The Top 100 baby names from 2013 is not a bad list.  Not bad at all.  I can’t even believe I’m having to find “substitutes” for the likes of Penelope and Mila.  Great names are seeping into the American consciousness and are getting used!  Bravo!

Want to take things a step further?  Here’s an alternate 100 girls’ names, related in some way to their predecessors, designed for those who want to push the envelope just a hair.

 

1. Sophia –> Helena

2.Emma –> Willa

3. Olivia –> Louisa

4. Isabella –> Arabella

5. Ava –> Vera

6. Mia –> Nina

7. Emily –> Imogen

8. Abigail –> Adelaide

9. Madison –> Emerson

10. Elizabeth –> Beatrice

11. Charlotte –> Alice

12. Avery –> Bellamy

13. Sofia –> Cecilia

14. Chloe –> Thisbe

15. Ella –> Adele

16. Harper –> Palmer

17. Amelia –> Cordelia

18. Aubrey –> Auden

19. Addison –> Flannery

20. Evelyn –> Evangeline

21. Natalie –> Noemi

22. Grace –> Blythe

23. Hannah –> Susannah

24. Zoey –> Zadie

25. Victoria –> Wilhelmina

26. Lillian –> Gillian

27. Lily –> Lilac

28. Brooklyn –> Holland

29. Samantha –> Samara

30. Layla –> Lorelei

31. Zoe –> Echo

32. Audrey –> Margot

33. Leah –> Dinah

34. Allison –> Calloway

35. Anna –> Elsa

36. Aaliyah –> Eliana

37. Savannah –> Augusta

38. Gabriella –> Costanza

39. Camila –> Talitha

40. Aria –> Aida

41. Kaylee –> Zelie

42. Scarlett –> Carmen

43. Hailey –> Halliday

44. Ariana –> Aurelia

45. Riley –> Romilly

46. Alexis –> Maelys

47. Nevaeh –> Venezia

48. Sarah –> Esther

49. Claire –> Jane

50. Sadie –> Mabel

51. Peyton –> Tamsin

52. Aubree –> Adair

53. Serenity –>Verity

54. Ariana –> Aurelia

55. Genesis –> Jericho

56. Penelope –> Beatrix

57. Alyssa –> Alessia

58. Bella –> Bellezza

59. Taylor –> Carlyle

60. Alexa –> Azalea

61. Kylie –> Kirby

62. Mackenzie –> McClendan

63. Caroline –> Margaret

64. Kennedy –> Corcoran

65. Autumn –> Auburn

66. Lucy –> Polly

67. Ashley –> Ellery

68. Madelyn -> Madigan

69. Violet –> Jonquil

70. Stella –> Luna

71. Brianna –> Renata

72. Maya –> Freya

73. Skylar –> Larken

74. Ellie –> Hattie

75. Julia –> Georgina

76. Sophie –> Camille

77. Katherine –> Frances

78. Mila –> Mika

79. Khloe –> Clio

80. Paisley –> Percy

81. Annabelle –> Rosabel

82. Alexandra –> Theodora

83. Nora –> Oona

84. Melanie –> Elodie

85. London –> Milan

86. Gianna –> Giovanna

87. Naomi –> Delilah

88. Eva –> Ada

89. Faith –> Ruth

90. Madeline –> Clementine

91. Lauren –> Wren

92. Nicole –> Corinne

93. Ruby –> Opal

94. Makayla –> Mahala

95. Kayla –> Veda

96. Lydia –> Delia

97. Piper –> Juniper

98. Sydney –> Sutton

99. Jocelyn –> Jessamine

100. Morgan –> Astor

 

What names would you substitute for the most popular favorites?

 

It’s been a few years since I’ve done a Top 100 Alternates list!  High time for a revisit, no?  So many new names to look at, and think about differently.

The boys’ list has a plethora of Biblical favorites, common classics, and “N”-dings as I like to call them, especially those of the Jayden/Kayden variety.  Not easy to find substitutes for all of those.

