So it’s been two years Baby Name Obsessed began which means I was 13 when it began and I’m now a much (much) more mature 15. In this past year I’ve gotten past the 100 post mark with this being my 151st post. All time I’ve had 14,653 all time views which equates to 7321.5 views per year which is still pretty bad. I would like to thank Anna for commenting on ALL my posts and also to Clare for scooping all my posts. Thank you to everyone who has viewed and commented on my posts.
One of my favourite singers and one of my favourite celebrity names is Elena Jane Goulding the real name of Ellie Goulding. Her album name also became a guilty pleasure names: Halcyon. Elena is a well used name in Australia, the UK and the US ranking in the mid 100′s in all three places (165 in Victoria, 139 in the US and 280 in the UK), though in Australia and the UK it’s Ellie thats taken off 67 in Australia and 35 in the UK (although in the UK Ellie is falling its at it’s lowest point since 1996) in the US its in the top 100 at 85. From personal experience the Elena I know has never gotten Ellie and the two Ellie’s in my year level are just Ellie, the other Ellie was born Ellen. One potential issue with Elena is no one can agree on the pronunciation Nameberry says its el-ay-na but the Elena I know says El-en-ah (like Helen without the H and the A) to me El-ay-na would be Elaina or Allaina.
Penelope is currently the rising star baby name in Australia. Its not a name I like I don’t know why but I just don’t. I do know a Penelope she’s 24 and goes by Penny and my friends mum is named Penny (just Penny). Penelope is quite popular in Australia in the top 100 in many states. Penelope is also a reality TV name she’s the daughter of Kourtney Kardashian so many mothers of Penelope’s might be thinking Kardashian.
Amy/Aimee/Amie: After peaking in the 80′s Amy might seem a bit dated to be used on a young baby. But I think it works it has a nicknamey feel to it and the meaning of Beloved. In 2012 it was still top 100 in Victoria at 84
Aroha: A maori name meaning Love the one I knew pronounced it Ad-oh-ah. It could work on someone of any race and Addy could be a nickname though it could have issues with pronunciation
Carys/Cerys: A welsh name meaning Love thats definitely works on anyone. Pronounced Car-iss or Care-iss. Carys currently doesn’t rank in Australia
Esme: Is it too twilight? Esme meaning beloved is a rare vintage choice never reaching the top 100 but it fell off the list in the 1940′s in 2012 it ranked 614 in Victoria
Imogen: An Australian favourite rare in the US and one of my least favourites. Meaning beloved child according to nameberry. At 48 in Victoria its certainly not unusual.
Kalila: Kalila is an Arabic name meaning beloved. Its rare but fits in with name trends and has the nickname of Lily. Kalila doesn’t rank
Kerensa/Karenza: Like Carys Karensa is welsh meaning love. It could be viewed as a bit dated with its similarity to Karen.
Milena: Milena is a czech name meaning love, warmth, grace. Currently in the US top 1,000 and Germanys top 100 it’s the short form Mila thats taken off in Australia currently at 44 in Victoria while Milena doesn’t rank.
Myfanwy: A welsh name meaning my lovely little one and pronounced Muh-vahn-wee and some people would say it as Tiffany with a M. Myfanwy has never ranked
Priya: An Indian name meaning beloved that isn’t just reserved for Indian girls. Priya doesn’t rank in Australia and is pronounced Pree-ah
Siran: An Armenian name meaning Lovely. Siran is a rare possibility that could very well work on a little girl.
Valentina: Valentina doesn’t mean love but it is Valentine’s day so it makes sense Valentina’s included. Valentina works much better then Valentine, Valentina is at 220 in Victoria
All meanings are from Nameberry and I apologise that there are no boys names.
She’s a singer who shares my sisters name and no its not Adele. It’s Emeli Sande born Adele Emeli Sande. Emeli is most likely just a variant spelling of Emily a forever popular name meaning Rival. But Emeli debuted in the top 1000 in 2012 in the UK with 40 girls born putting it at 916. I’m not sure we should start using Emeli it’s different to Rita or Hollis, I think her real first name Adele is the name to watch.
