Thursday, May 26, 2016

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)
Beckett
Braylen
Parker
Byron
Ignazio
Vincent & Vincente
James (3)
Lucas
Kevan
Jack (2) & Jackson
Grayson (3) & Graisen & Greyson
Taven
Nehemiah
Raheem
Ethan (3)
Derek
Matthew
Tramayne
Jamaury
Inde
Rowan
Gideon (2)
Alphonse
Destin
Harrison
Leon
Alexander
Jelani
Maksymilian
Roman (2)
Ulysses
Case
Karson
Dean
Stryker
Emanuel
Joseph
Jhett
Julius
Darrel
Brycen
Gage
Emmitt
Leonidas
Isaiah
Khalid
Wynter
Dale
Jamison & Jameson
Robby & Robert
Terrence
Cruz
Clayton
Payson
Troy
Lawson
Blaine
Blaise & Blaze
Bryhan
Benjamin
Logan
Tevin
Soren
Kason
Kayden
Simon
Florian
Colin (3)
Trip
Elias
Andrew (2)
Reece
Turner
Angelo
Camden
Charles
Avery
Nicholas
Caleb (2)
Mavrik
Kyron
Wyatt
Colton & Colt
Jerome
Nevin
Cypress
Desmond
Talan
Quinn
Sergio
Mathias
Jordan
Rhyder
Brandon (2)
Oscar
Zaire
Mark
Hunter
Jamie
Rocco
Lochlan
Aldo
Carter
Julian
Tristan
Dawson
Rhys
Scott
Tucker
Malachi
Kendall

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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 & Dallis
Kenzie & McKenzie
Aubrey (2) & Aubri
Janie
Emri
Ember
Olivia (6)
Mavelyn
Riley & Rylee (2)
Dezmarie
Everleigh & Everlie
Alaysia
Halie & Hallie
Lior
Abigail (5)
Audrey
Reese (2)
Zyah
Melanie
Kaylani
Julianna (2)
Avery
Olive
Amelie
Kiyomi
Margot
Eleanor (6)
Charlotte (2)
Skyler (m & f)
Alyce & Alice (3)
Breena
Minah
Damiya
Willow
Tessa
Stokely
Brooke
Adaleigh
Lucia (2)
Camille (2)
Lilith
Aniah & Aniya (3)
Angelia
Michelle
Addison (2)
Halle
Rianna
Maya (2) & Amaya (2)
Mila (2)
Ariella
Bella
Chloe (4)
Isabela & Isabella & Isabelle
Annabella & Annabelle (3)
Mia-Monroe
Aashka
Alexa & Alexis
Amani
Jordyn (2)
Caliya
Glori
Hannah
Ellana
Charley & Charlie
Chanel
Clare & Claire
Emily
Lola (3)
Lylah
Caterina
Catalina & Katalina
Codi
Adalyn
Berlin
Elena
Katherine
Kayla (2)
Ruby (2)
Lalia
Noelle
Sally
Nilah
Marleigh
Malaysia
Kaylin
Natalie (2)
Kinley (2) & McKinley
Luna
Gianna (2)
Geovanna
Cataliah
Lilly (2)
Syann
Alayah
Brenna
Allie (2)
Amy
Makenna
Caroline
Stevie
Aria (2) & Aryah
Harley
Samantha (2)
Allison
Naya
Lucy
Josalyn
Pamela
Jadyn
Daniela
Evelyn (2)
Brinley & Brynlee
Nevaeh
Piper
Molly
Havannah
Harper (2)
Victoria
Zoey (2)
Analee`
Holly
Danica
Adeline
Sloan
Dylan
Benett
Amber (2)
Milliana
Veola
Bailey
Grace
Aila
Christina & Kristina
Lea
Berkley
Mia (2)
Jaycee
Carina
Aaliyah & Naliyah
Caidence & Kaydence
Majesti
Elani
Milan
Brylee
Delainee
Vivienne
Kenadie
Nila & Nyla
Sawyer
Emeri
Grey
Hayden
Keira
Elliot
Campbell
Josephine
Morgan
Brooklyn
Clarity
Savannah
Emerson
Alyssa (2)
Dia
Alizee
Leah
Aviana
Lydia
Maura
Brielle
Amira

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Catrina (Katrina)

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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.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Seeley

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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, mining engineer. Seeley comes from the same root as German name Selig, ultimately a Yiddish word meaning "happy" and "blessed."