The idea is to morph these names into less popular versions of themselves, and open up the viable options for new parents.  Some may share a common root, others may sound similar but be of different origins.  Shop around, you might just find something that suits!

 

1. Noah –> Jonah

2. Liam –> Callum

3. Jacob –> Abram

4. Mason –> Thatcher

5. William –> Philip

6. Ethan –> Egan

7. Michael –> Malcolm

8. Alexander –> Frederick

9. Jayden –> Damon

10. Daniel –> Raphael

11. Elijah –> Elias

12. Aiden –> Aubin

13. James –> George

14. Benjamin –> Phineas

15. Matthew –> Matthias

16. Jackson –> Jasper

17. Logan –> Lorcan

18. David –> Abel

19. Anthony –> Antonio

20. Joseph –> Moses

21. Joshua –> Asher

22. Andrew –> Alasdair

23. Lucas –> Luca

24. Gabriel –> Gideon

25. Samuel –> Simon

26. Christopher –> Theodore

27. John –> Paul

28. Dylan –> Declan

29. Isaac –> Ike

30. Ryan –> Orion

31. Nathan –> Thorsten

32. Carter –> Cormac

33. Caleb –> Silas

34. Luke –> Clark

35. Christian –> Abbott

36. Hunter –> Archer

37. Henry –> Edward

38. Owen –> Rhys

39. Landon –> Lachlan

40. Jack –> Gus

41. Wyatt –> Wylie

42. Jonathan –> Elliot

43. Eli –> Asa

44. Isaiah –> Ezekiel

45. Sebastian –> Ambrose

46. Jaxon –> Maxwell

47. Julian –> Lucian

48. Brayden –> Brennan

49. Gavin –> Calvin

50. Levi –> Leo

51. Aaron –> Soren

52. Oliver –> Louis

53. Jordan –> Dorian

54. Nicholas –> Nico

55. Evan –> Finn

56. Connor –> Conrad

57. Charles –> Arthur

58. Jeremiah –> Nehemiah

59. Cameron –> Duncan

60. Adrian –> Hadrian

61. Thomas –> Lawrence

62. Robert –> Peter

63. Tyler –> Turner

64. Colton –> Harlan

65. Austin –> Augustin

66. Jace –> Rex

67. Angel –> Emanuel

68. Dominic –> Vincenzo

69. Josiah –> Tobias

70. Brandon –> Quentin

71. Ayden –> Eamon

72. Kevin –> Kieran

73. Zachary –> Everett

74. Parker –> Palmer

75. Blake –> Reid

76. Jose –> Hugo

77. Chase –> Pierce

78. Grayson –> Truman

79. Jason –> Atticus

80. Ian –> Milo

81. Bentley –> Bennett

82. Adam –> Ephraim

83. Xavier –> Oscar

84. Cooper –> Graham

85. Justin –> Julius

86. Nolan –> Ronan

87. Hudson –> Holden

88. Easton –>Heath

89. Jase –> Blaise

90. Carson –> Larson

91. Nathaniel –> Ishmael

92. Jaxson –> Magnus

93. Kayden –> Cassius

94. Brody –> Wesley

95. Lincoln –> Franklin

96. Luis –> Lorenzo

97. Tristan –> Felix

98. Damian –> Desmond

99. Camden –> Calder

100. Juan –> Joaquin

The Happy Mother’s Day, Ladies.  Our proverbial box of chocolates has arrived!  The top baby names in America for 2013 are out.

The big news:  there’s a new sheriff in town.  Noah debuted #1 this year, followed closely by Liam.  Both are somewhat of a surprise.  Just two years ago, Liam wasn’t even in the top 10 at all.  Who would have thought Liam would ever edge out big brother William, or that Mason, last year’s #2, would not get his chance in the sun?

The girl’s side is a bit more static.  Sophia maintains her throne, followed by Emma, Olivia, and Isabella.  Will Emma ever wane?

