Monday, July 29, 2013

George Combos

Image by chrisinplymouth via Flickr

Does the new prince's name have you intrigued? Do the numbers have you convinced it's time to give George a chance? Maybe the name draws you in, but you think it's too boring or old. The most recent UK Birth Announcement post from British Baby Names has inspired me to come up with combos to make George come alive! (I am so in love with George Oliver, by the way.) You could go classic, like the prince himself, or you could go modern to give it a new twist. You could use the opportunity to honor a family member, you could use Biblical names or words or places, or you could go all out fun. With all of the new Georges inevitably arriving in the coming months, I am excited to see what parents come up with!

Here are some of my favorite combos for George: (the categories are not mutually exclusive)

George Alexander
George Arthur
George Daniel
George Edward
George Elias
George Frederick
George Henry
George Leo
George Oliver
George William

George Alden
George Blake
George Cale
George Cullen
George Easton
George Galen
George Holden
George Kellan
George Milo
George Nolan
George Parker
George Quinn
George Ross
George Sebastian
George Spencer
George Tate
George Victor
George Wyatt

Family (Taken from my own family)
George Brent
George Cash
George Keith
George Ray
George Wesley

George Amos
George Asher
George Lazarus
George Malachi
George Matthew
George Paul
George Reuben
George Silas

George Baron
George Bishop
George Bridger
George Hunt
George Sterling
George Thatcher
George Urban

George Augustine
George Berlin
George Camden
George Raleigh
George Trenton

George Ambrose
George Axel
George Balthazar
George Cassius
George Felix
George Fletcher
George Magnus
George Maverick
George Prince
George Rohan
George Wentworth
George Xavier
George Zane

What is your favorite combo for George? What are the George combos you know?


Friday, July 26, 2013

Ode to George

Now that we know the Prince of Cambridge's name, I have had several people ask me if I think George will skyrocket in popularity. My short answer is, "Since it is currently on the decrease, I think it may rise a bit, but not make a huge jump." I'm never quite confident in my predictions though, so we'll see.

Let's take a look at the history of George in the United States. When records began in 1880, George was ranked #5, with 4.3294% of boys born given the name. It was ranked #4 or #5 from 1880 until 1912, and then it was still in the Top 10 until 1937. Since then, it has very slowly decreased in popularity until finally dropping out of the Top 100 in 1993. Currently, it's still in the Top 200, but is at its lowest rank ever at #166.

George stuck around when other "old" names didn't. In fact, if you look at the Top 100 from 1880, George stayed in the Top 100 longer than 82 of the other names. Ten of those 82 names returned to the Top 100 after absences (Henry, Jesse, Benjamin, Jacob, Isaac, Oliver, Alexander, Jack, Stephen and Alex), but George lasted longer than their initial run. Only John, William, James, Charles, Joseph, Thomas, Robert, Edward, Samuel, David, Richard, Andrew, Daniel, Peter, Michael, Paul and Patrick lasted/are lasting longer than George. That is tremendous company and the reason why George is considered a classic and steady name.

A lot of people refer to the British kings, the Presidents Bush, Gershwin, Clooney, and/or several other notables as pluses or minuses in using the name George. I think that George is strong in its own right and doesn't need any reference to any celebrity or politician to make it useful. With so many credentials, it's hard to pin down just one from which to judge. Therefore, future parents should consider the name unabashedly. Because of its classic nature, boys/men with the name George make it their own from almost the immediate moment you meet them.

How do you feel about George? Do you think the new prince will inspire more Georges in 2013?


Thursday, July 25, 2013

George Alexander Louis

The waiting has finally ended. I feel like I've been on the edge of my seat ever since Duchess Catherine's pregnancy was announced. I was completely off in my guess (Arthur Frederick Charles Michael), but I am pleased with the name. It's no surprise that I love George and am so glad it's the first name. I personally have never been a huge fan of the name Alexander, but it's a fine name and a great royal name. And Louis caught me by surprise, but I love it and glad they used a name from William's name (though I would have preferred Arthur). I think my only "disappointment" is that there is no fourth name. :)

Here are what my fellow name bloggers have already so awesomely written about the name:

Appellation Mountain

Baby Name Wizard

In Name Only



The Art of Naming

You Can't Call It "It"


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Names Ending in -w

Image of a sparrow via Wikipedia

I saw a picture of Nicole Richie with her children, Harlow and Sparrow, and wondered how hard it would be to come up with another "ends in -w" name if they had any more. I mean, how many "ends in -w" names can there be? Thus the search began!

