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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.



Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 3.52.18 pmTodays post is a French darling gaining popularity over here and has many darling nicknames like Vivi, Evie and Neve all of them are rising. The French spelling Geneviève though it doesn’t make the top 500 in France and was only given to 7 girls in Quebec (and one Genvieve)and they could all be born to English speaking parents, this is shocking to me since Kelly, Kelly-Ann and Kelly-Anne all make the top 500.  (the full list is here and some great finds are here like Galaxyanne)  


Genevieve is a French name meaning tribe woman, not a flattering meaning but who really worries about meanings (this is coming from a girl who’s name means deep dark black wood). In Australia Genevieve peaked in 2010 when it was at 397 it is now at 179. In the UK it peaked in 2012 and made it to 397 it is now at 450. 


What I like about Genevieve is the nickname Evie and the fun sound of it. It’s girly and feminine but not over the top (I think my name is more over the top) and as Georgia falls I would love to see Genevieve rise. 



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A less popular form of Finn that never made it too the top 500 in the UK, Finnian could be the answer to those who find the top 100 Finn too popular. 


Finnian is an Irish name meaning white, it also has an older form Finnèn. Finnian was given to 126 boys in the US and seems to be declining, in the UK it is at 1706 given to 13 babies. Finnian peaked in 1999 and 2001 in the UK when it was given to 30 babies and 2007 in the US when it was given to 145 babies. 


Even though Finnian peaked when I was born I don’t think it sounds dated and fits in with todays trends since Finn, Finley and Finlay are still climbing now. 


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 Since I have already posted about Azalea (predicting her rise before Fancy, I add) and Elsa, the next two names on my list today it is Arabella that gets analysed. 


Arabella according to nameberry means yielding to prayer but behind the name says it is a medieval Scottish name possibly related to Annabel (meaning through Amabel, loveable). Arabella is a fast rising name in the UK and the US, in the UK it is in the top 200 at 157 up 20 places from last year. In the US it was given to 1512 babies up 204 babies currently at 210.  In Victoria in 2012 it was at 204. I do know an Arabella though her name is spelt Eirabella, said as Arabella. 


One problem many people have with Arabella is it’s too over the top or sounds like an Arab named Ella. Though I pronounce the name Arr-ah-bell-ah and Isabella is a top 20 name (at 11 in Australia). Will Arabella rise to the top 200 in the US and Australia and the top 150 in the UK? Most likely yes since its not a meteoric rise needed (only 10 spots and could be in the top 200 in Victoria I just have no way of knowing). 


Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 2.32.43 pmSorry about no post yesterday I had to write an 800 word RE service essay which I hadn’t started yet. 

Now back to Baxter, one of my many surname loves. Baxter could serve as an alternative to the top 10 Jaxon and Jackson (which I don’t like) because of the nickname Bax. 


Baxter comes from an old English surname meaning female baker, so as far as surname names go this could be appropriate for a girl. Baxter has never been very popular (In England there were no Baxter’s born in 1999 for example) but has since rose into the top 1000 in the UK at 821 down from 671 in 2012 (it also rocketed up that year as in 2011 it was 951 does anyone know the reason for that?). In Victoria in 2012 it was at 254 I would assume it rose since surname names are pretty popular and Jackson joined the top 10. Baxter last charted in the 1000 in the US in 1927 so it’s not a new and trendy name. 70 Baxter’s were born in 2013 up from 58 Baxter’s in 2012. In the US Baxton (6 babies) and Baxley (7 girls) also rank.

One issue with Baxter is it’s a popular dogs name and is more popular for dogs (33rd) and my mother says it’s too doggy to imagine on a child.