Interview with Tfzolghadr

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What is your name?
TFZ… I’ve had cyberstalkers, so I’d rather not give more info than that.

What is your nameberry username and what is the inspiration for it?
Tfzolghadr… I’d rather not say the inspiration

How old were you when you first got interested in names and how did this interest begin?
I really can’t remember. When I was very little, I always named my stuffed animals, often Scotty and Cindy or Victor and Victoria. As soon as I was old enough to write, I filled notebooks with names. This was always a hobby/ obsession.

Where do you get most of your name inspiration from?
such as online, family or name sightings
I get inspiration from many different places, including novels, online, and foreign cultures. I tend to appreciate a name much more when someone great wears it. So there have been a few names, like Taner, which I have come to like due to amazing people (in this case a genocide scholar) with the name. My daughter’s middle name, Pari, is a sort of angel in Persian mythology. The pari are featured fighting for humanity in Iran’s epic poem, “The Shahnameh”, which is where I first found it.

What do you think will be the name trends of the future?
I think the vintage name trend will continue, but will come to include overlooked names like Lois, Clarice, Clarence, Cecil, Montgomery, and others. I also expect to see more Roman names on both boys and girls, such as Persephone, Artemis, and Cassian. There will continue to be more foreign imports, but I expect people to first start looking to Scandinavia for inspiration, and to gradually become more open to names from further east. I also think people will get more daring with word names, such as Equinox.

Do you have any pet naming peeves?
1. Misspelled names. Literacy is important.
2. Names where it is obvious that the parents were trying too hard to seem creative, like spelling words backwards.
3. Using boys’ names on girls. I’m a huge feminist, who believes this is simply internalized sexism. I intentionally gave my daughter a feminine name to show her that her femininity is not a weakness or something to be hidden. Instead, I believe femininity is a strength that should be celebrated. I hope my daughter learns this, as well.
4. Giving your child a creative spelling and expecting others to be able to spell it correctly, or giving your daughter a boys’ name and expecting everyone to know her gender intuitively.
5. Names which slur together, for example Brian Nettle becomes Brianettle.
6. Monosyllabic first and last names. It’s quite choppy.
7. First names which rhyme with the surname.
8. Superhero names as first names. Your son does not need to be named Superman, when Clark and Kent are acceptable, discreet options.
9. When the first name and the surname do not match in style.

What are some of your favourite names?
Boys: Caspar, Raphael, Artin, Caspian, Marcus, Lawrence, Clarence, Ansel, Cecil, Paul, Quentin, Anton, Anders, Lars, Leif, Frederick, Hugh, Tobias, Leander, Keane, Booker, Matthias, Lorenzo, Elias, Sterling, Benjamin, Reuben, and Jasper.

Girls: Camellia, Miriam, Emiliana, Astrid, Margot, Matilda, Eveline, Helena, Iris, Jeanette, Lois, Aida, Rosalind, Etta, Vera, Nova, Felicity, Therese, Patrice, Viola, and Beatrice.

What names do you dislike?
Anything misspelled or boys’ names on girls. Other than that, I try to stay rather open minded.

What are your favourite names in the Top 100 of your country?
Girls- Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Layla, Ella, Mila, Camilla, Clara
Boys- Benjamin, Christian, Miles, Declan, Hudson, Leo, Thomas, Asher

What are your favourite names that have never charted in your country?
Boys: Corin, Teague, Caspian, Malachy, Eleazer, Gawain, Zephaniah, Jericho, Ewan, Rainier, Emre, Artin, Pasha, Raffi, Evren, Sorab, Rostam, Oleander, Ogden, Equinox, Keane, Walden, Whitman, Keane, Alastair, Caelum, Cyprian, Cypress, Sequoia, Emilien, Whittier, Aleksey, Emyr, Emrys, Amias, Quill, Marius, Chayton, Quaide, Fereydoun, Kaveh, Kasra, Bardia, Everest, Dmitri, Leith, and Ozias.

Girls: Saskia, Camellia, Pari, Parisa, Emiliana, Chrysanthe, Rania, Amira, Amina, Mattea, Violetta, Seraphina, Tala, Katayoun, Guinevere, Artemis, Solstice, Solace, January, Saffron, Savina, Persephone, Jessamine, Sarina, Parvaneh, Junia, Jovana, Hyacinth, Celestina, Bryony, Amaryllis, Hero, Soraya, Anahita, Cosette, Oriana, Raha, Antoinetta, Cressida, Honoria, Florentina, Phoenix, and Cyra.

