Friday, July 7, 2017

Same Rank, Different Year, New Name {Monthly Name Game}

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all had a nice week and are ready for the weekend. I'm here to kick off the weekend with a fun baby name game inspired by another namer. Elizabeth over at Well-Informed Namer had the fun idea a few days ago to find out the popularity of your first and middle name the year you were born. Then take those numbers and find out what your name could have been in other years. Now isn't that a fun idea?! 



My name is Lauren Ashley and I was born in 1995. Lauren was #15 and Ashley was #2. I have pretty popular names thats for sure! I mean my best friend since I was 4 is named Lauren for crying out loud! I'm interested to see what names will come up. I have a feeling there will be a lot of repeats with he middle names. 

2016- Madison Olivia
2015- Evelyn Olivia
2014- Amelia Olivia 
2013- Ella Emma
2012- Aubrey Emma
2011- Lily Isabella
2010- Samantha Sophia
2009- Ella Emma (Now this is a cringeworthy combo!)
2008- Alexis Isabella 
2007- Mia Isabella 
2006- Sarah Emma
2005- Sarah Emma
2004- Sophia Emma
2003- Lauren Emma
2002- Grace Madison
2001- Lauren Madison
2000- Brianna Hannah (The rhyming endings are a little much)
1999- Megan Hannah
1998- Rachel Hannah 
1997- Alyssa Jessica 
1996- Madison Jessica 
1995- Lauren Ashley (My name!)
1994- Stephanie Ashley 
1993- Jennifer Ashley
1992- Chelsea Jessica 
1991- Nicole Jessica 
1990- Amber Ashley 
1989- Heather Ashley 
1988- Amber Ashley 
1987- Amber Ashley 
1986- Rachel Ashley 
1985- Lauren Ashley 
1984- Rachel Jessica 
1983- Kimberly Jessica 
1982- Rebecca Jessica 
1981- Angela Jessica 
1980- Christina Amanda 

In the future I may do a more detailed listed for 1880-1979 with all of the remaining years. But for now here are some random years with some random combinations. Since both of my names are in the top 20 I am able to come up with a combo for every year but with that comes a lot of repeats, especially with the #2 name. 

1977- Nicole Melissa 
1962- Debra Mary 
1954- Carol Linda 
1940- Carolyn Barbara 
1936- Doris Shirley 
1925- Alice Dorothy 
1911- Virginia Helen 
1901- Grace Helen 
1891- Mabel Anna
1880- Cora Anna

And now for the boys. The boy names are a lot better better than the girls name and I actually like a  bunch of them. I think the problem with the girl names is a lot end in A and almost all of them are 2 syllables. So together they just don't sound right. 

2016- Matthew Liam 
2015- Matthew Liam
2014- Jayden Liam
2013- Matthew Jacob
2012- Anthony Mason 
2011- Liam Mason 
2010- David Ethan
2009- Joseph Ethan
2008- Noah Michael
2007- James Michael
2006- Noah Michael
2005- Nicolas Michael
2004- Alexander Michael
2003- Tyler Michael
2002- Alexander Michael
2001- Ryan Michael
2000- Zachary Michael
1999- John Michael
1998- John Jacob (John Jacob jJingleheimer Schmidt!)
1997- John Jacob
1996- John Matthew 
1995- Ryan Matthew 
1994- John Christopher 
1993- Zachary Christopher 
1992- Jacob Christopher 
1991- Brandon Christopher 
1990- Anthony Christopher 
1989- William Christopher 
1988- Jonathan Christopher 
1987- William Christopher 
1986- William Christopher 
1985- Justin Christopher 
1984- Brandon Christopher 
1983- Andrew Christopher 
1982- William Christopher 
1981- William Christopher 
1980- Ryan Christopher 

And just like the girls here are random years and name combos for the boys. I used the same random years as the girl names.  

