October Name Sightings

Happy Halloween!  Since November starts tomorrow, it’s time to review the most interesting and unusual names I spotted in October.

I met:

  • Everly – Adult female, 20s.  This was certainly a surprising encounter!  The vast majority of people named Everly are under the age of 5, considering the name only officially became popular in 2012.  Current U.S. rank: #107.
  • Wallis “Wallie” – adult female, probably in her 70s.  I didn’t get a chance to ask, but I wonder if she was named after Wallis Simpson, who was the American wife of King Edward VIII…and the main reason why Elizabeth II is queen, since Edward was forced to abdicate to his brother Albert (King George VI) for marrying a two-time divorcée.  8 girls were named Wallis last year in the U.S.
  • Benita – adult.  I don’t remember how old she was, but I was surprised to learn that Benita spent much of the 20th century in the top 1000.  Peak usage was in the early 1960s.  14 girls were named Benita (the Spanish form of Benedicta) in 2016
  • Blair – teenage boy.  This was popular for both sexes between 1980 and 1995.  Blair was last in the top 1000 for boys in ’95, and then dropped out for girls after 2000.  It has since returned for girls.  Current rank: #521, representing 594 girls.  There were also 83 boys given the name last year.
  • Breandan – teenager.  Interesting spelling of Brendan; sounds slightly drawled.  Maybe his parents are Brendan and Breanna and decided to smash their names together?  Anyway, 9 boys were given this spelling in 2016.

Mentioned in Newspapers:

  • Daugherty – Unsure of gender.  Probably long deceased as was mentioned in an obit as a parent of decedent.
  • Unity – probably a child or young adult.  30 girls were named Unity in 2016.
  • Aonika – early teens.  Variant of Annika?
  • Ada-Marie – adult.  Since double-barrels aren’t a thing in SSA data, we have to look to Adamarie, which was in fact used 6 times last year.
  • Helge – male.  This hasn’t appeared in extended birth data since 1930!!!  Helge is the masculine form of Helga.

I also spotted an amazing couple of names last night during the starting credits for The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a 1921 film which made actor Rudolph Valentino (1895-1926) a household name.  Since it’s in the public domain, you can watch it anywhere online for free – here’s a link.  Incidentally, Four Horseman was the top-grossing movie of its year.


The starting credits of this movie had a few absolutely eye-catching rare names!

  • Pomeroy Pomeroy Cannon (1870-1928) was listed *before* Valentino in the credits.  Not much seems to be known about him.
  • BrodwitchBowditch Turner (1877-1933).  Yes, there’s a slight difference between his name and credit.

There’s also a Bridgetta listed in the credits.  It wasn’t her real name, and Four Horseman was her first movie.  Judging by the SSDI, it’s improbable that her stage name affected baby naming at all.  However, Rudolph Valentino most definitely did have an effect.  When he died in 1926, Valentino entered the top 1000 for the first time (staying until 1928) and already-popular Rudolph was temporarily boosted.

What do you think of these names?  Did you spot any interesting names this month?  Let me know in the comments! 

Previous name round-ups from this year:


Many of the most popular ‘L’ names for boys are surnames – Landon, Lincoln, Logan, etc.  Noticeably, they also end in the letter ‘n.’  So how about Lyman?

Lyman is an unusual baby name from early America.  Despite lukewarm popularity, this name managed to stay in the top 1000 until the 1960s.  It was never trendy, but steady.  Just 16 boys were named Lyman in 2016, though that’s more than double the number of Lyman‘s born even five years ago!


L. Frank Baum’s first name was Lyman

The most famous namesakes:

  • Lyman Hall (1724-1790): signer of Declaration of Independence
  • Lyman Beecher (1775-1863): minister, American Temperance Union co-founder, and father of many famous children including Harriet Beecher Stowe.  Lyman was his mother’s maiden name.
  • Lyman Trumbull (1813-1896); co-wrote the 13th Amendment, which outlawed slavery
  • Lyman Gage (1836-1927): United States Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt
  • Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919): author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • Josh Lyman: character on The West Wing.

