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'Bachelorette' Star Chooses Mae in November

It's Mae in November! Former Bachelorette star Jen Schefft and her husband, Joe Waterman, have announced the birth of their daughter, Mae Elizabeth Waterman.

She's the second "May" this year. Earlier in 2010, Emily Mortimer named her daughter May Rose. We noted at the time that the spellings May, Mae and Mai had alternated popularity through the decades. In comments, several of our readers noted that they prefer the spelling Mae. Besides Mae West, this spelling is shared by Mae Jemison (the first African American woman in space) and businesswoman/legislator/activist Mae Street Kidd.

Mae and its related names are perennially popular. Originally short for names like Mary and Margaret, today Mae offers itself as a nickname for Maegan and Maeve. (In fact, as you can see on Name Voyager, Maegan and Maeve both entered the charts immediately after Mae left them.)

But why stop there? Growing interest in names like Mabel/Maybelle and Macy/Macie/Maci suggest that May and Mae may continue to find a nickname niche. As the celebrity infatuation with August tapers off, might an obsession with May take its place?

What do you think of Mae Elizabeth?

--L.R.

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November 16, 2010 12:44 PM
By daisy_kay (not verified)

I love the name Mae - I have a 1-month old daughter named Mabel Susannah who we will occasionally call Mae.

November 17, 2010 1:40 PM
By Zoe (not verified)

I am very pleasantly surprised by this. Mae is such a little darling of a name. It's so sweet yet also sassy with a Golden Hollywood vibe from Mae West.

November 17, 2010 8:33 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Love it as a nickname, but it seems to be that there needs to be a proper name. But that's my deal: I'm a Cynthia/Cindy and both my children have proper names/nicknames.

Love Mabel Susannah and the nickname...my daughter is Susanna.

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