The official top 10 lists are as follows:

 

BOYS:

1. Noah

2. Liam

3. Jacob

4. Mason

5. William

6. Ethan

7. Michael

8. Alexander

9. Jayden

10. Daniel

 

GIRLS:

1. Sophia

2. Emma

3. Olivia

4. Isabella

5. Ava

6. Mia

7. Emily

8. Abigail

9. Madison

10. Elizabeth

 

SOUND WATCH:

The top ten names reveal several trends in name sounds that are pervasive in today’s popularity.  The group belies a preference for comforting sounds in the M and L families.  Even the very word “family” encompasses what I’m talking about.  Emma, Liam, William, Mia, and Emily all share soft consonants.  In addition, Mason, Michael, and Madison all start with the M.  The N sound is not far off in sound from M, and Noah and Ethan are homey and soft to the ear, as are Daniel and Abigail, which end in that lilting L.  On that L, by the way?  The fluid Olivia, Isabella, Alexander, and Elizabeth all have it (the unspoken rule being that L makes it ok to have a four-syllable-name).   Which leaves only Jacob, Jayden, and Ava.  All, not coincidentally share a popular long A (along with Mason), a prediliction for which we continue to see.  Long O (Olivia, Sophia, Noah) and V (Ava, Olivia) are also popular further down the list.

The takeaway?  We will also see an uptick in names like Owen, Oakley, Emerie, Everly, and Evelyn.

Of course, not all hot names fit neatly into these categories.  Trends include rising imports like Thiago and Freya, a willingness to adventure beyond boys’ names that end in “N” (Atlas, Ezra) , new surnames as firsts for girls (Henley, Collins), and spellings that “Boggle” the mind (Jayceon).

 

Snort Worthy

July 9th, 2013

The internet has been aflutter with this video from a talk show based out of England.  Katie Hopkins gets nearly ten minutes of air time postulating on why she judges children based on their names.  The views expressed in this video are not those of this site or its author.

It makes you wonder how she sleeps at night.

This Katie Hopkins character is to be both pitied and reviled.  She uses the names as a “shortcut”, pre-judging CHILDREN and won’t let her own precious progeny associate those who have less desirable names.  She will even cut a friendship off at the pass, and assumes that working class children don’t do their homework and are behaviorally disruptive.  Equally ridiculous, she makes opposite assumptions about upper class parents and their child-rearing skills by the names they choose.  Would she be shocked to find that little Araminta’s mother drinks too much at birthday parties?  Or what about young George, who bullies her precious Maximilian with a cruelty and snobbery that rivals her own?

The similarities between some of Hopkins’ hit list and my Seven Deadly Trends are not lost on me.  I am a self-professed name snob.  Yet there is a world of difference between preferring some names to others and allowing this snobbery to spill over into judgement.  I will not claim this woman as one of my own, and would counter that if she is raising her children with this kind of antiquated elitism she is doing them a great disservice.  Yes, I have been unnaturally excited to meet the mother of “Adelaide and Barnaby”, but I’ve also found that an affinity in names does not a friendship make.  As would be the case should I meet said offender.

What I try to do at You Can’t Call It “It”! is help families come up with the names that best suit them and their children.  Liken it to a difference in taste: some people prefer mid-century modern furnishings, others may opt for Hollywood Regency, others still have no defined “style” at all.  But does that determine whether or not I would want to befriend them, or promote play dates with their children?  Does it mean that I think less of my children’s friends who have monikers that I wouldn’t have chosen myself?  Shudder at the very thought.

English readers, is class still a nightmare of an issue there as Katie Hopkins would have us believe?  Do any of you think that she has a point?

Ooh I think I could be very comfortable in the 400s.  You??

THE RULES:

1. Pick five names from the list below you might choose for your own children.  

2. Two boys, two girls, one of your choice. 

3. Bonus points for adding middles — from or off the list!

I’ll post my own set after the action is well underway.

GO!

