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Gap Casting Call Boys 2016

Oliver (3)
Aiden & Aaden & Ayden (2)
Aaron (2)
Liam (2)
Jude
Gavin (2)
Grady
Austin
Roland
Lennon
Ryuu
Lucien
Dominic (8)
Albert
Linkin & Lincoln (3)
Hudson (3)
Ollie
Christian
Miguel
Titus
Michael (3)
Kaemon
Kale
Austin
John (2) & Jon
Marcus
Brynnen
Johnathan (2)
Eric
Rhett
Anthony (2)
Wade
Mason (4)
Sky (f & m)
Ashton (2)
Nathan & Nathaniel (2) & Nathanial (2)
Kellen
Dakarai
Connor (7)
Elijah (4)
Tyler (2)
Spencer
Jasper (2)
Thomas (3)
Allen
Sebastian (2)
Isaac (2)
Andres
Jason (2)
Maxwell
Gerardo
Phoenix
Easton
Gunner
Nolan (2)
Reid
Bennett
Devon & Devin
Gabriel
Noah (4)
Skyler (m & f)
Henry (4)
Cole (2)
Bradley
Zander
Ziggy
Weston (2) & Westin
Asher
Landon (3)
Jacob (6) & Jake (3)
Daniel
Pedro
Thatcher
Bodhi
Christopher (3)
Ty
Xavier (2)
Max (4)
Levi (2)
William (2)
Giovanni (3) & Jovanni
Aquiles
Kenneth
Morgan
Warner
Camron & Cameron (2)
Rhyan
Blake (3)
Eli
Sanaa
Zachary
Donovan
Cohen
Evan (5)
Colten
Arian
Ace
Kiran
Miles (2)
Be…

Gap Casting Call Girls 2016

Somehow the Gap Casting Call has a wide array of very well named children each year, you would think this was a naming pageant. So without further ado, the U.S. names from submissions...

Kyleigh (2) & Kylee & Kaileigh
Caylee & Kaylie
Paislee & Paisley (3)
Rifka
Penelope
Alina
Gabriela & Gabriella
Layla (2) Leila & Laila
Lennon (2)
Farrah
Elizabeth (4)
Brianna
Hattie
Lillian (2)
Alaina (2)
Madison (5)
Esther
Kayden and Kaiden (2)
Kendall
Scarlette
Alessandra
Belen
Gloria
Lyric
Isla
Kinsley
Maelin
London (3) & Londyn
Mikayla (2) & Micaela & Makayla
Madeleine & Madeline (3)
Norah (3)
Kelsie
Melody
Amelia
Sequoia
Emma (4)
Arianna (3) & Ariana (2) & Aryanna
Violet (3)
Ipek
Anna (2)
Avril
Sophia (5) & Sofie & Sofia & Sophie (2)
Ananda
Annabeth
Bianca
Adrianna (2)
Sky (f & m)
Valentina (2)
Eva (2)
Stella (3)
Autumn
Mariah (2)
Peyton (2)
Baylinn
Ava (2) & Avalyn & Avalyne
Elle
Eloise
Emmaline
Wren
Imogen
Julia (3)
Dallas …

Top 10 Portugal 2015

1. Maria & João
2. Leonor & Martim
3. Matilde & Rodrigo
4. Beatriz & Santiago
5. Carolina & Francisco
6. Mariana & Afonso
7. Ana & Tomás
8. Ines & Miguel
9. Margarida & Guilherme
10. Sofia & Gabriel

11. Lara & Duarte
12. Laura & Gonçalo
13. Francisca & Pedro
14. Joana & Tiago
15. Alice & Rafael
16. Clara & Diogo
17. Diana & Lourenço
18. Luana & Lucas
19. Madalena & Dinis
20. Mafalda & Salvador

To see up to #100 for both genders visit this site.