Lyman is clearly a name with precedent.  So where is he now?

The lack of modern trendiness might be attributed to an association with another name.  Nameberry’s description says Lyman is “almost as passé as Hyman.”  Hmm…I’m not sure I agree with that statement.  We usually don’t discourage people from calling their sons Nick just because it rhymes with Dick, an old-fashioned name that – like Hyman – has taken on a sexual, usually negative connotation and headed for extinction.  Yes, Lyman happens to rhyme with “hymen,” but you’re probably only realizing that now that I’ve pointed it out.  Personally, I never made the connection until I saw Nameberry’s bit.  More interestingly, they don’t say anything about the name Wyman, which is also in use (though still rarer than Lyman).

Does Lyman sound too much like the word “hymen?”  Is Lyman still usable, and could he make a comeback?  I personally think Lyman is fine, but I’d like to hear y’all’s opinions.

Girls’ Names in the U.S. Top 1000 that Aren’t in the English/Welsh Top 1000

Finally, the names that are currently popular for baby girls in the U.S. but not in England and Wales!  A few of the names here are in the top 1000 for British boys.  Unisex and gender-bending names are more American phenomenons. 

To make this list, I compared the 2016 U.S. top 1000 against the top 1000 names in England and Wales for the same year.  American data comes from the Social Security Administration; English and Welsh data comes from the Office of National Statistics.  I’ve also made a list of girls’ names in the E/W top 1000 that aren’t in the U.S. and comparable boys’ lists.

