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August 8, 2017 02:06 PM

I work at an elementary school and every spring we have the same conversation: should "Billy" (hypotetical name) be in the year book as Billy or as his formal given name William, even though no one, including parents, ever call him William?  Should Micaias be Mickey, like everyone calls him? Or is it Mickie? or Micky? What if Micky doesn't have a preference on which spelling?  We had that happen only to find out that mom had a preference, but it wasn't any of the spellings we'd used or thought.

Its a small balancing act - figureing out how a child wants to be known and is known to their friends (EJ Or Erik? or Erik John?) vs what the parent has named the child and what they call their child.  

If you want your child to be called something other than their full first name, then just give them that name - be it Ned, Peg, Rome, Sid, Chewey, Nacho, Link or Liz.  


June 6, 2013 11:16 AM

Thanks to Miriam I have reached my learning limit for the day as I had to look up "hypocoristic".



February 12, 2013 11:09 AM

Love lots of these names - but personally Daphne is too "Scooby-Doo" for  me. :-\

October 16, 2012 11:03 AM
In Response to The Male Madison?

I know a baby Remington, which promptly made me think, "that's a lot of name for a baby." Of course thinking of Remington Steele. I did not know, however, that the name started off as a 'joke'! 

In this case, Remington's parents call him Remi.



Intreting about Mila and Milania. I read the first as Mee-la, but Milania having a first sound like Millie or Millicent. I am not familiar with how either of these people (Mila Kunis or Real Housewives mom) say the names. I guess I need to buff up on my name and culture info though because I read Milania as an expansion of Milan. :-\


I <3 Brielle. I have an -Ana named child and I really wanted an -Elle/a named child but it was not to be. Maybe I could just start calling my Ember "Emberelle". Or better yet, Emberella-ella-ella (haha).


All the hottest names are boy names? Wow. I am impressed that these boy name moved so much that they could out pace what I typically think of as girl-name domain.

February 23, 2012 11:56 AM

A. Shih Tzu (Panda) B. Golden Retriever (Buddy, the quintessential retriever name) C. Corgie D. St Bernard (Brutus) E. Poodle (Curly, Doodle)

January 17, 2012 11:24 AM

I've heard that name Amron named for her grandmother Norma. This was a few years ago. Now it reminds me of the arabic name Imran. Any of these is far and away better than Abcde.

November 22, 2011 01:35 PM

Funny that the very first post was for Harper. That is exactly what I was going to suggest. So, here it is: another vote for Harper.

September 28, 2011 10:54 AM

When a friend got married years ago her husband changed his name. He had been raised by a stepfather whom he really loved but was always known by a biological father who was not so much a part of his life. So when he married, he hyphenated his last name to Ch@arters-McLe@n, the second being his stepfather's LN. However, rather than choosing to be known by the hyphenated name, he went by FN McLe@n. My friend took his hyphenated last name and went by FemaleFN McLe@n. This was a fine arrangement except when she delivered her baby and I went to visit her. The hospital didn't have a "McLe@an" registered. But they did have a "Ch@artersMc" in their computer. :D

April 7, 2011 10:09 AM

I am not a dog lover or expert. Never owned and dog and don't care to. BUT I did think that this was super interesting and I thought it was pretty easy, actually. A. Husky B. Dalmatian C. Chihuahua D. Basset E. Rottweiler These names and breeds just seem to 'fit'.

December 7, 2010 09:45 AM

I feel sad that this turned out to be the name of the year. I think I knew it was inevitable when I read all the posts on here nominating the name - so much so that I couldn't come back and read the comments or nominate more than 1 name. I was hoping that The Situation wouldn't win since it's not really a "name" but I guess our understanding of what a name is or isn't has really changed - as this post says. Laura, you predicted on Twitter that there were going to be a lot of unhappy people when you announced the NOTY... You were right.

November 18, 2010 10:45 AM

I am so glad to see this post today! I was thinking just yesterday that it was about time and I better start thinking about my nominations. :) Isabella: up to now all the Isabellas I've known are little girls (think: under 5) but now I've come to see see several (tween/teen) actresses with this name. We all know that this name is crazy popular - I mean, it IS number 1 after all. It just seems that this year this name has really bloomed in full - it seems to be everywhere. Even Bella from Twilight is an Isabella, so I'm told.

August 6, 2010 07:00 PM

This is really interesting! I wonder if Bakerella is at that convention? I have a group of online friends, several of whom I only call by 'nicknames'. I am now friends with them on FB and it's kinda strange to try see them with their "real" names. Ceyanne, Taffy and Beans are just more... interesting! Were we to meet in real life, how could I ever call Elsabelle anything other than that? Even if her "real" name is completely different.

June 17, 2010 09:50 AM

Hmm, I personally prefer the term 'ambisexual' for names used for both boys and girls. But I guess androgyny works too, as having the characteristic of both male and female names. Ezra - I'd hate to see the girls take over this name as I love it on boys, but beyond my personal opinion, Ezra has sounds that are pleasant to the ear. It reminds me a whole bunch of Esme and I can see this being appealing to some parents of girls, which cautions in place. As for Luka, I also think of that Suzanne Vega song and video. I assumed for YEARS that Luka/Luca was a GIRL's name. Then a family I know had a son and named him Luca and I couldn't figure out for the life of me why they gave him a girls name. It was after that that I was informed that Luca was a boy's name. I absolutely think the song led to my personal misunderstanding of this Italian name. Levi for girls? No way.

May 7, 2010 09:19 PM

I am surprised by Miley's appearance on this list. I was sure that that name had more staying power!


wait, I just went back and reread the post and I see how I was confused. But my question still is this: does Maximilian really get the label of fastest falling name when the 'fall' is clearly related to the fact that in the past Maximilianos were part of the rank?


So, is Maximiliano really the hottest name? And is it really the fastest faller? If it never show up until this year, but then was 'grandfathered in', does it change everything? As in last years fastest risers and fallers?

May 7, 2010 10:59 AM

Hmm, I don't think I am going to win the baby name pool. Not sure how to tune into the telenovela trends since I don't get Spanish tv nor do I speak Spanish... Analia is a beautiful name though. I should have guessed that last year's telenovela name Marely was going to take a dive - it dropped down 517 places!