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Beatrix

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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 (full name
Beatrix Belden), asteroid 83 Beatrix, and two Olympic medalists - both in figure skating, but among them children's book writer Beatrix Potter, author of Peter Rabbit, and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, are the two most well known. There are three saints and two blessed with the name Beatrix.

Surprisingly, Beatrix does not currently rank in the U.S., and the only time it ever did was in 1883 at #754. Of course, Beatrice had more luck, likely due to it's lack of a sassy ending sound and it's Shakespeare pedigree. Beatrice is #601 in the U.S. but Beatrix is not too far behind, used 209 times in 2015, almost double the 123 births in 2010 and just under the top 1000. In England and Wales Beatrix currently ranks at #234, in Hungary it last ranked in 2004 (used 140 times that year), and in Switzerland had a run between 1942 and 1969 with its peak in 1956 at #39 (used 258 times that year).

* A note on Bellatrix * The -trix ending in a word or name simply means "female," just like a -tress suffix (huntress, for example). So Bellatrix, "female warrior," and Beatrix, "female voyager," are not related. Here is a list of examples.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Ziggy

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Ziggy Stardust

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 Ziggy after a soccer move). Over the years Ziggy remained rare in use, only progressing to 44 births in 2014 and 2015. It was only ever used on boys except for six girls in 2014. Bowie, a Scottish surname meaning "yellow" that refers to a blonde hair color, is gaining in popularity much faster. In 2015 Bowie was bestowed upon 41 girls and 53 boys.

There have been a few characters named Ziggy on TV, a song titled "Ziggy" by Celine Dion, and the newspaper comic strip called "Ziggy" by Tom Wilson.

Monday, May 9, 2016

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 Esmeralda, "emerald," is sometimes used in Portugal, sometimes Albania, and rarely somewhere else. It has been used zero times in U.S. records as far as I can tell, but as much as I like rare names, more desirable to me was the mesmerizing sound. It bothered me a little bit that a March birthstone is aquamarine, so this seems more appropriate for a May baby given that my family buys into the special gemstone bit, but that didn't bother me when it came to the name Trystine because that gemstone doesn't have a birthday month.

Ornella - This Italian name "invented" by Gabriele d'Annunzio for La Figlia di Iorio means "flowering ash tree" and I found it in my family tree. It isn't common in Italy either, but in the U.S. there are less than 50 people with this name. (Some other gems on that tree include Stella, Olympia, Silverio, Almerinda, Rosa, and Adriana.) Ultimately I just didn't think she'd grow to love this name.

Cosima - She is starlight, intelligence, music, sensuality, pink girly frills and clever attitude. In the final moments I really thought this was the name, and just like Ornella, Cosima does suit my baby. Meaning "order, cosmos," you can hear the correct Italian pronunciation on Forvo. Do not listen to Orphan Black - KOH-see-mah is the furthest you should get from the original pronunciation. I also had a brief affair with Cressida, and overlooked gem with loads to offer. Looking back, either Cosima or Cressida would have been a great name on little babe. I went with something similar.

Oriana - A sparkly little name with impact, she will always delight me like a dark and mysterious gemstone with a golden aura (fitting as her name means "golden") or a medieval princess-sorceress. You might recognize her from a Tennyson poem, the Portuguese children's book A Fada Oriana, or the chivalric romance tale of Amadis de Gaula.

