Monday, July 27, 2015

What's The Count? {Unisex Names Part 1}

Unisex names seem to becoming all the rage lately. Some unisex names are seen strictly as girl names (Taylor and Aubrey) while overs are seen strictly as boy names (Ryan and Carson). There are names out there that seem to be equally popular on boys and girls. I thought it would be cool to look at how popular each unisex name is for boys and girls. We could get an idea as to what gender parents prefer for those names. 

Aaron
  • Boys: #50
  • Girls: 23 Babies 

Addison
  • Boys: 129 Babies
  • Girls: #24

Alex
  • Boys: #128
  • Girls: 157 Babies

Alexis
  • Boys: #302
  • Girls: #64

Angel
  • Boys: #67
  • Girls: #275

Ashley
  • Boys: 40 Babies
  • Girls: #87

Ashton
  • Boys: #143
  • Girls: 165 Babies

Aubrey
  • Boys: 133 Babies 
  • Girls: #20

Austin
  • Boys: #66
  • Girls: 121 Babies

Avery
  • Boys: #186
  • Girls: #13

Blake
  • Boys: #84
  • Girls: #589

Brooklyn 
  • Boys: 68 Babies
  • Girls: #26

Cameron
  • Boys: #53
  • Girls: #578

Carson
  • Boys: #91
  • Girls: 173 Babies

Carter
  • Boys: #27
  • Girls: #785

Casey
  • Boys: #530
  • Girls: #792

Charlie
  • Boys: #225
  • Girls: #229

Connor
  • Boys: #52
  • Girls: 27 Babies

Drew
  • Boys: #322
  • Girls: 208 Babies 

Dylan
  • Boys: #29
  • Girls: #394

Elliot
  • Boys: #217
  • Girls: #256

Ellis
  • Boys: #443
  • Girls: 234 Babies

Emerson
  • Boys: #324
  • Girls: #196

Emery
  • Boys: #687
  • Girls: #161

Ezra
  • Boys: #119
  • Girls: 155  Babies

Most of these names I wasn't surprised to see more popular for that specific gender. What I was surprised about was just how close in popular Charlie was between boys and girls. It was only off by a few places. I went through the names and did a final count of how many names were more popular for girls and for boys. And the final count is...

14 for boys


8 for girls

It looks like unisex names are more popular for boys. We still have a whole other posts coming later in the week so maybe the girls will take over. What gender do you prefer for each of these genders? 


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Name of the Week: Harper



Meaning
Harp Player 

Origin
English 

Rank
#11

Middle Names
Harper Evangeline 
Harper Sophia 
Harper Juliana 
Harper Rosalie 
Harper Amelia 
Harper Coralie
Harper Vivienne 
Harper Beatrice 
Harper Anastasia 
Harper Savannah 

First Names
Audrey Harper 
Nella Harper 
Iris Harper 
Georgia Harper 
Ophelia Harper 
Greer Harper 
Catalina Harper 
Sienna Harper 
Niya Harper 
Willa Harper 

Nicknames
Harp
Harpie
Happy
Harps

Famous People Named Harper
Harper Lee (Author) 
Harper Seven Beckham (David and Victoria Beckham's Daughter) 
Harper Renn (Tiffani Thiessen's Daughter) 
Harper Grace (Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka's Daughter) 

My Thoughts 
I've always liked the name Harper for a girl even before it became as popular as it is now. When I was searching for names to feature as name of the week Harper caught my eye. I think the name is really spunky and upbeat. It's an unisex name but I like it better on a girl. That could be because its so popular for a girl. 


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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Name of the Week: Corbett



Meaning
Raven 

Origin
English 

Rank
N/A 

Middle Names
Corbett Benjamin
Corbett Nicholson 
Corbett Evander 
Corbett Rafferty 
Corbett Jude 
Corbett Xavier 
Corbett Thayer 
Corbett Antonio 
Corbett Dean 
Corbett Wilder 

First Names
Theodore Corbett
Stone Corbett
Hamilton Corbett
Tanner Corbett
Wilson Corbett
Deacon Corbett
Ignatius Corbett
Phillip Corbett
Harrison Corbett
Simeon Corbett

Nicknames
Cory 
Cord 
Brett 
Orbit 
Orry 

Famous People Named Corbett
No one with he first name 

My Thoughts 

Corbett was my grandma's surname. I was in the shower the other day and was thinking about how I could honor her if I had a boy. Her name was Sarah and there isn't many ways to honor a boy with that name. I thought of Corbett and have been I love ever since. I'm surprised I didn't think of it before. I think this makes for a great middle name. It goes with the English surname trend I seem to see. 


