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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Alternative names to the Top 15

I was asked to do a post on alternatives to popular names, so here it is! If you like a very popular name and don't want to use that name because of it's popularity, this is the post for you.

In this list, I'll include a few names that begin with the same letter as the popular ones, then I'll suggest some with a similar sound in general.
Here are the top 15 boy names of 2013 and their alternatives:

1. Noah-- Noam, Noel, Niall, Navy, Ezra, Rowan, Bodhi.
2. Liam-- Leland, Leo, Lake, Lachlan, Graham, Eliam. 
3. Jacob-- Jago, Jack, Jenson, Cabe, Macon, Breccan.
4. Mason-- Mace, Mannon, Malik, Emerson, Salem.
5. William-- Weston, Wiley, Wade, Abram, Callum.
6. Ethan-- Everett, Emmett, Evander, Lathan, Thatcher.
7. Michael-- Micah, Myles, Merritt, Abel, Cael, Ike.
8. Alexander-- Alec, Alistair, Atlas, Candler, Canyon, Van.
9. Jayden-- Jameson, Jagger, Julian, Declan, Blaise.
10. Daniel-- Draven, Davis, Duke, Emmanuel.
11. Elijah-- Elias, Ellis, Elliot, Kaius, Orion.
12. Aiden-- Aiken, Ace, Anderson, Dresden, Leighton.
13. James-- Jameson (again), Jude/Judah, Jasper, Amos, Asa.
14. Benjamin-- Bennett, Beckham, Brice, Eamon.
15. Matthew-- Matthias, Matteo, Maston, Theo.

Now for the top 15 girls:

1. Sophia-- Sylvia, Selma, Sienna, Fianna, Fiona.
2. Emma-- Esme, Emory, Essie, Isla.
3. Olivia-- Olive, Eliana,Veda, Milena.
4. Isabella-- Isabeau, Indira, India, Estella, Annabel.
5. Ava-- Avia, Aviana, Alba, Viola, Raven.
6. Mia-- Maia, Malia, Maeve, Fia.
7. Emily-- Emilia/Emiliana, Emmeline, Kirrily, Adelie.
8. Abigail-- Abilene, Adelaide, Alice, Annelise.
9. Madison-- Madigan, Mallory, Maisie, Ellison.
10. Elizabeth-- Eliza, Elin, Ember, Libby, Evelyn.
11. Charlotte-- Charlize, Carla, Lottie, Harlow.
12. Avery-- Amzie, Adeline, Everly, Ivana.
13. Sofia-- *Same suggestions as the above spelling*
14. Chloe-- Clara, Cami, Cora/Coraline, Jovie.
15. Ella-- Eleanor, Ellery, Evie, Bellamy, Esmerelda.

Okay guys that's it for today. Now that all my classes are completely over until next semester, I can finally focus more on blogging! Thanks for your patience! :)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My top 5 personal name pet peeves.

I don't like to talk about names negatively here, but I would like to do a post about my own personal naming pet peeves. Before I start, let me state that I don't mean to offend anyone out there, and that these are just my personal opinions.

*Also these aren't in any particular order. I'm numbering them for organization's sake.

1. Siblings named similarly. I've heard of siblings named Braidon and Brandon this week. What?! It's almost the same name... it's literally one letter away from being the same name! I also think names with a too-obvious theme fits in this category. For example, siblings named London, Paris, and Brooklyn. It's just cheesy.

That being said, I am really not against naming your children with some kind of theme, or even with the same letter, but my two general rules about naming your children with the same letter are:

-The two names can't have the same first three letters. (The same first two is kinda pushing it!) Nathan and Natalie are too matchy, but Nathan and Nora are different enough to work.
-The two names can't end in the same letter if they begin with the same letter. Morgan and Mason are too matchy, but Morgan and Molly are different enough to work.

Make sense?

2. Sibling name styles that don't match at all. I'm going to use fake names here, but I know of a sibling set named similarly to: Richard and Cayden. OMG. What?! That sounds like a grandfather and his grandson. When I hear a great name, it can be totally ruined if their sibling's name is wayyy different stylistically.