In comparison to other letters, there really aren't that many names including the letter "w" and even fewer that end with it. The following is what I found...

Here is a list of the names in the Top 1000 that end in -w with their 2012 ranks:

Matthew 12
Andrew 18
Drew 282
Mathew 425
Crew 768

Willow 171
Harlow 578
Meadow 951

Here are some less popular options that have been used in the United States:


Do you know any more? What do you think? Would you use a name that ends with -w?


Monday, July 22, 2013

Ode to Catherine

Royal Monogram via Wikipedia

With everyone waiting for the arrival of the royal baby, and the announcement of his/her name, I wanted to fill the meantime with thoughts on the name of the woman who is carrying the future king or queen... Catherine. Concentrating not so much on the background and meaning of the name, but on the popularity of its different spellings in the United States.

Catherine was the top spelling when records began in 1880, ranking at #31. It has also held the name's highest ranking ever at #18 in 1914 and 1917. It fell out of the Top 100 in 1998, reentered it the following year, and then fell out again in 2002. It currently sits at #167.

Katherine ranked at #53 in 1880 and has never ranked below #105, which it did in 1938. It's highest ranking was #25 in 1991 and it is currently the highest ranked spelling, sitting at #64. If you take a look at the final analysis of my "Where Are They Now" series, Katherine is considered a "roller-coaster name" in that it has had a series of rises and dips over the years.

Kathryn ranked at #103 in 1880. It has never been as popular as Catherine and Katherine, with the highest ranking of #45 coming in 1951, but it's consistently been in the Top 300. It currently sits at it's lowest rank at #266. Many argue that Kathryn has one less syllable than Catherine and is therefore a different name, but since I pronounce them the same, I'm including it in the mix.

Katharine ranked at #172 in 1880. It has only decreased in popularity since then, finally falling out of the Top 1000 after 2006.

Catharine ranked at #296 in 1880. It rose to #251 in 1881, but fell from there, leaving the Top 1000 for good after 1966.

Those are the top spellings of Catherine. Various other spellings have been and are now being used (number of births in 2012):

Catharine (11)
Catherin (9)
Catherine (1887)
Catheryn (8)
Catheryne (6)
Cathrine (8)
Cathryn (53)
Katharine (106)
Katherin (43)
Katherine (3923)
Katheryn (85)
Katheryne (24)
Kathren (6)
Kathrine (42)
Kathryn (1213)
Kathryne (13)

What is your favorite spelling of Catherine?

I had asked this question on my old blog back in January 2008. Here are the results and my thoughts at the time. I have to update my vote though. Catherine is currently my favorite, with Katharine in second. I do still like Kathryn, but not as much as I did 5 1/2 years ago. It was interesting to look back!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Seen Elsewhere

Ever since Nameberry started its bonus blog Berry Juice in May, I have had the pleasure to contribute six times. Here's a collection of the links!

Literary Character Surnames: Wentworth, Gatsby and Holmes

Playground Analysis: The REAL Top 50 Names

R Names Then and Now: Ralph vs. Ryder

Word Names in the Top 1000

Unisex Names: Changes through the years

V Baby Names: Varied and vivid, from Velvet to Viggo

A big thanks to Nameberry for the continuing opportunity! Make sure to go there now and enter your guess for the royal baby's full name... the correct name wins an awesome prize!


Monday, July 15, 2013

2013 MLB All-Star Roster

It's All-Star time! Baseball fans are all abuzz, and since I've been receiving a lot of hits from people looking for baseball-inspired names, I thought I would share the roster of the All-Star teams for more inspiration!

American League
C: Joseph "Joe" Patrick Mauer, Twins
1B: Christopher "Chris" Lyn Davis, Orioles
2B: Robinson José Canó, Yankees
SS: James Jerry "J.J." Hardy, Orioles
3B: José Miguel Cabrera, Tigers - Goes by Miguel.
OF: Michael "Mike" Nelson Trout, Angels
OF: Adam La Marque Jones, Orioles
OF: José Antonio Bautista, Blue Jays
DH: David Américo Ortiz, Red Sox