  • A: Aadhya, Abril, Adalyn, Adalynn, Addilyn, Addilynn, Addisyn, Addyson, Adelyn, Adelynn, Adilynn, Adley, Adrienne, Ailani, Aileen, Ainsley, Aislinn, Aitana, Aiyana, Alaia, Alani, Alayah, Aleah, Alejandra, Alena, Alessandra, Alexa, Aliana, Alianna, Alison, Allie, Allison, Ally, Allyson, Alondra, Alyson, Alyvia, Amari, Amaris, Amia, Amiya, Amya, Anabella, Anahi, Analia, Andi, Angelique, Angie, Ann, Annalee, Anne, Annika, Anniston, Ansley, Antonella, Aranza, Arden, Arely, Ari, Ariel, Armani, Aryana, Aryanna, Ashley, Ashlyn, Ashlynn, Aspen, Aubri, Aubrie, Aubriella, Aubrielle, Audrina, Avah, Avalynn, Averi, Averie, Avianna, Ayleen, Aylin, Azalea, Azaria, Azariah
  • B: Bailee, Barbara, Baylee, Belen, Bexley, Blair, Blaire, Blakely, Braelyn, Braelynn, Braylee, Breanna, Brenda, Brenna, Bria, Briar, Briana, Briella, Briley, Brinley, Bristol, Brittany, Brooklynn, Brylee, Bryleigh, Brynlee, Brynn
  • C: Cadence, Calliope, Cameron, Camila, Camryn, Carlee, Carly, Carolina, Carolyn, Carter, Cataleya, Catalina, Caylee, Celia, Celine, Chana, Chandler, Charlee, Charleigh, Charli, Cherish, Cheyenne, Clare, Clarissa, Colette, Collins, Coraline, Corinne, Cynthia
  • D: Dalary, Daleyza, Dallas, Danica, Danna, Davina, Dayana, Delaney, Desiree, Dulce, Dylan
  • E: Eileen, Elaina, Elaine, Elianna, Elliana, Ellianna, Elliot, Elliott, Ellis, Ellison, Elyse, Emely, Emerie, Emerson, Emersyn, Emery, Emmaline, Emmalyn, Emmalynn, Emory, Esmeralda, Esperanza, Estella, Estrella, Evelynn, Everleigh
  • F: Fernanda, Finley
  • G: Galilea, Gemma, Genesis, Giana, Gianna, Giovanna, Giselle, Giuliana, Gracelyn, Gracelynn, Guadalupe, Gwendolyn
  • H: Hadlee, Hadleigh, Hadley, Hailee, Hailey, Haley, Harlee, Harleigh, Harmoni, Haven, Hayden, Haylee, Heaven, Heavenly, Henley, Holland, Hunter
  • I: Iliana, Irene, Isabela, Itzayana, Itzel, Ivanna, Ivory
  • J: Jacqueline, Jada, Jaelyn, Jaelynn, Jaliyah, Jamie, Jane, Janelle, Janessa, Janiyah, Jaycee, Jayda, Jayde, Jayden, Jayla, Jaylah, Jaylee, Jayleen, Jaylene, Jaylynn, Jazlyn, Jazlynn, Jazmine, Jemma, Jessa, Jewel, Jillian, Jimena, Joelle, Johanna, Jolene, Jolie, Jordan, Jordyn, Joselyn, Joslyn, Journee, Journey, Judith, Juliana, Julianna, Julianne, Julie, Julieta, Julissa, June, Juniper, Justice
  • K: Kadence, Kaelyn, Kai, Kailani, Kailee, Kailey, Kailyn, Kairi, Kaiya, Kalani, Kali, Kaliyah, Kallie, Kamila, Kamryn, Karen, Karla, Karlee, Karlie, Karsyn, Karter, Kassandra, Kassidy, Katalina, Kaydence, Kaylani, Kaylee, Kaylie, Kaylin, Kaylynn, Kehlani, Kendra, Kenia, Kenley, Kenna, Kennedi, Kennedy, Kensley, Kenya, Kenzie, Keyla, Kimber, Kinley, Kinslee, Kinsley, Kora, Kori, Kristina, Kylee, Kyleigh, Kylie, Kynlee
  • L: Lailah, Lainey, Landry, Laney, Laurel, Lauryn, Laylah, Leanna, Leighton, Lennon, Lennox, Leslie, Lillianna, Lilyana, Lilyanna, Linda, Lindsey, Liv, Lizbeth, Logan, London, Londyn, Lorelai, Luciana, Lucille, Luz, Lyric
  • M: Mackenzie, Madalyn, Madalynn, Madelyn, Madelynn, Madilyn, Madilynn, Madisyn, Madyson, Magnolia, Makayla, Makenna, Makenzie, Malaya, Malaysia, Maleah, Malia, Maliah, Maliyah, Mallory, Maren, Mariana, Marianna, Marilyn, Marisol, Marissa, Mariyah, Marjorie, Marlee, Marleigh, Mavis, Maxine, Maylee, Mckenna, Mckenzie, Mckinley, Meilani, Mercy, Micah, Mikaela, Mikayla, Milani, Milania, Miracle, Miranda, Monroe, Monserrat, Montserrat, Moriah
  • N: Nala, Nalani, Nataly, Nathalia, Nathalie, Nathaly, Nayeli, Noelle, Noemi, Novalee
  • O: Oakley
  • P: Paislee, Paityn, Paola, Parker, Paulina, Perla, Presley, Priscilla
  • R: Raegan, Raelyn, Raelynn, Raina, Ramona, Raquel, Rayna, Rayne, Reagan, Rebekah, Reese, Regina, Reign, Reina, Remington, Remy, Renata, Reyna, Rivka, Romina, Rory, Rosalyn, Roselyn, Royal, Royalty, Ryan, Ryann, Rylan, Rylee, Ryleigh, Rylie
  • S: Sage, Saige, Sarai, Sariah, Sariyah, Sawyer, Saylor, Scarlette, Selah, Sharon, Shayla, Shiloh, Sierra, Simone, Sloan, Sloane, Susan, Sutton
  • T: Taliyah, Tatiana, Tatum, Tenley, Teresa, Tinley, Tinsley, Tori
  • V: Vada, Valeria, Veda, Virginia, Viviana
  • W: Wendy, Whitney, Willa, Wynter
  • X: Ximena
  • Y: Yamileth, Yareli, Yaretzi
  • Z: Zaniyah, Zaria, Zariah, Zariyah, Zaylee, Zelda, Zendaya, Zion, Zoie, Zuri

What do you think?  Let me know in the comments! 


