Sunday, May 17, 2015

You named your child what? (Girls)

One of the little known benefits of our own Social Security Administration is a kick-ass database of what names Americans give their kids. It’s got the top 1000 names for every year from 1879 to 2014. Cool, huh?

One thing it doesn’t have, though, is associations with those particular names. Now, there are a couple of ways you can go about getting those, but one that I particularly like is Google’s auto complete. You know, when you type in “cliff,” and it suggests things like “cliff Alexander,” “cliff notes,” “cliffs of dover,” and so on.

So, here you go – the top 10 girl names from 2014, the top auto-complete for that name (along with that person’s bio), the next 5 auto-completes, and some more (pretty random) stuff. Enjoy!

Oh, you can get your boy names right here.


#10  Charlotte


Top-auto complete:  Russe

Wait a minute

Bio:  Charlotte Russe is a clothing retail chain store in the United States, headquartered in San Francisco, California. Fashions in the stores are targeted at women in their teens and twenties. (Wikipedia)

Latest news:  "Charlotte Russe Releases Plus Size Line That's Just As Trendy As You'd Hoped"

Other top auto-completes:  McKinney (model), Elizabeth Diana (royal), Observer (newspaper), Hornets (basketball team), NC (city)

Meaning:  French, feminine form of “Charles” (which itself means “manly”)

sheknows.com "soul urge" meaning:  People with this name have a deep inner desire to create and express themselves, often in public speaking, acting, writing or singing. They also yearn to have beauty around them in their home and work environment.

Comment:  I actually live in Charlotte, NC, so my auto-completes might not be totally legit.


#9  Madison



Top-auto complete:  Pettis

Bio:  Madison Michelle Pettis (born July 22, 1998) is an American teen actress, voice actress and model, best known for playing Sophie Martinez on the Disney Channel sitcom Cory in the House and as Peyton Kelly in the 2007 film The Game Plan.

Latest news:  "Madison Pettis Designs a Cute T-Shirt for Charity"

Other top auto-completes:  Square Garden, Bumgardner (baseball player - i.e., a guy), Beer (singer), WI, shooting

Meaning:  English, “son of Maude” (“powerful battler”) or “son of Madeline” (“from Magdala”)

sheknows.com "soul urge" meaning:  People with this name have a deep inner need for quiet, and a desire to understand and analyze the world they live in, and to learn the deeper truths.

Comment:  A very unlikely name for a young lady, Madison dates back to Daryl Hannah’s character in the 1984 movie Splash.


#8  Abigail



Top-auto complete:  Breslin

Bio:  Abigail Breslin has come a long way since her Oscar-nominated role in Little Miss Sunshine in 2006. The actress is now 19, and she’s not afraid to speak her mind or take risks with her career.  (Nylon)

Latest news:  "'Maggie' actress Abigail Breslin talks zombies, New Orleans and working with a Hollywood icon [that would be Ahnuld]"

Other top auto-completes:  Ratchford (model), Spencer (actress), Johnson (CEO), and Brittany Hensel (conjoined twins), Adams (First Lady)

Meaning:  Hebrew, “my father’s joy”

sheknows.com "soul urge" meaning:  People with this name have a deep inner desire for love and companionship, and want to work with others to achieve peace and harmony.

Comment:  Abigail Campbell Kawananakoa, Abigail Kapiolani Kawananakoa, and Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawananakoa were all Hawaiian princesses


#7  Emily



Top-auto complete:  Ratajkowski

Bio:  Emily O'Hara Ratajkowski is an English-born American model and actress. She rose to prominence after appearing in the music video for Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines", which became the number one song of the year 2013 in several countries. (Wikipedia)

Latest news:  "Chloe Sevigny, Emily Ratajkowski & Georgia May Jagger Boldly Go For The China Theme At The Met Gala"

Other top auto-completes:  Osment (singer, actress), Blunt (actress, singer), Kinney (actress), Wickersham (actress), Deschanel (actress)

Meaning:  Latin, feminine of Emil (meaning uncertain)

sheknows.com "soul urge" meaning:  People with this name have a deep inner desire for travel and adventure, and want to set their own pace in life without being governed by tradition.

Comment:  May have seriously peaked. Popular current alternatives include Emma, Amelia, and Emmeline.


#6  Mia



Top-auto complete:  Hamm

Bio:  After 17 years, two World Championships, two Olympic Gold Medals, and near unparalleled success as a marketing icon, Mia Hamm retired from professional soccer in 2004 as not only the best women’s soccer player in history but also as one of the most important and recognizable female figures in the history of sport. (Mia Hamm Foundation)

Latest news:  "Mia Hamm: The most powerful woman in football?"

