Thursday, May 23, 2019

2019 Duggar Grandkids Predications

2019 is already turning out to be a big year in naming.  A new prince was born, the Kardashians are expecting a baby, and 4 Duggar kids are expecting this year! The Duggars are a family that interest me greatly. They are a large family with noticeable names, all the kids have J names. Now the grandkids are being born and are all stirring in the name community with some of the names the families pick. I figured some name predictions would be fun.



Jessa and Ben Seewald
Siblings: Spurugeon Elliot and Henry Wilberforce
Gender: Unknown
Their two older sons are named after religious figures who had huge influence in their lives. I know they will do that for third child but its whole they honor that is the questions. In my predictions I have some possible honor names and some names that seem to be their style.
Boys: Wesley (John Wesley), Calvin (John Calvin), Hudson (Hudson Taylor), Felix, Miles 
Girls: Lottie/Charlotte (Lottie Moon), Elisabeth (Elisabeth Elliot), Josephine, Beatrice, Ruby




Joe and Kendra Duggar 
Sibling: Garrett David
Gender: Unknown
I always wonder if any of the other families will stick to one letter for their children like Josh did. Joe and Kendra could or they can go another route and pick names that are common but not over heard like Garrett. I am predicating a little mix of both.
Boys: Gavin, Connor, Grady, Bradley, Ian
Girls: Julia, Nora, Samantha, Grace, Gabriella 




Josh and Anna Duggar
Siblings: Mackynkie Renee, Michael James, Marcus Anthony, Meredith Grace, and Mason Garett
Gender: Unknown
Josh and Anna followed in the Duggar tradition of using the same letter for all their children. They will for sure use a M name. They do use a mix of modern M names and more classical names.
Boys: Matthew, Maverick, Malcolm, Max, Miles
Girls: Morgan, Mia, Margaret, Molly, Melissa




Joy Anna and Austin Forsyth 
Sibling: Gideon Martyn
Gender: Unknown
Joy and Austin picked a biblical name for their first son and one that is not super popular. I have a feeling they will stick to the biblical theme for baby #2 but not the common ones like James or Mary.
Boys: Malachi, Simon, Judah, Levi, Micah
Girls: Lydia, Edith, Delilah, Leah, Eliza


If you were curious about the other Duggar grandkids here is the full list. 
Mackynzie Renee Duggar
Michael James Duggar 
Marcus Anthony Duggar
Israel David Dillard
Meredith Grace Duggar
Spurgeon Elliot Seewald
Henry Wilberforce Seewald
Samuel Scott Dillard
Mason Garrett Duggar
Gideon Martyn Forsyth
Garrett David Duggar
Felicity Nicole Vuolo


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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Vintage Nicknames for Girls

I am loving, loving, loving vintage nicknames for girls. You know those nicknames that are just so sweet and old lady chic? The names you find in the hundreds on the popularity charts from 50-100 years ago. Because there are so many vintage nicknames out there I decided just to focus on 10 today. Two of the nicknames on this list (Minnie and Winnie) I have written more in-depth blog posts about and I plan to do the same for the remaining.




1. Minnie: Minerva, Arminta, Wilhelmina, Amelia, Mink, Philomena, Romina, Margaret, Adamina, Cosmina

2. Lulu: Lucy, Lucille, Tallulah, Elosie, Lauren, Luella, Guadalupe 

3. Hattie: Harriet, Henrietta, Henriette, Hadley

4. Winnie: Winifred, Edwina, Arwen, Winona, Rowena, Bronwen, Wilhelmina, Gwendolyn, Rowen, Winslow 

5. Fanny: Frances, Francine, Francina, Francesca

6. Birdie: Elizabeth, Bridget, Bernadette, Beatrice, Robin, Liberty, Roberta

7. Kit: Katherine, Kathleen, Charlotte, Kristen, Katrina 

8. Lottie: Charlotte, Charlotta, Nicolette, Violet, Scarlett, Loretta

9. Tillie: Matilda, Tilda, Tallulah, Ottilie, Talitha 

10. Nellie: Cornelia, Danielle, Elanor, Chanelle, Ellen, Penelope, Antonella, Eileen, Hanelle, Helen, Helena 



Vintage nicknames have been used by a few celebrities. I listed some great ones below. 

Minnie Theodora and Andy Rose: Jack and Lisa Osbourne
Elsie Otter: Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik
Frankie: Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman
Hattie Margaret: Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott
Winnie Rose: Jimmy Fallon


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Friday, May 17, 2019

2018 Comeback Kids

We took a look at the names that are brand new to the top 1000 so now let's look at names that are making a comeback to the list. Some of these names have only been off the list for a year while others have been off the charts for up to 70+ years! The list is very interesting to say the least. Read on to see the comeback kids. 




