Latest German Baby Names Just Released

German baby names 2010The most popular baby names in Germany for the year 2010 have just been announced, with Maximilian and Sofie leading the pack.

The data is compiled by the German Language Association. If you don’t read German (like me!) a good English language summary of the report is provided by The Local, a site that reports German news in English. Continue reading

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Wenlock and Mandeville

Wenlock and Mandeville, Olympics 2012 mascotsTickets for next year’s Olympic Games in London go on sale next week, and it got me thinking about those two little curious characters, pictured here, who are the mascots for the Games.

Meet Wenlock and Mandeville, the mascots of Britain’s 2012 summer Olympics. Continue reading

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Top Canadian Baby Names, 2010

Canadian boys with painted faceI enjoy browsing top baby name charts from other countries outside the United States.  It’s fun to see the names that parents around the world are choosing. It’s also interesting to see if foreign parents are selecting their country’s traditional names, or if they are following the same trendy bandwagon as other English-speaking nations. Continue reading

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19th Century Vice President’s Names

Vice President Hannibal HamlinI know, it’s President’s Day, and everyone is writing about President this, President that. I thought — hey, what about  the poor Veeps? Don’t they get a day?

Well, not yet they don’t. But in the meantime, I’d like to honor the memory of our 19th century Vice Presidents by assembling what may be the first ever list of names featuring only Vice Presidents, and only from the 19th century. (I chose the 19th century to make the list a bit more manageable — maybe next year I’ll do the 20th century guys!). Continue reading

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The Story of the Name Isabella

Queen Isabella of CastileWikipedia lists no less than 21 Queen Isabellas — an astonishing number. From Isabella of Hainault, the 12th-century queen of King Philip II of France, to the 19th-century Queen Isabella II of Spain, it is no exaggeration to say that Isabella is a royal name.

Today, Isabella is the most popular girl’s name in the United States. But where does this regal name come from, and what does it mean? Continue reading

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Some Unique Baby Name Suggestions

Unique person with unique nameEvery day we get baby name ideas from visitors to our site. They are fascinating to read — many are unique and creative names, although some are unlikely to hit the mainstream anytime soon! These name suggestions are an important window into contemporary naming culture.

Visitors to our site frequently suggest baby names that aren’t in the database (yet). Usually  these names fall into the category of “unique baby names.” I think from time to time it’s fun to share some of these suggestions. Maybe one of these names will be just the inspiration that you’re looking for! Continue reading

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