Oscar is a name that has been rising, barely heard when I was born (in the mid 130’s in NSW for the decade) to now days being a top 30 name. Oscar has the help of peaking in the 1910’s before it’s meteoric rise this century at 107 and first entered the top 100 in the 2000’s in NSW.


Oscar possibly means deer lover Gaelic or the anglo-saxon name Osgar from the old English “os” meaning God and “gar” meaning spear. Oscar is extremely popular and seems to be common in all areas and is most common in Sweden at number 3. It is at 178 in the US, 17 in England, 27 in Australia, 34 in New Zealand, 34 in WA, 49 in Belgium, 60 in Catalonia, 63 in Chile, 5 in Denmark, 77 in France, 61 in Ireland, 152 in the Netherlands, 64 in Northern Ireland, 38 in Norway, 40 in Scotland and 56 in Spain.


So is Oscar a name that will fall due to the Oscar Pistorius scandal? The opposite has happened in the UK plus with the home and away character with the name (the twin of the fast rising Evelyn “Evie”) but his character is extremely socially awkward and not the most attractive character.

Pop Culture baby names: Paloma

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I have been meaning to post this for about 5 days but haven’t had any internet so here it is. I got the idea for this when listening to Sigma and Paloma Faith’s collaboration changing, I wondered if Paloma Faith had influenced the names popularity in her native England. It turns out she has.


Paloma Faith’s first album “Do Want The Truth or Something Beautiful” came out in September 2009, none of the singles did too well but it was enough to push Paloma from 11 births to a new peak of 23 births. Her next album was released in May, 2012 and Paloma from 17 births in 2011 to 26 births in 2012. It seems to be on the rise with 30 babies born in 2013, if Paloma Faith is the reason Paloma has been rising (and it seems like it is since it has been rising with her album releases), then this year could be the year Paloma rises as she achieved her highest charting single (Only Love Can Hurt Like This which reached 6 in the UK and 1 in Australia) and she also released her third album “A Perfect Contradiction” which peaked at number two.


Outside of England, Paloma is at 754 in the US, 49 in Chile and 215 in France and was in the Spanish top 100 in 2002 and 2003. This would be because Paloma is a Spanish name meaning Dove and in the US it would mostly be used by hispanic parents.


So is this the year of Paloma in the UK? or will it forever be a rare name there.


Charley, Tallulah and Maisy

Charley, Tallulah and Maisy

This post was originally going to be on Charlotte until I realised that Tallulah wasn’t on my list and should have been instead of Charlotte which is my 21st favourite name. After Tallulah there is just one more girls name (Ruby) and 4 more boys names (Oscar, Fletcher, Caspian and Miller). I have written about Tallulah before in my names from my childhood series 

Tallulah is a rare name meaning either leaping waters in the Choctaw language or “town” in the Creek language and spelt Talulla which means lady of abundance. As I mentioned in my last post Tallulah only ranks in the UK at 256 down from 229 in 2012. The Talulla spelling also ranks at 2649. A few hyphenated names also rank because it’s England Tallulah-Belle is the most common also at 2649 most likely inspired by Tallulah Belle Willis, Tallulah-Rose comes in at 3536 and Tallulah-Blu debuted last year at 5742, Tallulah-Mae also ranked in 2009 at 5556. In the US 144 girls were named Tallulah, 7 named Tallula, 21 named Talula and 19 Talulah.

So is Tallulah a name that deserves more popularity or is it too cutesy to be imagined on a child? Do the nicknames of Tally, Tully, Lulu, Lula, Lou and Lucy  help to make it more professional or is it a name that shouldn’t be used?

