My UPDATED Top 25

Due to some reading I’ve done recently, I re-evaluated my Top 25 name lists. Quite a few stayed on the list, as many of my favorites don’t change, but there are new additions as well. I’ll go ahead and post the lists here, but if you’d like more info on these particular names, head over to my “Ladies” and “Gentlemen” pages. There I list the meaning of the name, where the name is originally from and the SSI Top 1000 ranking of the name.

Just remember that my lists are in alphabetical order, not in order of personal preference.

GUYS :

Abel

August

Benson

Bodhi

Brogan

Finn

Hanley

Henry

Hugo

Jack

Jagger

Jasper

Jude

Lennox

Luca

Maverick

Milo

Nico

Oakley

Rafferty

River

Ryland

Talon

Theo

Tobin

DOLLS :

Annika

Anya

Astrid

Blythe

Clementine

Daisy

Daphne

Delilah

Fiona

Ginger

Harlow

Juniper

Juno

Lila

Lilia

Liv

Lucy

Nora

Phoebe

Romilly

Scarlett

Scout

Signe

Sloane

Sofie

Thank you so much for taking the time to read over these! Please comment and let me know what you think about them 😀

– Kylee

Celebrity Baby Name “Wows”

I decided to publish something a teensy bit… Fun before I end all of my additions for the night.

If you’re an avid fan of names in general, I’m very sure that you’ve surfed website after website looking for the daringly appealing or downright atrocious (sometimes so-called) names celebrities attach to their often adorable children. I know that I’m definitely guilty of this.

Of course, if you have done this, you know that there are often many “wow” moments during this search. Sometimes they’re “oh my gosh, how could you do this to a child?!” wows and every now and then, they’re “why didn’t I think of this?” wows. My favorite are the “well, aren’t they brave?” wows that aren’t necessarily bad, but not so…Perfect either.

I thought I’d post of list of my “favorite” good and bad celebrity baby name “wow”s.

APPEALING

Mirabella Bunny [ Bryan Adams & Alicia Grimaldi ]

Alabama Luella [ Shanna Moakler & Travis Barker ]

Marion Loretta Elwell [ Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick ]

Tabitha Hodge [ Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick ]

Phoebe Margaret [ Jonathan Cake & Julianne Nicholson ]

Matilda Plum [ Moon Unit Zappa & Paul Doucette ]

Adele Georgiana [ Molly Ringwald & Piano Gianopoulos ]

Poet Sienna Rose [ Soleil Moon Frye & Jason Goldberg ]

Bluebell Madonna [ Geri Halliwell ]

Atherton Grace [ Don Johnson & Kelly Phleger ]

Tallulah Pine [ Simon LeBon & Yasmine ]

Harlow Winter Kate [ Nicole Richie & Joel Madden ]

– – – – –

Elijah Blue [ Cher & Gregg Allman ]

Mateo Braverly [ Benjamin Bratt & Talisa Soto ]

Gideon Scott [ Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka ]

Calico Dashiell [ Alice & Sheryl Cooper ]

Finnian Jack [ Daniel & Marie Cosgrove ]

Ronan Cal [ Daniel Day-Lewis & Rebecca Miller ]

Tobin Jack [ Karolina Kurkova & Archie Drury ]

Max Ellington [ Cynthia Nixon & Christine Marinoni ]

Kingston James McGregor [ Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale ]

ATROCIOUS

Coco Reese Lakshmi [ Tony Kanal ]

Mars Merkaba [ Erykah Badu & Jay Electronica ]

Sailor Lee [ Christy Brinkley & Peter Cook ]

Fifi Trixibelle [ Paula Yates & Bob Geldof ]

Little Pixie [ Paula Yates & Bob Geldof ]

Peaches Honeyblossom [ Paula Yates & Bob Geldof ]

Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily [ Michael Hutchence & Paula Yates ]

Daisy Boo [ Jamie Oliver & Juliette Norton ]

Petal Blossom Rainbow [ Jamie Oliver & Juliette Norton ]

Poppy Honey [ Jamie Oliver & Juliette Norton ]

Diva Muffin [ Frank Zappa & Adelaide Zappa ]

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Satchel Seamus [ Woody Allen & Mia Farrow ]