1977- Jeremy Jason 
1962- Charles David 
1954- Ronald James 
1940- Kenneth Robert 
1936- Paul James 
1925- Raymond John 
1911- Harry William 
1901- Albert William 
1891- Fred William 
1880- Fred William

I had a really fun time seeing what combos would be formed! My favorite girl names were Lily Isabella and Carolyn Barbara. For boys I really liked are Ryan Christopher and Charles David. Growing up I was never a fan of having a popular name and now it made it hard to have fun or unique combinations. What interesting combos did you come up with? I would love to know in the comments below! 

Thank you so much Elizabeth for this fun game! Be sure to check out her blog because she has become one of my favorite blogger. 

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Friday, June 30, 2017

50 Boy Names Given to Just 5 Babies {2016}

On Wednesday I featured 50 girl names that were given to just 5 babies in 2016. Today I took a look at 50 boy names that were given to just 5 babies. There were only two rules to names making this list: they were given to just 5 babies and they had to be real. They had to have meaning and history. This list was a lot easier to create I feel like its in turn because a good handful of the names on this list are surnames. Surnames seem to be a trend that has been going on for years and years. So go ahead and take a look at the following list. 



  1. Akito- Bright Person; Japanese 
  2. Algernon- Having a Moustache; English
  3. Aldwin- Old Friend; German 
  4. Baird- Son of the Bard; Scottish 
  5. Barclay- Birch Wood; Scottish 
  6. Bernardino- Diminutive of Bernardo (Strong, Brave as a Bear); Italian, Spanish 
  7. Buchanan- House of the Canon; Scottish 
  8. Caldwell- Cold Spring, Stream, Well; English 
  9. Chrisander- Golden; Greek 
  10. Darragh- Variant of Dara (Oak Tree) or Anglicized Form of Daire (Fruitful, Fertile); Irish
  11. Delmer- Of the Sea; English 
  12. Egbert- Bright Edge; English 
  13. Endrit- Light; Albanian 
  14. Erling- Descendant of the Jarl; Swedish
  15. Finbar- Variant of Fionnbharr (Fair Hair); Irish 
  16. Fraser- Unknown; Scottish 
  17. Frost- Cold Personality, White Beard; English 
  18. Gilead- Monument of Testimony; Hebrew
  19. Giorgos- Variant of George (Framer, Earthworker); Greek 
  20. Harden- Hare Valley; English 
  21. Haig- Variant of Hayk (Armenian); Armenian
  22. Ikram- Honour; Arabic 
  23. Ives- Form of Yves (Yew); English 
  24. Joris- Form of George (Framer, Earth worker); Dutch and Frisian
  25. Justo- Just, Upright, Righteous; Latin
  26. Kyo- Unite, Cooperate, Capital City, Village, Apricot; Japanese 
  27. Leor- I have Light; Hebrew 
  28. Marios- Form of Marius (Male); Greek
  29. Montague- Pointed Mountain; F
  30. Neriah- Lamp of Yahweh; Hebrew 
  31. Norbert- North Bright; German
  32. Osric- Divine Ruler; English
  33. Pavlos- Form of Paul (Small, Humble); Greek
  34. Pippin- Form of Pepin (Awe-Inspiring); German 
  35. Pius- Pious, Dutiful; Latin
  36. Potter- One Who Makes Earthen Vessels; English 
  37. Quang- Bright, Clear; Vietnamese 
  38. Romain- Form of Romanus (Roman); French 
  39. Randel- Rim of a Shield; English
  40. Selvin- Prosperous Friend; English 
  41. Stelios- Variant of Stylianos (Pillar); Greek
  42. Torstein- Form of Torsten (Thor's Stone); Norwegian 
  43. Taro- Thick, Big Son; Japanese
  44. Uros- Man, Lord; Serbian
  45. Valerio- Form of Valerius (To Be Strong); Italian and Spanish 
  46. Valon- The Monkey King; Sanskrit 
  47. Wilco- Desire; German
  48. Winthrop- Wine's Village or Sigmund's Village; English 
  49. Yadon- Form of Jadon (Thankful, He Will Judge); Hebrew
  50. Yale- Fertile Upland; Welsh 

Which names are your favorite? I have a lot of favorites from this list thats for sure! 