Girls’ Names in the English/Welsh Top 1000 that Aren’t in the U.S. Top 1000

These are all the girls’ names that are in the English and Welsh top 1000 for 2016 but *not* in the United States!  I made this list by comparing Office of National Statistics data against the Social Security Administration‘s list of most popular baby names.  I’ve also made a list of boys’ names popular in England and Wales but not in the U.S. and and list of boys’ names that are currently popular in the U.S. but not in England and Wales.

  • A: Aairah, Aamina, Aaminah, Aarya, Aasiyah, Aayat, Abbie, Agatha, Agnes, Aida, Aila, Aimee, Aishah, Aiyla, Aiza, Aizah, Ajwa, Akira, Alara, Alba, Aleeza, Aleksandra, Alesha, Alicja, Alisa, Alishba, Alissa, Alissia, Allegra, Alys, Alyssia, Amal, Amalie, Ameera, Ameerah, Amelia-Grace, Amelia-Rose, Aminah, Ammara, Amna, Anabia, Anais, Anaiya, Anastazja, Anayah, Andreea, Anisa, Anisha, Antonina, Anoushka, Aoife, Aqsa, Arissa, Arla, Arwa, Arwen, Ashleigh, Asia, Asiya, Asiyah, Asma, Ava-Mae, Ava-Grace, Ava-Rose, Avani, Avaya, Avleen, Avneet, Ayaana, Ayah, Ayat, Ayda, Ayesha, Ayra, Aysha, Ayva, Azra
  • B: Beatrix, Beatriz, Beau, Bella-Rose, Beth, Bethan, Betsy, Betty, Bianka, Billie, Blanka, Blessing, Blossom, Bluebell, Bobbi, Bobbie, Bryony
  • C: Cadi, Caitlin, Caitlyn, Caoimhe, Carys, Cassie, Cecily, Cerys, Chiara, Cleo, Coco, Connie, Constance, Cordelia
  • D: Daisie, Daisy-Mae, Daisy-May, Darcey, Darci, Darcie, Darcy, Daria, Delia, Diya, Dolcie, Dollie, Dolly, Dottie, Dua, Dulcie
  • E: Eadie, Ebony, Edie, Effie, Eilidh, Eira, Ela, Eleni, Eleri, Elia, Elif, Elina, Elinor, Elisha, Elissa, Ella-Louise, Ella-Mae, Ella-May, Ella-Rose, Ellie-Mae, Ellie-Mai, Ellie-May, Ellie-Rose, Elodie, Elouise, Elsie-Mae, Elsie-May, Elsie-Rose, Elspeth, Ema, Emaan, Emilija, Emily-Rose, Emmanuella, Emme, Enya, Eryn, Eshaal, Eshal, Esmae, Esmai, Esmay, Esmee, Etta, Evelina, Evie-Grace, Evie-Mae, Evie-Rose, Ezmae
  • F: Farah, Fathima, Fatimah, Fearne, Fern, Ferne, Ffion, Fleur, Flora, Florence, Florrie, Freyja
  • G: Georgiana, Georgie, Georgina, Giulia, Gracie-Mae, Gracie-Mai, Gracie-May
  • H: Hafsa, Hafsah, Hajra, Hajrah, Haleema, Halima, Haniya, Hareem, Harleen, Harlie, Harper-Rose, Harriet, Harriett, Hawa, Hawwa, Henrietta, Hermione, Hettie, Hiba, Hollie, Honey, Honor, Hoorain, Huda, Humaira, Husna
  • I: Ida, Iga, Imaan, Iman, Imogen, Inaaya, Inaayah, Inara, Inaya, Inayah, Indi, India, Indiana, Indie, Indigo, Ines, Iona, Iqra, Isabella-Rose, Isha, Isla-Grace, Isla-Mae, Isla-Rae, Isla-Rose, Isobel, Isobella, Isobelle, Isra, Ivy-Rose, Iyla, Iylah, Izabela, Izzy