Other top auto-completes:  Hamm quotes, Hamm facts, Khalifa (porn star), Farrow (actress), Sara (actress)

Meaning:  Italian, short for “Maria” (“bitterness”)

sheknows.com "soul urge" meaning:  People with this name have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership, and to have personal independence. They would rather focus on large, important issues, and delegate the details.

Comment:  Hey, who’s that guy with Mia? Why, it’s her husband, former baseball player Nomar Garciaparra. And, no, “Nomar” didn’t even make the top 1000 for boys.


#5  Ava


She’s the one in the middle

Top-auto complete:  Elizabeth Sambora 

Bio:  Ava Sambora, the daughter of Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora, will make her acting debut in Judd Apatow's Universal feature film, This Is 40 (2012), playing "Sadie's Best Friend" (role of "Sadie" played by Maude Apatow). In 2010 at the Los Angeles Fashion Weekend, Ava walked the runway for her father's clothing line, "White Trash Beautiful".  (IMDb)

Latest news:  "Heather Locklear's Daughter Looked Stellar At Coachella"

Other top auto-completes:  Gardner (actress), Duvernay (director), Phillipe (daughter of Reese Witherspoon), Sabrina London (transsexual), Archer Symes-Reeves (daughter of Keanu Reeves)

Meaning:  So many different theories I can’t keep up with them

sheknows.com "soul urge" meaning:  People with this name have a deep inner desire for love and companionship, and want to work with others to achieve peace and harmony.

Comment

  • Probably can all be traced back to actress Ava Gardner. Her name, though, can be traced back to the Astors.
  • Particularly popular on soap operas.


#4  Isabella



Top-auto complete:  Rosellini

Bio:  The daughter of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Italian director Roberto Rossellini, Isabella Rossellini is an Italian-born actress known for such films as Blue Velvet, Cousins, and Immortal Beloved. She appeared in her first film in 1976, and has since made over 50 other films…. She was also the face of LancĂ´me cosmetics for 14 years. (bio.com)

Latest news:  "Isabella Rossellini Named President of Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury"

Other top auto-completes:  Stewart Gardner (heiress), Cruise (daughter of Tom and Nicole Kidman), Stewart Gardner Museum, Brewster (Hollywood agent), Strahan (Michael’s daughter)

Meaning:  Hebrew, “devoted to God”

sheknows.com "soul urge" meaning:  People with this name have a deep inner desire for love and companionship, and want to work with others to achieve peace and harmony.

Comment:  “She wore blue velvet / Bluer than velvet was the night …”


#3  Sophia



Top-auto complete:  Bush

Bio:  Sophia Bush (born Sophia Anna Bush in Pasadena California on July 8, 1982) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Brooke Davis on The CW’s One Tree Hill. She also directed three episodes of the series. Her very public history of dating her OTH co-stars marks her personal life. Her acting film credits include Van Wilder and John Tucker Must Die. (Wikipedia)

Latest news:  "Among rivals in Iowa, Bush tries to bounce back from remarks" [?!?!]

Other top auto-completes:  Loren (actress), Bush Twitter, Bush Instagram, Vargas (actress – actually Vergara), Viagra Vargas (actress – actually Vergara)

Meaning:  Greek, “knowledge”

sheknows.com "soul urge" meaning:  People with this name have a deep inner need for quiet, and a desire to understand and analyze the world they live in, and to learn the deeper truths.

Comment:  And I thought she was one of George W’s twins. I was wrong.


#2  Olivia  



Top-auto complete:  Munn

Bio:  Olivia Munn is the full package: she's funny, beautiful, talented, and down-to-earth. Since getting her break on G4 TV in 2006, Munn has continually showcased her versatility and scored big roles on TV and the big screen. (Moviefone)

Latest news:  "Olivia Munn Turned Down 'Celebrity Jeopardy,' So Aaron Rodgers [her boyfriend] Accepted!"

Other top auto-completes:  Wilde (actress), Newton John (singer/actress), and Aaron Rodgers, Culpo (beauty queen), de Havilland (actress)

Meaning:  Latin, “olive”

sheknows.com "soul urge" meaning:  n/a (?!?!)

Comment:  Take that, Tom Brady!


#1  Emma



Top-auto complete:  Watson

Bio:  Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress, model, and activist. Watson rose to prominence as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in all eight Harry Potter films from 2001 to 2011, previously having acted only in school plays. The franchise earned Watson worldwide fame, critical accolades, and more than £10 million. (Wikipedia)

Latest news:  "Emma Watson's Bad Girl Character From 'The Bling Ring' Delivers Babies Now"

Other top auto-completes:  Stone (actress), Roberts (actress), Heming (actress), Watson hot, Thompson (actress)

Meaning:  German, “whole,” “universal” (???)

sheknows.com "soul urge" meaning:  People with this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated.

