Monday, December 7, 2015

Pearl Harbor Day

"... a date which will live in infamy..."

Today we remember fallen soldiers and veterans, especially those of World War II. May the futures of every nation be more and more peaceful.

Since my name posts focus more on the positive side, I'll be looking at "pearl"-related names today! All these names mean "pearl", and most come from the same original source (Margaret). 

After more than twenty years off the top 1000, Pearl jumped back on in 2010 and has been steadily rising - it's currently at #628. It's adorable, retro, and classic all at once, which would explain it's even higher popularity in the UK. The single-syllable sound also makes for a great middle name. Check out my past post on gemstone names for other sparkly options!

An English classic that's never left the top 200, Margaret is a beautiful, elegant option - and would probably honor at least one family member. It has infinite nickname possibilities - Maggie, Molly, Peggy, and more - that could add an element of uniqueness. Below, I've listed a few variations and diminutives if you're looking for something edgier. 

My favorite on the list, Marguerite is feminine and uber-French. It hasn't made the top 1000 in over 40 years, so it will definitely be on the unique side. There are plenty of namesakes as well - writer Marguerite Duras, poet Maya Angelou, and many international actresses. 

Popular from the 1960's to the 1980's, Gretchen has since left the top 1000 entirely. But the cute "-chen" ending and less-used first initial could make it a solid contender for sound. There are also a number of fictional Gretchen's, on TV and in the movies, if you'd like to slyly honor a character.

This name jumped on the list this year, despite almost no historical popularity - but UK namers have already put it into their top 50! Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams helped increase its visibility, and the similar sound to favorite Daisy cinches the draw. Beware though - this jump in popularity will increase exponentially for awhile!

One of the most popular names of the 1980's and 1990's, Megan is now on its way down. It's originally a Welsh diminutive of Margaret, so if you'd like to honor a Megan (I'm sure you know at least one) check out some of the other Margaret diminutives. 

Also spelled Margot (slightly more popular), this nickname-name has a spunky, tomboyish feel. The o-ending adds pizzazz, and helps the pronunciation a bit. Margo was also featured in the animated movie Despicable Me, which adds some kid cred. 

The only name on this list with Hindi origins, Sania is a beautiful alternative to Sonya or Tanya. While it's never made the top 1000, Sania has been recorded every year since 1987 by the SSA - 46 babies were named Sania last year.

Let me know your favorite pearl names in the comments!

No comments:

Post a Comment