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December 3, 2017 02:45 PM

I second both "The Mooch" and "Alexa".

Scaramucci was the craziest figure we saw in politics this year (and it was rich of carzy figures), and the connection of his name to a commedia dell'arte figure was just a perfect match.

Alexa is a commercial product changing the meaning of a girl's name completely and very pervasive.

June 12, 2017 08:24 AM

How can you suggest the name "Pim" without giving context?

Despite being not particularly rare, this form is today strongly associated with the late Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn. He was a right-wing populist famous for his stance against Islam and his outspoken gay orientation. He was murdered by an animal rights activist (how strange!).



April 20, 2017 07:41 AM

"Baby names never forget."


You made my day with this comment.



April 18, 2017 06:25 AM

I have a male association to the name Scarlet, due to the novel "The Scarlet Pimpernel" where Scarlet Pimpernel was the pseudonym of the male protagonist.

November 24, 2016 06:58 AM

I have already commented here (#11) but I want to extend my thoughts:


Bernie – the slogan "Feel the burn" that would be impossible with another name make a point for his name


HRC – not Hillary, but HRC. I think it is a remarkable fact that Hillary Rodham Clinton often went by her three initials instead of spelling out one name. This was rarely seen since JFK.



November 23, 2016 07:06 AM

The name of the year 2016 must have something to do with the really extraordinary presidential elections. But I am not sure which one to choose: Bernie, for the surprise Democratic candiate BERNIE Sanders, or either Donald or Trump for the president elected?

I won't choose Hillary, her name was present over too many years to spell "2016" at me.



September 21, 2016 04:14 AM

I must have missed "Brock", but Birch sound like "john Birch Society" to me: Another name to be avoided.

September 5, 2016 03:53 AM

I doubt that the recent Feynman trend is sparked by the scientitist. There is now a DJ Yoann Feynman using the stage name Feynman, maybe he's the inspiration for this name.


See also my comment here: http://www.nancy.cc/2015/05/11/top-boy-name-debuts-2014/

July 26, 2016 09:27 AM

Fun fact: Pokemon Go characters are localised. Ekans is Rettan (Natter "nadder" backwards) in Germany, and Victreebel is  Sarzenia in German.

March 22, 2016 04:32 AM

I agree with Miriam on the inaccurracy of the meanings of the names.

Liev can mean "love" when interpreted as a Low German or Dutch name, but in this case it is feminine (it's die Liebe in German).

Corwin cannot mean "heart friend", that's whishful thinking and blatantly wrong. It is derived from the Latin word corvus meaning "raven". Another serious etymology derives it (as a surname) from Old French cordoan "leather".

BTW, the name Dove would sound very strange in Germany, because it sounds like doof meaining "stupid, dumb"



March 14, 2016 09:25 AM

Besides Willliam (the frequency of its appearance is somewhat conspicious, maybe there are real Will'Liams out there) the following names with three consecutive letters appeared at least once in the statisics of the SSA: Kathleeen, Larrry, Melisssa, Michellle, Tammmy, Jennnifer, Mattthew, Tifffany, Britttany, Joshuaaaron.

With the exception of Joshuaaaron probably all are typos.

The (real) Hebrew name Leeel never made it to the statistics.

February 22, 2016 06:52 AM

> But the character-naming advice is a good reminder that names have an audience outside the family, ...


Great reminder that a name is not (only) a private affair between the parents and the child, but outsiders (teachers, colloeagues, the government, any trade partners) have to use it as well!

November 20, 2015 02:15 AM


because of the January attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the hash tag #jesuischarlie


September 7, 2015 03:46 AM

The question is: What will do the Muppet show naming to the name Denise?

There is an historical antecedent: When August Hinrichs' commedy "Krach um Jolanthe" featuring a pig named Jolanthe came out, it killed off the name Jolanthe and its variants (Jolande, Yolanda, etc.).

September 4, 2015 07:51 AM

I expect Game of Thrones to beat Harry Potter soon: Harry Potter is completed, but Game of Thrones is going on.

But this is only the "classical" side of fantasy; other fantasy worlds only exist as computer games, and some of them will be strong contenders in the baby name game.

August 25, 2015 06:39 AM

5 out of 20 genius names start with an A?? What makes the letter A such a genius letter?

Or is it an artefact of the list generating process, starting to collect names alphabetically and getting tired after the first five letters of the alphabet?

Missing great names like Linus (Pauling and Thorwalds) Minerva (the Roman equivalent of Athena), Sofonisba (Italian Renaissance painter), Vitruvius (Roman engineer) ...

April 2, 2015 03:38 AM

Not to forget this one:

Sebastian by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

March 25, 2015 02:25 AM

When you consider the name Harlan, be aware of the film producer Veit Harlan, (in)famous for Nazi Proganda films like "Jud Süß".

March 20, 2015 06:48 AM

And another one: Here's to you, Nicola and Bart (sung by Joan Baez), both Nicola and Bart are males.

March 20, 2015 06:44 AM

From a naminess point of view my favourite is missing: Nikita (m) by Elton John (m). Many listeners mistook the uncomon name Nikita (Krushtshev is long forgotten, ain't he?) for a female name.