RHP: Grant Robert Balfour, A's
RHP: Clayton "Clay" Daniel Buchholz, Red Sox
LHP: Brett Aaron Cecil, Blue Jays
RHP: Bartolo Colón, A's
RHP: Jesse Alan Crain, White Sox
RHP: Sefat Farid Yu Darvish, Rangers - Goes by Yu. Father is Iranian, Mother is Japanese.
RHP: Steven "Steve" Edward Delabar, Blue Jays
RHP: Félix Abraham Hernández, Mariners
RHP: Gregory "Greg" Scott Holland, Royals
RHP: Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners
RHP: Justin Daniel Masterson, Indians
RHP: Matthew "Matt" Cody Moore, Rays
RHP: Joseph "Joe" Michael Nathan, Rangers
LHP: Glen Weston Perkins, Twins
RHP: Mariano Rivera, Yankees
LHP: Christopher "Chris" Allen Sale, White Sox
RHP: Maxwell "Max" M. Scherzer, Tigers
RHP: Christopher "Chris" Steven Tillman, Orioles
RHP: Justin Brooks Verlander, Tigers

C: Jason Michael Castro, Astros
C: Salvatore "Salvador" Johan Pérez, Royals
1B: Prince Semien Fielder, Tigers
2B: Jason Michael Kipnis, Indians
2B: Dustin Luis Pedroia, Red Sox
2B: Benjamin "Ben" Thomas Zobrist, Rays
SS: Jhonny Antonio Peralta: Tigers - Spelling is attributed to a clerical error on his birth certificate.
3B: Manuel "Manny" Arturo Machado, Orioles
OF: Nelson Ramón Cruz, Rangers
OF: Alexander "Alex" Jonathan Gordon, Royals
OF: Torii Kedar Hunter, Tigers
DH: Edwin Elpidio Encarnación, Blue Jays

National League
C: Yadier Benjamin Molina, Cardinals
1B: Joseph "Joey" Daniel Votto, Reds
2B: Brandon Emil Phillips, Reds
SS: Troy Trevor Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B: David Allen Wright, Mets
OF: Carlos Iván Beltrán, Cardinals
OF: Carlos Eduardo González, Rockies
OF: Bryce Aron Max Harper, Nationals

LHP: Madison Kyle Bumgarner, Giants - A man named Madison!
LHP: Albertin Aroldis Chapman, Reds - Goes by Aroldis.
LHP: Patrick A. Corbin, Diamondbacks
RHP: José D. Fernández, Marlins
RHP: Jason Michael Grilli, Pirates
RHP: Matthew "Matt" Edward Harvey, Mets
LHP: Clayton Edward Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP: Craig Michael Kimbrel, Braves
LHP: Clifton "Cliff" Phifer Lee, Phillies
LHP: Jeffrey "Jeff" Alan Locke, Pirates
RHP: Mark David Melancon, Pirates
RHP: Sergio Francisco Romo, Giants
RHP: Edward José Mujica, Cardinals
RHP: Adam Parrish Wainwright, Cardinals
LHP: Travis Alan Wood, Cubs
RHP: Jordan M. Zimmermann, Nationals

C: Gerald Dempsey "Buster" Posey III, Giants - "Buster" came from his father's childhood nickname.
C: Brian Michael McCann, Braves
1B: Paul Edward Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
1B: Allen Thomas Craig, Cardinals
1B: Frederick "Freddie" Charles Freeman, Braves
2B: Matthew "Matt" Martin Carpenter, Cardinals
2B: Marcos Scutaro, Giants - Goes by Marco.
SS: Everth Cabrera, Padres
SS: Jean Carlos Enrique Segura, Brewers
3B: Pedro Manuel Álvarez Jr., Pirates
OF: Domonic Larun Brown, Phillies
OF: Michael Brent Cuddyer, Rockies
OF: Carlos Argelis Gómez, Brewers
OF: Andrew Stefan McCutchen, Pirates

  • The top All-Star first names are Carlos, Christopher, Jason, José, Joseph, and Matthew.
  • The top All-Star middle names are Michael and Alan/Allen.
  • The top All-Star initial is J, followed by M and C.
  • The Orioles are awesome.

What is your favorite All-Star name?

Thanks to Wikipedia for help with the above.


Friday, July 12, 2013

Given Name or Nickname: Cricket

There was a boy in my daughter's class last year named Christian. One day, Rachel excitedly told me that he was called Cricket by his family, friends and teachers. Hearing this made me absolutely fall in love with the nickname. And now actress Busy Philipps has named her newborn daughter Cricket Pearl. I think I would rather use a more formal name and use Cricket as a nickname, but I am not against the idea of just naming my child Cricket either. It has slowly become my new favorite animal name.