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

50 Girl Names Given to Just 5 Babies {2016}

The United States only includes names that are given to 5 babies or more each year on their SSA popularity charts. In my quest to find super unique and unpopular names I took to looking at the very bottom of the list, those names with only 5 babies. Because many of these names are virtually unheard of they can look made up or invented. I have decided to supply you guys with a list of 50 girl names that are real. Names with meaning and origins. Names that have history. Take a look and tell me if there are any names that appeal to you!



  1. Adannaya- His Father's Daughter; Igbo
  2. Adebola- The Crown Has Met Wealth; Yoruba 
  3. Aelia- Feminine Form of Aelius (Sun); Late Roman 
  4. Akosua- Born on Sunday; Akan
  5. Alfonsina- Feminine Form of Alfonso (Noble and Ready); Italian 
  6. Bathsheba- Daughter if the Oath; Hebrew 
  7. Brinda- Sword; Norse and The Basil Plant; Sanskrit 
  8. Caitriona- Form of Katherine (Each of the Two); Irish 
  9. Caragh- Beloved friend; Irish 
  10. Ceridwen- Bent Poetry, Woman, White, Fair, Blessed; Welsh 
  11. Cherith- Stream Bed, Torrent-Bed, Gorge, Valley; Hebrew 
  12. Desta- Joy; Amharic 
  13. Doria- Feminine Form of Dorian (From the Sea) or Elaboration of Dora
  14. Eleri- Greatly Bitter; Welsh
  15. Elmira- Shorten Form of Edelmira (Noble, Famous); 
  16. Euphemia- To use words of good omen; Greek 
  17. Fedora- Form of Theodora (Gift of God); Russian 
  18. Francia- Form of France (Land of the Franks); Latin
  19. Galadriel- Maiden Crowned with a Radiant Garland; Sindarin
  20. Honoka- Harmony Flower; Japanese
  21. Honoria- Feminine Form of Honorius; Late Roman 
  22. Jan- Short Form of Janet or Janice; English 
  23. Kazia- Short Form of Kazimiera (To Destroy); Polish
  24. Liezel- God is My Oath; German, Hebrew 
  25. Lilias- Short Form of Lillian (My God is an Oath); Scottish
  26. Lucija- Fomr of Lucia (Light); Slovene and Croatian 
  27. Luziana- Light; Spanish 
  28. Mathea- Gift of God; Hebrew 
  29. Meiko- A Bud; Japanese
  30. Mercia- Form of Mercy; English
  31. Meriwether- Happy Weather; English 
  32. Miette- Crumb; French 
  33. Mishel- Who is Like God; Hebrew 
  34. Navneet- New, Fresh Eternal;  Sanskrit 
  35. Neola- Young One; Greek 
  36. Nesta- Diminutive of Agnes (Chaste); Welsh 
  37. Olia- Russian Variant of Olga (Holy Blessed) or Helga 
  38. Paolina- Form of Paulinus (Small, Humble); Italian 
  39. Prisma- One Who is Cherished; Sanskrit 
  40. Quiana- Variant of Qiana; African American 
  41. Rada- Happy, Willing; Russian, Slavic
  42. Shona- Form of Seonag (Form of Joan) or Seonaid; Scottish 
  43. Sidonie- Feminine Form of Sidonius (Of Sidon); French
  44. Saki- Blossom, Hope; Japanese 
  45. Temitope- Enough to Give Thanks; Yoruba 
  46. Tesia- Polish Diminutive of Teresa (Summer, To Harvest)
  47. Veruca- Wart; English, and Variant of Verochka (Faith, True)
  48. Viveka- Form of Wiebke (War); Swedish
  49. Winta- One Who is Desired; African 
  50. Zohara- Light, Splendor; Hebrew 

Many of the origins in the above list are origins not heard of often. I had never heard of Igbo or Amharic. My theory is that the parents using the names are using them in honor of their heritage and culture. Maybe after a grandmother or great grandmother. Names from the family tree. Now I pose the question: with these names being so unique how do parents find them? I fear that is a question we may never have an answer. 

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