Do you have names picked out for your future children?
I already have one daughter, Emiliana Pari. Her first name is Italian, in honor of my heritage. Her middle name is Persian, as my DH is Iranian.

If we have more children, we are planning Raphael Kaveh. As for girls’ names, we’re a bit stuck. DH likes Rosalind, whereas I’m still swooning over Beatrice (mostly due to the character in “Much Ado About Nothing”).

What advice would you give to someone who was choosing a name for their baby?
Consider your surname before coming up with a name. Think about the dominant sounds, the number of syllables, first sound, and last sound. Also consider the surname’s style, as a cowboy chic first name may not fit very well with your strong, Slavic last name. Too many parents seem to try to make a first name fit, indicating that they started with the wrong step. It’s much easier to get a good name if you first figure out what you need in a first name in order for it to match the surname well.

Pop Culture Baby Names: Aston

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Much to my confusion Boy banders have a large effect on baby names in the UK Zayn is in the top 300 and rising, Lawson is in the top 500, Jaymi and JJ are both on the rise and maybe Barclay will rise next year due to another x factor boy bander (from Stereo Kicks though they only lasted less then a year). The boy band I’m focusing on today is JLS another band from the X-Factor made up of Ortise Williams, JB Gill, Marvin Humes and Aston Merrygold. Both Marvin and Aston’s names peaked in 2010. Marvin reached 868 and is now out of the top 100. But Aston rose higher.

JLS were formed in 2006 and first appeared on the X-Factor in 2008 and got their first number one single with the hilariously bad Beat Again in July 2009. Aston had been slowly rising but rose over 100 births from 2008 to 2009 which was the biggest rise it had experienced though it also quickly dropped and now sits at 275. JLS broke up in 2012 so has been slowly dropping since then. If Aston Merrygold’s solo work does well it could rise again, his debut single is currently at 50 on the Australian charts and will be released in the UK this week.

Aston comes from an surname which in turn comes from a place name meaning east town and it only charts in the UK. 2 Aston’s were born in Quebec in 2013 and 160 Aston’s were born in the US in 2014 along with 5 girls.

Can Aston rebound back up the UK charts or is it way to connected to either the car or to Aston Merrygold to ever recover?

Interview with esita

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What is your name? Esmeralda

What is your nameberry username and what is the inspiration for it? Esita – a family nickname.

Have you ever wished you had a different name? NEVER!

How old were you when you first got interested in names and how did this interest begin? As long as I can remember I have adored words – I loved discovering unusual or exotic words (I remember learning a long list of words that began with X when I was eight) and names were always just an extension of that. I liked to learn the meanings of names (both ‘official’ and the personal story of how people’s parents chose their names) and it has grown from there.

Where do you get most of your name inspiration from? History – I love strong names with history and character.

What do you think will be the name trends of the future? Nationalist names might gain popularity in this age of uncertainty, globalisation and mobility – it might be a way of people still claiming an identity for themselves and their children. So names like Indira, Paris, America, Dakota, Tasmin, or ‘heritage’ names like Spiros, Mairead or Akiko. But similarly hybrid or easily-translatable names might become more common for this reason. I’d like to see more Asian names coming into Western mainstream usage.

Do you have any pet naming peeves? Apart from the typical (“kreeativ” spellings, overused popular names), I lament when people choose boys names for girls simply in order to have a strong name. There are literally hundreds of strong female names with integrity, history and fabulous meanings. To me, giving a boys name to a girl sends the signal that masculinity is the only way of being strong, rather than finding the strength inherent in women and their histories. It also just sounds like you really wanted a boy and were so disappointed with the daughter you got, you couldn’t be bothered looking for a female name.

What are some of your favourite names? Not all of them are names I’d use, and I’m never telling you our top girls name, until we get a chance to use it (it isn’t even on Nameberry yet!) for Boys: Thaddeus, Atticus, Leander, Theodore, Wolfgang (never game enough to use it, but I love it!); Girls: Viridis (my DH won’t let me use this so it might go to our next cat), Winifred, Elixane, Blythe, Emeraude, Raphaëlle, Vivica, Delphine, Astrid

What names do you dislike? Surnames as names, on either boys or girls – Bailey, Taylor, Jackson etc (unless they have particular significance to you or your family). Trendy or overused names like Kayden, Jayden, Aria, Sophie, and, the worst, is Isabella!

