Most popular female names of 1999. Part two

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Part two is the 11-20 range where many previous top 10’s and future top 10’s are often positioned. Be prepared for some huge falls.

Stephanie:

Position in 1999: 11

Current Position: 120

Fall in Position: 109 NSW 2011

Amy:

Position in 1999: 12

Current Position: 104, NSW 2011

Fall in Position: 92

Hannah

Position in 1999: 13

Current Position: 27

Fall in Position: 14

Alexandra:

Position in 1999: 14

Current Position: 75

Fall in Position: 61

Zoe

Position in 1999: 15

Current Position: 18

Fall in Position: 13

Lauren:

Position in 1999: 16

Current Position: 109, NSW 2011

Fall in Position: 93

Sophie:

Position in 1999: 17

Current Position: 8

Rise in position: 9

Samantha:

Position in 1999: 18

Current Position: 100 in NSW but nationally gone

Fall in Position: 82 at least

Rebecca

Position in 1999: 19

Current Position: 188 NSW 2011

Fall in Position: 169

Maddison:

Position in 1999: 20

Current Position: 16 when combined with Madison, Individually in WA 33

Rise in Position: 4. Fall in position:13

Number of names that fell: 8 or 9

Number of names that rose: 1 or 2

Biggest faller: Rebecca

Runners up: Stephanie, Amy and Lauren

Biggest Riser: Sophie

Runner up: Maddison

I can’t believe how far Rebecca fell. I understand Stephanie, Amy and Lauren but poor classic Rebecca. All the big fallers were already on the way down having peaked in the 1980’s or earlier in the 1990’s and now have a mum name image. Samantha and Lauren have both returned and fell out of the top 100 in 2011 and 2013. While much more dated then the top 10 I can easily imagine a baby with any of these names.

Most Popular Male Names of 1999

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Since yesterday I posted the most popular girls names I feel like I should follow it up with boys names. For the girls 40% are still top ten and all of them still make the top 50 is that the case with the most popular male choices of 1999?

Lachlan

Position in 1999: 1

Current Position:  12

Fall in Position: 11

Jack

Position in 1999: 2

Current Position: 3

Fall in Position: 1

Joshua

Position in 1999: 3

Current Position: 22

Fall in Position: 19

Thomas

Position in 1999: 4

Current Position: 6

Fall in Position: 2

James

Position in 1999: 5

Current Position: 8

Fall in Position: 3

Matthew

Position in 1999: 6

Current Position: 51

Fall in Position: 45

Nicholas

Position in 1999: 7

Current Position: 68

Fall in Position: 61

Daniel

Position in 1999: 8

Current Position: 33

Fall in Position: 25

William

Position in 1999: 9

Current Position: 2

Rise in Position: 7

Liam

Position in 1999: 10

Current Position: 11

Fall in Position: 1

Number of names that fell: 9

Number of names that rose: 1

Biggest faller: Nicholas

Runners up: Mattew

Biggest Riser: William

The boys names fared even worse with 4 names remaining in the top 10 but Nicholas and Matthew fell a lot more the biggest faller of the girls. But all of these names still work well none are too dated I actually know a baby Nicholas and Matthew but no young William’s, Liam’s and Jack’s.

Most popular Female names of 1999

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1999 the year I was born while not too much has changed (assuming I don’t really know) but the top ten female names have with most of the top names of 1999 out of the top 20.

Emily

Position in 1999: 1

Current Position: 4

Fall in Position: 3

Jessica:

Position in 1999: 2

Current Position: 38

Fall in Position: 36

Chloe

Position in 1999: 3

Current Position: 9

Fall in Position: 6

Olivia

Position in 1999: 4

Current Position: 2

Rise in Position: 2

Sarah

Position in 1999: 5

Current Position: 41

Fall in Position: 36

Georgia:

Position in 1999: 6

Current Position: 32

Fall in Position: 26

Emma:

Position in 1999: 7

Current Position: 20

Fall in Position: 14

Isabella:

Position in 1999: 8

Current Position: 9

Fall in Position: 1

Chelsea

Position in 1999: 9

Current Position: 49

Fall in Position: 40

Grace:

Position in 1999: 10

Current Position: 14

Fall in Position: 4

Number of names that fell: 9

Number of names that rose: 1

Biggest faller: Chelsea

Runners up: Jessica, Sarah and Georgia

Biggest Riser: Oliva

Over all almost every name in the top 10 fell most by less then 20 but others have plummeted since then especially Chelsea. Only four names remain in the top 20 just 16 years later though none of them seem particularly dated and can all easily work on a child. 

Guilty pleasure baby name: Wilhelmina

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 4.33.53 pmSince I can’t access the west Australian online currently I’ll add another guilty pleasures post. Todays is Wilhelmina which I became introduced to by Wilhelmina “Mina” Wylie one of Australia’s first female olympians in 1912 she won a silver medal and was beaten by fellow Australian and friend Sarah “Fanny” Durack. While Wilhelmina has remained rare I will never quite understand why it has remained so rare with a great namesake and many many nicknames.

Wilhelmina is the Dutch, German and Polish form of Wilhelm meaning resolute protection. One of the best parts about Wilhelmina is the nicknames the obvious ones are: Billie, Willa and Mina. Some less obvious ones are: Lily, Mia, Willow, Minnie, Minka, Mimi, Ellie, Elma and Wilma (the last two I don’t really expect to see used) . My favourite of them is Minka but Willow, Mia, Ellie and Billie are all current favourites. In terms of popularity while on nameberry Wilhelmina makes the top 500 in reality it’s only a top 1,000 name in the Netherlands where it ranks 328 but in Australia it’s never ranked. In America it’s been off the charts since 1952 and it peaked at 240 in 1889. Last year 107 Wilhelmina’s were born the most since 1951. In the UK it’s rising but is only at 2312 with 11 born the highest amount of births since 1996.

While Wilhelmina remains a guilty pleasure to me (compared to my other favourites it’s too much) I have loved it since 2012 and would love to meet or even see a little Wilhelmina in birth notices . It’s a stunning classic name with so many lovely nicknames that help to ease the clunkiness of the name.

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!

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