Monday, July 24, 2017


I had a namer moment out in public last weekend, a little freak out of excitement over a name. While visiting my friend for her birthday I ran into another acquaintance who I hadn't seen in a year and we were catching up. One thing lead to another and we got to talking about his new nephew. And his name? Arlo! I could not believe my ears so I made him not only repeat it but spell it as well. Since then I have not been able to get the name off my mind so I took to doing the only thing I know: researching and researching the name turning it into a name post.

There are many debuts over the meaning and origin of the name. Some believe it is a derivation of Carlo, an Italian name meaning man. Others say it means barberry tree in Spanish. 

Some believe it comes from the fictional place, Arlo Hill, from the 1950 poem The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spencer. That leads to the belief the author got Arlo from the real Irish place, Aherlow, meaning between two highlands. 

It would even be safe to say that Arlo could have come from Harlow or Harley possibly even Arlene. 

The first time Arlo appeared on the SSA list was in 1900 at #906 and was given to 8 baby boys. It didn't gain much popularity until 1915 when it went up to #667. Up until this year 1915 was the year it was the most popular. As of 2016, Arlo ranked at #349 and has been climbing the charts since it entered in 2011. 

New Zealand (#57), Australia (#95), and Scotland (#91) all have Arlo in their top 100. England has Arlo ranked just outside of the top 100 at #102. All that being said Arlo travels well and can be understood by many countries. 


Famous Arlo's 
Arlo Guthrie is an American folk singer and songwriter most popular for his song "Alice's Restaurant." Born in 1947 right after the name dropped off the charts in 1944 I would say he didn't have much influence on the name. 

There were a few Arlo's born long before Arlo Guthrie. The American novelist, journalist, and poet Arlo Bates was born in 1850 but it wasn't until the late 1880s when his work became known. He was an editor for the Boston Sunday Courier. Military connections can be found tot he name Arlo for World War II's Arlo Olson. He was award the United States's highest declaration, the Medal of Honor. 

In recent years England born Arlo White has been gracing the tv screens as a sports presenter and commentator. Primer League is his main focus in the United States. Could soccer fan parents be using his name after hearing it while watching he games? 


Pop Culture 
The Good Dinosaur is a Disney Pixar movie featuring a dinosaur named Arlo. I have to admit that I was not able to watch the whole movie because of some sad scenes. 

Justified's Arlo Given and 24's Arlo Glass may be just some of the reasons the name has gained so much popularity in recent years. Tv shows and films making the name more familiar to parents across the country. 

O ending boy names seem to be a growing trend making Arlo a perfect choice for a baby boy in 2017. It feels cool and fresh yet still masculine. After all this research I am wondering more and more what the little Arlo that inspired this post. What is his middle name? Why did his parents choice the name? 

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Same Rank, Different Year, New Name {Monthly Name Game}

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all had a nice week and are ready for the weekend. I'm here to kick off the weekend with a fun baby name game inspired by another namer. Elizabeth over at Well-Informed Namer had the fun idea a few days ago to find out the popularity of your first and middle name the year you were born. Then take those numbers and find out what your name could have been in other years. Now isn't that a fun idea?! 

My name is Lauren Ashley and I was born in 1995. Lauren was #15 and Ashley was #2. I have pretty popular names thats for sure! I mean my best friend since I was 4 is named Lauren for crying out loud! I'm interested to see what names will come up. I have a feeling there will be a lot of repeats with he middle names. 

2016- Madison Olivia
2015- Evelyn Olivia
2014- Amelia Olivia 
2013- Ella Emma
2012- Aubrey Emma
2011- Lily Isabella
2010- Samantha Sophia
2009- Ella Emma (Now this is a cringeworthy combo!)
2008- Alexis Isabella 
2007- Mia Isabella 
2006- Sarah Emma
2005- Sarah Emma
2004- Sophia Emma
2003- Lauren Emma
2002- Grace Madison
2001- Lauren Madison
2000- Brianna Hannah (The rhyming endings are a little much)
1999- Megan Hannah
1998- Rachel Hannah 
1997- Alyssa Jessica 
1996- Madison Jessica 
1995- Lauren Ashley (My name!)
1994- Stephanie Ashley 
1993- Jennifer Ashley
1992- Chelsea Jessica 
1991- Nicole Jessica 
1990- Amber Ashley 
1989- Heather Ashley 
1988- Amber Ashley 
1987- Amber Ashley 
1986- Rachel Ashley 
1985- Lauren Ashley 
1984- Rachel Jessica 
1983- Kimberly Jessica 
1982- Rebecca Jessica 
1981- Angela Jessica 
1980- Christina Amanda 

In the future I may do a more detailed listed for 1880-1979 with all of the remaining years. But for now here are some random years with some random combinations. Since both of my names are in the top 20 I am able to come up with a combo for every year but with that comes a lot of repeats, especially with the #2 name. 

1977- Nicole Melissa 
1962- Debra Mary 
1954- Carol Linda 
1940- Carolyn Barbara 
1936- Doris Shirley 
1925- Alice Dorothy 
1911- Virginia Helen 
1901- Grace Helen 
1891- Mabel Anna
1880- Cora Anna

And now for the boys. The boy names are a lot better better than the girls name and I actually like a  bunch of them. I think the problem with the girl names is a lot end in A and almost all of them are 2 syllables. So together they just don't sound right. 

2016- Matthew Liam 
2015- Matthew Liam
2014- Jayden Liam
2013- Matthew Jacob
2012- Anthony Mason 
2011- Liam Mason 
2010- David Ethan
2009- Joseph Ethan
2008- Noah Michael
2007- James Michael
2006- Noah Michael
2005- Nicolas Michael
2004- Alexander Michael
2003- Tyler Michael
2002- Alexander Michael
2001- Ryan Michael
2000- Zachary Michael
1999- John Michael
1998- John Jacob (John Jacob jJingleheimer Schmidt!)
1997- John Jacob
1996- John Matthew 
1995- Ryan Matthew 
1994- John Christopher 
1993- Zachary Christopher 
1992- Jacob Christopher 
1991- Brandon Christopher 
1990- Anthony Christopher 
1989- William Christopher 
1988- Jonathan Christopher 
1987- William Christopher 
1986- William Christopher 
1985- Justin Christopher 
1984- Brandon Christopher 
1983- Andrew Christopher 
1982- William Christopher 
1981- William Christopher 
1980- Ryan Christopher 

And just like the girls here are random years and name combos for the boys. I used the same random years as the girl names.  

1977- Jeremy Jason 
1962- Charles David 
1954- Ronald James 
1940- Kenneth Robert 
1936- Paul James 
1925- Raymond John 
1911- Harry William 
1901- Albert William 
1891- Fred William 
1880- Fred William

I had a really fun time seeing what combos would be formed! My favorite girl names were Lily Isabella and Carolyn Barbara. For boys I really liked are Ryan Christopher and Charles David. Growing up I was never a fan of having a popular name and now it made it hard to have fun or unique combinations. What interesting combos did you come up with? I would love to know in the comments below! 

Thank you so much Elizabeth for this fun game! Be sure to check out her blog because she has become one of my favorite blogger. 

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