What are your favourite names in the Top 50 of your country? (Australia)
Girls: Imogen (32), Alice (35), Harper (19 – and only because of Harper Lee), and Violet (48)

What are your favourite names that have never charted in your country? All of my favourites!

Do you have names picked out for your future children? YES! You’ll have to wait and see what our girls name is – hopefully 2017 will be the year we have a daughter!

Interview with Lawsonhaley

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What is your name?:

Haley Alannah

What is your nameberry username and what is the inspiration for it?

Lawsonhaley – I was inspired by a band that I liked at the time, the members had Twitter accounts where the usernames were @LawsonAdam/Andy/Joel/Ryan, so I thought that would look nice if my own name was used, apparently!

Have you ever wished you had a different name?
Yes, definitely! I remember until about a year ago, I’d always hated my first name, as it has so many different legitimately popular spellings, it seems as though every person guesses a different way when they attempt it! My middle name also gets horribly mispronounced a lot as well, but that’s something I’ve gotten used to. I believe for the longest time, I wanted to change my name to Claire or Clarissa, or at least to Hayleigh/Hayley.

How old were you when you first got interested in names and how did this interest begin?
Hmm, probably around 8 years old? That’s the earliest I can remember doing it, anyways! I had just received a baby doll for my birthday, and I wanted her to have THE perfect name, so I actually went on to a baby name site (I believe it was the one incorporated with Disney at the time), and looked at names until I found the perfect one – Annabelle. I later did it again with another doll, named Vanessa.

Where do you get most of your name inspiration from?

I find that a large number of my names are very English-inspired, so I guess perhaps the UK top 1000 is a large source for me. I also adore anything old fashioned and vintage, so some TV programmes, such as Downton Abbey, books and films have provided for inspiration, as well as the many cemeteries in my area, dating back as far as the 1820s, I believe.

What do you think will be the name trends of the future?

I definitely expect to see more vintage choices pulling ahead, such as Alice, Eleanor, Harriet, Matilda, Phoebe, Elsie, Millie, Iris, Olive, Pearl, etc for girls, and more surnames for boys, such as Bennett, Benedict, Harrison, Rafferty, Addison, Ellison, Hadley and Emerson.

Do you have any pet naming peeves?

I’m not overly fussed about what others name their children, because I know many would dislike the names I would personally choose, however, I absolutely loathe misspelled names that were spelled differently in an attempt to be ‘creative’. Lynkin is not a creative way to spell Lincoln, it just makes it appear as though you cannot spell, to me.

What are some of your favourite names?

Of my favourites, my top 5 for boys and girls are:

Girls: Florence, Minnie, Elsie, Martha & Evelyn

Boys: Ernest, Charlie, Henry/Harry, Matthew & George

What names do you dislike?

Not very many! I think maybe Thisbe and Jace would be my two biggest.

What are your favourite names in the Top 100 of your country?
Florence and Matthew.

What are your favourite names that have never charted in your country?

As Canadian charts are a bit muddled, I’m hoping I’m correct in guessing that Lavinia and Taron have never charted here before.

Do you have names picked out for your future children?

Yes, definitely. I think my main one that I’m adamant on is Florence, I’ve pretty well decided that my first born daughter will be called Florence.

What advice would you give to someone who was choosing a name for their baby?

Try to bear in mind that, yes, you’re choosing a name that you love, but, your darling little Petal Blossom Rainbow may not like the super sugary, unbalanced name you’ve given her. She however, would likely thank you kindly for a name that balanced sugar and seriousness, such as Elizabeth Petal or Blossom Felicity. While you should of course choose a name that you love, you should try to choose something that is wearable as well.

Interview with Southern.Maple

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What is your name?

My name is Emily.

What is your nameberry username and what is the inspiration for it?

My username is southern.maple. I don’t really remember my exact inspiration for choosing it. I wanted a tree name and “maple” was already taken, so I tacked “southern” on in front of it because I thought it sounded nice.
Have you ever wished you had a different name?

