Friday, May 9

Predictions for 2014's Top 1000 --

Insta-trees


The list of the most popular names for 2013 is out -- happy namer's day! 

I've been enjoying looking through the new stats, and they inspired me to come out of blog-death and actually do, you know, a post. 

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Darien and Collins mark the end of the Top 1000 list -- Darien was used on 195 baby boys in 2013, and Collins was used on 248 girls. 

I didn't get the chance to make any predictions for the 2013 lists, so I'm going to venture a few guesses as to what next year's newcomers might be. 

I took a look at the names that just missed making the Top 1000 (and were used more than 100 times) and decided to see which have gained popularity steadily over the past 5 years. 

This is by no means a comprehensive list. I only looked at names that caught my attention for whatever reason: names that are similar to more popular choices, names that have a pop culture cache, names that I feel I've been seeing and hearing a lot, names that intrigued me. 

Here are my predictions for what we might see popping into next year's top 1000!

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Etta -- in 2009 Etta was used on just 71 baby girls. It has gained popularity steadily since then, and in 2013 it was used on 201 babies, taking a +70 leap from its 2012 position. If it continues its rise and is used on approximately 271 babies in 2014, it's a pretty safe bet to say Etta will be coming into the top 1000.

Maisie -- Maisie's gonna do it in 2014, for sure people. I'd put a cool five dollar bill on it. Used 214 ties in 2013, a +65 gain from the year before, overall gain of +98 from 2009, it has all the trappings of a new-trendy. End of story.

Calliope -- Calliope's a fun one, and it surprised me! It was used on 186 babies in 2013, compared to just 55 in 2009. Factor in a +41 leap from 2012 to '13 and you've got one to keep your eye on.

Bonnie -- sweet Bonnie is a bit of a sleeper. I was tracking Billie, Betty and Betsy, too, but their rises have all been uneven. Bonnie was used on 234 babies in 2013, a +62 rise from 2009, but only a +10 rise from 2012. I'm very interested in seeing what it does for 2014.

Louisa -- another semi-surprising one. I've always loved Louisa. It was used on 241 baby girls last year, a +19 gain from 2012 and an overall gain of +102 since 2009. I'd love to see it in the top 1000, it would bring some weight and glamor to a sea of Kaylee variant spellings.

Naya -- pop culture influence here, with the actress from Glee to thank. Naya very nearly made the list this year (it was used on 241 babies and the #1000 ranking name was used on 248) so as long as it continues its rise, we'll see it this time next year.

Elodie -- a favorite of mine, and one that I've heard IRL a fair amount. It was used on 170 babies last year, a +21 rise from 2012. French, sophisticated yet familiar, similar to mega-popular El- names like Ella and Eleanor? Perfect storm, people, perfect storm.

Fallon -- Fallon's rise hasn't been as dramatic as Etta's, but it's been very steady, and with the popularity of Jimmy Fallon's late-night show, I think it will continue this trajectory into the top 100. It was used on 232 babies in 2013, a +25 rise from 2012 and an overall +47 rise from 2009.

Flora -- I was shocked when Florence (which is SO popular in the UK) knocked itself out of contention for this list by being unsteady somewhere between '12 and '10, but happy to see friendly Flora came through. It does seem to appeal more to us Stateside namers, with its closeness to Nora and Laura and its fresher sound. Flora was used on 144 babies last year, a gain of +16 from 2012. Could 2014 be its year? I'm thinking it's a solid maybe.

Eisley -- Everly and Paisley saw big rises in 2013, and I began tracking Eisley for its similarity to them. It was used on 160 babies last year, a rise of +21 from 2012, and had an overall rise of +111 since 2009. The band Eisley might've helped it along. I think this one sounds ripe for trendy-celebrity usage.

Lennox -- Lennox, right? There must be a pop culture thing I'm missing because I am old and irrelevant now. In 2009, do you know how many baby girls were named Lennox? Just 10! Now, guess how many were born in 2013. Did you guess 153?! No, because that's nutty, right? And from 2012-2013 it saw a +59 boost. Woah! I'm a little scared of you, Lennox.