  • J: Jannah, Jannat, Jasleen, Jaya, Jemima, Joni, Jorgie, Jorja, Juno
  • K: Kacey, Kacie, Kaja, Karolina, Katy, Keeva, Keziah, Khadija, Khadijah, Kimberley, Kitty, Klara, Klaudia, Kornelia
  • L: Lacey-Mae, Lacie, Laiba, Larissa, Lavinia, Layla-Mae, Layla-Rose, Leela, Leena, Leja, Leonie, Lexi-Mae, Libby, Lili, Lillia, Lillie-Mae, Lillie-Rose, Lilly-Mae, Lilly-Mai, Lilly-May, Lily-Mae, Lily-May, Lily-Rose, Liyana, Lois, Lola-Rose, Lorena, Lottie, Lowri, Lucie, Luella, Luisa, Lula
  • M: Macey, Maddie, Madiha, Magdalena, Mahi, Mahnoor, Maira, Maisey, Maisy, Maiya, Maja, Malaika, Malak, Mali, Maliha, Manahil, Manha, Marcelina, Marcie, Margaux, Mariya, Marlie, Marni, Marnie, Marta, Martina, Martyna, Marwa, Mathilda, Matylda, May, Meghan, Melany, Melisa, Mia-Rose, Miley, Millicent, Millie-Mae, Millie-Rose, Milly, Minahil, Minnie, Miyah, Mollie
  • N: Nahla, Nancie, Neave, Neive, Nel, Nela, Nell, Nellie, Nelly, Neve, Niamh, Nicola, Nieve, Nikita, Nikola, Niyah, Nusaybah, Nyah
  • O: Ocean, Octavia, Olivia-Grace, Olivia-Mae, Olivia-Rose, Oliwia, Orla, Orlaigh, Ottilie
  • P: Peggy, Persephone, Philippa, Pippa, Pixie, Pola, Polly, Poppie, Precious, Primrose, Prisha, Priya
  • R: Rae, Raisa, Rania, Raya, Rebeca, Renae, Renee, Reeva, Reya, Ria, Rihanna, Rita, Robin, Robyn, Roisin, Roma, Romilly, Romy, Ronnie, Rosanna, Roxanne, Rubie, Ruby-Mae, Ruby-Rose, Rumaisa, Rumaysa, Ruqayyah
  • S: Saanvi, Saara, Saarah, Safa, Safaa, Saffron, Safia, Safiya, Safiyyah, Samira, Sana, Sanaya, Sapphire, Saskia, Scarlett-Rose, Selina, Seren, Shanaya, Shania, Shannon, Shreya, Sia, Sianna, Sienna-Rose, Simona, Simran, Siya, Sofija, Sonia, Soraya, Stefania, Sukhmani, Sumaya, Sumayyah, Summer-Rose, Syeda
  • T: Tahlia, Tallulah, Tamara, Tanisha, Tara, Taya, Tess, Theia, Theodora, Tia, Tianna, Tillie, Tilly
  • U: Una
  • V: Vanesa, Verity, Viktoria
  • W: Weronika, Wiktoria, Winifred, Winnie
  • X: Xanthe
  • Y: Yara, Yasmine, Yusra
  • Z: Zahraa, Zarah, Zayna, Zaynab, Zaynah, Zeynep, Zofia, Zoha, Zoya, Zunairah, Zuzanna

You probably noticed a lot of “double-barrel” baby names in here.  While there are Americans with hyphenated first names, the Social Security Administration doesn’t acknowledge their spellings as distinct names.  The U.K. does.  So, Amelia-Rose is officially Ameliarose in America and Amelia-Rose in Britain.

