Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Baby Boy Unusual Names: Adaptations of Traditional Names

Did you know that there is a certain tacit convention for boys to be endowed with traditional baby boy names more often than the case is with the names of baby girls? Names like Roger, Samuel, William, Raymond, Jeffrey or Edward, no matter how long-established, are still the choice of many mothers and fathers when it comes to choosing a baby boy name.

Nonetheless, the younger generations of parents do tend to adopt baby boy unusual names or unusual name combinations for their boys. In spite of the fact that deep-rooted baby boys names have the advantage of being known by almost everybody, parents who opt for less customary names do it to escape conventions. It is probably your case as well.

Are you looking for a manner of saying that your son's name is as special as your son himself?

Then you probably have assumed as true the fact that, to a certain extent, his name will come to represent your son and the other way around. Certainly, a baby boy name like Christian sounds beautiful for you as well, but you want something else. Why not try variations? It works like the adaptation of a well-liked tune and it works marvelously. For instance, you can give Christian an unusual turn by spelling it in a less predictable way; let's say Kristian or Kristi-Ian, while you have changed nothing in its pronunciation.

Custom Variations

Also, you can choose baby boy unusual names with Oriental variations, such as Ian turned into Ean is. Of course, opting for a completely foreign name, for instance Suraj, can cause confusions, so let's keep the unusual baby boy names at the level of adaptations of a traditional name for a baby boy or at the level of their similarity in pronunciation. This way you will be able to come to an agreement with both your relatives and your preferences. It is the middle-way and probably the best one if the rest of your family is as important to you as your own preferences are. Moreover, it is securing your baby boy with a name that other children won't find difficult to pronounce.

About the author

Meredith Schine is a proud mother of two, Zack and Guy. She is also known for her unique baby gift ideas and her special way of thinking about baby boy names. Visit her webpage to read more about unique baby boy names and gifts ideas.

Top 100 Baby Names - Get a Baby Name for your Tax Dollars

Summary: How to use and peruse the amazing free database of U.S. baby names at the Social Security Administration - easily find the most popular names for any year or decade at this powerful but easy website.

A Giant, Free & Official Baby Name Web Database

Since virtually all new born babies in the U.S. are soon registered with the Federal government's Social Security Administration (SSA), this branch of the government collects the single best database of actual baby names used in the U.S. This database is available for free at a SSA website and is both surprisingly easy and fun to use - in other words, a great resource for top 100 baby names. Top 100 Baby Names - Most Popular Names

Did you know that the top 3 boy names in 2006 were Jacob, Michael & Joshua, and top 3 girl names were Emily, Emma & Madison? Well, maybe you did, but how about the top 3 in 1960, or 1890?

Want to know the 1960 and 1890 top names? I'll tell you in a moment, but then read on to learn how to find and use the database yourself to find top 100 baby names, so you can see the top 50 or even top 1000 names for any year or decade. You can even see them listed by state.

Okay, here you go: the top 3 names in 1960 for boys were David, Michael and James, and for girls were Mary, Susan and Linda; the top 3 names in 1890 for boys were John, William and James, and for girls were Mary, Anna and Elizabeth.

Finding the SSA Baby Name Database

It's easy to find the database and get your top 100 baby names, just type into your browser's address bar, or you can search for the database - in Google the SSA database website comes up #1 when you search for 'social security baby names'.

Using the Database

The database is surprisingly easy to use. Our government should get thanks for providing such a friendly service for top 100 baby names. The main page at gives you four different searches you can perform.

1. Popular Names by Birth Year - this report lets you see the top names for one year, and you can ask for the exact statistical data (percent of total births or number of births) to be shown for each name. This is the report to use for top 100 baby names. 2. Popularity of a Name - this report lets you see how the popularity of a name has changed over time. For instance, type in 'Michael' and ask to see it over 100 year time span, and you'll see how it ranked each of the last 100 years. In fact 'Michael' was not so popular 100 years ago (it was #48 in 1907), but it was the number 1 most popular boy name every year but one from 1954 through 1998 - quite a streak! 3. Top 5 names by State - this report is really fun? Do they use different names in Alabama than they do in Maine? You bet! Select a year and see the top 5 names for each of the 50 states. You can also click on a link to see the top 100 names by state. 4. Top 1000 names by decade - just pick a decade and you'll see the top 1000 names averaged across the entire decade. This is your 'big picture' view.

For each of these searches you just fill in 1 or 2 fields and click on the Go button.

Tips on Printing & Copying

If you want to print out a page of top 100 baby names, a useful tip is to select just the names or the table of names you want and then in your browser's print dialogue choose 'Selection' -- the browser will only print the highlighted selection. Or you can just print the entire webpage - they seem to come out nicely formatted. You can also select names or an entire table and copy it to your clipboard (Ctrl-C in Windows) and then paste it into a word processor.

Some excellent related resources include:

Free baby shower planning

Top 100 baby names

Best wedding planner

About the author

Jeanne has a passion for all things baby names. Some favorite web resources include: Free babyname lists

Baby girls names list

Baby boys names list