Alba -- I love it when popular books influence names. Alba was used in 2003's The Time Traveler's Wife, but probably got a bigger boost from the film adaptation, which came out in 2009. That year, it was used on just 70 babies -- but in 2013 it was used on 146. I wonder if its jolt into popularity is going to fade, but it's still going strong, seeing a +13 rise from 2012, so I wouldn't count it out just yet.

Sylvie -- another personal favorite, Sylvie was used on 197 babies last year. Its rise has been slow but steady and it took a big leap from 2012-2013, so I'm going to continue watching this one.

Vada and Vayda -- Veda didn't make the cut, sadly. It's doing well (and was used more times than Vayda last year) but the rise hasn't been steady enough to include here. Vayda surprised me! It was used 61 times in '09 and 118 in '13. Vada was used 76 times in '09 and 177 times in '13. Big leaps! Very appealing sounds + lots of variant spellings make this one a fairly sure bet.

Ophelia -- Ophelia was used by 46 more babies in 2013 than it was in 2012. Since it was used 184 times in 2013, if it sees a similar rise this year it could break the top 1000. It was surprised it wasn't there already, but perhaps parents are just beginning to get over the whole tragic-suicidal girl thing.

Poppy -- cutie-boots Poppy is catching on (used 179 times last year, a +87 rise since 2009) but might just be losing momentum (only a +7 rise from 2012). What are you going to do about that, Poppy? I'm rooting for you.

Imogen -- used on 131 babies last year, I'm patiently waiting for Imogen to catch on in the States. It has only gained +53 (points? babies? I'm not sure what to call my data!) since 2009, but saw a suspiciously big leap from 2012-2013 (+18). Come on, Imogen!

Persephone -- oh how I would love to see this one in the top 1000. Such a striking, bold choice, I was surprised to see it was used 167 times last year, a +26 rise from 2012. If Persephone cracks the top 1000, is that a sign of the end times? Or the beginning of the awesome times?

Zelda -- Zelda excited me! So sharp, so cool, so Fitzgerald-y. It was only used 59 times in 2009, but has risen steadily since and was used by 181 very hip parents last year. Big rise from 2012 (+42) so we might just be seeing the beginning here. Either that or people who were obsessed with the video games are finally procreating …

Ezra -- yep that's right, Ezra for a girl. I was curious to see it was used 150 times in 2013, a +30 gain from 2012. Back in 2009 it was only used on 90 girls, so it's seeing some definite traction. If it takes another couple of +30 leaps, it could be in the Top 1000 by 2015.

Spencer -- attention parents considering using the name Spencer for their sons: Spencer is losing popularity for boys and gaining popularity for girls. Spencer ranked #251 for boys last year, but has been steadily falling since 2000. The boys' loss has been the girls' gain, however. In 2009 Spencer was used on just 37 baby girls, but last year it was used on 178. (And its 2012-2013 movement was big as well -- +33!)

Whitley -- another baffling one. Maybe it's the Whitney of the two-thousand-teens? Used 170 times last year, I'd put this one in the "maybe 2015" column.

Viola -- I have always been "meh" about Violet and "yay" about Viola, so was glad to see it's been doing just fine for itself. Used 174 times last year, the rise has been slow but steady. 

Harriet -- Hattie might get more love, but Harriet has been plodding along quite nicely in its own right. Used on 126 babies in 2014, but with a pretty significant +37 jump from 2012, I'd love to see this one get some modern love.

Pepper -- hehe! It's Pepper! Weird! In 2009, only 67 babies were named Pepper, which still seems like a lot to me, but whatevs. What's weird is that in 2013 it was used 152 times. I wonder if there's an influence I'm missing here, too. Or maybe it's just that it's close to popular Piper? Will we see Pepper in 2014 -- maybe not, but if it rises again, maybe 2015 will be its year.