Comment:  Just can’t understand why it’s not Hermione that’s #1


Final Count

  • Actress – 20 (38%)
  • Celeb child – 5
  • Model – 3
  • Place – 3
  • Singer –3
  • Athlete – 2
  • One-offs some 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

You named your child what? (Boys)

One of the little known benefits of our own Social Security Administration is a kick-ass database of what names Americans give their kids. It’s got the top 1000 names for every year from 1879 to 2014. Cool, huh?

One thing it doesn’t have, though, is associations with those particular names. Now, there are a couple of ways you can go about getting those, but one that I particularly like is Google’s auto complete. You know, when you type in “cliff,” and it suggests things like “cliff alexander,” “cliff notes,” “cliffs of dover,” and so on.

So, here you go – the top 10 boy names from 2014, the top auto-complete for that name (along with that person’s bio), the next 5 auto-completes, and some more (pretty random) stuff. Enjoy!


Oh, girls?  Right here.

 

#10  Daniel

Top auto-complete:  Bacon



Bio:  Daniel Bacon is a British actor. He is most known for his voice role as James "Rhodey" Rhodes / War Machine in Iron Man: Armored Adventures. (Wikipedia)

Latest news:  "Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall and More Join the Movie Adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG" [Daniel’s mentioned in the article]

Other top auto-completes:  Wisler (actor), Radcliffe (actor), Craig (actor), Bryan (professional wrestler), Boone (pioneer)

Meaning:  Hebrew: “God is my judge”

sheknows.com “soul urge” meaning:  People with this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated.

Comment:  Actually peaked in the 90s and has been falling ever since.


#9  James

Top auto-complete:  Brown



Bio:  James Brown (born February 25, 1951), commonly called "J.B.", is an American sportscaster known for being the host of The NFL Today on CBS Sports and Thursday Night Football on CBS Sports and NFL Network.  [Wait a minute, I thought he was called the “Godfather of Soul.”]

Latest news:  "Watch Snoop Dogg Share Final Advice He Got From James Brown"

Other top auto-completes:  Harden (basketball player), Franco (actor), Bond (fictional character), Garner (actor), Avery (actor)

Meaning: 
Hebrew: “holder of the heel” (from the Biblical patriarch’s being born holding his twin brother Esau’s heel)
 
sheknows.com “soul urge” meaning:  People with this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated.

Comment:  Hard to believe an old standby like this would be popular again. What’s next? John? Mary?


#8  Alexander

Top auto-complete:  Skarsgard


Bio:  Say hello to Sweden's sexiest import, 6'4" True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard! But while the hunky actor skyrocketed to fame playing bad-boy vampire Eric Northman on the HBO series, he's more than just a pretty face. (people.com)

Latest news:  "Are Alexander Skarsgard & Liam Hemsworth Up for the Male Lead in 'Wonder Woman'?"

Other top auto-completes:  The Great (conqueror), Ludwig (actor), McQueen (fashion designer), Hamilton (founding father), Graham Bell (inventor)

Meaning:  Greek: “defender of the people”

sheknows.com “soul urge” meaning:  People with this name have a deep inner desire to create and express themselves, often in public speaking, acting, writing or singing. They also yearn to have beauty around them in their home and work environment.

Comment:  A suitable name for future actors, fashion designers, inventors, conquerors, and vampires


#7  Michael

Top auto-complete:  Jackson



Bio:  First taking to the stage at the age of just 11 as part of his family's gig The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson grew quickly into the superstardom which would both reward and plague his life. An apparently unstoppable creative and financial force through the highs of his career, 'The King of Pop' struggled with a confused and turbulent private life that was often made appallingly public. In the wake of his shock death though, it is for his artistry - and not his controversies - that he will be remembered and sadly missed.  (lifetime.com)

Latest news:  "Michael Jackson Impersonator brightens up Baltimore Streets" [after rioting]

Other top auto-completes:  Crabtree (football player), Jordan (basketball player), Middleton (Kate’s dad), Mays (son of Willie), Kors (fashion designer, reality TV star)

Meaning:  Hebrew: “Who is like God?” (a rhetorical question)

sheknows.com “soul urge” meaning:  People with this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated.

Comment:  The most popular name of the last century (#1 no less than 44 times)


#6  Ethan


Top auto-complete:  Allen 


Bio (?):  High-end chain with stylish & traditional furniture & home accessories, plus design services. (Wikipedia)


Bio:  Ethan Allen (January 21, 1738 [O.S. January 10, 1737][4] – February 12, 1789) was a farmer; businessman; land speculator; philosopher; writer; and American Revolutionary War patriot, hero, and politician. He is best known as one of the founders of the U.S. state of Vermont. (Wikipedia)

Latest news:  "Ethan Allen Warns of Weak Earnings"

Other top auto-completes:  Hawke (actor), Dolan (Vine "phenomenon") Cutkosky (actor), Wayne (actor), Embry (actor)

Meaning:  Hebrew: strong, firm, solid, safe, enduring

sheknows.com “soul urge” meaning:  People with this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated.

