March Madness is upon us!
No, I’m not talking about basketball.
Every March, we start with the 32 most-viewed names from the prior year – sixteen for boys and sixteen for girls – and vote our way to a winner! I thoroughly enjoy the process, and hope you do, too. The first round always starts with some quirky favorites – think Phryne and Ayrton. By the end of the month, chances are that a far more mainstream name will capture the title. Past winners include Theodore and Sylvie, Cora and Finn. (See the whole list to the right!)
If you haven’t voted yet, there’s plenty of time. Polls will stay open until Thursday, March 9th. The next rounds are posted on Saturday, March 11th.
A couple of these are really close! Wilder v. Reid and Sullivan v. Soren could go either way; on the girls’ side, Marigold v. Lena seems like a tight race. (Though that might change by the time you’re clicking through!)
- Half-junior? This is a new one to me! I agree with The Name Lady. This isn’t a thing. But it’s a fascinating idea.
- Margaret Atwood is a prolific writer, and an inspired namer, too. (Thanks to Photoquilty for the link.)
- Cage, KayDee-Lou, Sardonyx, Briscoe, Oak – some fascinating middle names in this Oregon round-up from Names for Real.
- Theodora Verity, Harriet Cecily, and Rufus Benedict? That’s the kind of sibset that makes me love, love, love the British Baby Names birth announcements posts.
- Word names that aren’t actually word names. Fun!
- Come for Dinah and Luanne, stay for the sweet vintage snapshots: 50 Totally Hip Baby Names from the 1950s.
- This is crazy fascinating: Do you look like your name? It turns out there’s a good chance that the answer is yes.
That’s all for today. As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!