Hartley -- another surprising find, Hartley was used on 127 babies last year, a +26 jump from 2012 and a whopping +96 jump since 2009. It's less popular on boys, has a fun tomboy vibe and is super wearable. I'm interested to see where it heads.

Miabella -- in 2009, Miabella (itself a combination of two extremely popular names) was used 85 times. Last year it was used 154. Big leap! It only saw a +12 increase from 2012-2013 though, so I wonder if it has staying power.

Opal -- cute oft-overlooked gemstone name Opal was only used 77 times in 2009, but in 2013 it was used 123 times. Had a pretty significant '12-'13 leap, so I'll keep an eye on it.

Zella -- a "friendlier to the trendies" version of Zelda, Zella was used on just 100 babies last year, but back in '09 it was only used on 60, so it's creeping up on us. Very cool, but I wonder about its staying power.


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There weren't as many on the boys side of things that stuck out to me, but here are a few.

Boone -- my parents' dog name :) and one I've seen mentioned around my names board a few times. Boone was used 158 times in 2013 and fits the whole "American cowboy" thing boy parents seem to be gravitating towards. It saw a leap of +30 from '12-'13 so if it does that again it might crack the top 1000 for 2014.

Dash -- weirdly, Dashiell didn't make this cut. It was too wobbly and unstable, though I think its rise is still significant and will continue. Little Dash made it, though! Used 155 times last year.

McCoy -- Mc-names have largely been more popular for girls (funny since the prefix means "son of-") but I wonder if this Mc-name could break the top 1000 for the boys. It was used 170 times in 2013, saw a big leap from '12-'13 and is on a fast rise.

Ford -- short & sweet, that's what American parents like in a boy name these days, apparently. Ford was used 179 times last year though it's gain from '12-'13 was not significant. I wonder if its popularity is thanks to parents who like Harrison Ford but don't want something as popular as Harrison for their sons.

Cormac -- I want to say Cormac is the new Finn. I really want to. But it's not yet. It might be. Cormac was used 166 times in 2013, and only 103 in '09. However it only gained +3 from '12-'13 so it might be leveling off, destined to wallow just outside the beautiful high-walled gardens of the top 1000 forever… ughhh I have been looking at names for too long, help …

Bane -- I think this one seems like a mean thing to name a child. Bane of my existence, much? I guess there's a Batman connection here? That seems mean, too. Anyway, apparently my opinion isn't the popular one in this case, because Bane was used 120 times last year. (And only TWELVE times in 2009!) Its huge, steady rise includes a +69 leap from '12-'13, so next year might just be the year of Bane in the top 1000.

Alaric -- handsome Alaric was used on 116 babies last year, and only 27 in 2009! Woah! Something's breathing some fresh life into this one. It had a gain of +28 from 2012-2013, so we can count this very happily as one to watch.

Hoyt -- see, cowboy names! I like this one though. Fun to say. Hoyt was only used 101 times in 2013, but its overall rise (it was used 54 times in 2009) says "keep an eye on me."


Ryden -- yup. Used 124 times in 2013, Ryden appeals to Brayden-lovers looking for something less stale. It'll probably burn out but I wanted to include it because one never can predict the rise of names made up of a combination of popular sounds.

Friday, February 7

Names from the 2014 Winter Olympics



Here are some of the more interesting names I found on the roster of athletes competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Women

Aita (Switzerland)
Anemone (France)
Assoli (Russia)
Camillia (Switzerland)
Cilka (Slovenia)
Coraline (France)
Erla (Iceland)
Ingrida (Lithuania)
Ivanie (Canada)
Jorinde (Switzerland)
Kelime (Turkey)
Lelde (Latvia)
Mae-Berenice (France)
Maritta (Germany)
Maylin (Germany)
Moemi (Japan)
Mona-Lisa (Finland)
Nevena (Serbia)
Nkeiruka (Russia)
Ophelie (France)
Perianne (Canada)
Pernelle (France)
Queralt (Spain)
Saija (Finland)
Seraina (Switzerland)
Sulbee (South Korea)
Spencer (Canada)
Suela (Albania)
Sugar (USA)
Teja (Slovenia)
Tiril (Norway)
Ursina (Switzerland)
Viera (Slovakia)

