We did a quick double-take when we heard a local mom mention her baby girl, Clarabelle yesterday. At first glance, Clarabelle is of-the-moment in terms of style -- it's Clara, a 19th-Century classic whose star has been rising in recent years (Clara is currently ranked #199 on the Social Security Administration's list of popular names) plus Belle, a creative alternative to too-hot Isabelle and Annabelle.
But to people of a certain generation (and we're not saying we're of that generation, but maybe, just maybe, our own mom is), the name Clarabelle has one single over-riding association. That's right kids, it's Howdy Doody time!
In case you weren't around in the 1950s, The Howdy Doody Show was a popular
Muggles, rejoice! If you are a fan of the boy wizard and his Hogwarts' classmates, you probably already have tickets for the latest installment in the Harry Potter movie series -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.
What better time to revisit our favorite J.K. Rowling character names?
As we've discussed previously in this blog and on our sister site BabyNameWizard.com, Harry Potter character names have had little impact on our real-life Muggle naming culture. (And if you think you are a Harry Potter Name Wizard, see whether you can distinguish between Rowling character names and character names from Charles Dickens'Read More...
Harry Potter has changed many things, but one arena where J.K. Rowling's books have had surprisingly little effect is the realm of baby names. Even Hermione -- a name from both ancient Greek and Shakespeare -- splits Name Nerds straight down the middle.
If the Harry Potter character names can feel too ubiquitous -- and too Dickensian -- for namers (Danica McKellar excepted), what about the names of Harry Potter actors? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will once again feature French actress Clémence Poésy in the role of Fleur Delacourt. Which name would you most like to see break onto the US charts: Clémence or Hermione?Read More...
Yesterday, musician Chris Daughtry had two kids. Today, he has four. He and his wife Deanna met their fraternal twins just a few hours ago. Adalynn Rose was born first and Noah James followed nineteen seconds later. Adalynn and Noah join big sibs Hannah and Griffin.
14-year-old Hannah is actually Deanna's daughter from her previous marriage, and 12-year-old Griffin is Daughtry's adopted son. But while the twins are the couple's first biological children, we see commonality among all four of the kids' names.Read More...
We designed the Celebrity Baby Names Lookup database as a resource for namers and celebrity-watchers alike, but that doesn't mean we aren't sometimes nonplussed by how readers use it. We've been counting up the most-viewed celebrity babies of the month, and there are some surprises. It makes sense to us, for example, that lame-duck Governor Arnold Scwarzenegger's daughter, Katherine Eunice, got several hits the day after election day. After all, politics was in the news and on our minds.
These questions aside, the Top 10 List of most-viewed celebrity babies in our database offers an interesting window into the current cultural moment. So without further ado, here's the list.Read More...
Earlier this month, voters in the country's smallest state struck down a referendum to change their state's official name from "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" to its more common nickname, the shorter and simpler Rhode Island.
This isn't the first time voters have made clear they prefer their real name, long and politically sensitive as it may be. The measure made the ballot twenty years ago but was defeated that time, too.
Then as now, proponents of the name change don't want the association of slavery that the inclusion of "Providence Plantations" brings to mind. However, the majority of Rhode Island residents feel a name change would be an unnecessary rewriting of history, and in the weeks leading up to the vote they were quick to point out that Rhode Island has a long tradition of tolerance.
Today, the word plantation is closely linked with slavery, but that hasn't always been the case. Just as we parse out different meanings and associations of baby names each week, the same can be done here.Read More...
You've probably never heard of Shaffer Chimere Smith, but we bet you've heard of Ne-Yo, Smith's stage name.
Ne-Yo and girlfriend Monyetta Shaw welcomed their first child on Friday, a baby girl named Madilyn Grace. Madilyn is a favorite name among "kre8ive" spellers and is among the top-100 baby girl names in frontier naming states Wyoming and Alaska.
Did Selena Gomez give this baby name legs?
We've gotten reports of an up and coming baby name. The name was bestowed on only a handful of babies last year. (Sixty-four babies in the US, the same number as were named Passion, Soledad, and Cheryl.) Despite this relatively small number, readers report knowing more than one friend who's chosen it. The name is contagious. It hits the right notes.
And 64 US babies with the name born in 2009 represents a steady climb: it was 51 babies the year before, and 40 babies the year before that. The name has charted before -- briefly, in the 1890s -- but it was, at the time, a boy's name. Now, it's all about the girls.
So what is the name?Read More...