Thoughts?  Let me know in the comments!


Names Inspired by Animals

Today is World Animal Day – here are some people’s names associated with animals!  

  • Agnes – This has religious associations with the similar-sounding Latin word for lamb, agnusAgnes is currently rare in the U.S., as only 229 girls received the name last year.  But, that’s fairly close to the top 1000 threshold, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s popular again before 2020.
  • Arachne – If the story is anything to go by, the animal is inspired by the name!  The word “arachnid,” which refers to spiders, comes from Arachne.  There’s no record of this name in Social Security birth or death data; has this name ever been used in modern times?  Probably not, since few people like spiders.  If you love the sound of Arachne but not the association, try Ariadne instead.
  • Avian – 88 boys and 9 girls got this name last year, which is an adjective referring to birds.  My only concern about using this as a name is the potential for flu jokes.  It’s almost like calling your child Rubella.  Pretty…deadly!  Use Ava, Avi, or even Aviana instead.
  • Bear – 186 boys were named Bear in the U.S. last year, and he’ll probably enter the top 1000 in 2017.  There’s a more extensive piece about Bear‘s trajectory over at Nancy’s Baby Names, while Appellation Mountain has a post about bear-related names in general!
  • Bjorn – The English rendering of a Scandinavian and German name meaning “bear.”  Depending on the country/language, you may see it spelled Björn or Bjørn.  The U.S. and other native English-speaking countries don’t usually acknowledge diacritical marks, which mainly alter pronunciation.  People may use them in daily use.  Regardless of the rendering, SSA data shows that 150 boys were named Bjorn in the U.S. in 2016.  Like Bear, this name is also a fast riser.  (P.S.: the ‘j’ is pronounced like a ‘y.’  Bee-yorn.)
  • Caleb – Popular Bible name which is usually thought to mean “dog” in Hebrew.  Current U.S. rank: #44.
  • Drake – A male duck.  Current rank: #445.
  • Ellie – I think this is a cute name for elephant-lovers.  Remember, you can always lengthen it!  I personally love when Ellie is short for Eleanor or Elizabeth, but any longer “El-” name should do.  That includes unisex options like Elliott and EllisonEllie‘s current rank: #43.
  • Epona – Celtic horse goddess.  Although I haven’t found Epona in SSA birth data, the Social Security Death Index tells me at least 3 women had the similar name Eponine, which is from a character in Les Miserables.
  • Fox – Newly popular in America, this animal word-name ranks #746.
  • Giles – 17 boys.  According to Behind the Name, Giles derives from a Greek word meaning “young goat.”
  • Halcyon – Derives from a Greek word meaning “kingfisher,” which is a type of bird.  I personally prefer the form Alcyone, but Hallie‘s a cute nickname!
  • Io – 16 girls in 2016; usually pronounced “eye-oh.”  Io was a lover of Zeus who was transformed into a cow.
  • Jael – Biblical women’s name meaning “ibex/mountain goat.”  145 girls and 140 boys were named Jael in 2016.
  • Kitty – Nickname for Katherine, borne by one of the Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice.  Only 7 American girls were actually named Kitty last year, but Katherine is still in the top 100.


    When in Rome, take random cat photos.

