Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Girls Birth Announcements

Photo courtesy of Babies By Britt

As promised, here is a selection of the girl names chosen by parents with a December due date on Baby Center Australia (the boys post can be found here). This list is admittedly longer, mainly because there were way more girls born in this group than boys so it was hard to shorten it while still showing a good selection of the wide variety of names used. And there are some great ones.

Of the full selection, Charlotte was the most popular first name, given to five girls. Maybe Princess Charlotte had an impact on this, although to be fair Charlotte was already extremely popular in Australia before the princess was born in May 2015 - she was our #2 name in 2014. As for the middle names, you'll see Rose a few times in the below list, and Rose was indeed the most popular middle name overall, used 11 times! Seems it's not just Nameberries that love Rose in the middle place.


Aaliyah Mae
Elodie Jade
Maya Lois
Abigail Grace
Emerson Lucy Lena
Megan Lily
Ada Violet
Emily Maree Isla
Mia Rose
Alexis Hope
Esther Pearl
Milla Grace
Alice Belle
Eva Theresa
Myka Elisabeth
Allirah Jayne
Gisele Rebecca
Mylah-Rose
Alyssa Kristie
Greta Eve
Natalia Nicoletta
Amarli Diaz
Gwynevere Sky
Norah Joy
Anna Elizabeth Rose
Harper Leigh
Peyton Daphne
Antoinette Genevieve Leona
Hazel Scout
Piper Jane
Arianna Skye
Hollie Lorraine
Poppie Leigh
Audra Grace
Imogen Jean
Remi Julie Ann
Bailee Tymia
Indianna Rose
Ruby Mae
Bella Louise
Indie Allys Ihaia
Sadie May
Bree Emily
Isla Annelise
Scarlett Elizabeth Winter
Brooklyn Fay Riley
Ivy Anne
Sierra Blake
Charlotte Therese
Joy Alathea
Skylah Rose
Chasca Lee
Kaia Bailey
Sonja Jaye
Chloe Jane
Keira-Lee Jean
Sophie Renee
Delaney Rose
Khalise Louise
Tali Rose
Delilah Anne
Laihton Elizabeth
Tamara Heather
Eden Leigh
Legacie Nicole
Thea Audrey
Edie Lyla
Lilah Giulia
Tui Rose
Edith Sophia
Lut├Ęce Isabel Marguerite
Zali Lola
Elliana Grace
Mahli Claire
Zoya Mowlana

Twin Sets
Indie Rose and Mylie May
Melodi and Elis      


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Boys Birth Announcements


During my pregnancy I was taking a bit of a break from blogging (a.k.a. sleeping and playing a lot of Candy Crush). But this doesn't mean that I'd lost interest in names. In fact, part of the great thing about giving birth is that I'm suddenly completely immersed in the current naming landscape - as a new mum I'm seeing what names my fellow new mums are using. And can I say I've seen some fabulous ones lately.

But before I digress too much, what did we name our son? His name is Atlas Bram!! That's him pictured above at two months old. Atlas was born October 30th 2015, weighing just 1.6kg (3lb 8oz). He was born five and a half weeks premature after a growth scan showed he was too small and our obstetrician told us to come in to the hospital for a cesarean birth that same day. I have to admit to having a few hesitations about naming him Atlas when we found out he would be so tiny, but my husband had none. Our boy may be small but he is strong and healthy and I'm glad we stuck with our choice (keep tuned for a post on how we chose his name in the coming weeks).

As I was saying, I've seen some great names lately, with one major source being on the Baby Center Australia forums. The below is a selection of boy names used by parents who had a December due date like I did. For those interested in popularity; Alexander and variant Zander/Xander was the most popular first name, and James the most popular middle name out of all of the boys names I saw.

The girls post can be found here 

Alexander Arnold (Xander)
Flynn Michael Lloyd
Landon Jonathan
Apollo Ronaldo
Greyson Higgins
Leo Archer
Archer Thomas Jack
Harrison Jack (Harry)
Lucas Rex
Arkyn
Harry Leslie
Maverick Ernest
Blake Anthony
Hudson Winston
Mitchell John
Bradley Jonas
Hugo Robert
Nate James
Carter Jacob (CJ)
Isaiah Lyndon
Oliver Michael
Charlie Gabriel
Jack Michael Dillon
Oscar James
Chet Bruce
Jackson John
Rhys James
Coby Peter
Jacob Aydin
Riley Alan
Cooper Ryan
Jarryd George
Ryan Alexander
D'Arcy James
Jaxon James
William Paul
Damien Michael Rhys
Jayden Charles
Wolfe Michael
Darcy John
Job Edward
Xander Danny James
Davy Jack
Kahlani James
Xavier
Digby Anthony
Kaiden Dylan
Zander Roy Theodore
Edward Max (Eddie)
Keldan Daniel
Zane Nicholas
Elias Dennis
Kobi Blair
Zayn Fahd
Elijah Albert
Kyran Silva
Zeke Robert
Ethan Thomas
Lachlan Graham
Zion Ross

Twin Sets
Lucas Robert and Cooper Riley  
Rigby and Frankie
Stirling Royce and Eli Henry          


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Mirabai

Photo Courtesy of JME Portraits

Isn’t this a pretty one? I was talking to someone today who mentioned a lady she knows with this name, and it struck me that I had heard it before and forgotten about it. But one mention and I remembered how lovely I thought it was back then too. To me it has a softly exotic, peacefully lilting feel that makes me think of vanilla, cinnamon and cloves.

If it seems familiar to you, you’ve probably heard of it in one of two ways. One, you’re Indian or familiar enough with Indian culture to immediately think of the famous Hindu poet/princess who devoted her life to the worship of Krishna. Or if you’re Australian you may be thinking of Mirabai Peart, a violinist who appeared as a contestant on the second season of ‘Big Brother Australia’ back in 2002.

Of course they aren’t the only Mirabai's, but it seems this name is relatively uncommon. It has only charted once in the U.S back in 2006 when it was given to just 5 girls. You’re much more likely to meet a Mira (ranked 613 in the U.S in 2014) or a Meera (ranked 1353). Even in India where Mirabai originated from Meera is much more popular, with Baby Center stating it was the 32nd most popular Indian girls name amongst parents registered with their site in 2014.

Which brings us back to the aforementioned poet. She lived from 1498 to 1547 and was more commonly known as Meera, with MiraBai (pronounced Meer-ah-bye) seemingly her formal name. Bai indicates a feminine name, but there is a little more confusion as to the meaning of Meera or Mira as it seems to have origins in many cultures. Some sources claim that in its’ Sanskrit/Hindu (Indian) origin it means ‘ocean’ or perhaps ‘limit’ or ‘boundary’, or even ‘prosperous’. An alternative explanation I’ve seen is that Meera means “saintly woman”, but I can’t help but feel that this is more of an association with the poet, rather than an actual meaning. Which in a case like this probably makes more sense anyway. The original Mirabai is considered to be a saintly heroine, a great inspiration, and this in itself imbues the name with meaning for those who love her story.

Parents already considering the similar names Mirabel or Mirabella might consider Mirabai as a way to escape the “belle/bella” suffix and nickname option that has proven to be so popular in recent years. On the downside, it might take a little work to get people unfamiliar with the name to say it correctly (is it Meera-Bay? Myra-Bye?). But I think that once most people hear it they will be intrigued and enchanted. And your daughter would be extremely unlikely to ever meet another one.


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