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Instagram Name Spottings {Vol 2}

I did my very first Instagram name spotting last month and thought I would do a Vol 2 today. I am always on the lookout for new names and throughout the month I make a collection for you guys. Here are some of the cool names I've found.



Girls
Zuleykah Leilani: I'm not exactly sure how to pronounce this name but my guess would be zoo-lay-kah
Grey Delphine: A very modern first name paired with a classical middle
Alvah: This reminds me of Alvin and Ava.
Revelynne Hope: I've never heard of this name before but Rev is pretty cute.
Sauntina: Another name I'm not sure how to pronounce but it still looks very pretty.
Aviana Nayeli: Aviana is goregous and Nayeli is cool. I love both names together.

Boys
Ackley Raymond: Ackley is such an unique name. Fits well with other -lee names.
Ashford Drake: I really like this new spin on Asher.
Ransom Alan: Such a cool name! And brave parents too.

Siblings/Multiples
Laylah Angeleigh, Mylah Antoinette, and Bria Adaleigh: I noticed that this mom likes y's and leigh. I think the names fit nicely together.
Cherish Grace and Liam David (twins): The only reason this name is on the list is because of Cherish. It's so different!
Hayden Irene and Bennett Sidney (twins): Mom likes unisex names and classical names.
Brody Easton, Brixley Ella, and Brevyn Elliott (b): A set of siblings with some pretty different names. I wonder what they would name a mother baby?
Laikyn Cree (g) and Lennyn Kate: The names match nicely. I just wish they were spelled a little differently.
Ellerie (g) and twins Aven (g) and Asher: These are some pretty cool names. I like Ellerie and Aven together but I wish Asher was a little bit more unique.
Copelin (b), Wells Kai, and Seve (pronounced Sevy): A set of brother and these parents really know how to name them!
Sloane Emerson, Briggs and Rhodes Evelyn: I was able to find all there middle names except for the little boy :(


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Unique 4 Letter Girl Names

About a year ago I wrote a blog post on 4 letter names. I went and did another search of some unique 4 letter names. Most of the names on this list I haven't heard of and the ones I have aren't one the top 1000 SSA list.

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  1. Coya: Unknown Meaning and Origin 
  2. Avra: Form of Aura (Breeze); Greek 
  3. Dree: Diminutive of Andrea (Strong and Manly); Greek
  4. Sola: She Who is Alone; Spanish 
  5. Gala: Short form of Galina (Calm); Russian
  6. Haia: Nimble, Quick; Japanese 
  7. Joah: Brother of God; Hebrew 
  8. Ziva: Feminine form of Ziv (Bright, Radiant); Hebrew 
  9. Navy: Word Name
  10. Ezri: Helper; Hebrew 
  11. Esha: Desire, Wish; Sanskrit 
  12. Reed: Red, Clearing; English 
  13. Isra: Nocturnal Journey; Arabic 
  14. Onyx: Gemstone Name
  15. Posy: A Bunch of Flowers; English 

Let me know what your favorite names are from this list! Is there any other 4 letter girl names that you love that aren't on this list?


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Monday, July 13, 2015

Minnie The Nickname

Minnie is such a sweet nickname. It might seem very childish for an adult and that is why I am here to bring you some great names that have Minnie as a nickname option.



Wilhelmina: This is such a classical, old lady which name. I adore that you can have the nickname Minnie as well as Willa, Willie, and Mina.

Minerva: Minerva is so unique. Minnie is a common nickname for Minerva too. You works perfectly.

Minka: I think Minka is so cool to say. I really like when names have K's in them. It gives them a sharp sound.

Araminta: Araminta is a name loved by another namer, Kristen. I think this name is adorable and cool. Minnie is a great nickname and so is Minty.

Philomena: I use to have Philomena on my top 10 list. I still love it today just not as much. When it was on my list I had Minnie as the nickname.

Margaret: Margaret is at the top of my list of favorite classical names. I think Minnie gives it a cool, modern feel.

Cosmina: I have really been enjoying Cosmina a lot more recently. I think Minnie makes it even more lovable.