So chances are you’ve heard of Schapelle Corby the Australian accused of smuggling drugs into Bali. One reason why I’m covering Schapelle Corby is a girl in my drama class said that its impossible to be named Schapelle and not become a drug dealer though she thought Mercedes had it worse (this girls name was Emmerson by the way). Maybe this view is because most names ending in elle are considered bogan (think Narelle and Chantelle). Schapelle has never ranked in Australia and most likely never will because of the drug dealer image it has now but Chantelle still does (did) at 360 in NSW in 2011 while Narelle hasn’t ranked since the 1990′s.
Do you agree that Schapelle is an awful name?
Kaitlyn Marie and Kourtney Jade (Paul and Jayden)
Neve Amelie (Lucia)
Louella Rose Ina
Abby Jennifer Ann
Isobel Rebecca (Hamish)
Ivy Scarlett (Eva and Lola)
Mylah Lily (Brayden, Bailee and Tia)
Ellen Sophia (Ethan and Leon)
Zara Sienna (Ella)
Bridget Kimberley (Chelsea, Alannah and Krystal)
Madeleine Grace (Georgia half sister to: Ryan, Shelby and Shanyah)
Charlotte Madison (Emma)
Annabelle Rose (Charlie)
Zali Madeline (Mum named Mallary)
Ella MacKenzie (Kyann)
Jordana Marie (Evelyn and mum named Clara)
Isabel Melina (Joshua and Christian)
Daniel Vincent (Alex)
Jacob Zach (Tyler)
Lewis Roy (Jake and Toby)
Cohen William (Bronte)
Bryce Nathan (Fraser and Charlotte)
Lucas John (Ryley)
Leo William (Lucy)
Jacob Troy (Mum named Melodee)
Preston James (Poppy)
Lyal (Born on the Solomon Islands)
Noah Ty Thomas (Hannah and Charlotte)
Flynn Wesley (Kai)
Zali became well known in Australia after Zali Steggall who is a former Alpine Skier. Her name could be a form of Sara, a greek name meaning “dance”, a hebrew name meaning strength of the sea or a form of the Swahili Zalika meaning wellborn. Of all of these Zalika seems the most likely source (all of these meanings are taken from behind the names user-submitted names section). Zali is reasonably uncommon in Australia Zali ranks at 393 with 13 born and Zarli at 696 with 6 born. The only Zali I know has a Zarlee. So if all the spellings were combined it would rank higher then it is.
As Holly maintains popularity in Australia and the UK to similar Hollis remains obscure. This is the name I was going to do for my pop culture baby name series but I did Rita instead because I can see this charting for many reasons other then a celebrity.
Hollis may be familiar through singer Hollis Wong-Wear better known as simply Hollis who sings the chorus on Maklemore’s White Walls which peaked at 11 on the Billboards and 34 on the Aria Charts. Chances are you would have heard it. With Holly being at 47 in Australia, Holly at 25 in the UK and Hollie at 54 and Holli at 3285, Hollis has a chance of charting especially in the UK where I’m surprised it doesn’t chart since it offers Holly as a nickname
I actually had another name lined up for this post but one of my favourite celebrity couples broke up and may still be together confusing the heck out of me so I’m doing Rita instead. For those of you who don’t know what I was talking about in the first line it was Rita Ora and Calvin Harris.
Rita may be an old hollywood name or a grandma-ish name. To me it reminds me of singer Rita Ora who’s 23 and English though Albanian born. She was named after her grandfathers favourite actress Rita Hayworth. Rita currently only ranks in England at 916. Entering the top 1000 last year. In 2012 Rita Ora started to be known making me about 90% sure Rita’s rise has something to do with her. In Australia it peaked in the 1910′s and hasn’t ranked since 2009, it’s not on the Victorian list currently but maybe in 2013 it could enter the bottom of the list?