  • Lark – 40 girls and 7 boys were given this avian name in 2016.
  • Lionel – “Lion” is a strong nickname.  Lionel fell out of fashion in the early 2000s, only to be revived by soccer several years later.  Current rank: #579
  • Melissa – Ancient Greek name meaning “bee.”  Rank: #257.
  • Philippa – The feminine form of Philip, which derives from Greek and means “friend of horses.”  74 girls were named Philippa in the U.S. last year making it rare here; in England, Philippa ranked #333.
  • Remus and Romulus – Mythological Remus and his twin brother Romulus were nursed by a wolf.  Fictional Remus Lupin was a werewolf.  Last year, 19 boys were named Remus and 8 were named Romulus.
  • Swanhild – Girls’ name that means “swan battle.”  Awesome!  As for usage, I counted 59 women with the first name Swanhild in the SSDI, not including all the people named Svanhild and Svanhilde.
  • Taurus – 11 boys.  Taurus means “bull” and is an astrological symbol.
  • Tigerlily – 25 girls.  Lily is beautiful, but Tigerlily is ferocious!  And yes, Tigerlily is a flower too.
  • Vanessa – This name belongs to a genus of butterflies.  Rank: #197
  • Wolfgang – 117 boys.  Wolfgang is an old German name that’s mostly associated with Mozart and translates to “wolf path.”  Wolfie is an adorable nickname! 
  • Wren – a fast-rising bird name.  Rank: #524.
  • Xanthippe – Unknown usage.  Xanthippe originally meant “yellow horse” in Ancient Greek, but nowadays it mostly means “shrew.”  Some of you will know this name because of the perpetually angry character on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, who goes by the surprisingly sweet nickname “Xan.”

Do you have a favorite animal name, or human name that’s somehow related to animals?  Let me know! 

What Would I Name My Car?

Day 2 of the October Name Challenge spotlights National Name Your Car Day!  I don’t have a car yet, but it’s gotten me thinking.  I name my musical instruments, so not an automobile?

Some people give their cars human names; a classmate called her car Lucius in high school!  For my own vehicle, Percival, Phaedra, or Danger would be cool.  And yes, there are people named Danger.  There are also people named after cars


If a pick-up truck is called Bentley, what do you call an actual Bentley?

I might tie my choice of car name in with my sense of humor.  If I acquire a Honda, Camry and Camryn would be amusing appellations.  Alexus is funny for any car that isn’t a Lexus.  I can also see myself excitedly introducing Mercedes the Toyota to confused friends and passerby!  Meanwhile, Bentley would be my pick-up truck that’s coated in dirt from adventures down unpaved country roads.  And if I acquire an unappreciated model that becomes discontinued, I can call him Edsel.

Of course, I won’t know for sure what I’ll name a car until I actually have one.  What would you name a car?

Day 1 of the October Names Challenge was Favorite ‘O’ Names.

Favorite ‘O’ Names

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 10.39.35 PMAlthough I don’t have an Instagram, I’m going to try and participate in the October Name Challenge (created by fellow name enthusiast Alexia Mae) via Twitter!  Some days I’ll write entire blog posts surrounding the challenges, and other days I may simply tweet relevant thoughts!

The October 1st challenge is “Favorite ‘O’ Names!”  I rarely discuss my actual favorite names on this site, so this is a good starting point.  My tastes vary, but my very favorite names can often be described as ancient, old-fashioned, and/or elegant.  Harry Potter and Jane Austen have been massive influences on my naming preferences, along with Greek and Roman Myth.


  • Otto – #527
  • Odo – doesn’t chart.  You can read more about this name here.
  • Octavius – 51 boys in 2016
  • Orson – 90 boys.  Can’t help but think of Orson Welles!
  • Orlando – #620

I also appreciate names like Oliver, Octavian, Odysseus, Odoacer, Odalric, and Obadiah.


  • Ottoline – doesn’t chart, though she really should!  Very distinguished, and she’d fit in with popular -line names like Adeline and Emmeline!
  • Octavia – 255 girls in 2016.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Octavia reaches the top 1000 in 2017!
  • Oona – 109 girls.  I think of Oona Chaplin. 
  • Ophelia – #580
  • Oenone – doesn’t chart.  Oenone is an Ancient Greek name that derives from the word for “wine.”  The thing is: I don’t actually know how to pronounce this.  It takes 3 syllables, but does one say ee-no-nee or oh-no-nee?

Other feminine ‘O’ names I really like are Ottilie, Olivia, Olive, Opal, and Octaviana.

What are your favorite ‘O’ names?