When we hear "cricket", we probably think of the animal first, or possibly even the conscience-driven character of Jiminy Cricket. Looking elsewhere, the ball and stick game of cricket is widely known and popular in several countries, and I've actually already mentioned the name in a post about card games. Besides the adorable cuteness of the word as a name, any of these could be a true source of inspiration for parents.

So, how often has Cricket been used as a given name? It was first recorded in 1950 with five girls given the name, and in 1982 there were 24 girls given the name (the most in any year to date). In 2012, it was only given to five girls, and I wonder if there will be a slight jump with the celebrity exposure. As for boys, while I do love the Cricket nickname on a young lad, there hasn't been a record of more than five boys given the name in any year since 1880.

If you just can't embrace Cricket as a given name, but want the opportunity to use it as a nickname for your child, what are your formal name options? The soap opera The Young and the Restless has a character called Cricket whose real name is Christine. Any other Chri-/Cri- name would work well, such as:



You could even stretch it to include Catherine, Caroline, Corinne and other C names.

What do you think? Would you use Cricket as a given name or as a nickname, or not at all?

Thanks to Nancy's Baby Names for help with some of the above info.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pacific Rim

Theatrical Release Poster via Wikipedia

My husband was watching an extended preview for the movie Pacific Rim last night and what caught my eye was not the amazing graphics of huge robots and monsters, but the names of the actors and characters in the movie. There are some GREAT finds in this one...

Raleigh - The main character is a Jaeger (the huge robot) pilot with a relatively low-used place name. While the character in the movie is male, Raleigh was given to more girls than boys in 2012, 107 to 81.

Yancy - Raleigh's brother, Yancy is a name from a surname. Yancy was given to 10 boys and 9 girls in 2012.

Stacker - Stacker Pentecost is the commanding officer in the movie. I cannot find any use of this name in the United States, but it is definitely a standout name.

Mako - Mako is a female co-pilot. The name is Japanese and means "child of truth". It is also a type of shark, and while Mako is usually a girl's name in Japan, it is also given to boys and was given to 7 boys in the US in 2012.

Newton - Newton is the perfect name for a scientist character in the movie. The name is a surname, most widely known from Sir Isaac Newton. Newton was given to 15 boys in 2012.

Hermann - Hermann is another scientist character. The name is the German form of Herman, and while Herman was given to 63 boys in 2012, Hermann was not on record.

Herc - Herc is another pilot in the movie. I cannot find any use of this name in the US, but I wonder if it's short for Hercules, which was given to 6 boys in 2012.

Hannibal - Hannibal is a black marketeer who actually took his name from the historical Carthaginian military commander. We also know of the name from Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Dr. Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. Hannibal was given to 13 boys in 2012.

Sasha - Sasha is a Russian female character in the movie, but the name's roots are as a nickname for the Russian Aleksander. 687 girls were named Sasha in 2012.

Aleksis - Aleksis is another pilot in the movie. It a Slavic name, with similar roots to Alexander. There is no record of its use in the US, however there were 1,552 boys given the name Alexis in 2012.

Tendo - Tendo is a Chinese-American Jaeger technician in the movie, but all I can find on the name is Japanese. There is no record of its use in the US.

Idris - Idris is a Welsh name that has popularity in England/Wales and France. It was given to 137 boys in 2012.

Rinko - Rinko is a Japanese actress who was born Yuriko, which is a common Japanese name that means "lily". Neither name was recorded as used in 2012.

Burn - Burn is obviously a word name, and this actor was born in the United States, but I cannot find any recorded use of it in the US.

Clifton - Clifton is a surname that was used more often in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It has since fallen out of the Top 1000, but was given to 129 boys in 2012.

Can we also talk about what the huge robots are caled? Jaeger or Jäger (yay-gur) is German for "hunter" and would pass as a very cool name, much like Jagger. Some parents must agree... it was given to 30 boys in 2012.

What do you think of the names of Pacific Rim?

Thanks to Behind the NameIMDB and Wikipedia for help with the above information.


Monday, July 8, 2013

V Names

The letter V gives us relatively few names, but the ones it does give us are gems. From the queenly Victoria and the steady Vincent to the wonderfully rare Verity and the popular sound of Vander, V names are where it's at! Just take a look at some names celebrities are choosing for their little ones, such as Violet, Vivienne and Viggo. As I looked at the V names from 2012, I couldn't help but notice a lot of forgotten ones that should be remembered, as well as some interesting picks from beyond the US borders. Let's take a look at the names that jumped out at me with their number of 2012 births...

