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.


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)


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.


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. 


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.


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


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 —


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


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

Thursday, May 9

Brand Spanking New

Here are some names that entered the top 1,000 anew in 2012 — 


Neymar #699
Brentley #750
Kyree #804 (last ranked in 2003)
Thiago #862
Kyrie #866 — it's come to my attention that there is a basketball player named Kyrie Irving that might be responsible for the success of this one
Jionni #870 — thank you, Snooki
Yael #878 (ranked in '10, but not '11)
Oakley #880
Yousef #888 (ranked in '10, but not '11)
Austyn #898 (last ranked in 2006)
Axton #917
Lucca #919
Truman #929 (ranked in '10, but not '11)
Eliot #935 (ranked in '10, but not '11)
Zaid #937 (ranked in '10, but not '11)
Leroy #943 (ranked in '10, but not '11)
Dariel #945
Kaysen #957
Mack #958 (last ranked in 2009)
Titan #961
Briggs #966
Immanuel #967 (last ranked in 2009)
Kase #972
Maison #979
Simeon #980 (last ranked in 2008)
Anton #981 (last ranked in 2009)
Emory #983  — also appeared on the girls side for the 1st time, see below
Graeme #987
Jael #989
Karsen #991
Jarrett #992 (last ranked in 2009)
Apollo #993
Denzel #994 (last ranked in 2009)
Foster #995
Kylen #998
Augustine #999

Litzy #594 (last ranked in 2008)
Kenia #642 (last ranked in 2007)
Colette #659 — go Colette!
Adley #731 — wow, where did this come from?
Winter #772
Ariah #817 (ranked in '10, but not '11)
Coraline #823
Emory #881
Estella #882 (ranked in '10 but not in '11, before that hadn't ranked since 1974)
Elissa #888 (last ranked in 2005)
Emmaline #890 (last ranked in 1915)
Dallas #901
Azalea #906 — Iggy Azalea putting it out into the zeitgeist, maybe?
Everly #907
Lillyana #909
Emmalyn #910
Annalee #920
Evalyn #927 (last ranked in 1941) — so nice to see this sweet one back 
Raylee #936
Aubrielle #938
Bayleigh #939
Katrina #942 (ranked in '10, but not '11)
Alaysia #946 (ranked in '10, but not '11)
Celine #947 (last ranked in 2007)
Monroe #949 — Mariah Carey's daughter?
Estelle #950(last ranked in 1963) — very happy to see this one as well
Harlee #954
Jazzlyn #955
Zahra #957
Collins #960 — character in The Blind Side (ugh ...)
Azariah #963 (ranked in '10, but not '11)
Milena #965
Kora #975
Aubriana #986
Aya #989
Dalilah #990
Devyn #991 (ranked in '10, but not '11)
Landry #995
Sofie #996
Jessa #999 — Girls and the Duggars + Jessica-adjacent = something for everyone! 
Katalina #1000

(I doubt this is a comprehensive list — it's just what I noticed while browsing through.)