is, so I decided to include this)

William Joseph

William Paul

Noah Michael

Alexander Sean

Alexander James

Michael George

Top 50

Christopher Steven

Mason Jon (twin sister is Peyton Everleigh)

Joshua Lorne

Landon Stephan

Evan James


Matthew Christopher

James Constantine

Ryan Michael

Gabriel Kim Thai

Gabriel Joao

Dylan George

Tyler Richard

Benjamin Michael

Samuel Alexander

Christian Ty Leandro

Christian Matthew

Evan Reginald James


Top 100

Robert James

Max Angelo

Top 500

Colin Matti


Dante Antonio

Elliot Tsuen


Top 1000

Callum Dune William

Conor Patrick


Roland Eirik

Finnegan Keith

Leonard Francesco

Theo Burke

Beyond the Top 1000

Nate Daniel

Grey Russell



Kolbe Raymond

The largest category listed here is the Top 50. Check back tomorrow to see the girls’ list and an overall comparison!

Saturday Ramblings: Georgia Lily


stargazer lily

At the end of every year, my local newspaper devotes two pages in full colour to the Babies of 2011. Just as a bit of background info, so you can get an idea of where these babies are being born, I live in a part suburban/part historical town, fairly small compared to the towns around it. As well, we are only about and hours drive away from the biggest city in Canada.

What I noticed about the names is that they follow what many name experts have said – parents are more likely to give a popular, common name to a boy than to a girl. Ryan Michael, Brett Michael, Andrew Paul, Logan Patrick, Matthew James, and Jack David are just a sampling of the boys born. On the girls side, there are definitely some popular names – Nicole Mae, Allison, Olivia Ann, and Grace Samantha to name a few. But I also noticed some different, less common names. Some of them are more vintage, some more hipster, some more trendy. But whatever it is, the names listed in bold stood out a bit more than the boy names listed above – Madeline Willow, Vivian Lauren, Skyler Adrienne Margaret, Lilliana Sara Grace, Autumn Ryeann, Elisha Mila, Kealy Claire, Addyson Elle, Aubree Jade, Aurora Lynn Ann, Amber Carmela, and, the one that really caught my eye: Georgia Lily.

This is where the title comes in. The last post I did, a Name of the Day, featured girls’ name Leila. In that post I delved a bit into other double L names and their popularity. Lily is the most popular of all the double Ls at number #17. Her other spellings, Lilly and Lillie, come in at #107 and #453, respectively. For me Lily is just one of those names that I suddenly see everywhere now that I started thinking and posting about it! In that list above we see a Lilliana Sara Grace and a Georgia Lily. Currently I’m reading the final installment in the Harry Potter series, and Harry’s deceased mother just happens to be Lily. Okay, so I haven’t seen it everywhere, but it’s just been bouncing around in my brain a bit.

Georgia Lily is really lovely. I’d be delighted to meet a little Georgia. The combo just struck me as something you would see on Nameberry. If you’re familiar with the site you’ll know the overall naming style there is sophisticated and thoughtful. Quirky names, vintage names, and international names tend to make an appearance a lot. While the combo is not out of this world unusual, and Georgia is fairly popular herself, I have to say I am a total sucker for this combo!