Gus #994
Last Ranked in 1978 (#994)

Archie #992 
Last Ranked in 1988 (#889)

Immanuel #989 
Last Ranked in 2016 (#973)

Deangelo #983
Last Ranked in 2015 (#977)

Benedict #981
Last Ranked in 1968 (#971)

Forest #973
Last Ranked in 1995 (#749)

Justus #972
Last Ranked in 2016 (#918)

Ahmir #965
Last Ranked in 2016 (#946)

Creed #962
Last Ranked in 2016 (#985)

Marcellus #961
Last Ranked in 1987 (#986)

Jericho #959
Last Ranked in 2016 (#925)

Ralph #951
Last Ranked in 2016 (#998)

Boden #949
Last Ranked in 2015 (#980)

Yael #932
Last Ranked in 2014 (#913)

Bode #920
Last Ranked in 2016 (#1000)

Deshawn #919
Last Ranked in 2015 (#999)

Turner #896
Last Ranked in 2016 (#917)

Benicio #880
Last Ranked in 2016 (#977)

Wallace #879
Last Ranked in 1993 (#992)

Kylo #865
Last Ranked in 2016 (#905)

Kamdyn #799
Last Ranked in 2016 (#812)

Mordechai #792
Last Ranked in 2012 (#998)

Watson #711
Last Ranked in 1941 (#959)





Whitley #997
Last Ranked in 1993 (#926)

Azaria #990
Last Ranked in 2016 (#983)

Valery #989
Last Ranked in 2009 (#997)

Giavanna #987
Last Ranked in 2015 (#987)

Ann #983
Last Ranked in 2016 (#993)

Zora #982
Last Ranked in 1939 (#959)

Robin #974
Last Ranked in 2004 (#954)

Margo #972
Last Ranked in 1989 (#992)

Wendy #969
Last Ranked in 2016 (#857)

Arden #967
Last Ranked in 2016 (#973)

Violeta #965
Last Ranked in 1985 (#968)

Queen #959
Last Ranked in 1959 (#877)

Zola #956
Last Ranked in 1941 (#918)

Dani #945
Last Ranked in 1958 (#864)

Marisol #939
Last Ranked in 2016 (#940)

Saniyah #933
Last Ranked in 2015 (#931)

Alisson #909
Last Ranked in 2015 (#914)

Aislinn #886
Last Ranked in 2016 (#967)

Alianna #878
Last Ranked in 2016 (#996)

Della #861
Last Ranked in 1977 (#832)

Anais #848
Last Ranked in 2017 (#905)

Rosalee #842
Last Ranked in 1951 (#815)

Kamilah #810
Last Ranked in 1977 (#856)

Meghan #703
Last Ranked in 2012 (#883)



Names that spent the most time off the list:
  • Zora was off the charts for 79 years!
  • Watson was off the charts for 71 years!
A few of the names were only ranked this year and the last time they were on the list. Those were Ahmir, Benicio, and Kylo for boys. As for girls it was Violeta and Kamilah. 

It's always interesting to see what names have been off the chart and for how long. It makes me think about the reasons the names are back. Do you have any guesses? 

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2018 Newbies

One of my favorite things to do when the new Social Security Administration name list comes out is look to see what names are new to the top 1000 for the first time ever. That means that they have never ranked in the top 1000 since the list stated in 1880. It sounds hard to believe but there are tons and tons of names out there and so many they are undiscovered. 

Below you will find each name along with the spot they ranked in 2018 and then in parenthesis how many spots they moved in one year. 


  1. Korbyn #996 (+135 spots)
  2. Kabir #995 (+147)
  3. Lian #990 (+44)
  4. Harlem #985 (+119)
  5. Genesis #984 (+608, Name with greatest increase) 
  6. Bowie #982 (+207)
  7. Torin #980 (+106)
  8. Jesiah #979 (+31)
  9. Zev #975 (+67)
  10. Idris #956 (+91)
  11. Aries #947 (+154)
  12. Krew #941 (+177)
  13. Karsyn #940 (+259)
  14. Elon #939 (+118)
  15. Imran #931 (+124)
  16. Dakari #910 (+263)
  17. Zakai #903 (+171)
  18. Kenzo #873 (+303)
  19. Onyx #867  (+191)
  20. Saint #859 (+438)
  21. Jaxtyn #771 (+296)
  22. Baker #712 (+431)