3. People that change the original spellings of names in the name of "unique." If you like a name, use it. If you like an alternative spelling better, than use it. However, don't change the spelling because a name is popular and you think changing the spelling will make it more "unique." I like the name Charlie for a girl, but I prefer the spelling Charlee. Not because Charlie is getting so popular, but because I simply like that spelling better. I have heard of people doing that SO much that I get tired of it. And please-- don't make the spelling so complicated. Simplicity is under-rated nowadays in naming trends.

4. People who use "filler" middle names. This one drives me up the wall. "Filler" middles are middle names that tons of people use as middle names, simply because they sound good with almost everything. Filler middles for girls nowadays tend to be: Grace, Faith, Brooke (my own middle), Rose, Elizabeth, Marie, Ann (I could go on and on). For boys, fillers tend to be names like James, Michael, Joseph, Thomas (Again, I could go on.) Now, let me say that it's a totally different story if one of these types of common middles are family names. But I know more often than not these typical middles are just kind of placed in the middle name spot because it was the first thing that sounded good. That kind of carelessness with a name is so annoying to me! At least put some thought into the name your child will be wearing for the rest of it's life.

5. When people have no intentions of ever actually calling a child by their first name. I know a boy (I'll use a fake name here) that has a wonderful first name, but his parents never planned on calling him that and he's always went by his middle, even in the womb! For example, let's say his name is Callum James and they call the child James. Huh? If you wanted to call him James all along, you should have named him that! Even if there are family names involved, just put the family name in the middle.

Alright that's it! My top 5 personal name pet peeves. What are yours?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The "long A" sound names: America's favorites

Finals week is slowly coming to an end and that means I'll get back on my blogging track! Woop Woop!
If you're an American reading this post, I guarantee you that you can think of a LOT of kids with this long A sound in their name. The "ay" sound is America's favorite, in my opinion.

First, let's take a look at the boy names. There -Aydens. Aidan, Brayden, Caden, Hayden, Jayden reigned as kings of the name world, and other spellings and variations followed suit. The main sound in all of those names is "ay." Now, I see a whole new set of "ay" names on trend: the -Asons. Mason, clearly, has become hugely popular. I can also count at least 10 Casons (all spelled differently) under the age of five. Grayson is popular in my area as well, and I've also spotted some Paysons. Other popular names for boys with this sound are Gabriel, Jacob, Caleb, Jace, Blake, and Chase.

With girl names, there are lot's of -aylas. Layla, Mckayla, Kayla, Jayla, Shayla, and I've seen a few Aylas. There's also been a huge trend of -ae middle names for girls: Rae, Mae, Jae. Other popular girl names with this sound are Ava, Grace, Payton, Paisley, Jada and Reagan.

I think we see so many of these "ay" sound names simply because it's easy for us native English speakers to say. When we're looking for names, aside from style and what the name reminds us of, we want names that are easy and pleasant to say.

Looking for the "ay" sound, but want some less trendy/popular alternatives? Glad you asked :)




Alright guys, that's it for today! I'm gonna go grab a coffee and head to class. My next post will be one that was requested of me to write, and so I'm pretty excited about it. Thanks for reading!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ask Anything Thursday Answers 12/5/14

Since I introduced the feature kind of late in the week, I decided to give readers an extra day to send in questions and I received four of them:
"What would you name a sibling to Olivia Rae?"
Well, Olivia is a classic, feminine, yet fairly common name nowadays. I'd pair it with something with a similar feel. If Olivia Rae had a sister, I'd name her Caroline Bryn. If she had a brother, I'd probably use a classic name for him as well. Jameson Grant would go well, I think.
"How do you feel about the name Blake for a girl?"
I actually like Blake for a girl a lot better than I do for a boy. Not sure why, just a personal preference.
"Could you do a post on names similar to popular names? (: "
Yes! I think that would be fun. :)
"I really like the name Hudson but I can't use it now b/c it's too popular where I live.. any other suggestions plzzz????"
Well, names that sound similar to Hudson are Holden, Hayden, Harrison. If you like the -son ending, Emerson, Ellison, Judson, Lawson, and Jenson are names that are less popular with that ending. Other surname-names in general that you might like: Weston, Maston, Sumner, Palmer, Siler, and Keaton.
That's it you guys! My birthday is Sunday so stay tuned for my birthday weekend celebration updates. And thanks for sticking with me readers through all this craziness. I appreciate you guys so much!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Introducing a new feature!