Seven Sirius [ Andre Benjamin & Erykah Badu ]

Moroccan Scott [ Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon ]

Audio Science [ Shannyn Sossamon & Dallas Clayton ]

Elijah Bob Patricus Guggi Q [ Bono ]

Bear Blue [ Alicia Silverstone & Christopher Jarecki ]

Rocko Akira Clapp [ Johnny Knoxville & Naomi Nelson ]

Pilot Inspektor [ Jason Lee & Beth Riesgraf ]

Speck Wildhorse [ John Mellencamp & Elaine Irwin ]

Whoo. I didn’t realize how big this list would be… It wasn’t even the most updated of lists. Well, anyway, there you go. Some of the names are absolutely gorgeous, some make you hope the kids change their names when they’re old enough. I mean, I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty spunky and I know I couldn’t pull off the name “Diva Muffin”…

I hope you all have a great night! 😀

– Kylee

Purple Binder of Names

I should introduce you all to something before things move forward with this blog. I call it the “purple binder of names”. Very obviously, it is a very large-sized purple binder full of the names I’ve gathered over the years.

When you see me add a post to the category “purple binder of names”, it means that the list of names in that post came from my personal collection (which is quite hefty) of well-loved names.

I guess it’s my way of making my posts a bit more… Personal.

If you ever see a list that I post and it’s missing something you have on your own lists, PLEASE send in a comment suggesting the “missing” name. I’m always on the look out for new names to add to my cherished purple binder.

– Kylee

The Word on Word Names

Hello, hello!

Ah, the past few days have been rich in name goo for me 🙂 I am very happy and I will start with something I quite enjoy. Word names. Here’s my inspiration story:

I live in a relatively small southern town, which means that the majority of the names that I hear aren’t very creative. I could drown in all of the trendy names. Therefore, when I see/hear an out-of-the-box name, my heart skips a little beat. I was at one of the local McDonald’s the other day, grabbing a sweet tea for my dad (who was slaving away at work and needing a refreshing beverage) and an ice cream cone for myself. As I was paying the whole two dollars and some odd change, I read the cashier’s name tag, a habit of all name lovers, I believe. The cute girl with two braids and freckles across her nose bore the moniker “Lyric”. I was SO delighted. Now, Lyric isn’t something I’d bestow on my own child (even though music is VERY important in my life, especially as an ex-choir student), but I was just glad to see something besides the regular blah of “Katie, Ashley, Lauren, etc.” As it was McDonald’s and busy as usual, I didn’t have time to ask her anything about her name. It did lead me to a long thought process about word names.

Being an avid surfer of baby name message boards and blogs, it’s easy for me to pick up on current naming trends, one of these being the usage of word names. Although, sometimes potential parents don’t realize their choice are, indeed, word names. I, myself, have dabbled in using word names in the middle names spot. Sometimes words or objects can have more meaning to you personally than specific names. For example, Scarlett (a name that NEVER leaves my long list of names) gives homage to both of my parents. My mother’s favorite color is red and she has almost everything in the color, while my father is a elementary art teacher, so colors have always been important in my life. For all of you who search for names to honor a family member or friend, maybe a word name would work perfectly.

Word names in the top 100 US SSI for 2011: Mason, Christian, Hunter, Jack, Angel, Chase, Bentley, and Lincoln for boys and Harper, Grace, Lily, Savannah, Aria, Scarlett, Serenity, Taylor, Autumn, Violet, Paisley, Faith, Ruby, and Piper for girls.

Here are a few word names that you might enjoy from my own lists:

GIRLS:

Azalea, Apple, Arbor

Bloom, Bluebell, Blossom

Calla, Clover, Clementine

Dove, Dahlia, Day

Easter, Eve, Emerald

Flora, Fawn, Fern

Garnet, Grace, Ginger

Holly, Hazel, Hill

Indigo, Ivy, Iris

Juniper, Joy, Jade

Kismet, Kit

Lark, Lamb, Lilac

Marigold, Maple, Muse

Opal, Olive, Orchard

Primrose, Plum, Petal

Quill

Raven, Rose, Ruby

Snow, Sonnet, Swan

Tulip, Teal, Tawny

Violet, Verity, Valley

Wren, Winter, Willow

Zinnia, Zephyr

BOYS:

