Tuesday, January 7, 2020

20 Names From the Past 20 Years

Happy New Year! Happy 202. I hope this year is everything you hope it is. I hope you have the best year yet. I had a spark of inspiration to take a look at the #20 names for the past 2 years that are out so far. The results are below and I have to say they are really interesting.



2018- Matthew and Scarlett
2017- Jackson and Aria
2016- Joseph and Chloe
2015- Jayden and Victoria
2014- Joseph and Garce
2013- Joseph and Evelyn
2012- David and Zoey
2011- Christopher and Aubrey
2010- Joseph and Alyssa
2009- Ryan and Ashley
2008- John and Sarah
2007- Nicholas and Grace
2006- Logan and Brianna
2005- Nathan and Brianna
2004- Nathan and Anna
2003- Zachary and Sophia
2002- Brandon and Anna
2001- Alexander and Megan
2000- Alexander and Victoria
1999-Justin and Olivia


What are your favorite sets from the list? Are there any you would use for siblings? I would say my favorite are Ryan and Ashley and Jackson and Aria.  

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Namemas: Drummond

Happy last day of Namemas and Christmas Eve! I hope these last 11 days have brought you some interesting reads and some Christmas cheer. We're finishing off the countdown with a boys name with a cool nickname.



Places of Drummond 
There are many places bearing the name Drummond all around the world. One of the main roads in Niagara Falls is Drummond Road. There is a glacier named Drummond Glacier in Antarctica. Drummond is found many in Canada, Northern Ireland, and the United States in towns and villages.

The name isn't just used for locations. There is a castle in Perthshire, Scotland called Drummond Castle. The building has been around since the 14th century. Now a days it is known for its beautiful gardens.

Coal: The naughty Christmas Association 
Drummond Company is a coal mining company with operation in Alabama and Colombia. The company was founded in 1935 in Jasper, Alabama bu Heman Edward Drummond. By 2013 the company was inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. This coal company name is a perfect Christmas association!

Famous Drummonds
To my surprise there are quite a few famous Drummonds in the world! The most recent and famous is Ree Drummond, an American food blogger and chef with her own tv show and loads of other products. Although her name is used as a surname.

As a first name there is (John) Drummond Allison, an English WWII poet and Drummond Nicol Brown, an American baseball catcher in the 1910s. Drummond Hoyle Matthews is a British marine geologist and plate tectonics pioneer from the 1950s and 1960s. He was nicknamed Drum as well!

Christmas Association
On the twelfth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Drummond is my pick for the last day for Namemas. The Drum nickname is what sold me on this name and other than the nickname there is hardly any music instrument connections. While doing research I found the coal company name and thought this is just perfect! I love these little Christmas association surprises! This name is preppy and old fashioned sounding. For all the parents wanting an unique surname first name this is the pick for them! 


Monday, December 23, 2019

Namemas: Peverell

We are one day away from Namemas ending! As much work as this series is it is still sad to me to have it ending. Today's name is a unique boy name that dates back to the Norman Conquest times. If you like surname as first names you might just like this name!



Harry Potter 
The Peverell family is family of 3 brothers in Harry Potter. They are said to have been the original masters of the Deathly Hallows. No male Peverells descendants came from those 3 brothers only female descendants. From those female descendants many families came. Harry Potter is in the family line. I am not a huge Harry Potter fan and I'm sure there is someone out there that can explain it better.

Places and Knights and Surnames
The name is more often seen as a surname than a first name. It has not been used as first name status as far as my research has taken me. Peverell is a neighborhood in Plymouth in England. William Peverel was a Norman knight who was granted land following the Norman Conquest. On that land he built 162 manors and castles. History says that William Peverel was the illegitimate son of William the Conqueror.

Christmas Association
On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:

11 Pipers Piping

10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Peverell means piper in French. I decided not to go with the obvious choice of Piper for today's name post. Plus I have featured a lot of girl names this year and wanted to throw in a boy name toward the end of this Namemas. 



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