Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sylvia

Gender: female

Rank of name in United States:
2005: 528
1990: 333
1975: 215
1960: 121
1945: 82
1930: 132
1915: 67
1900: 137
1885: 173

Namesakes: poet Sylvia Plath; photographer Sylvia Plachy



A great meaning (into the woods!) and a pretty sound, yet it retains a slight frumpy feeling; parents who dig the nickname Sylvie or who are looking for an alternate to Sophia may well bring it back to the realms of cool.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Julius

Gender: male
U.S. rank in 2004: 383
U.S. rank in 1900: 108
Namesake: a certain emperor



A more solid variation on the soft-sounding Julian, though the generation that frequented malls in the '80s may forever be reminded of a slushy orange drink.

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Matilda

Gender: female
U.S. rank in 2004: not in the top 1000
U.S. rank in 1900: 178
Namesake: Matilda of Flanders, England's smallest queen!



Despite its non-pacifist origin (it means "mighty warrior"), today Matilda is slyly hip, shaking off its great-grandma status. Tillie is a cool flapperesque nickname, far preferable to Miranda's Randy.

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