Yes. I went through a brief period in elementary school where I wanted to be a boy and started signing everything as Hayden. It was a name I found on my mom’s short list from when she and my dad were choosing names for my sister and me, and it was the name of an actor in Star Wars. I was a huge Star Wars fan back then (and still am).
How old were you when you first got interested in names and how did this interest begin?

I remember going through yearbooks as early as third grade and writing down names I thought were interesting. I also used to write down the names of all the siblings so that I could judge which family had the best names. So I’ve been a name nerd for a while!
Where do you get most of your name inspiration from?

Books, blogs, and my family tree. There have been quite a few names that just “came to me.” Sometimes when I’m browsing the nameberry forums I’ll see a name that I’ve never really noticed before and have an “aha!” moment. I’m always on the lookout for new names.
What do you think will be the name trends of the future?

I predict a rise in Scandinavian names in the States. Names like Magnus, Freya, Anders, and Jensen are catching on, and I’ve seen interest in names like Rollo and Ragnar because of the TV show Vikings. I think there’s a lot of potential there.
What are some of your favourite names?

My current top names for a boy are Samuel, George, Edward, and Arthur. My current top names for a girl are Helen, Caroline, Georgia, and Cordelia. I lean heavily toward classic and Biblical names, although there are a few names on my list, like Cordelia, that are much more unusual.

What are your favourite names in the Top 100 of your country?

Boys: Alexander, James, Benjamin, Joseph, Samuel, Caleb, Levi, Aaron, Charles

Girls: Emma, Aria, Anna, Nora, Caroline, Eva, Lydia, Alice

I could easily name a child with only the top 100 names to choose from.
Whats your favourite name that’s never charted in your country?
Guinevere and Oberon!
Do you have names picked out for your future children?

Not exactly. I have a shortlist of course, but I try not to get too attached to any one first/middle pairing in case my significant other ends up hating one or both names.
What advice would you give to someone who was choosing a name for their baby?

If you wouldn’t want to wear the name, then chances are your kid won’t either. Choose a name that you love to say, hear, and write. Choose a name that’s versatile, because there’s no way of knowing what type of person your baby will grow up to be.

Interview with Namenerd2000

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What is your name?
Either put in first name and middle name, just first name or nameberry username
Namenerd2000

What is your nameberry username and what is the inspiration for it?
Have you ever wished you had a different name?
It was a random decision, something I could easily remember. I do sometimes wish I picked something shorter for the other Namdberry member’s sakes.

How old were you when you first got interested in names and how did this interest begin?
I was ten and decided for a project that my children’s names were going to be Emily and Noah. The next year it was Riley and Noah and so on until I created my first name list. The rest is history!

Where do you get most of your name inspiration from?
such as online, family or name sightings Books, other people, brilliant Nameberry users… All over the place!

What do you think will be the name trends of the future?
Definitely unisex names, old-fashioned names, and word names.

Do you have any pet naming peeves?
Not really.

What are some of your favourite names?
Fable, Lilia, Aria, Talulah, and Paisley for girls. Archer, Nolan, Josiah, Rylan, West and Foster for boys.

What names do you dislike?
I don’t like Agnes, Corey, or Paul.

What are your favourite names in the Top 100 of your country?
Ava, Charlotte, Noah, and Wyatt.

What are your favourite names that have never charted in your country?
Reverie and Fable for girls. Major and Hollie for boys.

Do you have names picked out for your future children?
So many! I mentioned a lot of them already in the “favorite names” question. If I were to have two boys and two girls, their names would be Fable, Lilia, Archer, and Gabriel.

What advice would you give to someone who was choosing a name for their baby? Don’t listen to anyone else. Seriously, except for your spouse, just ignore them. The only thing that matters is that you love the name!

Interview with Adelina_Sophia

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What is your name?
Alice

What is your nameberry username and what is the inspiration for it?
My username on Nameberry is @adelina_sophia. It’s not very imaginative as it’s just my favourite girls combination.

Have you ever wished you had a different name?
Yes, when I was younger I used to wish that I was a Mary. Now I still feel that Alice doesn’t suit me, and would prefer to be a Rosamund Victoria.

How old were you when you first got interested in names and how did this interest begin?
Around the age of 13-14. I first became interested when I was looking for alternatives to Elizabeth, though my interest became bigger when I was doing some research on Spanish names.

Where do you get most of your name inspiration from?
Mostly online, though also from family.

