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According to your list, John is #3 in Alabama.

December 6, 2016 10:43 AM

I'm going to stand by my nomination of Hamilton.

But, I have to say, that I really like Boaty McBoatface, too.  Although, I don't think the reasoning that the name is indicative of a larger cultural phenomenon makes sense to me.  A ship is a ship, or in the case of Boaty McBoatface (had they actualy used that name), an adorable, quirky, loveable ship with instant personality - one that's destined to become a national and cultural icon.  

Boaty McBoatface is just a great name (for a boat)!

November 29, 2016 09:37 PM

I know a little boy named Dara.  He has 3 siblings and they all have very traditional Irish names.  Within that context it never sounded feminine, but I could see how it might if you were unfamiliar with the name, and encountering it for the first time.

November 22, 2016 05:02 PM

Alexander Hamilton - no longer just that guy who died in a duel.

November 1, 2016 11:10 AM

I DO know a baby named for an "unfashionably named" great-grandmother Mildred.  But, I have to add the caveat that her parents really liked the nn Millie.  She's rarely, if ever, called Mildred.

A "political" name that's been on my mind lately is Theodosia.  For the past year or so, a certain not-yet-baby-naming segment of the population has been obsessed with late 18th century politics.  In addition to songs that float around in one's head FOREVER, the name keeps popping up when visiting revolutionary era historical sites.  For instance, the owner of the house Washington used as his 1780 winter headquarters was a Theodosia.  (The tour guide says any female under 25 could care less that Washington slept there.  They want to know which room was Hamilton's.)  Will we see this name start to creep back into the name stats in a few years?  It seems to have a lot of elements that might make it ripe for revival - the popular -a ending; liquid vowels, but balanced with not-too-harsh consonants: nice nicknames (Docia, Theda, Theo - I can see parents embracing Theo as a cute, unisex nn); But, most of all, it sounds both fresh and familiar.  I'm going to keep my eye on this one.

October 25, 2016 10:59 AM

Huh?  I agree with pervious commenters.  This list makes no sense and seems completely random. 

October 18, 2016 10:27 AM

I know a little girl named Sailor (that spelling).

Where I live in the Northeast, there are an insane amount of dogs named Baxter.

October 4, 2016 10:47 AM

I checked with my 5th grader...., Charlotte is not the capital of NC.  I know it's just a blog, but.... come on!

May 10, 2016 10:53 AM

It's really too bad that such a nice goddess name had to be ruined!  The BBC refers the organization simply as IS.  Even American media headlines from two years ago announced that "ISIS" had moved beyond Iraq and Syria, so continuing to tack on that extra -IS at the end seems silly, and not very accurate.  

January 5, 2016 10:52 AM

I had a similar dilemma when choosing a confirmation name.  It's true that a lot of female Catholic saints have somewhat boring names.  I ended up selecting Hyacinthe, who was a male saint, but also a lovely, sweet-smelling, spring flower.  So, I definitely think the name rings female to modern ears.  The bishop really liked the choice, as well.  I think he was getting tired of hearing the same old saints names used over and over again.

Just thought I'd throw Hyacinth(e) out there, although it might be way off base for your tastes.  I did a quick google, and there is an Italian female Saint Hyacintha, in addition to several male Saint Hyacinthes.  (I never realized there was more than one!)  Hyacintha is a bit of a mouth-full, though, in my opinion; not as fluid as Hyacinthe.

A little footnote:  Pondering nicknames for Hyacinthe.  Came up with Heidi and Cindy.



September 8, 2015 11:13 AM

I think Denise is a great "rival" name!  I can hear Miss Piggy muttering it with the same disgust as Seinfeld's "Newman."  It works for me, and I'm a huge Muppets fan!  I do wish it wasn't another pig...  But, maybe pigs do have a thing for Kermit, and/or he has a pig fetish.  Gonzo's got the chicken thing going on... 

March 25, 2015 08:11 AM

"Hey Eugene" - Pink Martini (femaie singer)

"Levon" - Elton John (male singer)

Both songs have the male name in the "belt-it-out-in -the -shower" chorus.

I would add Lucy to the female list, as in "in the sky with diamonds."

November 11, 2014 10:22 PM

Gertrude - Strong Spear

June 14, 2014 07:20 AM

I think Hurricane Bob was the least threatening hurricane name in recent memory, even though it's male.  I remember folks boarding up their windows on Martha's Vineyard, and spray painting messages to "Bob" on the plywood - things like "Hi Bob," and "Eat this Bob."  Prior to the hurricane there was a very festive air, and a few people didn't even bother to secure their boats saying things like, "I'll take my chances with Bob."  Bob didn't appreciate any of that party planning, and the island was a pretty glum place after he left.