Thursday, January 31, 2013

2012 Top Ten Name Searches: Why Are So Many of Them Nicknames?

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Okay, here goes nothing! Here are the top 10 names searched for in 2012:

Girls:

1. Isabella
2. Millie
3. Sookie
4. Ann
5. Ella
6. Betty
7. Ellie
8. Emma
9. Eithne
10. Charlotte


Boys:


1. Jacob
2. Max
3. Liam
4. Ted
5. Mo
6. Aiden
7. Andy
8. Bertie
9. Ned
10. Gus

The main trend I see here is that there are a lot of shortened names or nicknames. Millie is short for Millicent, Ellie is short for Eleanor, and Betty is often a shortened version of Elizabeth. Ted is a nickname for Edward or Theodore, Andy is short for Andrew, Bertie is short for Albert, and Gus is short for Gustav. Why not give your child the full name, and then let them choose what to go by when they get older? That's what my husband and I did for our twins. We will call them by their shortened names, but if they want to go by their full names, I will gladly call them whatever they want to be called.

On that topic, I am always asked if I go by Star. Ummmm...what do you think? The answer is no. While I've had a hell of a time explaining my name over the years, I do think it's pretty awesome. Plus, if you were ever to meet me, I doubt that you would see me as someone whose name is Star.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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There's an App for That?

Yes! There is apparently now an app for helping you name your baby! It is called Nametrix, and it provides more than just a name's meaning. It tells you how popular (or unpopular) it is. There's also a feature that shows you some interesting data about the name, like top occupations, top political party, and where in the country it is most popular. Thinking of naming your kid Jeannette? Well then, you'll be happy to know that it is the #1 top name for writers. Nifty, huh?

So, I checked on my kids' names. Turns out my daughter's name has the following data:











My son's name had this to tell me:
 

Interestingly enough, there were more than a few engineer types in the top professions listed for my son's name. Given that my husband is a mathematical whiz, and my grandfather was a world-renowned mechanical engineer, perhaps my son will end up being an engineer? That would be wild, to say the least.

I delved a little deeper into my daughter's name, and the second most popular occupation was editor. The sixth was writer. Ha! Will she take after me and my brother (he's a copywriter extraordinaire)? Again, that would be wild.

All in all, this looks like a fun app to try out if you are going to have kids...and even if you already have kids. Aren't statistics fun?

Fate Must Be Smiling on Me?

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On the day I chose to start up this blog again, a post on the Scary Mommy website appeared entitled, "Baby Name Don'ts." The post basically made a bulleted list out of every pet peeve I have when it comes to people naming their kids. Was it fate telling me "you may finally have a blog idea that works!"? I have no clue. Only time will tell.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hello, My Name Is Hashtag

How could I have a blog about baby names that make most people shudder without mentioning the name Hashtag. Yes, in 2012 some couple thought that naming their little girl Hashtag was clever. Really?? Maybe they were trying to one up the man in Egypt who in 2011 named his child Facebook to honor the Arab Spring. Um, I can think of better ways than to stick your child with the name "Facebook" to honor such a momentous time in history.

This pretty much sums up my reaction to the whole "name your kid after a social network" thing:




Blog Revival

Back in 2009, I thought that I'd start this blog, using the name I'd been saving for my autobiography (ha!). As you can see from my posts, I didn't exactly keep up with it, to make an understatement.

Now that it's 2013, and I am mother to 9-month-old twins(!), I thought that I'd start paying attention to this blog once again. Being a mom and subscribing to all sorts of "mommy" sites, I see soooooo many posts on baby names. The articles are practically screaming at me to revive this blog, especially since it is currently in fashion to come up with the most unique names so that your kid "stands out." *sigh*

So, I am hereby declaring war on silly names once again. Huzzah!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ahoy, Sailor?

It's not breaking news, but I just found out that Christie Brinkley named one of her daughters Sailor. Luckily, her middle name is normal, Lee, and not something like Leeward, which would make her more of a nautical term than a person.

Granted, she is 10 years old now. Perhaps she's used to it? Maybe, but I doubt it. It took me well into my teens to get used to explaining my name. At least hers is easily recognizable, and not prone to getting butchered. But, I wonder if she will ever tire of the jokes around being named after someone who makes a living off of being employed on a boat? I don't know any jokes (even if I did, I'm terrible at telling jokes...no stand up comedy in my future), but I'm sure they exist. Poor girl.