Comment:  Name your child this only if you want him to be an actor … or a patriot ... or a piece of furniture.


#5  William

Top auto-complete:  Shatner


Bio:  William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, most recently displaying comedic talent, and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise.  (IMDb)

Latest news:  "William Shatner has a plan to save drought-plagued California"

Other top auto-completes:  Moseley (actor), Levy (actor and model), and Kate (British royals), Shakespeare (writer), Cook (actor)

Meaning:  German: “desire” + “helmet”

sheknows.com “soul urge” meaning:  People with this name have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership, and to have personal independence. They would rather focus on large, important issues, and delegate the details.

Comment:  Ask yourself, do you really want to name your child Desire-Helmet?


#4  Mason

Top auto-complete:  Disick



Bio:  Mason Disick (born Mason Dash Disick in Los Angeles, California, on December 14, 2009) is the first-born child of reality television stars Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick. (hollywoodlife.com)

Latest news:  "Mason Disick Celebrates His 5th Birthday with North West, Penelope Disick and Kim Kardashian"

Other top auto-completes:  jars, shoes, Dixon Line, Dye (actor), Plumlee (basketball player)

Meaning:  English: from the last name, which is itself from the occupation (e.g., a stone mason)

sheknows.com “soul urge” meaning:  none (?!?!)

Comment:  All I can think of, unfortunately, is Mason Reese.




#3  Jacob

Top auto-complete:  Whitesides



Bio:  Jacob Whitesides is a singer songwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee. He has been playing since the age of eight and say [sic] he never wants to stop! He is now 14 and is playing all around Knoxville, and surrounding areas. He is an experienced guitar player and singer who puts favorable twists on covers and writes his own music! Jacob was inspired at a Bluegrass festival in 2008, and ever since then he knew he wanted to do music for a living! He also plays other instruments such as drums, ukulele, and electric lead. (Tumblr)

Latest news:  "Radio Disney Music Awards on Twitter: Why YouTuber Jacob Whitesides Drove the Conversation"

Other top auto-completes:  Pechenik (Zooey Deschanel’s boyfriend), ladder, Ellsbury (baseball player), Javits Convention Center, Latimore (recording artist)

Meaning:  see James

sheknows.com “soul urge” meaning:  People with this name have a deep inner need for quiet, and a desire to understand and analyze the world they live in, and to learn the deeper truths. 

Comment:  #1 in the US from 1999 through 2012 



#2  Liam

Top auto-complete:  Neeson



Bio:  Standing a burly 6'4", Liam Neeson was once described by a theatre critic as a "towering sequoia of sex." To say that he has undeniable charisma is certainly accurate, but it is a charisma composed as much of impressive talent as of broken-nosed physical appeal. Bearing both versatility and quiet forcefulness, Neeson has been touted as one of the most compelling actors of the late 20th century.  (Fandango)

Latest news:  "Liam Neeson vs. Peter Griffin: Fight of the century? We score 'Family Guy' sneak peek"

Other top auto-completes:  Hemsworth (Australian actor), Payne (singer, One Direction), James (Canadian actor), Flockhart (son of Cassandra Flockhart and Harrison Ford), McIntyre (Australian actor)

Meaning:  Irish: “towering sequoia of sex” (actually, it’s short for William)

sheknows.com “soul urge” meaning:  none (?!?!)

Comment:  My oldest boy is named Liam. When he was born, in 1995, his name ranked 240th. Do I know how to pick 'em? Why, yes, I do.


#1  Noah

Top auto-complete:  Galloway 



Bio:  Noah Galloway (born 1981) is a former United States Army soldier, and a model and athlete. He was injured during the Iraq War, losing his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee. He is currently a contestant on Dancing with the Stars season 20, paired with Sharna Burgess. (Wikipedia)

Latest news:  :'Dancing with the Stars' predictions: Could Noah Galloway surprise with top score?"

Other top auto-completes:  Webster, ark, movie, Cyrus (Miley’s sister), Wyle (actor)

Meaning:  Hebrew: “rest,” “comfort”

sheknows.com “soul urge” meaning:  People with this name have a deep inner need for quiet, and a desire to understand and analyze the world they live in, and to learn the deeper truths.

Comment:  Was ranked 205th as recently as 1993


Final Count

  • Actor - 24 (45%)
  • Athlete - 6
  • Celeb child - 3
  • Musician - 3
  • Fashion designer - 2
  • Patriot - 2
  • Product - 2
  • Writer - 2
  • One offs - 11