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 

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