400 Donald Julissa
401 Albert Scarlet
402 Raul Helen
403 Darius Breanna
404 Archer Kyra
405 Colten Madisyn
406 Damon Rosalie
407 River Brittany
408 Gustavo Brylee
409 Philip Jayleen
410 Atticus Arielle
411 Walker Karla
412 Matteo Kailey
413 Randy Arya
414 Saul Sarai
415 Rocco Harley
416 Davis Miracle
417 Enzo Kaelyn
418 Noel Kali
419 Orion Cynthia
420 Jamari Daphne
421 Remington Aleah
422 Bruce Caitlin
423 Darren Cassandra
424 Larry Holly
425 Mathew Janelle
426 Russell Marilyn
427 Dennis Katelynn
428 Tony Kaylie
429 Chris Itzel
430 Porter Carolina
431 Rodrigo Bristol
432 Armani Haven
433 Zaiden Michaela
434 Kade Monica
435 Ari June
436 Hugo Janiyah
437 Zachariah Camilla
438 Kamden Jamie
439 Mohamed Rebekah
440 Quentin Audrina
441 Solomon Dayana
442 Curtis Lana
443 Leonel Serena
444 Issac Tiana
445 Khalil Nylah
446 Alberto Braelyn
447 Jerry Savanna
448 Alec Skye
449 Gianni Raelyn
450 Moises Madalyn
451 Gunnar Sasha
452 Adriel Perla
453 Lawrence Bridget
454 Alijah Aniya
455 Chandler Rowan
456 Ronan Logan
457 Prince Mckinley
458 Payton Averie
459 Arturo Jaylah
460 Jimmy Aylin
461 Orlando Joselyn
462 Ricky Nia
463 Mitchell Hayley
464 Maximilian Lilian
465 Cason Adelynn
466 Malcolm Jaliyah
467 Muhammad Kassidy
468 Kasen Kaylin
469 Marvin Kadence
470 Jalen Celeste
471 Cyrus Jaelyn
472 Mauricio Zariah
473 Warren Tatiana
474 Jonas Jimena
475 Kendrick Lilyana
476 Rhys Anaya
477 Dane Catalina
478 Ryland Viviana
479 Pierce Cataleya
480 Johan Sloane
481 Rory Courtney
482 Uriel Johanna
483 Major Amari
484 Bryant Melany
485 Reece Anabelle
486 Casey Francesca
487 Ibrahim Ada
488 Nikolas Alanna
489 Arjun Priscilla
490 Sullivan Danna
491 Finnegan Angie
492 Alfredo Kailyn
493 Royce Lacey
494 Ahmed Sage
495 Amare Lillie
496 Lance Brinley
497 Ramon Caylee
498 Jamison Joy
499 Brayan Kenley

 

Lots to love in the 100′s list.  Many of these have soared in recent years, to our dismay.  Oh, what to choose???

THE RULES:

1. Pick five names from the list below you might choose for your own children.  

2. Two boys, two girls, one of your choice. 

3. Bonus points for adding middles — from or off the list!

I’ll post my own set after the action is well underway.

GO!

 

