Thursday, April 03, 2008

Baby Names suitable for both Baby Boys and Baby Girls

With the number of baby names that can found in various references nowadays, some parents still opt to choose something different and unique for their babies. While some parents resort to unique names or choose names that are rarely used, some parents simply create modifications and sway a little from the conventional in naming their little ones thus choosing a baby boy name to name a baby girl.

Some baby names are interesting, some tell a story of how it came about, some mean something to the parents and thus want to share the name with their babies to preserve or keep a memory. There are various reasons for every choice, like choosing to name your baby girl Alex, Frankie or Danny.

Nowadays, baby boy names are also being used to name baby girls. But it is rare for a boy to be named something girly or feminine. Just like the idea of girls wearing pants just like the boys, or girls engaged with boxing and basketball which used to be sports for men, girls having boy names is becoming a fast trend. Some mothers find this idea a good variation because it certifies uniqueness without having the need to choose uncommon names.

Some baby boy names or masculine names used these days to name a baby girl are; Donnie, Gabby, Alex, Frankie, Ritchie and Wilson. Some boy or male names undergo a little modification in their spelling and pronunciation in order to create a more feminine touch such as Gabriel for a boy and Gabrielle or Gabriella for a girl, Noel for a boy and Noelle for a girl; Daniel for a baby boy and Danielle for baby girl, Alex for baby boy and Allex or Ahlex for baby girl. There a lot of ways to apply creativity in coming up with an excellent name for your baby.

Another modification is making baby boy's name sound girl by adding the suffix - la or adding the letter A at the end of the name making it suitable for a baby girl. Example is Gabriel, adding the suffix -la would make it sound more feminine, it becomes Gabriella. Daniel becomes Daniella, Lowell becomes a baby girl's name by adding -la making it Lowella, Alex can become Alexa or Alexia with a little more modification, Robert becomes Roberta, Albert becomes Alberta and so on. This modification is sometimes used to name fraternal twins, choosing names that make a nice pair.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Popular Baby Names In 2007

The list of the most popular baby names in 2007 in the UK has been announced. Jack is still the most popular baby boy's name in England and Wales, that's an incredible 13 years at the top for Jack! The most popular baby girl's name last year was Grace, displacing Olivia, last year's favourite, which fell to number 3. Ruby rose to second, a name that has sharply increased in popularity, rising from number 50 only 5 years ago.

In Scotland, the most popular baby boy's name was Lewis which retained top spot for the third year. Jack was a close second, with Callum third. Top of the baby girl's list was Sophie, followed by last year's favourite Emma.

In Northern Ireland the most popular baby names were Jack and Katie, the same two as the previous year.

Boy's names gaining in popularity in England and Wales included Alfie which moved up to number 10; Jayden, up 36 places to 32; Isaac up 13 at 42; and Theo up 19 to 73. New to the list were Louie and Zak. Boy's names falling down the table included Leo, Callum, Owen, Brandon and Bradley. Girl's names increasing in popularity included Imogen, up 14 at 34; Sophia up 12 at 37; Ava up 23 to 41; Summer up 15 to 44; Amelie up 19 to 59; Zara up 13 to 69; and Isla up 24 to 70. The biggest faller was Courtney. Names joining the top 100 girl's list included Sara, Lexie, Evelyn; and several more traditional names making a comeback, including Maria, Julia, Rose and Victoria.

Parents in Scotland increasingly liked the names Calum, Jake, Ewan, Lennon, Noah and Harvey. Boy's names falling down the table included Ben, Keiran, Liam, Shaun and Jordan. Baby girl's names increasing in popularity in Scotland included Ruby, Paige, Kayla, Madison and Eva. Girl's names falling out of favour included Courtney, Danielle, Kelsey, Chelsea, Abby, Stephanie and Taylor.

In Northern Ireland, baby boy's names rising up the league table included Thomas, up 7 to 6; Dylan up 6 to 9; and Charlie up 7 to 13. Fallers included Luke and Callum. Parents of baby girls liked Anna, up 10 to 10, and Eva, up 13 to number 19. Falling in favour was Niamh, down 8 to 20.

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