  1. Elina #998 (+175 spots)
  2. Austyn #996 (+171)
  3. Keilani #995 (+257)
  4. Emmarie #991 (#26)
  5. Novah #981 (+316)
  6. Waverly #977 (+39)
  7. Scout #979 (+44)
  8. Jenesis #966 (+121)
  9. Bellamy #962 (+71)
  10. Ezra #958 (+225)
  11. Kataleya #943 (+166)
  12. Berkley #942 (+226)
  13. Alora #923 (+80)
  14. Promise #908 (+159)
  15. Brynleigh #906 (+180)
  16. August #905 (+103)
  17. Arlette #892 (+189)
  18. Kamiyah #889 (+152)
  19. Journi #881 (+243)
  20. Zhavia #871 Not given to more than 5 babies ever 
  21. Adalee #855 (+370)
  22. Keily #826 (+320)
  23. Dior #792 (#566)
  24. Amaia #768 (+258)
  25. Haisley #765 (+343)
  26. Palmer #679 (+364)

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2018 Top 100

Many people say the top 100 are too popular for them. When you think about it, how many of the top 100 names do you know on babies or someone older? I can say that I have not personally met many people with the top 100 names and if I have they are few and far between. So I say give the top 100 a chance!

Each year I take a look at the top 100 to see what names have entered and what names have left. This year I am also going to be looking at some of the biggest risers in the top 100. 





To my surprise only 3 boy names entered the top 100 this year. Normally there are at least 5 names. Looking at the other all top 1000 not a whole ton of names entered or moved. Everett is was in my 5 name predictions for new names to the top 100 and Axel with in the honorable mentions. Miles should have been in the top 100 a few years ago so its nice to see it there now. Many parents out there like the -ett ending names and Everett fits the bill. 




The girls had more names enter the top 100 than the boys. Sophie fits just right in the top 100 along side her sister names Sophia and Sofia. Last year E girl names were heavy so I am not surprised Emery made the top 100. The name is also similar to other Em- names in the top 100 like Emma, Emily, and Emilia. Last year and this year I predictions that Josephine, Ivy, and Isla would make the top 100 names and this year they did in fact make it. Josephine is a classic name and is Ivy but Ivy has a little bit more of a modern feel to it. Isla is exotic without being exotic. 



Because names entered the top 100 some names had to fall off down the list. Here are the names that dropped. 

Chase  #94 --> #112
Gavin #96 --> #111
Ayden #99 --> #109

Mackenzie #100 --> #106
Reagan #98 --> #107
Clara #96 --> #103
Isabelle #92 --> #113
Melanie #09 --> #105
Peyton #89 --> #101
Aubree #86 --> #110 


The boy names that left the top 100 do not surprise me. It seems we are having the fall of the Aidens. The numbers are showing a slow decline overall. As fort he girls I am surprised some of the names have fallen off the list. Isabelle had just made it onto the top 100 last year and is now off the list. Clara seems like a classic and a fit fort he top 100. As for the others I can see the decline in the names. We are currently in a  shift of style as the parents naming their babies are slowly coming from a younger generation. 


This year I also want to take a look at the biggest raisers in the top 100. Some of the names are on the list are names that have been in the top 100 while a few have just entered but made a big leap. 

1. Isaac (#34) +34 spots 
2. Theodore (#44) +18 spots 
3. Carson (#70) +13 spots 
4. Asher (#47), Maverick (#73), Santiago (#81), Miles (#98) +12 spots each 
5. Leo (#50), Elias (#67)  +11 spots each 

1. Nova (#56) +39 spots
2. Everly (#53) +29 spots
3. Emery (#92) +23 spots
4. Ivy (#86) +22 spots
5. Isla (#82) +21 spots


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Saturday, May 11, 2019

2018 SSA List!

It's the best day in the naming world. The new SSA most popular name list is out! Sadly I worked a 12 hours shift so I am just now getting the chance to sit down and really look over the name list at near 1030 at night. Granted I did some sister-cousin bounding time right after work but still! I will still be posting my normal yearly posts they will just be a little late this year. But keep your eyes peeled for them this weekend!

Let's spend this time looking at the top 10 names for 2018! 