Adamina: I think Ad- names are cool and great. Adamina is so fresh on the ears. I was happy to find this one during my research.

Romina: I think Rom- names are cool just like Ad- names. Romy can be a nickname for Romina just like Minnie can.

I hope you found some new names for the wonderful nickname Minnie. If you have any suggestions on how to get to the nickname Minnie leave them below!

PSA: Things on this blog might be slow for a couple of weeks. I'm trying to find time to do other things besides baby names (blown, instagram, and youtube), so I am cutting into my blogging time. There has also been writers block going on as well.


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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Name of the Week: Svetlana




Meaning
Light
World

Origin
Russian 

Rank
N/A

Middle Names
Svetlana Joy
Svetlana Eleanor 
Svetlana Kate 
Svetlana June 
Svetlana Peyton 
Svetlana Therese 
Svetlana Evelyn 
Svetlana Blue 
Svetlana Isabelle 
Svetlana Adele

First Names
Penelope Svetlana 
Harmony Svetlana 
Iris Svetlana 
Zoe Svetlana 
Colette Svetlana 
Gloria Svetlana 
Liberty Svetlana 
Kylee Svetlana 
Elaine Svetlana 
Margot Svetlana 

Nicknames
Lana
Ceca
Seka 
Vet
Lettie 

Famous People Named Lana 
Svetlana Alliluyeva (Joseph Stalin's Daughter) 
Svetlana Kuznetsova (Tennis Player) 
Svetlana Khorkina (Olympic Russian gymnast) 

My Thoughts 

This name is used most often by people of Russian nationality. I think it is such a cool name and I love it with the nickname Lana or even Lettie. I listed three famous Svetlanas but there are a ton of famous Russian athletes with the name. I'd love to met a little Svetlana. 




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Friday, July 10, 2015

Fictional Prince Names

A few weeks ago I talked about non-Disney princess names. I couldn't leave the princes out so today I am talking about a list of fictional prince names. Disney princesses are included in this list because it seems that there are not many fictional princes out there.




Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Caspian has an unknown meaning and origin and is a literature and place name. You can find it in the book as well as the name of an Ocean. I think this is such a cool rare name and the nickname Cas is great. 

Prince Eric (Little Mermaid)
Everyone knows of Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid. Eric means eternal ruler in Old Norse. I think this name is nice but it sounds dated to me. It was most popular in the 80's and 90's. 

Prince Florian (Snow White) 
Prince Florian is a lesser known Disney Prince, at least to me. I had no idea the prince from Snow White had a name. I think Florian is pretty cool. It means flower in Latin. 

Prince Hamlet (Hamlet)
Hamlet is a book many, many people had to read during their high school career. It's known by about everyone. I never had to read the book so I didn't know that Hamlet was a prince. There is little known information on the name but I do believe that William Shakespeare invented the name. 

Prince Shasta (The Chronicles of Narnia) 
The name Shasta is extremely unique name and most people are probably going to associate it with The Chronicles of Narnia series. I think it is cool and different. I know my fellow name sister, Amelia of EverythingBabyNames on youtube likes this name. There isn't much information on it either. 

Prince Edmund (Blackadder) 
I adore the name Edmund. My dad's middle name is Edward and I would use Edmund as a way to honor him. Edmund means fortune protector in English. I have here that Prince Edmund is from Blackadder, a British sitcom, but it is also from The Chronicles of Narnia. 

Princess Naveen (The Princess and the Frog) 
I just saw this movie a few weeks ago for the first time. I thought it was a pretty cute movie. Naveen is a variant of Navin, which means new in Sanskrit. I think the movie brought light to the name. 

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Zelie and Louis

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I thought this post would be great to make today seeing as I just uploaded my favorite saint names video. I had to be patient and wait a whole week to bring this to you but here it is. In my video I said that St. Therese is my favorite saint. She has a ton of meaning to me and I plan to name one of my daughters after her. 

Well I saw on the news last week that Pope Francis has made places to have her parents canonized, or made saints, in October! They will be the first married couple to be canonized together as husband and wife. I got so excited about that and even more excited when I saw their names, especially her mom's name. If you couldn't tell by the title of this post the names I have for you today are.......



Zelie and Louis 



Zelie is actually here nickname. Her full name is Azélie-Marie Guerin Martin. She was a famous lace maker, which sparked my mind and made me think that Lace/Lacey would be a cool name to honor her. 