Valentina 1984
Valeria 2136
Valerie 1854
Vanessa 2540
Veronica 1012
Victoria 6814
Violet 3253
Vivian 2240

Victor 2852
Vincent 3705

Oldies But Goodies
Velma 5
Vera 608
Viola 162
Virginia 502

Vernon 115
Vince 150
Virgil 50

Place Names
Venice 28
Verona 29
Vienna 214

Valentine 28
Valkyrie 26
Vanity 43
Velvet 12
Venus 73
Verity 51
Victory 40

Valentine 25
Valor 42

From Beyond Our Borders
Valencia 92 (Spanish)
Vanna 35 (Italian)
Vanya 38 (Russian)
Veda 175 (Indian)
Vida 136 (Hungarian)
Violeta 230 (Spanish)
Viviana 637 (Italian, Spanish)
Vivienne 978 (French)

Valentin 231 (Scandinavian, French, German, Slavic)
Valentino 270 (Italian)
Vicente 238 (Spanish)
Vidal 35 (Spanish)
Viggo 29 (Scandinavian)
Vihaan 366 (Indian)
Vincenzo 304 (Italian)
Viraj 51 (Indian)
Vito 75 (Italian, Spanish)
Vivaan 169 (Indian)
Vladimir 147 (Slavic)
Vladislav 17 (Slavic)

Various Other Vs
Vada 157
Vala 12
Vashti 19 (Biblical)
Vega 23 (a star in the constellation Lyra)
Vesper 30
Vianney 120
Vivica 18

Valen 47
Van 248
Vander 60 (like the popular Xander and Zander but with a V!)
Varun 64
Vash 15 (we have Cash and Nash, why not Vash?)
Vaughn 241
Veer 138
Vinson 36
Von 42

I know Virginia could be put in the Place Name category, but I just love it so much as an "Oldie But Goodie" I had to put it there (and hope it will make a comeback soon).

Only Victoria and Violet make the US Top 100 in 2012, at #28 and #89 respectively. 17 However, 100 years ago, in 1912, Virginia (#20), Viola (#52), Vera (#68), Vincent (#72), Victor (#81), Violet (#83), Vivian (#84), Velma (#88), and Vernon (#90) all made the Top 100. In 2012, 17 other V names reached the Top 1000, while over 30 more reached it in 1912, including Verna, Virgie, Vesta, Vern, Velva, Vernice, Velda, Vina, Verla, Vester, and Vella. Note: There were over 27,000 fewer births in 1912 than in 2012. In any case, where have all the good V's gone?

What is your favorite V name?

Thanks to Behind the Name for help with the above.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Rare Names in 1912

Continuing my look at the names of 1912, I discovered a lot of interesting finds at the bottom of the list. Nothing too outrageous, but it's definitely fascinating to see Kevin and Holly with only 9 appearances each!

Ashby 10
Clive 10
Collin 10
Hansel 10
Kelsey 10
Lazarus 10
Livingston 10
Newt 10
Yale 10
Boone 9
Brendan 9
Desmond 9
Governor 9
Kevin 9
Payton 9
Samson 9
Abbott 8
Achilles 8
Bilbo 8
Chase 8
Geronimo 8
Hercules 8
Knox 8
Peyton 8
Remus 8
Zachary 8
Dwayne 7
Esau 7
Geoffrey 7
Griffith 7
Hogan 7
Marlow 7
Matteo 7
Niles 7
Schuyler 7
Stefan 7
Sutton 7
Thor 7
Barrett 6
Boston 6
Brian 6
Dillon 6
Dixon 6
Evander 6
Garth 6
Ozzie 6
Zeke 6
Argo 5
Aster 5
Atticus 5
Creed 5
Crosby 5
Gates 5
Greer 5
Hale 5
Henley 5
Judah 5
Jude 5
Kennedy 5
London 5
Napoleon 5
Opie 5
Shepherd 5
Sherwin 5
Sloan 5
Truett 5
Tyson 5
Windsor 5
Wolf 5
York 5