What do you think will be the name trends of the future?
I think the trend of names from popular culture will continue to happen but I also think a wider range of Biblical names will start to become in trend. I think we may also start to see more children with unusual names (which maybe won’t become so unusual) since people now are starting to favour them over popular or well known names.

Do you have any pet naming peeves?
I hate it when parents give their children a creative spelling of an otherwise easy to spell name (such as Madisyn for Madison) to be more “unique”. To me it doesn’t make the name more unique, it makes it look as if the parents can’t spell the original name and I think in the future, these kind of names will be time stamped (much like names such as Linda or Carol are today – we can all make a quick guess of their age just by looking at their name). I also am not a big fan of unisex names, with an exception (Adair) or boys names on girls and vice versa (though I secretly like Juno on a boy).

What are some of your favourite names?
As combos: Adelina Sophia, Magdalena Élisabeth, Isla Aveline, Leo Xavier, Alexander George and Thomas Archie.

What names do you dislike?
Clementine, Madison, Wren, Caden, Dashiell and Bennett. (There are some more but these are just some of them.)

What are your favourite names in the Top 100 of your country?
Isla and Leo.

What are your favourite names that have never charted in your country?
Athénaïs and Cornelius.

Do you have names picked out for your future children?
I’m far off from having children, so changes could be made, though right now, my choices are Adelina Sophia (nickname Lina) and Leo Xavier.

What advice would you give to someone who was choosing a name for their baby?
This isn’t from experience but I would say that you should try and go for a name both you and your partner love, and try not to be easily swayed by negative opinions if you truly love a name and have had it set in stone for ages. If your partner doesn’t love your top choices, try to come up with a list of similar names they may like or ask them what their favourites are, and see if you like any of them, or find a variant of the name you love but they don’t that you both like.

This Week on Babynameobsessed

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I will be running my first series of interviews with those who submitted interest on name berry if there is anyone else wanting to be interviewed the link is here or simply comment. I hope you all enjoy reading them throughout the week.

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Guilty pleasure name: Eulalia

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Eulalia is a name that definitely doesn’t fit in with my usual style and the way I prefer it pronounced is apparently wrong (it’s yoo-LAY-lee-ah according to behind the name but I prefer yoo-Lall-ee-ah). Either way it’s a barely used greek name and is the name of the patron Saint of Barcelona. I first heard of the name read a Rose for The ANZAC boys  by Jackie French and is worn by Midge’s aunt Lallie.

Eulalia is a Greek name meaning to talk well which it would help in pronouncing Eulalia since it is five syllables thankfully theres a lot of nicknames the tradition Eula probably doesn’t work too well but theres also Lallie/Lally and Lalia as well as some less obvious nicknames Ellie, Ella, Lulu, Lula and Lia help to make it more usable in everyday life. Eulalia peaked in 1893 in the US at 364 and has been off the top 1000 since 1928 and there were 25 Eulalia’s born in 2014 and the numbers over the past decade are between 20 and 40 (except 2004 where there were 17) and last year their were just as many Kynzleigh’s born and two more Remedy’s.

Eulalia is a gorgeous underused name that has never been popular and has many lovely nicknames. I would love to see it being used more often.

Esabella and Tully: May

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Boys:

Matthew William

Cameron Thomas

Byron Felix

Jamie Pearce

Roman Walker

Max Leigh (Zoe and Harry)

Ashton Jay

Logan Carl (Matteo)

Chace James Stewart (Brianna and Mitchell)

George John (Victoria and Elena)

Brock

Tully Edward (Fletcher, Cooper and Milla)
Christian Michael
Johnny Brad (Brooke and Bree)- dad named Brad

Leonardo James

Max Rodney

Beau Benjamin (Spenser)

Girls:

Jasmine Louise

Charlie Faye

Esabella Ruby

Ayla Jade

Charlotte Elizabeth Valerie (Aiden and Matilda)

Lizzy Joyce

Olivia Skye

Zara Stephanie (Lachlan and Samuel)

Imogen Tilly

Cora Mae (Bailey (B) and Hamish)

Valentina Grace

Daisy Elizabeth Margherita (Charlotte and Louisa)

Ivy Anne

Elise Marilyn (Lachlan George)

Emmy Rose (Milla and Harper)

Mia Rose

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