Catrina (Katrina)

Katia Winter as Katrina Crane 
Catrina was only used 11 times in 2015, a dramatic drop from its 1980 peak of 454 births. The spelling Katrina is always more popular, lurking just off the top 1000 with 215 births in 2015. Katrina also peaked in 1980 with 3,397 births. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 negatively impacted the popularity of both spelling options, but usage was already decreasing. The original spelling, Catriona (pronounced the same, kuh-TREE-nah) was used 17 times in 2015. It is the Gaelic form of Katherine, and "pure" is the accepted meaning.

Cat, Trina, Rini, Caty/Katy and Kiki have all been used as nicknames. Most recently the name Katrina has been used in the TV show Sleepy Hollow, which began airing in 2013. The character Katrina Crane is played by Katia Winter.

Seeley

Special Agent Seeley Booth

Due to its -ley ending and its obscurity, Seeley started life in the U.S. fairly unisex. It was used 5 times in 1914, 6 in 1924 on just boys. Then it reappeared to be used 5 times in 1996 and 7 times in 2007 on just girls. 2009 and later it was used on both genders and has been increasing in popularity, but it is clearly more popular for boys, being used 36 times in 2015 but only 15 for girls. The sudden interest in this name and consistency of use in the 2000's is likely in thanks to Seeley Booth, played by David Boreanaz in the TV show Bones. The show began airing in 2005, but it wasn't until 2009 that Seeley resumed use on team blue. Temperance had a similar revival at the same time and then took off running.

Seeley is an Old French surname meaning "blessed," and historically has been spelled Sealey, Seelye and Seely. Real life namesakes include Seeley G. Mudd, professor, physician and philanthropist, the son of Seeley Wintersmith Mudd,…

Beatrix

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands when she was just a princess
Beatrix (BEE-ah-trix) is a vintage name, a historical name, very international, and a modern favorite here in the States. It is little known that her original form is Viatrix, ultimately from Latin viator, meaning "voyager." The -trix suffix for Latin loan words was traced back to the 15th century by The Oxford English Dictionary, yet Saint Viatrix/Beatrix/Beatrice of Rome is from the 4th century. Christians later changed the spelling so that via- became bea- and "blessed" became the new meaning, but beatus also makes "she who makes happy" a legitimate meaning. Beatrice, Beatriu, Betrys, Beitris, Beatrise, Beatrycze and Beatriz are the other spelling variants in Europe. Trixy and Bea/Bee are the most used nickname options, although Bix/Bixy, Beaty, Bebe and even Brice have been used as well.

Namesakes include Beatrix Kiddo from "Kill Bill," the girl detective Trixie Belden series (fu…

Ziggy

With the passing of David Bowie recently I thought Ziggy would be a good name to cover.  Listed since 1988 with five births that year, Bowie probably inspired new parents after he starred in the 1986 film "Labyrinth," a cult classic. Jareth, the name of his character in that movie, began use as a baby name the same year it came out.

Some people mistakenly believe Ziggy Stardust, the persona created by Bowie (born David Jones) in his early years, is a completely made up name; however, Ziggy is a German diminutive of Siegfried, meaning "victorious peace," and Sigmund, meaning "victorious protection." As a nickname Ziggy simply takes from the first element, therefore meaning "victorious." Bowie saw Ziggy as the name of a tailor business while traveling, and Stardust came from an American act called "The Legendary Stardust Cowboy." Coincidentally, another music legend Bob Marley's son called Ziggy was born David (but he was nicknamed …

Names I Almost Used

Just as I shared a list of names that didn't win first place after the birth of my son, whose name I keep secret for privacy (but I can hint that it's Scandinavian), I will share this list of names that were on my final list for my daughter. Just for fun we called her Isabeau when she was in my belly. Everyone else hated it at the time and now they all miss it!

Like a normal person I made a long list of names I've always liked when we found out I was pregnant, added some new ones, then crossed off most of them until there were three left on D-Day. Then, just like my son, she came out looking completely different than what I expected, so I had to go over years worth of lists and hundreds of names to find something that fit her, but it was definitely worth it because I am so in love with her name. However, some of these I will really be sad to leave behind. I hope someone uses these names because they really deserve it.

The Final List
Esmerina - This rare version of Esmerald…