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New Baby Alert: Anne Katherine Edwards

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards II and his wife Kate welcomed a daughter last week.   The new baby's name is in the neo-traditional naming style, Anne Katherine. The name Anne, which is the English variant of Anna (and its alternate spelling Ann, which is used almost as often) has fallen steadily in popularity over the past fifty years. While Anne and Ann have only fallen, the name Anna, which has always been more popular in the U.S., has enjoyed a comeback since the 1990s. (See the popularity chart tracing the history of names Ann, Anne and Anna here.)

Do you think the Edwards' are at the forefront of a trend and that Anne will rise again? Are you surprised by this name choice?

--J.B. 

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March 3, 2010 9:58 AM
By ClaireP (not verified)

Anne was the second choice for us for our older daughter- we went with Rose. We wanted something simple, one syllable (last name is long and complex), portable to other cultures - Anne is probably pronounceable by everyone, classic, and decidedly a girl's name.

With the second daughter, we danced around the Anne, Hannah, Anya, Anna, Emma, and Gemma tree before we settled on Emma. Little did we know we were at the front of a huge wave of Emmas that were to follow.

In retrospect, I wish we'd gone with Anne or Gemma instead. Emma's just a little too popular now.

March 4, 2010 11:13 AM
By Lane

Anne spelled with an E should delight Anne of Green Gables' fans. (I know you're out there!) I really like it.

September 16, 2014 6:53 AM
By read more (not verified)

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