The Most Popular Baby Names of 2012

Parents spend a great deal of time and a lot of effort when considering a name for their child. It could be a family name. Or, the choice of name might be influenced by popular culture. Baby Center has revealed the list of the most popular baby names in 2012. Every year, puts together an interesting list of the top 100 names for baby girls, and for baby boys, in a given year. They just released their Top 100 list for 2012. There are some differences between the list of 2012 and the previous list of the most popular … Continue reading

Uma Thurman’s Daughter Has Seven Names

Parents give a lot of thought to the name that they will give their children. Typically, a child will be given a first name, a middle name, and a surname (which may or may not contain a hyphen). Celebrities tend to give their children unusual names. Uma Thurman gave her daughter seven names. In many families, there are certain names that are handed down from one generation to another. In my family, we have a lot of people, on both sides of the family tree, who are named James. It is common for new parents to name their baby after … Continue reading

BabyCenter has List of Unusual Baby Names for 2011

Parents spend a lot of time deciding on the best name to give their baby. It could be a family name, that has been handed down for generations. Sometimes, parents desire to give their child a name that is unique. Those names might have been inspired by popular culture. Genealogists spend a lot of time looking for the names of relatives and ancestors. In some families, there could be a first name that is especially popular. In my family, for example, there are a lot of relatives who are named James. What name appears the most on your family tree? … Continue reading

Most Popular Baby Names of 2011 Revealed

The BabyCenter website has revealed the list of the most popular baby names of 2011. The list includes 100 names of girls, and 100 names of boys. The names that a generation of parents gives to their children reveals a lot about the popular culture of that year. Genealogists may come across some unusual and unfamiliar names as they learn about their ancestors. If you dig around a little bit, you might be able to find information that helps explain where the inspiration for those names came from. This could give you a clue into the types of books, movies, … Continue reading

Popular Baby Names From A Century Ago

Today, parents often give their newborns a name that was inspired by popular culture. This is not a new phenomena. If you take a close look at the baby names that were popular about one hundred years ago, you will find that your ancestors were also inspired by popular culture when they named their babies. Perhaps one of your ancestors was named after someone who was famous in 1910. In many ways, day to day life is very different now, than it was around one hundred years ago. Your ancestors didn’t have cell phones, access to the internet, or big … Continue reading

Bring Your Research To Life With A Geneaolgy Project

If you enjoy doing genealogy research but you wonder what kinds of things you can do with the information that you have diligently been digging up, you may want to put your research on hold for a bit and try doing a genealogy-related project. Creating a family tree to display in your home or give as a gift is a popular genealogy project, as are genealogy scrapbooks and written family histories. There are plenty of products that are available to help you get started on any of these three projects. There is a huge selection of beautiful family tree templates … Continue reading

Popular Baby Names Reveal Popular Culture

Genealogists can learn quite a bit from the first names of their ancestors. Sometimes, a first name can give you clues about the heritage of an ancestor. There are many families who have certain names that are handed down from one generation to another one. Often, though, parents are inspired by the popular culture when they name their babies. A first name can give a glimpse into what your ancestor’s social world was like. There is now a list of the most popular baby names for 2010, for both boys and girls, which comes from data compiled by the Social … Continue reading

War of Words

One of the joys of being pregnant is choosing a name for your child… or is it? A new poll reveals that selecting baby names often leads to discontent and resentment among parents. I suppose nothing says I despise you more than having your partner insist on naming your unborn child Sam when you have your heart set on Teegan. Starting World War III over a baby name seems a bit counterproductive to me, but then again, we chose our daughter’s name in less than hour, so I wouldn’t know what it’s like to battle over Caden, Carter or Connor. … Continue reading

Scary Trends in Baby Names

Leave it to Americans to find yet another way to immortalize pregnant teens. Just when you thought paying 16 year olds cold, hard cash to allow TV cameras to follow their every move as new parents was something to cringe about, now the government reveals that the young reality TV stars have some of the hottest names in the country. According to the Social Security Administration, the stars from MTV’s mega-popular show “Teen Mom,” are among the hottest trending names in the United States. Scary! I wish I were joking, but facts are facts. The Social Security Administration just released … Continue reading

Trendy Baby Names

“Today” show host Natalie Morales seemed a bit too enthusiastic to reveal the Top 100 Baby Names for 2010 this morning. Apparently, she was eager to see if her two sons’ names landed near the top of the list. Not quite. My daughter’s wasn’t up there either. So, which baby names are the hottest of the hot? I’ll give you a hint: think popular TV shows. “Glee”-inspired names such as Finn and Quinn are pretty hot, as is Betty from “Mad Men.” In addition, famous athletes turned celebrities also inspired some of the trendiest baby names of 2010, including Bode, … Continue reading