Adlih-May and Rock Pasquale: September

Perth Royal Show

Perth Royal Show


Benjamin Daniel and William Chris (Amelia)

Beau John and Skylah Suzanne


Cooper Ron

Sebastian Peter (Mia)

Liam Danvers

William Hunter (Oliver)

Lucas Jensen (has two brothers)

Braxton Gary Theo John (Angeline and Amelie)

Thomas Martin (Ava and Grace)

Evan Robert (Aidan)

Reilly Jacob

Riley James

Devon Gregory (Jacob)

Alexander Neil

Cruz Hudson (Lucas and Laila)

Alfie Gordon (Lilly and Max)- Mum named Bonnie

Huntly Marcel

Harry Greg (Jimmy and Max)

Izaac Anthony (Declan)

Noah Peter (Liam and Connor)

Harvey John

Elijah Luxon

Archer Spencer (Lara)

Lucas Neil (Hannah)- Should have googled this one first

Blake Robin (Sophie)

Jared Andrew (Jasmine)

Henry Eric (Grace and Archie)

Edward Alexander (Luke)

Rock Pasquale (Shaan, Ruby and Lilah)- Dad named Rock

Samuel Matthew (Noah, Ethan and Imogen)

Elliott Wyatt (Emmett)

Samuel Joseph Lee

Toby Alexander Cameron (Lachlan, Nate and Briana)- Cameron is their mums maiden name


Mae Sophia (Linea and Hannah)

Adlih-May Anne

Jessica Marie (Sofia and Thomas)

Adele Saige (Carys, Mason and Freya)

Elise Paris (Rylan)

Lily May (Zac)

Avery Ellarose (Jade, Dylan, Brandon, Kaitlin, Ryley,Piper and Darcy)

Holly- Mum named Ariel

Phoebe June (Florence)

Natalia (Christian)

Genevieve Philippa

Harriett (Magnus)

Anaya Evelin (has one sibling)

Layla Grace (Charlie and Oscar)- Mum named Kobie

Lily Rose (Ruby, Esme and Jack)

Sofie Leeuwin- Assuming the middle is after Cape Leeuwin near Augusta


Ellodee Sheree- Found my first Elodie though it spelt so badly I don’t know if it counts

Sephora Eldoret (Sahara and Diesel)


Katie Elise

Layni (Zaid and Jevan)

Kennedy Simone

Scarlett Rose Alexandrina (Matilda and Skye)

Faith Leigh (Byron, Elodie and Isabelle)- Two Elodie’s now maybe Ellodee’s parents were right to spell it that way

Amelie Anne (Thomas)


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Another surname love that is one of the rising names of last year. Lewis also has literary cred through C.S Lewis and Lewis Carroll, plus the plus of sounding like a classic name that many other surname names don’t.


Lewis is the medieval form of Louis meaning famous warrior. As a surname Lewis is in the top 30 in the UK and US at 23 in the US and 21 in the UK.  As a first name  it’s 97 in Australia, 46 in the UK and falling 640 in the US, 385 in the Netherlands, 63 in Northern Ireland and for some reason 2 in Scotland making it really, uniquely Scottish.


Lewis is it best left as a surname and Louis kept as the first name form or is it time Lewis moves to the front of the birth certificate?


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Elodie is another of my El loves (along with Isobel, Eloise, Elena, Eleanor, Arabella, Mirabel and Elsa) and another French love (along with Genevieve).


Elodie is the French form of Alodia meaning foreign riches and is pronounced ay-lo-dee on French and Ell-oh-die in English which is how I pronounce it. Elodie is in the top 300 in England and France at 236 in England and 268 in France, and was previously in the top 100 in Belgium but dropped out in 2001. Elodie was in the US top 1,00 in the 1880’s and is at the perfect time for revival with the popularity of many similar names.


So is Elodie a name on the brink of popularity or is it a name destined to be rare.


Also sorry for the delay in the post I have had heaps of tests and have had heaps of tests


Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 9.36.36 amAnother name that I began to love after a met a little boy with the name now there are two Jasper’s under the age of two in my mums daycare so it’s a name on the uprise.

Jasper is currently at 82 in Australia and isn’t in WA’s top 50 which means less then 50 boys were given the name. Jasper charts highest in Belgium at 55 and is also in the top 100 in the Netherlands where it is at 71. In the UK it is just out of the top 100 at 111 and is at 248 in the US and rising.

