Could this be the year that Pippa really hits it big? The name soared in use after the world met Philippa Charlotte Middleton, the world’s most famous bridesmaid. Now Pippa has married hedge fund manager James Matthews, with a lavish, headline-grabbing wedding. Of course “soared in use” still puts it around 100 births a year. 101 in 2016, to be precise. But Pippa combines the best of chart-toppers like Ella and Penelope, so it seems reasonable. And broadly familiar. So maybe, just maybe, we’ll hear more of it in 2017. Speaking of pop culture baby names:
Kylo is so 2016. These are the Star Wars baby names you’re looking for. pic.twitter.com/oglshWSOS9
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 17, 2017
Snoke and Sheev have yet to catch on, but there have been a handful of baby Hondos. Elsewhere in baby name news:
- Previews for the new ABC show Splitting Up Together are making the rounds, so naturally, I searched the kids’ names. It looks like they’re Milo, Mason, and Mae. Those last two seem much too close to me. But the show seems sweet, so I’m planning to tune in.
- On a similar note, can Marko have a daughter called Margo? I can’t make up my mind.
- Annabelle Wallis plays a character called Jenny Halsey in the upcoming horror flick The Mummy. After Kinsley making the Top 100, I’ve extra curious about similar names. Halsey seems like a logical successor to Kinsley and Hailey/Hadley, too.
- Did you see how much Legend climbed in the 2016 rankings? Laura Wattenberg comments on the Age of Bold Baby Names.
- This is hypnotizing.
- So many gorgeous names on this list!
- If you read one thing this week, Kara’s piece on Sound in the Naming Process is the one.
- This is the kind of weird and wonderful that makes me love the internet: the onomastic scholars behind the Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources explain to a random name generating-bot that may of its inventions have history in the middle ages.
- The lists to your right are of the names that were most searched for on the site this week. It’s (always) an eclectic bunch!
That’s all for today. As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!