Azélie is pronounced uh-ZAY-lee and there is little information on it. It could have a few meanings and origins. Those include:
  • Dry in English
  • Flower in Hebrew
  • French form of Azalea 
If I was going to pick one meaning and origin that I believed to be the most correct I would choice the French variant of Azalea. Blessed Zelie is from France and this name as elements of the French language. 

The name Zelie was also the name of Baron Dettmar Basse, the founder of the town Zelienople, which was named after his daughter. Her full name was Friedrike.  



Louis was a watchmaker who wanted to become a monk before he started making watches but was rejected because he did not speak Latin. 

As a name Louis is a French variant of Ludwig meaning famous war battle. My guess is the name is pronounced Loo-EE, which is the French way. 

Besides the Blessed Louis Martin, we also have a ton of kings named Louis from all different countries, a member of a boy band, athletes, a designer, and many, many more. The name is very diverse. 



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Monday, July 6, 2015

Family Tree Names


About 6 months ago I went onto Ancestry.com and started to research my family tree. In my research I came across some names that I didn't know were in my family. Most of these people I never met or knew about. I was only able to find information for my mom's family so that is what all the name are from. Let's see what cool names I have in my tree!

Horace

  • Great Grandfather
  • Meaning: Derived from Horatius; Hour, Time, Period 
  • Origin: English and French 

I'm going to be honest here and say that I did know about this name but I never met him. My uncle wanted to name my cousin this but my aunt said no. I think it's cool and old fashioned. Its unique and I will always think of my great grandfather.

Leroy

  • Great Grand Uncle
  • Meaning: King
  • Origin: French  

I adore the name Roy and think Leroy is even cooler. Its very much a throwback but I think could work nicely in today's time. It means king and my brother's name also means king. I could use this as a way to honor him.

Redman

  • 4th Great Grandfather 
  • Meaning: Unknown 
  • Origin: Unknown 

This is probably the coolest name on my list. I was really surprised to see this name because most of the names in my family are boring and plain. I didn't have many unique names. When I was doing my research I couldn't find much information on him except that he was from Ireland.



Florence 

  • Great Grand Aunt 
  • Meaning: Prosperous, Flourishing 
  • Origin: Latin

I was happy to find this name in my family tree because I already loved the name. Part of the reason why I love the name is because it is the name of the first nurse, Florence Nightingale. My dream is to become a nurse and I would love to name one of my daughters after Florence.

Clara

  • Wide of my Great Grand Uncle 
  • Meaning: Clear, Bright, Famous 
  • Origin: Latin

Clara is such a sweet old lady chic name. This may be kind of weird but I'm proud to see this name on my family tree. I would use this name in a heartbeat if I didn't hear it a lot.

Christiana

  • 5th Great Grand Aunt 
  • Meaning: Feminine Form of Christian 
  • Origin: Latin

This is such a pretty name. At first glance it looks like Christina and I can see that being a problem. I'm a fan of longer names and of names that end in -ana. Christie would be a cute nickname.

Elspeth

  • Wife of 6th Great Grandfather
  • Meaning: Form of Elizabeth; My God is an Oath
  • Origin: Scottish 

I was so, so happy to find this name in my family tree! It was the name of a few women in my family but I choose the one closest to me. I did have an Elspeth Eliza in my family. Its a nice alternative to Elizabeth.


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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Name of the Week: Reed



Meaning
Red
Clearing

Origin
English

Rank
#317

Middle Names
Reed Everett 
Reed Anderson 
Reed Alexander 
Reed Josiah 
Reed Zachariah 
Reed Dalton 
Reed Abraham 
Reed Olivier 
Reed Charleston 
Reed Franklin 

First Names
Maxwell Reed
Benjamin Reed
Walter Reed
Marshall Reed
Theodore Reed
Vincent Reed
Samuel Reed
Greyson Reed
Evander Reed
Linus Reed

Nicknames
Red
Ree

Famous People Named Reed
Reed Hastings (CEO of Netflix)
Reed Robertson (Duck Dynasty) 
Reed Alexander (American actor) 

My Thoughts
I think Reed is a short sweet name. A few years ago I had it on my girl name list because I heard it on a girl and feel in love. Now I much prefer it on a boy. I like surnames and Reed is a pretty common surname. I did find that it was easier to find first names for Reed than middle names. I do think it works better as a middle name. 