101 Jesus Maria
102 Cole Brooke
103 Micah Payton
104 Vincent Paisley
105 Max Paige
106 Jaxson Ruby
107 Eric Nora
108 Asher Mariah
109 Hayden Rylee
110 Diego Lilly
111 Miles Brielle
112 Steven Jade
113 Ivan Destiny
114 Elias Nicole
115 Aidan Mila
116 Maxwell Kendall
117 Bryce Liliana
118 Antonio Kaitlyn
119 Giovanni Natalia
120 Timothy Sadie
121 Bryan Jordyn
122 Santiago Vanessa
123 Colin Mary
124 Richard Mya
125 Braxton Penelope
126 Kaleb Isabelle
127 Kyle Alice
128 Kaden Reese
129 Preston Gabrielle
130 Miguel Hadley
131 Jonah Katelyn
132 Lincoln Angelina
133 Riley Rachel
134 Leo Isabel
135 Victor Eleanor
136 Brady Clara
137 Jeremy Brooklynn
138 Mateo Jessica
139 Brian Elena
140 Jaden Aliyah
141 Ashton Vivian
142 Patrick Laila
143 Declan Sara
144 Sean Amy
145 Joel Eliana
146 Gael Lyla
147 Sawyer Juliana
148 Alejandro Valeria
149 Marcus Adriana
150 Leonardo Makenzie
151 Jesse Elise
152 Caden Mckenzie
153 Jake Quinn
154 Kaiden Delilah
155 Wesley Cora
156 Camden Kylee
157 Edward Rebecca
158 Brantley Gracie
159 Roman Izabella
160 Axel Josephine
161 Silas Alaina
162 Jude Michelle
163 Grant Jennifer
164 Cayden Eden
165 Emmanuel Valentina
166 George Aurora
167 Maddox Catherine
168 Malachi Stephanie
169 Bradley Valerie
170 Alan Jayla
171 Weston Willow
172 Gage Daisy
173 Devin Alana
174 Greyson Melody
175 Kenneth Hazel
176 Mark Summer
177 Oscar Melissa
178 Tanner Margaret
179 Rylan Kinsley
180 Nicolas Kinley
181 Harrison Ariel
182 Derek Lila
183 Peyton Giselle
184 Ezra Ryleigh
185 Tucker Haley
186 Emmett Julianna
187 Avery Ivy
188 Cody Alivia
189 Calvin Brynn
190 Andres Keira
191 Jorge Daniela
192 Abel Aniyah
193 Paul Angela
194 Abraham Kate
195 Kai Londyn
196 Collin Hayden
197 Theodore Harmony
198 Ezekiel Adalyn
199 Omar Megan

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Why hello there!

The Social Security Administration recently released the 2012 top 1000 baby names.  So it’s time for everyone’s favorite yearly game, Pick a Sibset!

THE RULES:

1. Pick five names from the list below you might choose for your own children.  

2. Two boys, two girls, one of your choice. 

3. Bonus points for adding middles — from or off the list!

I’ll post my own set after the action is well underway.

GO!

(Image via 100 Layer Cake)

 

Popularity in 2012

Rank Male name Female name
1 Jacob Sophia
2 Mason Emma
3 Ethan Isabella
4 Noah Olivia
5 William Ava
6 Liam Emily
7 Jayden Abigail
8 Michael Mia
9 Alexander Madison
10 Aiden Elizabeth
11 Daniel Chloe
12 Matthew Ella
13 Elijah Avery
14 James Addison
15 Anthony Aubrey
16 Benjamin Lily
17 Joshua Natalie
18 Andrew Sofia
19 David Charlotte
20 Joseph Zoey
21 Logan Grace
22 Jackson Hannah
23 Christopher Amelia
24 Gabriel Harper
25 Samuel Lillian
26 Ryan Samantha
27 Lucas Evelyn
28 John Victoria
29 Nathan Brooklyn
30 Isaac Zoe
31 Dylan Layla
32 Caleb Hailey
33 Christian Leah
34 Landon Kaylee
35 Jonathan Anna
36 Carter Aaliyah
37 Luke Gabriella
38 Owen Allison
39 Brayden Nevaeh
40 Gavin Alexis
41 Wyatt Audrey
42 Isaiah Savannah
43 Henry Sarah
44 Eli Alyssa
45 Hunter Claire
46 Jack Taylor
47 Evan Riley
48 Jordan Camila
49 Nicholas Arianna
50 Tyler Ashley
51 Aaron Brianna
52 Jeremiah Sophie
53 Julian Peyton
54 Cameron Bella
55 Levi Khloe
56 Brandon Genesis
57 Angel Alexa
58 Austin Serenity
59 Connor Kylie
60 Adrian Aubree
61 Robert Scarlett
62 Charles Stella
63 Thomas Maya
64 Sebastian Katherine
65 Colton Julia
66 Jaxon Lucy
67 Kevin Madelyn
68 Zachary Autumn
69 Ayden Makayla
70 Dominic Kayla
71 Blake Mackenzie
72 Jose Lauren
73 Oliver Gianna
74 Justin Ariana
75 Bentley Faith
76 Jason Alexandra
77 Chase Melanie
78 Ian Sydney
79 Josiah Bailey
80 Parker Caroline
81 Xavier Naomi
82 Adam Morgan
83 Cooper Kennedy
84 Nathaniel Ellie
85 Grayson Jasmine
86 Jace Eva
87 Carson Skylar
88 Nolan Kimberly
89 Tristan Violet
90 Luis Molly
91 Brody Aria
92 Juan Jocelyn
93 Hudson Trinity
94 Bryson London
95 Carlos Lydia
96 Easton Madeline
97 Damian Reagan
98 Alex Piper
99 Kayden Andrea
100 Ryder Annabelle