Male

Beat (Switzerland)
Calle (Sweden)
Crispin (Canada)
Curdin (Switzerland)
Dow (Cayman Islands)
Emery (USA)
Ferran (Spain)
Gilmore (Canada)
Ilkka (Finland)
Imanol (Spain)
Jorrit (Netherlands)
Jovian (Switzerland)
Koba (Latvia)
Lamin (Great Britain)
Laro (Spain)
Loui (Sweden)
Marinus (Germany)
Norbert (Hungary)
Odirlei (Brazil)
Raido (Estonia)
Remo (Switzerland)
Rok (Slovenia)
Ronan (France)
Saevar (Iceland)
Sage (USA)
Sybren (Netherlands)
Torger (Norway)
Zan (Slovenia)
Ziga (Slovenia)

Tuesday, January 7

2013 Hollywood Babies -- Boys

Hummingbird, Sonoma hills

Here are the names of baby boys born to celebrities in 2013.

Boys

Ace Knute (to Eric Johnson & Jessica Simpson)
Alfonso Lincoln (to Alfonso & Angela Ribeiro)
Alijah Carsares (to Amar'e & Alexis Stoudemire)
Antonio Andres (to Antonio Hernandez & Paula Garces)
Asher (to Justin Guarini & Reina Capodici)
Asher James (to Marshall & Jamie Anne Allman)
Atticus (to Jason Behr & KaDee Strickland)
Axl Jack (to Josh Duhamel & Fergie)

Bear (to Ned Rocknroll & Kate Winslet)
Beau Kyle (to Cutter Dykstra & Jamie-Lynn Sigler)

Camden Quinn (to Johnathon Schaech & Julie Solomon)
Camden William (to Eric & Emily Gunderson)
Cash Yun (to Will Yun Lee & Jennifer Birmingham Lee)

Daniel Emanuel (to Danny & Leyicet Gokey)
Dashiell Ford (to Jesse Warren & Autumn Reeser)
Dashiell Max (to Harvey Weinstein & Georgina Chapman)
Daxel Vaughn (to Adam Friedman & Lisa d'Amato)
Dekker Edward (to Mark-Paul Gosselaar & Caitriona McGinn)
Dennis Ricardo (to Billy Smith & Kathryn Hernandez)
Dillon (to Sam Poueu & Stephanie Anderson)
Dominic (to Mario Lopez & Courtney Mazza)
Dominic James (to Rob & Nicole Cesternino)

Edward (to Gregorio Marsiaj & Eva Herzigova)
Elijah (to Taylor Hubbell & Heather Morris)
Elijah Joseph Daniel (to David Furnish & Elton John)
Ellis James (to Kevin O'Leary & Samantha Brown)
Everett Joseph (to Chely Wright & Lauren Blitzer Wright)

Felix Chang (to Hugh Grant & Tinglan Hong)

George Abraham Walker (to Zac & Kate Hanson)
George Samuel (to Chely Wright & Lauren Blitzer Wright)
Greyson James Carroll (to Mike McCuddy & Kara DioGuardi)

Hartley Eric (to Veronica de la Cruz)
Holden John (to Howie & Leigh Dorough)
Holden Robert (to Reza Jahangiri & Kate Levering)

Jack Leon (to Brian Lynch & Kim Clijsters)
James Knight (to Kyle Newman & Jaime King)
Jameson West (to Johnny Messner & Kathryn Morris)
Jax Copeland (to Tom Arnold & Ashley Groussman)
Jaxon Cruz (to Matt Cedeño & Erica Franco Cedeño)
Jett Barker (to Stephen Barker Liles & Jenna Kennedy)
Joseph Frederick (to Jared Kushner & Ivanka Trump)
Julian (to Andrew Form & Jordana Brewster)
Julian Ryder (to Mark & Jamie Deklin)
Julius (to Austin Chick & Morena Baccarin)