1. Liam
2. Noah
3. William
4. James 
5. Oliver +4
6. Benjamin 
7. Elijah +1
8. Lucas +3
9. Mason -2
10. Logan -5



1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Ava
4. Isabella
5. Sophia
6. Charlotte +1
7. Mia -1
8. Amelia
9. Harper +2
10. Evelyn -1 


Compared to last years list there were very few changes to the top 10. Only one name was added for each gender. Lucas replaced Jacob in the top 10 and Harper replaced Abigail. Jacob had been in the top 10 since 1993 and was even #1 for 13 years in the 2000s. Lucas is sitting in the top 10 group for the first time but has been making his steady climb up since 1960s. In 1993 the name popped back into the top 100. 

Abigail entered the top 10 in 2001 and only ever made it as high as #4 for a single year before it floated around close to the bottom of the top 10 list. Harper on the other hand has been making a huge leap towards the top. The name didn't enter the top 1000 until 2004 and made it into the top 100 by 2011. Harper is a repeat offender in the top 10 landing in the #10 spot in 2015 and staying there for 2016 before dropping out again. 

Overall I'm happy with the last but a little shocked we didn't have more movement. I mean the top 5 girl names have not changed! Speaking of the unchanged #1 names here are some fun facts about them. 

Liam 
  • Has only been #1 for 2 years
  • The name entered the top 10 in 2012 
  • The name didn't enter the top 1000 until 1967and has made a semi steady climb up the charts

Emma: 
  • Has been #1 for 5 straight years now and was also #1 in 2008
  • It first entered the top 10 in 2002 jumping from #13 to #4. Thats 9 whole spots! 
  • The name as been around since the start of the top 1000 lists and was in the top 20 for 20 years in the 1900s

So what are your thoughts? Anything you'd like to see? 

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

2018 SSA List Predictions {Top 1000}

Last week I wrote a post on my predications for names entering the top 100 in 2018 when the new list comes out on Friday. Today I am going to make some predications to new names to the top 1000. Every year many names enter the top 1000 either for the first time or as a comeback. A lot of the names on this list are names I wold love to see make it onto the top 1000. 





Forest- Given to 200 baby boys in 2017
Forest sits just outside the top 1000 at #1006. Word names and nature names are all the rage. I think Forest is the perfect name to come back into the top 1000. This name would be a comeback kid being as it was just in the top 1000 in 1995 and in the 1910s and 1920s was in the top 300. Forest is a vintage name of sorts. 

Bear- Given to 196 baby boys in 2017
Last year I had Bear on my predication list and it did not make it into the top 1000. Bear has never been in the top 1000 and would be a welcomed addition. Like Forest, Bear is a word name. I hear a lot of word names around, especially in 2018. In March of 2017 Liam Payne named his son Bear. It was later in the year so I could see the name influencing the numbers in 2018. 

Archie- Given to 156 baby boys in 2017
Archie was another name on my predictions list last year and I am adding it to this year's list. There are 2 reasons why I think Archie will jump into he top 1000. 1. Riverdale has been a popular show in the past few years and the main character's name is Archie. 2. Archie is more popular in England and has been for a few years. America always takes naming cues from England. 

Adler- Given to 194 baby boys in 2017
Adler has this appeal to it that I just cannot but my finger on it. The name sounds fresh to the ears. It's a surname name, a perfect name for today's trends. From 2016 to 2017 a few more baby boys were given the name, from 170 babies to 194 babies. 

Gus- Given to 178 baby boys in 2017
Old man chic names are due to come back, especially the names that were popular in the 1920s. In the 1920s Gus ranked in the top 300 and would make a nice addition to the top 1000. A new trend I have seen happening recently is nicknameless names, names that do not have nicknames. Gus is perfect for that trend. 

Honorable Mentions: Stone, Ramsey, Murphy, and Finnian 





Elodie- Given to 251 baby girls in 2017
Last year I had Elodie on my prediction list and the name didn't make it. I am adding it to my list again this year because I am SURE it will make it into the top 1000. So many people love the name. It fits in with the other El- names like Eleanor and Elizabeth. Its magical and princess like. 

Winnie- Given to 257 baby girls in 2017
Winnie sits just outside the top 1000 at #1002. The name has a lot of vintage charm and is a pretty nickname. The current generation is digging nicknames more than naming a child with a name that offers the option of a nickname. Maybe parents who already have daughters named Millie and Sadie and Belle will name their 2018 baby Winnie?

Bellamy- Given to 247 baby girls in 2017
Bellamy is the perfect alternative to the Belle names out there that some parents might want to use but is too popular for their taste. It is an up and coming name. A surname that sounds more popular than it really is. If the name doesn't hit the top 1000 this year it for sure will hit it next year. 