Again, I apologize for my lack of blogging. My stomach issues have been a major hindrance and add that with my homework load lately and you've got a Bad Blogger.

But I do have some exciting news!

Every Thursday from now on I will be doing a "Ask Anything Thursday" feature. You can message me on Facebook, DM me on Instagram, and I now have a Twitter account so you can tweet me at @kbcarvr. Also, if you'd like to not have your name included with your question you can contact me through the sidebar of this blog.

What can you ask me? Anything.

  • My opinions on certain names
  • My suggestions of names for you
  • Certain blog post topics you'd like to see me write on
  • Personal questions
  • Literally, anything you want to know

On Thursdays I'll be answering them all in one post. I can't wait to get back to fully blogging, now that my digestive system is freeing me from it's tight grip, and I look forward to answering your questions! :)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

#selfiesunday: Holiday weekend killed my consistency and I apologize.

I've unofficially diagnosed myself with BBS. Busy Blogger Syndrome. It's been a pretty serious case, but I'm recovering. Slowly.

Like everyone else, I've been caught up in this whirlwind of a holiday and I've yet to put a dent in my homework load. (Yikes.) I celebrated Thanksgiving with my family and my future in-laws, and I celebrated Black Friday by working in it, and it was pretty intense! The store I work in got so much business and as exhausted as I was, I went to a football game.

Also, on Saturday before work I saw one of my best friends who was back from college! I intended to blog that night about it, but since then I've been inflicted with a nasty stomach bug and I've been recovering from that.

So basically I've had an insanely busy past few days and that's why I haven't been blogging as much as normal, and I hate to admit it, but with finals coming up I may not get much better. But bear with me! I'll be back to a normal routine of baby naming soon, and in the mean time I'll do my best to blog as normally as possible.

Again, I do apologize. Forgive me pleaaaaase?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Soft, short, sweet boy names: Kai, Kian, Cove, and more.

I love soft boy names; I'll never be that person that names my son Slade, Gunner, Hunter, or Axel, not because those are bad names, but because they just aren't my style due to their super-macho-masculine vibe style. I much prefer softer, sweeter boy names.

Asa-- Haven't talked about this name in awhile, but I still love it. With Mason, Cason, Jace, and Ace being on the rise, Asa fits right in. I think the -a ending turns people off.

Ian-- This name is in the Top 100, which is strange because I have never once met an Ian. I love the sound of Ian.

Kai-- I LOVE Kai. Always will. It's no wonder it's becoming trendy.

Milo-- I am personally not a fan of Milo, but I think I'm in the minority here. Thanks to celebrities like Liv Tyler and Alyssa Milano using it for their boys, Milo is a rising star too.

Gray-- So many Graysons running around. It'd be refreshing to see more Grays.

Cedar-- Such a sweet nature name.

Reece-- One of my current top boy name contenders. I used to like it only on a girl, and now I like it only on a boy.

Sage-- A forever Name Love of mine. Like Reece, I used to only like this on a girl, and now I only like it for a boy.

Kian-- From my understanding, this name is pronounced Kee-an, like Keegan minus the G. It's really growing on me.

Theodore-- Okay, so this one isn't short. But it's the cuddliest sounding name, I love it. Theo and Teddy are so CUTE as nicknames.
Blaine-- This one is unisex and I like it for both genders, but I think it suits a boy well.
Louis-- Pronounced the French way "Lew-ee." This pronunciation isn't as popular among Americans, but I think it's one to consider.
Hugo-- My best friend has a kitten with this name, which is sweet, but I'd like to see it on a human boy rather than a feline boy!
Palmer-- I imagine palm trees, which gives me a peaceful association with the name. I think this would make a great name for a boy, if you're looking for something that's under-used yet familiar.
Jude-- This name is rising in popularity; it seems like every time I turn around there is a new baby boy named Jude! But it's so sweet and full of meaning.
Cove-- I think this is a nature name that is severely over looked.
 And there you have it! 16 soft boy names that would be great choices for a son.