“Us” VS. Them

December 22nd, 2012

 

Big ups for Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy on the birth of their bouncing baby boy.  Well-named themselves, Claire and Hugh resurrected the inimitable Cyrus from pop stardom.  Then there was a celebrity baby Magnus.  Magnus again.  The new boy at our school is called Atticus.  My husband is absolutely obsessed with Cassius, and friends have a Linus.  ”-Us” names for boys are hitting the big time, and replacing ‘en’dings and O’ Boys at a quick clip.  I love how divergent their origins are: Persian, Swedish, Ancient Roman and Scottish, to name a few.

More stylish “-us” possibilities include:

Acacius

Aldous

Aloysius

Amadeus

Angus

Atticus

Augustus 

Caius

Cassius

Cyrus

Darius

Erasmus

Fergus

Gus 

Ignatius

Julius

Justus

Lazarus

Linus

Lucius

Magnus

Maximus

Nicodemus

Octavius

Odysseus

Petrus

Perseus

Pius

Quintus

Rufus

Seamus

Thaddaeus

Titus

Vitus

Zacchaeus

Zosimus

 

I could happily choose a name off this list.  Could you?

 

Above: Poster Angus & Julius by Audrey Jeanne

You know what’s not fun?  Awakening to find your baby has croup.  But you know what IS fun?  Going to the doctor and discovering FOUR copies of Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, complete with an article and picture of yourself.  They interviewed three name bloggers, Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain, Kristen Volksuil of Swistle,  and me, Elisabeth Wilbourn (sic — it’s actually Wilborn) of You Can’t Call It “It”! on baby name trends and advice.  Let me tell you, when you know you only have a few sentences to sum up your entire philosophy on something you have spent the last five years writing about, it’s not easy!  But I really enjoyed the end result and hope you will too. On a side note… my fellow blogger both mentioned the name Reid in their short blurbs.  One spelled it Reid and the other Reed.  Coincidence, or will we be hearing much more of this name in the near future?

NEW HERE?  I do the Facebook and Twitter thing, and sometimes comment on things there that don’t get a full post.  And (mostly) unrelated to the subject of names, I’m an avid Pinterest user.  You get to peek inside my brain there!  If you like what you see there, you might want to consider reading Apartment Therapy, where I am a regular contributor.


 

Names Like Emma

November 8th, 2012

Names like Emma.  It’s a tricky one.  From a Jane Austen novel to the set of Friends, she’s sweetly old-fashioned and yet terribly modern.  She’s worn by young starlets, Stone, Roberts, and Watson, and yet for many of us, it may be the (slightly) older Emma Thompson who first shone a light on her beauty.  She’s both sensible and feminine, a daddy’s little girl and a force in the boardroom.  Here are a few names that come close, in different ways, to encapsulating Emma’s myriad likeable qualities.  Please resist the urge to do Emma and Ella.  If I had to pick just one name to be her heir, it would be Alice.

 

Alice

Alma

Eliza

Elsa

Emmeline

Etta

Imogen

Gemma

Mae

Willa

 

 

Siblings could lean more old-fashioned.  I think if you already have an Emma, you can stand to really embrace her throwback style and go all out a second time:

Sisters: Frances, Harriet, Jane, Mary, Winifred

Brothers: Alistair, Clarence, Frederick, Hugh, Peter