Flora- Given to 222 baby girls in 2017
Flora was once in the top 1000 ranking just outside the top 100 in the 1910s and staying in the top 1000 until the 1970s when the name fell off the charts. This vintage beauty is really for a comeback. Ora names are attractive to parents now with their elegant feel. 

Haisley- Given to 227 baby girls in 2017
I debuting adding Haisley to my predictions list. I ultimately added it because it seems like the trend name that parents could like. A little bit of Hayley and a little bit of Maisie and an alternative to Paisley make this name appealing. Will it jump into the top 1000? 

Honorable Mentions: Waverly, Lilia, Beatrix, and Arden 

I am very excited for the list to come out on Friday. Sadly I will be working a 12 hours shift but you better believe I will be rushing home to spend hours looking at the list. Every year I am most excited for the new names to the top 1000. What are your predications?

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

2018 List Predictions {Top 100}

My favorite time of years is just around the corner. Top baby name release! I swear I spend 6+ months counting down the days until the Friday before Mother's Day. Data and charts and list just make my heart so happy but add in the fact that it al pertains to names and main to I die of happiness. For the last few years I have been making predictions. Two sets of predictions; one for names new to the top 100 and one of names new to the top 1000. 

With the release just around the corner I am getting these predictions in just in time! Like last year I have 5 boy and 5 girl names I think will enter the top 100 when he list comes out in just a few weeks. 



Everett #104
Last year I had Everett on my list and it did not make it into the top 100. It did move up 10 spots and now sits just shy of the 100 spot. From the 1900s to the early 1920s, Everett sat in the top 100. We are back in the time frame for the 100 year rule to work for this name. -Ett names seem to be a popular style for boys lately. 

Micah #107 
Like Everett, Micah had a small jump from 2016 to 2017 with a 8 spot move. With Noah in the #2 spot and having been #1 for some time it would be no shock to see Micah in the top 100. Both names are biblical, end in -ah, and two syllables. Micah also works as a nice alternative to the classic Michael. 

Kai #127
Kai has been climbing the charts at a steady rate since his debut in 1979, especially in recent years. Kyle and Tyler are all names parents of this time are familiar with making Kai sound just as familiar. Almost as a fresh take on such names. There are many things to love about this name, including the laidback style and short to the point, that make it a perfect top 100 name. 

Luca #130
Luca is the fresh take on Lucas and Luke just lie Micah is to Michael. A ending boy names seem to be a favorite this past year. When looking for a name that travels well Luca fits the bill. Working in multiple languages. I think with America becoming more and more diverse this name will move up the charts more. 

Beau #156
I debuted adding Beau to the list because it would need to jump 56 spots to make the top 100 but it's not unthinkable. From 2016 to 2017 the name jumped 32 spots. Like Kai it is short and right to the point. There are no possibilities of a nickname. The perfect name for a southern babe  might just amen it into the top 100 this year (although this is my long shot name!). 

Honorable Mentions: Axel (#105), Rowan (#140), and Emmett (#125)




Josephine #107 
Last year 3 out of 5 of my girls names made it onto the top 100 list and the 2 that didn't are on this years predication list. Josephine is one of them. This classic name ranked in the top 50 at one point and could use a comeback. Soft and sweet sounding the name appeals to many ears. 

Ivy #108
V heavy names are popular for girls with Ava and Eva in the top 100 already why not add Ivy to the mix? It's a fresh nature name unlike Rose or Lily. From 2016 to 2017 the name jumped just 4 spots but has been climbing up the charts. Only 8 spots stand between Ivy and the top 100. 

Isla #103
I would be very shocked to not see Isla in the top 100 spot. This old fashion name is already popular over in England and Wales. And if you are familiar with any of the trends overseas you know that a lot of America's popular names always spend a few years ranking high on the charts across the pond before we catch on. 

Raelynn #124
When making this list I was shocked to learn Raelynn jumped 34 spots from 2016 to 2017. I did not expect that at all!The southern charm of the name most grab some attention. Girl names ending in lynn were a trend a few years ago and I think they are still a thing now. 

Arya #135
Arya moved 34 spots from 2016 to 2017 and can surely make the move again into the top 100. The spelling made popular by Game of Thrones has a ton of potential. A strong female character as well as being a slightly less popular spelling of a popular name. My only doubt to this names journey to the top 100 is did the new season of GOT come too late?


Honorable mentions: Lyla (#131), Eden (#139) and Iris (#149)

I am really excited for this list! Much more than past years. I might actually have a chance of making some good predictions this year where as in years past I failed horrible. Leave your comments below on what names you think will make it into the top 100! 

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