Kaius Jagger (to Rodger Berman & Rachel Zoe)
Knox (to Dierks & Cassidy Bentley)
Knox Addison (to Jordan Alan & Amanda Righetti)

Liam (to Michael Weatherly & Bojana Jankovic)
Logan Vincent (to Vince Herbert & Tamar Braxton)
Louis Augustus (to David Walton & Majandra Delfino)

Maceo Robert (to Olivier Martinez & Halle Berry)
Maxwell Haze (to Kevin Richardson & Kristin Willis)
Milan (to Gerard Piqué & Shakira)
Miles Christian (to Dairek Morgan & Emily Rose)

Noah (to Michael Bublé & Luisana Lopilato)
Nyle Thomas (to David Rubulotta & Erin Burnett)

Oliver Charles (to Marshall & Jamie Anne Allman)
Oliver Neil (to Kris Allen & Katy O'Connell)
Ozzie (to Stephen Full & Annie Wersching)

Phaedra Bloom Forever (to Thomas Cohen & Peaches Geldof)

Quincy Xavier (to Christopher Morgan & Kim Fields)
Quinnlann Clancy (to Alexander Mehran & Maggie Rizer)

Rekker Radley (to Cam Gigandet & Dominique Geisendorff)
Rex Rayne (to Jesse Wood & Fearne Cotton)
Rhythm (to Whitney Whatley)
River Isaac (to David Olsen & Daniela Ruah)
Rocco (to Donald Faison & Cacee Cobb)
Rocco McQueen (to Johnny Messner & Kathryn Morris)
Ryker Mobley (to Lee & Sara Brice)

Sebastian (to Roberto Zincone & Malin Akerman)
Sebastian Oscar (to Tom Burwell & Victoria Recaño)
Sebastian Taylor (to Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose)

Thatcher Bray (to Doug Brunt & Megyn Kelly)
Theodore Ignatius (to Michael Fitzpatrick & Kaylee DeFer)
Tommy Francis (to Peter White & Michelle Monaghan)

Valentin Francesco (to Alejandro Monteverde & Ali Landry)
Valor (to Emile Hirsch)
Vernon Lindsay (to Vince Vaughn & Kyla Weber)

Wyatt Oliver (to Eric Christian Olsen & Sarah Wright)

Xano William Varela (to Jason Gann & Alejandra Varela)


Monday, January 6

2013 Hollywood Babies -- Girls

Chamomile & Christmas present plants

All right! This is not part of a New Year's resolution, I swear. I kept a list of babies born to celebrities in 2013. They strike me as a pretty uninspired bunch, but there are some very nice choices here. I'll share the girls today and the boys tomorrow. 

Girls

Alessandra Linville (to James Bailey & Devon Aoki)
Alianna Marika (to Jonathan Nassos & Jenni Pulos)
Amy Belle (to AJ & Dionne Calloway)
Ariana Siena (to Adam Horsley & Imogen Thomas)
Autumn James (to Brian Hallisay & Jennifer Love Hewitt)
Ava Berlin (to Jeremy Renner & Sonni Pacheco)

Berkeley Seon (to Rockmond Dunbar & Maya Gilbert)
Briseis (to Reggie Bush & Lilit Avagyan)

Carmen Gabriela (to Alec & Hilaria Baldwin)
Charlotte Bryant (to Colin Hanks & Samantha Bryant)
Charlotte Easton (to Daniel Gillies & Rachel Leigh Cook)
Cricket Pearl (to Marc Silverstein & Busy Philipps)

Dahlia Rae (to Jeremy Abrams & Gail Simmons)
Dakota (to Rosie O'Donnell & Michelle Rounds)
Doone Isla (to Sacha Brown & Amanda Beard)
Dylan Skye (to Chris & Adrienne Bosh)