Faustine - In France she is pronounced FOH-steen, in America faw-STEEN. I've always loved this name but baby simply didn't look like this was her for the first few months of her life, especially at birth. Now this looks like it would've been perfect. The meaning is "lucky," so maybe it will bring luck to someone else.

Faunella - Our last name has a "u" in it so you'll find several names with a "u" on the full list, but Faustine and Faunella always top it, with Hungarian beauty Fruzsina making the occasional appearance. Faunella is simply an elaboration on Fauna, the Roman goddess whose name means "wildlife." The same as Faustine, and Fenella/Fenna which we also considered, baby just didn't look like one at birth.

Calluna - Speaking of "u" names... Calluna is the botanical name for heather (which I was almost named). It's delightfully witchy and right up my alley. The husband disliked this name most, so he was the only thing standing in the way of using it.

Rose-Avalon or just Avalon - Between the King Arthur stories and it's cute "apple island" meaning, Avalon would have been perfect had it not been the name of the Toyota Avalon, or the name of a medical monitor we saw in the hospital just before my c-section. It would work in a country or state that doesn't have either of these. Pomeline has a very similar meaning. The Rose part was because my mom wanted us to choose a family name.

Dagny & Dagmar - Either of these would've matched with my son's name in origin, but not in sound. While I feel Dagny/Dagmar would be appropriate for my daughter, I think a more feminine, soft name was best for her because she was just so darn quiet and gentle. I also love Ingrid, but she definitely doesn't look like one.

Melusina - This one confused me. I absolutely love the story behind this name. I love the watery, magical, legendary feel of it and it inspires me. It's the perfect name for a Pisces, a March baby, the daughter of someone who loves witchy/fantasy/fairytale stories, like me. I went back and forth on it all the time, because she really looked like a Melusina, but may not as she changes and grows. There were two other things weighing against it: the similarity to my name/difficulty saying our names together, and the lack of a nickname I really loved that didn't also sound like my name (because Mina could be a good nickname here but it makes problem #1 worse). I'll miss this one.

Trystine - In the hospital Trystine seemed right. Trystine is a natural combination of amethyst and citrine, and it's just gorgeous. As a name it's almost never been used, which is strange because people love coming up with unique spellings of common names, and she's oh-so-close to Trista, the feminine of Tristan. (Tristana and Tristania are two other rare female forms.) Being so familiar in sound but so very rare is a huge plus in my book. I was set on using this name but Little One doesn't look like a Trystine as much as what we ultimately picked.

Saskia - In the decade that I've known about this name I've never tired of it. It makes me happy to say each time, and unlike many other names, I am immune to critical response of it. Bonus points for the nicknames Sassy and Kiki (Kiki being a Ghibli name). Honestly I have absolutely no idea why I didn't pick it. No. Clue.

We also considered Audra (briefly), Aurelia, Olympia, Aristella, Andromeda, Lara, Lenora, Alita/Lita, Valoria, Verena, Calista, Thana, Thora, Phaedra, Zelda (briefly), Romina, Rona/Rhona/Ronia, Galatia/Galatea, Plumeria, Runa, Ingela, Serenella, Zelenia/Selenia, Jasmina, Silveria, Sylvestine, Sabeline, Glausia, Marciana, Toscana, Eirawen, Seraphine, Rosana, Rosanella, Rosaline, Silenia, Sibylla, Gwendolen, Guinevere, Tanith, Ksenia, Pearla/Perlita, Fenella/Fenna, Nicola (briefly), Sabrina, and Cyparissia.

I'll also note that if it weren't for my pesky last name, Ginevra has always been my favorite name and I would've used it without blinking and the baby definitely looks like one. She would've had a little tussle with Saskia and Faustine, if she'd been on the list, but then won. I'll always be sad about this.

And had she been a boy, our list was Mariano, Salem, Rainer, Atreyu, Carlo, Carsten, Salvatore, Auburn, Massimo, Alaric, Casper/Caspar, Thayer, Aether, Sander, and Evander.