Athena 10
Azalea 10
Calla 10
Celestina 10
Eartha 10
Evalee 10
Hortensia 10
Maisie 10
Mercy 10
Mila 10
Ariel 9
Avery 9
Babette 9
Courtney 9
Echo 9
Gabriella 9
Holly 9
Louisiana 9
Lynette 9
Margo 9
Maryland 9
Penny 9
Rue 9
Tracy 9
Abby 8
Adelyn 8
Angel 8
Beatrix 8
Ellis 8
Elodie 8
Emerald 8
Garland 8
Heloise 8
Honey 8
Hortencia 8
Jocelyn 8
Robin 8
Sonya 8
Sunshine 8
Tabitha 8
Zephyr 8
Allegra 7
Candy 7
Celine 7
Hermione 7
Indiana 7
Jasmine 7
Junia 7
Kelly 7
Liberty 7
Lisa 7
Miranda 7
Vesper 7
Diamond 6
Electra 6
Josephina 6
Roseanne 6
Serafina 6
Vanilla 6
Willow 6
Australia 5
Belinda 5
Bianca 5
Blythe 5
Carla 5
Cinderella 5
Cosette 5
Emmy 5
Gray 5
Hortence 5
Jill 5
Montana 5
Pandora 5
Texas 5
Vanna 5
Zipporah 5

What do you like from the list?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Famous Names from Gettysburg

Image via Wikipedia

This week is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. It was the bloodiest ever fought on US soil and ended up being the turning point in the Civil War in favor of the Union. Over 165,000 soldiers participated in the battle that lasted three days from July 1-3, 1863, and over a fourth of them were killed, wounded or captured/missing. Those killed in the battle were honored over four months later at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address. The following is a list of some important names from the battle... there are some great finds!

Mary Virginia "Jennie" Wade - the only civilian casualty of the battle

Abraham Lincoln - President of the United States
Jefferson Finis Davis - President of the Confederacy
Robert Edward Lee - Confederate General
George Gordon Meade - Union General
George Edward Pickett - Confederate Maj. General
James Longstreet - Confederate Lt. General
John Buford - Union Brig. General
Henry Heth - Confederate Maj. General
James Jay Archer - Confederate Brig. General
Joseph Robert Davis - Confederate Brig. General
Marcellus Ephraim Jones - Union Lt. who fired the first shot of the battle
John Fulton Reynolds - Union Maj. General
Abner Doubleday - Union Maj. General
Solomon Meredith - Union Brig. General
Lysander Cutler - Union Brig. General
John Mercer Brockenbrough - Confederal Colonel
Henry Wager Halleck - Union General-in-Chief
James Johnston Pettigrew - Confederate Brig. General
Richard Stoddert Ewell - Confederate Lt. General
Ambrose Powell (A.P.) Hill - Confederate Lt. General
James Ewell Brown (J.E.B.) Stuart - Confederate Maj. General
William Dorsey Pender - Confederal Maj. General
Oliver Otis Howard - Union Maj. General
Robert Emmett Rodes - Confederate Maj. General
Edward Asbury O'Neal - Confederate Colonel
Alfred Iverson - Confederate Brig. General
John Cleveland Robinson - Union Brig. General
Francis Channing Barlow - Union Brig. General
Adolph Wilhelm August Friedrich von Steinwehr - Union Brig. General
Winfield Scott Hancock - Union Maj. General
John Bell Hood - Confederate Maj. General
Lafayette McLaws - Confederate Maj. General
Richard Heron Anderson - Confederate Maj. General
Edward Johnson - Confederate Maj. General
Daniel Edgar Sickles - Union Maj. General
Andrew Atkinson Humphrey - Union Brig. General
David Bell Birney - Union Maj. General
John Curtis Caldwell - Union Brig. General
Evander McIver Law - Confederate Brig. General
Gouverneur Kemble Warren - Union Brig. General
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain - Union Colonel
George Sears Greene - Union Brig. General
Andrew Lintner Harris - Union Colonel
Wade Hampton - Confederate Brig. General
George Armstrong Custer - Union Brig. General
Henry Jackson Hunt - Union Brig. General
Lewis Addison Armistead - Confederate Brig. General
David McMurtrie Gregg - Union Brig. General
Hugh Judson Kilpatrick - Union Brig. General
Elon John Farnsworth - Union Brig. General
Ulysses S. Grant - Union Maj. General

I grabbed the above names from Wikipedia.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Double Letter Names - 2012 Boys

I covered double letter names for girls here... now it's time to cover the boys! There are over 100 less boy double letter names in the Top 1000 for 2012 than girl ones, with 138 before combining spellings (116 after). There's also no real commonality between the boy names like -lynn and -ee are for the girls. That gives us a lot of different names to consider! Not wanting to list all of the 138 names, here are some that jumped out at me:


What about at the bottom of the list? Here are some double-lettered finds given to 10 boys or less in 2012:


So, what is your favorite double letter name for a boy?