Jasper is an old man name (which I admit I don’t normally like) that is quickly rising can it make the top 50 in the next few years? I think It might be able to.


Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 9.20.57 pmBy request of a friend the planned post on Charlotte  will be moved to most likely Friday, tomorrows post will be Jasper.

Maggie is a diminutive form of Margaret meaning Pearl. As Margaret moves out of fashion the nicknamey Maggie is rising in popularity. In the UK it ranked at 227 and has been rising since 2001 and now outranks Margaret which is at 542. In NSW it was at 208 in 2011 and I would guess it is in the top 200 now. In Victoria in 2012 it is at 120, could it be a potential top 100 in the next few years? It’s not too different to the top 100 Millie, but Millie’s long forms are more trendy then Maggie’s. Maggie is also 231 in the US but it is still outranked by Margaret there.

Maggie is a name that shows a lot of top 100 potential, especially in the UK where Maisie peaked at 14 in 2010 and is currently at 41. Could Maggie be the new Maisie? They are both short forms of Margaret or is Maggie destined to sit in the 200’s for the next few years.


Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 1.44.19 pmOne of my many surname loves: Lawson. Lawson first came into my heart when I performed Andy’s Gone with Cattle by Australian bush poet Henry Lawson, at my local speech and drama festival which I got a highly commended for and sissy seemed to think she could do the same (she ended up performing another performance I did: Man from Snowy river). Lawson is called Australia’s best short story writer and was previously featured on the ten dollar note, it is fair to say he is an Australian legend. But Lawson is also used in the UK due to a boy band who are named after the surgeon who saved the life of the lead singer.

Lawson is an English surname meaning son of Laurence. As a surname Lawson is reasonably common 200 in the US and 275 in the UK. As a first name Lawson is also in the top 1000 in both the US and the UK at 510 and 476 respectively. In Victoria it was at 461 when 10 boys where given the name.

So Lawson a perfect first name or a surname best left that way.

Ps. This is my 201st post :)

Guilty Pleasure names: Hedley

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Taking a break from revealing my top 20 list for today to get a better insight into my newest guilty pleasure: Hedley, which I first heard on a Canadian band which I don’t actually listen to. The band Hedley first found fame on Canadian Idol in 2004 making it to the top 3. They have made the the top 10, 10 times though I suspect that is due to Canadian Content laws (or Can-con), which are laws that state that 10% of all music played on radio’s must be by Canadian artists because Canadian music is so bad the government forces people to listen to it. The three songs I know are all from there most recent album wild life (which peaked at 4 on the Canadian albums chart, anything, crazy for you and heaven in our headlights, Crazy for you recieved a bit of radio play and anything made the top 20 in New Zealand  but other then that there success has been restricted to Canada.

As a given name Hedley has charted a few times on boys but I prefer it as a girls name (like Hadley which everyone seems to prefer) but it never got popular enough to be tied to either gender peaking in 2008 with 9 babies born. In Quebec it was only given to one boy last year and he was the first since records show (which is 2008) and it has also never charted in the bands home territory of British Colombia. In the US it hasn’t made the extended list since 1925 when 6 babies were given the name. Hedley might be mistaken as a misspelling of Hadley but it’s not and has a slightly different meaning Hedley’s being heather clearing. And the main issue I have with Hedley is the pronunciation is said Head-lee which could be slightly embarrassing especially since the first thing that comes up when you google Hedley is a Canadian Idol losing pop-rock band or an Australian investigative journalist. Fair to say it’s not getting the same name nerd love as the similar Hadley and Henley and to be fair Hedley is a reasonably popular surname which is probably why I like it so much.

So is Hedley a underused gem or a name that deserves to stay never being used except in Canada on a band that has charting success because the government makes you listen to it? Or should it stay a surname? Should I just un-gulitily like Hadley instead? Those are questions I am still trying to work out the answers to.