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Friday, July 3, 2015

"Rare" R Girl Names

We are slowly but surely finishing this series. I really found some names on this list that I love and a few that I have featured in past or future post and videos. Can you guess any of the future topics?! I guess you'll just have to wait and see. Now on to the names. 



Rae

  • Meaning: Short form of Rachel; Ewe
  • Origin: English 
  • Siblings: Tess and Can

Rae is one of those unisex names I can see on both genders. This spelling makes it a lot more feminine though. You can find Rae most often used in the middle name spot or as a nickname. 

Rafaela

  • Meaning: God Heals
  • Origin: Hebrew 
  • Siblings: Mariela and Florian

Rafaela is a gorgeous Latina name. I featured it on my list of great alternatives for Gabriella and Isabella. You can spell this a few ways, Rafaella, and Raphaela. 

Raine

  • Meaning: Queen 
  • Origin: French 
  • Siblings: Eden and Gage

Raine is such pretty nature name. The E on the end makes it much more unique and rare. I personally like it spelled Rain. If you like Rain/Raine but want a longer name Lorraine works perfectly. 

Ramona

  • Meaning: Wise Protector 
  • Origin: Spanish 
  • Siblings: Loretta and Barton

Ramona is such a sweet name. I think of the literary character Ramona Beauzes. The name is fit for a girly girl or a tomboy. She is one of the few names on this list that is truly rare not even ranking in the top 1000 for 2014. 

Randi

  • Meaning: Diminutive of Miranda; Admirable, Wonderful
  • Origin: English 
  • Siblings: Tasha and Dusty

Randi is a nickname that you don't hear very often on either a boy or a girl. It resembles names of the 80s. In today's world, Randi would be a nice nickname for a little girl. It follows the feel of Andi, which I've been hearing more often. 

Reba

  • Meaning: Short form of Rebecca, a snare
  • Origin: Hebrew 
  • Siblings: Rosie and Gus

Reba is a great alternative and a great way to honor a Rebecca. We all have at least one Rebecca in our lives. The only down fall to Reba is the high associated with the TV show baring the same name. 

Renata

  • Meaning: Born Again
  • Origin: Latin
  • Siblings: Daria and Carlo

Renata is a name used wide across Europe and is great for the world traveler. It came back tot he US in 2011 after being out of the charts since the early 80s. I think this is a great name and very different. I love the way it looks.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Disney Names A-Z

I'm a huge Disney fan. I love the movies and I also love a ton of their names. A lot of people write post and make videos about Disney names. I wanted to take a little spin on them and find names that aren't in the top 1000 or that aren't seen as Disney names. I turned that idea in a video you can find below.



In this blog post you will find my favorite Disney names from A-Z. There were so many names I wanted to add to my video list but they were either too popular to considered Disney names too much. Note: some of these names were the only name for that letter and there are a few letters (x and y) that had no names.



A
Alice (Alice in Wonderland)
Apollo (Hercules)

B
Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
Basil (The Great Mouse Detective)

C
Charlotte (The Princess and the Frog)
Clayton (Tarzan)

D
Daisy (Daisy Duck)
Dash (The Incredibles)

E
Elsa (Frozen)
Eugene (Tangled)

F
Flora (Sleeping Beauty)
Flynn (Tangled)

G
Georgette (Oliver and Company)
Gideon (Pinocchio)

H
Hera (Hercules)
Hugo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

I
Iago (Aladdin)

J
Jane (Tarzan)
Jack (The Incredibles)

K
Kida (Atlantis: The Lost Empire)
Kevin (Up!)

L
Lilo (Lilo and Stitch)
Lewis (Meet The Robinsons)

M
Merida (Brave)
Maximus (Tangled)

N
Nani (Lilo and Stitch)
Nigel (Finding Nemo)

O
Olivia (The Great Mouse Detective)
Oliver (Oliver and Company)

P
Pearl (Finding Nemo)
Pascal (Tangled)

Q
Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

R
Rosie (A Bug's Life)
Remy (Ratatouille)

S
Sarafina (The Lion King)
Sebastian (The Little Mermaid)

T
Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)
Timon (The Lion King)

U
Ursula (The Little Mermaid)

V
Violet (The Incredibles)
Vladimir (Tangled)

W
Wendy (Peter Pan)
Winston (Feast)

Z
Zira (The Lion King 2)
Zeus (Hercules)




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