About Me

I've been a name-addict since I was about 10 and loved scouring name dictionaries for names for characters for the stories I wrote. I found Laura's site and book about 6 years ago and love keeping up on naming trends and have finally gotten around to having some kids of my own to name. I drive my husband crazy with the lists of possible names for our off-spring, but he deals pretty well.

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I have to say that I would seriously assume that the name Gael probably got a push from The Hunger Games, too. I know that technically that is spelled Gale in the book/movie, however since that looks more feminine, I'd bet people prefer the more masculine spelling of Gael. Maybe I'm wrong. I know that it "should" be pronounced differently, but when I see it, I always think "Gayl" first and the 2-syllable version second.
I gotta tell you, I'm obviously loosing my name edge, because I really don't like most of these fast-rising names. There's only 2 on that list that I'd even consider. Maybe I'm stuck in the past? :)

February 20, 2013 01:31 PM

Yay! I have both my 1st 2 editions (including the first one with the cover that falls off!) and my husband is always asking if I really need both - wait until he sees number 3! :) I can't wait for the new release!


Laura, will you be giving us some hints to the new changes in future blog posts?


Rafaella is the one for me. I love that name - it sounds so romantic, unsual, but not so difficult to pronounce, etc. But it sounds terrible with my very Irish last name and it's just a little too lacy to suit the family tastes.

June 14, 2011 08:59 AM
In Response to The Decline of Debbie

My niece is Deborah called Debbie. SHe was born in 2009, so she's one of very few, I'd imagine. My SIL seems to like outdated names as her other daughter is Jessica, born in 2008. We call Debbie everything from "Little Debbie" to "Snackcake" to "Swiss Cake Roll".


My mom was born in the early 50s (it didn't hit the charts until the 70s, but has been in the top 100 for the last decade or so) and was given a name that was unheard of back then but is pretty popular now. She is always baffled when I can easily find her name on stuff nowadays but I can't find my daughter's classic, timeless name on stuff.

March 31, 2011 11:25 AM

Kristen R - My children's birth certificates ask for my birth name, so my married name isn't on it at all. I think that blows. I feel like it's still the norm for married women to give birth, why can't I have my married name on her birth certificate?

March 31, 2011 11:23 AM

I dropped my birth Middle Name when I got married. So I am First Maiden Married. I got all my ID's switched to that configuration. You can easily change your SS name, though. You can simply fill out a form that lists all the names you've gone by (aliases, if you will) in the past. They don't usually ask questions (unless, I would imagine, there was a huge discrepancy). But the DMV is a LOT harder. I know this because I added ONE letter to my first name and SSA is fine w/ it, but I almost didn't get my Driver's License updated to my married name because of it.

August 2, 2010 09:03 AM

The thing about "People’s names fit within a certain defined amount of space" is certainly not true for me! Having 10 letters in my name has caused me to be everything from "Christia" to 'Christian" - and in this day and age, I do not understand why computer systems cannot be programmed/fixed to read the whole thing. Drives me crazy and so often I ignore mail that isn't addressed properly, because it's usually junk mail... you get the idea. Also, I go by a couple of names, depending on who is talking to me. If someone has known me for a long time, they use my childhood nickname, but if they met me after high school, then they usually refer to me by my full name, which I prefer.

July 13, 2010 03:07 PM

Can I just say how much I love the name Everly? I saw it for the first time in Laura's revised edition and I fell in love. It's almost too different for my husband, but I LOVE it as an alternative to Marley, Presley,etc.

June 5, 2010 07:09 AM

Like many others, I am surprised by the disappearance of Laurel. I think I had it on my long list for my oldest daughter (born 2008) since I like Laura and Lauren but they seemed a bit mainstream-ish for me (Lara, for example was on my short list). I've always loved the name Gordon, though, so I'm sorry to see that one go! Also surprised a little by Krista and Kristin - would have thought of those as classics that would never fall out of the top 1000 (or at least not any time soon). Though I imagine the variant spellings of Kristin are still on the charts...

March 27, 2010 09:00 AM
In Response to The Name Not Taken

Oh goodness, yes! We joke around about how "that can be the name of our 13th child" because that's how many kids we'd have to use the terrific names we've come up with. (not happening) And I've tried to sell my friends on some of my favorite names so that a child I love will have that name, even though we won't be able to use it. :) One of the names on our first short list that has never made it on a subsequent list is Lara. It means "cheerful" and it's so cute, but I know it will be pronounced differently all the time (I prefer the Lahr-ah or Lor-uh, even, but hate the Lair-uh version) so I never wanted to deal with that issue.

August 27, 2009 02:43 PM

A Rose: I'm curious as to your birth decade. My mom's name is Alexa, born in 1951 (my grandma made it up, though from one bit of naming history I'm told it was invented in the 40's) and it didn't show up in the SSA until the 70's I think. Gram was ahead of her time... Anyhow, I want to use it for my next daughter (should we be so blessed) but always looking for data points from others with the name - thoughts?

May 16, 2009 09:55 AM

Interesting. I, apparently, am an unusual case in that when an acquaintence at church recently named her daughter Caylee I was horrified (I love the name, just had that sad semi-negative association with the name - I would have suggested another spelling to her had I been asked) and my 2nd child (tbd girl or boy) will be either named for my husband and his father (he'll be a III) or for my mother (if it's a girl). Of course, my mother's name is in the Top 100 (her mom was way ahead of the curve in the early 50s) but she'll be named for her, none the less.

March 6, 2009 01:31 PM

Oh and has anyone noticed the producer names on the show NCIS?There's two that I question, but I can only remember one right now - Frank Military. I keep wondering if it's a coincidence or a joke.

March 6, 2009 01:29 PM

There is a young (early 20's) couple in my sunday school class who have 2 children. Their daughter (age 2) is named Ruth. Not what I would of expected from their personalities, but as very bible-based people (and it's also a family name)it's not crazy. When they got pregnant with baby #2 they announced their name choices - Malachi for a boy (again, Bible-based, though a little more unusual than very traditional Ruth) and Nevaeh if it's a girl. I was like, "really? you're going to have kids named Ruth and Nevaeh?" My SIL named her child Jessica Michelle last year. I kept thinking "wow, she sounds like a child of the 80's, doesn't she?"