Eisele Kaye (to Chris Tyrrell & Hillary Scott)
Elizabeth Mae (to Kevin O'Leary & Samantha Brown)
Elsie Marigold (to Ioan Gruffudd & Alice Evans)
Emerson Jay (to Nick Swisher & JoAnna Garcia Swisher)
Eve (to Jay Ryan & Dianna Fuemana)
Evelyn Rose (to Eben Russell & Kay Cannon)
Everest Hobson (to George Lucas & Mellody Hobson)
Everly Elizabeth Maiselle (to Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan Tatum)

Goldie Ryan (to Steve & Wendy Madden)
Gracie James (to Ron Livingston & Rosemarie DeWitt)

Harper Estelle (to Jenna Wolfe & Stephanie Gosk)
Helene Claire (to French & Vanessa Stewart)
Holiday Grace (to Harold & Brittany Perrineau)

Isis Sidney (to Ben Berman & Katherine Kallinis)
Isobel Kelly (to Dan O'Brien & Jessica St. Clair)

Jett Ling (to Paul Song & Lisa Ling)
Justice Jay (to Jensen Ackles & Danneel Harris Ackles)

Kaia Rose (to Kroy Biermann & Kim Zolciak)
Kaylin (to Yul & Sophie Kwon)
Kenzie Lynne (to Michael Cameron & Beverley Mitchell)

Laiyah Shannon (to Shannon & Monica Brown)
Lily Georgina (to Jim Walker & Brooke Anderson)
Lincoln Bell (to Dax Shepard & Kristen Bell)
Liv Elena (to Michael Roberts & Alana de la Garza)
Lucy Rosylea (to Bryan Adams & Alicia Grimaldi)
Lucy Thomas (to Eli & Abby Manning)
Luna Encinas (to Javier Bardem & Penélope Cruz)
Lydia Noriss (to Jimmie & Chandra Johnson)

Margaret Laura (to Henry Hager & Jenna Bush Hager)
Margot (to Jamie Cullum & Sophie Dahl)
Marnie Rose (to Sam & Lily Cooper)
Maven Sonae (to Tracy Morgan & Megan Wollover)
Mavi Alexandra Jean (to Stephen Amell & Cassandra Jean)

Natalie Bouader (to John Shook & Shiri Appleby)
North (to Kanye West & Kim Kardashian)

Paisley Faye (to Casey Daigle & Jennie Finch)
Penelope Joan (to Shaun So & Anna Chlumsky)
Penna Mae (to Ian & Erin Ziering)
Phoenix Emmanuel (to Sean McEwen & Tammin Sursok)

Rainbow Aurora (to Pasquale Rotella & Holly Madison)
Riley Anne (to Jason & Molly Mesnick)
Rio Laura (to Oliver Hudson & Erinn Bartlett)
Ruby Lane (to Chris & Heidi Powell)
Ruby Rey (to David Dellucci & Rachel Reynolds)

Saffron Rose Kiran (to Tony Kanal & Erin Lokitz)
Sage Lavinia (to Jack Huston & Ashley Groussman)
Saraya (to Javier Guzman & Lennon Parham)
Scarlett Rose (to Chris & Tiffany Coyne)
Scout Margery (to Casey Jennings & Kerri Walsh Jennings)
Sterling Diane (to John Falconetti & Shannon Miller)

Tallulah Anaïs (to Craig Sykes & Marsha Thomason)
Talulah Rue (to Kevin Price & Sara Rue)

Vaunne Sydney (to Mark Henderson & Mercedes McNab)
Violet Grace (to Shawn Sanford & Poppy Montgomery)

Winnie Rose (to Jimmy Fallon & Nancy Juvonen Fallon)
Winter Victoria (to Sean Parker & Alexandra Lenas)

Wednesday, September 4

Old Québec Names: G

seahorses at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Zeus at the Getty Villa


Maybe, just maybe  now that Ottilie's back in preschool and the end of my novel is finally in sight — I will be able to post here regularly again. 

Enjoy these rare French-Canadian "G" names, found on headstones in a Québec cemetery.

