Don't be put off by my username! I'm sweet.
I came here to agree with #3, Helene's comment. It's pretty irresponsible of Laura Wattenberg to state such demonstrably false 'facts' about Coraline. The name even ranked in France prior to 2002! Look it up, people!
Seven, Siri or Anonymous. These all signify multiple/different things as of 2011.
Pippa and Adele are not NOTY material at all.
@Eo - Barnaby is a favurite of mine too, though I'm more inclined to Branabas. I don't quite see it as taking off in the vein of Oliver, Oscar etc though it does seem to be getting a bit more attention.
Fredericka I love.
Congratulations!! Ephrem is an adorable name. Good on you for keeping the original spelling, too! How lovely for Mabel to have a big brother. :)
Yes, Juniper is THE name of 2010, it seems. I've been noticing a lot. There's a kindergarden class or something in New York with three. Kind of funny, since that was probably just what the parents wished to avoid.
Juniper will never be common I don't think but I'll bet we'll see it at a much higher ranking next May.
@Guest the II - Wow, Saffron, Lindon and Rosemary are awesome together! I don't care for Lindon much alone though.
Theodosia is one of my favourite names. I can't decide if I like it more than Theodora.
I know a pair of twins who only have one name each - their respective surnames.
Back when their Mother fell pregnant in the 1970s in New Zealand she was unmarried, and due to this her own parents forbid her from bestowing the family surname on her child. She didn't want to use the Father's surname either however as they weren't together.
When she gave birth (to twin girls, unexpectedly!) she named them simply Flame and Lake. Legally, they don't have first names. The man at the registry agreed to record them as such. It's a lot harder to give a child a first name with no surname than the reverse.
When I met Lake in the course of a job I had many years ago I commented on her unusual name and she was happy to tell me the story. The ID she showed me simply reads 'Lake' though apparently her sister's passport has 'XXX' in the first name spot rather than being left blank.
If you google 'Flame and Lake twins' they have a website, not sure if it is used much anymore though.
sdh - You met a baby Marigold?! I would die to know her full name.
Kern - I adore Mary-Jane and don't think the marijuana association is too strong. If you were strong advocates for its legalisation it could seem like you were making a statement, but I'm assuming that isn't the case.
Elle - It's Jane Austen, not Jane Austin. This error kills me!
MeganMarie: Allegra isn't a worldwide allergy medicine. The association bothers some, but it doesn't even exist in most places.
Funny, the media slant I was/am exposed to paints Amanda Knox as equally guilty, however spoilt and sheltered, playing the 'poor little rich girl got caught up with the wrong boy' card.
Different countries will approach things differently depending upon their respective agendas, I guess.
On topic I have not heard of Joran as a name on any young children recently, though I guess it makes sense.
I was surprised to see that Philippa isn't used more in the US! I see it as fitting a lot of what people are looking for.
@ EKS - Bernadette is lovely! I actually wanted to change my name to Bernadette when I was twelve years old, in 1998. I don't see the name as masculine at all, it is very strong and feminine. Would it be too much to ask the middle name you chose?
@EVie - funny, I actually know a Felicity who worked as a stripper, but she changed her name to this as an adult. I don't know her given name.
Felicity doesn't scream 'stripper' to me at all however. It just seems very weak and babied to me. I don't really put it in the same category a all of the other virtue names. :/
Great post, Laura! Cadence and her sister spellings never really took off in Australia.
I find it funny that people talk about the babies and young children they know not refelecting the overall popular names. They usually seem somewhat shocked/offended by statistics they disagree with, or even argumentative. Like 'Oh, bit *I* know many children, and NONE of them are called Emma or Isabella!'
Has anyone else had a conversation like this with someone?
@ Guest post #50
I pronounce Vivian / Vivien / Vivienne exactly the same. A lot of people do.
@ Rachel Dana re: Theodora and Dorothea
Other names suggested for twins/multiples I've seen are:
Amy and May
Norah and Rohan
Alice, Celia and Lacie
@ Zoerhenne and Larksong - great hipster lists!
The term 'hipster' is really hard to define. It changes by area. It is cutting edge - Preston may not be hipster in some upper crust circles, but it would be very hip for a cool couple in their earliy 20s.
@Patricia - Where do you get these English stats, please? I'm hopeless and would love to look through them.
I'm bad enough with the American names - I can only see the tiop 1000. :(
@Jillc - I feel the same way about Beatrix! It seems like a name nerd favourite. I know that Elisabeth over at youcantcallitit.com has a daughter Beatrix but for most people it doesn't make the final cut. :)
Also, CB: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decade