Ash, Archer, Atlas

Bridge, Bay, Birch

Chord, Cash, Cobalt

Dash, Dune

East, Elm

Fox, Finch, Forest

Gage, Grant, Grove

Hawk, Hardy, Hale

Jules, Jasper, Jet

Link, Leif, Lake

Mason, Miller, Manley

North, Noble

Oak, Ocean, Onyx

Phoenix, Prosper, Park

Quill, Quince

Rowan, River, Ridge

Sage, Slate, Stone

Talon, Teddy, Tiller

Usher, Urban

Van, Vale

Wilder, Wolf, West

York, Yarrow

Zephyr

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did! Comment if there’s a certain “genre” of name you’d like to see a post about!

Thanks again!

– Kylee

My Top Five

Your top five (or ten if you’re not choosy enough, haha) is very important. Some people are lucky enough to know EXACTLY what they want to name their little darlings, but a lot of people prefer to have options. When I’m actually incubating, I’m sure I’ll know for sure, but as of right now, I have lists of names that I adore, my top five being my very, very favorites.

This post is just a simple “how I chose my favorites” post. Here we go!

GUYS

Bodhi – You know, I just honestly love this name. I had a co-worker who had a son with this name at one point and I simply… Fell head over heels for it. I adore the meaning as well, “awakening, enlightenment”. Bodhi has ties to Buddhism, which I quite enjoy.

Hugo – This is a name I’ve loved since I was in high school. I couldn’t ever get over it, so here it is. Jarrett actually says he’s “willing to bet we’ll have a son named Hugo some day” and that’s pretty great. The meaning, “mind, intellect” is important to me as well because I think striving to be intelligent is incredibly important.

Abel – Oh, Abel… How I love thee… Abel was the protagonist in one of my favorite novels, Freaks: Alive on the Inside by Annette Curtis Klause and I just loved his character. Being the kind of man that he is, Jarrett loves this name for the biblical connections, as well as the Sons of Anarchy connections. That’s a bit of a funny contradiction, isn’t it?

Jack – Jack is just one of those simple, stupidly handsome names that I just fall for. Jarrett was actually named after a man who was commonly called Jack and now Jarrett’s older brother, Caleb often calls him “Jackie Boy”, which makes me love this name even more!

Rafferty – This is just a name I love. I have met one Rafferty (the son of an old hairdresser), but he wasn’t necessarily the reason I care for the name. I like that it’s Irish (as my family is) and it makes me visualize my favorite color: deep, dark, slightly iridescent green… Is that odd?

DOLLS

Annika – This name just sounds so… Sharp and beautiful to me. Jarrett is very proud of his European heritage (I always say his family is from the cold part of Europe: Russian, Ukraine, Poland, etc.) and that has leaked into my name list, but particularly my girl list. However, this one is definitely my favorite. I imagine I’d call her Ana (pronounced AH-na) from time to time.

Lilia – Lilia is another “cold” European name that I love, with a simple meaning of “lily” and the obvious nickname, as well. I think it’s gorgeous, yet sweet, which is something I find myself enjoying immensely.

Orleanna – Now, this one is kind of a guilty pleasure name, but I know that it would be something that I’d use. Of course, it’s from Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, which I read in an English class in high school. It stuck with me for quite a while and now I can’t help but attach it to my list.

Luciana – Lucy is name I’ve always loved a great deal, mainly because of Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. However, I do enjoy finding longer versions of names and this one is certainly my favorite long option for Lucy. So wonderful.

Nora – Nora is just the sweetest name. Each letter is composed of sugar, I’m 100% sure of it. I think of a nice, Southern girl with the famous drawl every time I hear it, which is a possibility since we do (currently) reside in the great state of Arkansas.

Jarrett and I are both fans of using family names as middle names (Homer, Bradley, and Caleb are on that list.), but my combos are just for fun as of now. When we decide to reproduce in the future, I know they’ll change.

Please feel free to comment below and let me know what you think about my favorites, or even suggest some awesome name combinations using them. Also, if you haven’t read my full lists, they’re on the “Ladies” and “Gentlemen” pages, of course!

Thank you so much for reading!

– Kylee