Girls

Géméline — a pretty choice, reminiscent of Gemma and Madeline, pronounced "zhay-may-leen"

Gémina — perhaps from the Hebrew male name Jamin, meaning "right hand"

Génévra — a variant of Ginevra, which is the Italian form of Guinevere, meaning "fair," or "white"

Georgelle — always fun to find a new "Georg-" name. This one seems particularly sophisticated to me

Gillaine — fun to say, quite fresh and modern-sounding, too

Goldine — I've been seeing/hearing Goldie more and more lately, which makes me think a teensy leap in popularity may be inevitable. I think Goldine has potential as a longer, less childish form. Love how retro it feels

Graciette — I haven't seen this Grace variant before, but I love its frilly, Victorian feel

Boys

Gaël — unlike the rest of these names, Gaël appears in the US top 1000. It first appeared on the list in 2002, no doubt thanks to the popularity of actor Gaël Garcia Bernal. It did see a big rise from 2011-2012, shooting from #408 all the way to #146. It is also popular in Spain and France

Gallius  — perhaps related to Roman family name Gallus, meaning "rooster"

Garneau — most often found as a surname, it comes from Germanic name Warinwald, which means "guard" or "to govern." I think male names ending in "-eau" are always so handsome 

Georgias  — and a fresh old-new "Georg-" name for the boys as well, I like this one very much

Gilfred  — as a fan of Gilbert and Wilfred, I wholeheartedly support Gilfred the super nerd

Gloriam  — would be a nice way for a boy name to honor Gloria. "Ad maiorem Dei gloriam" is the Jesuit motto, and it means "For the greater glory of God"

Guydon — does this qualify as an old-school "-ayden" name, or what? Surprised I haven't come across one yet

Monday, May 20

Old Québec Names: F

it's headed towards summertime on my Instagram


Here are some French-Canadian choices found on old gravestones in Québec. In looking through the "F" names, I realized just how awkward F is, as a letter. It's strange-looking and not very popular as a name-beginner. But I think F is a versatile sound, just look at how it works in these names —

Girls

Fleur-de-Mai — translated, it means "flower of May," and I can see it making a totally kickass double-hyphenate middle name

Fleurie — I like the idea of this one, maybe more as a nickname for Fleur than on its own, since it might get confused for the word "flurry" in English-speaking places

Florange — we've seen Solange, a name from the Latin word sollemnis, meaning "religious," incorporating the French words for "sun" and "angel," but this creation switches the Sol- for Flor-,  creating a whole new meaning

Florémie  — this one reminded me of "do-re-mi," like at the beginning of musical scales 

Florémonde  — I was drawn to the names that started with "Fl-" because I liked that the "L" sound toned down the harshness of the "F" at the beginning.  Here, the "-monde" ending balances out the frill factor for a more sophisticated look

Fortille  — I should do a post on names that end with "-ille," because most of the time I really like them and hardly ever see them in use. There's Bertille, Pernille ... Lucille might be the most popular (and my least favorite). Must get a list together

Boys

Faldorat — though I'm generally drawn to more subdued boy names, I also have a great appreciation for more dramatic choices. These Québec lists have been a great source of that type of name. I like Faldorat, it sounds like the villain in a Victor Hugo or Charles Dickens novel

Faramond  — this one is a form of Faramund, an ancient Germanic name created from elements meaning "journey" and "protection." It was used on a legendary early king of the Franks, so it has a rather long history of use

Fédéas  — love that this one has strong, familiar sounds but an unusual look. To make it more approachable, I think it could be understood without the accents quite easily

Fédorel  — so fun, dignified yet fresh, so very Dostoevsky-an 


Fénon  — I could totally see a modern parent choosing this, it's short and familiar, masculine and cool. I have seen it used as a surname but not as a first

Ferno  — you know I'm a sucker for a new "ends in 'O'" boy name. This one's kind of crazy, I mean it's two letters off from "inferno," but I think it's interesting as a concept