Find Out What Your Name Would Be if You Were Born Today

TIME

The popularity of your name is likely far different today than it was the year you were born. Maybe you’re one of those men born in 1983 and named Michael, the most popular name of the year. Today, if you were given the most popular boy’s name, you’d be named Noah. The following interactive shows you which name had the same popularity in the past year and every decade since 1890 as yours did the year you were born, using newly released baby name data for 2014.

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Methodology

Name trends are provided by the Social Security Administration. Whenever names were tied for popularity in a given year or decade, they were assigned the same rank. This tool only searches for names of the same…

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Royal baby names

baby-charlotte-geo_3332300bI am a huge (HUGE) fan of the British monarchy. I live in Belgium and we, also, happen to have a royal family. I like them but they just don’t fascinate me the way the English do… To prove that point, I even made the birth of the “Royal baby #2” the subject of my final paper in a journalism seminar of my second-year of college… I proved it was newsworthy and I got a great grade for it!!

But, that’s not the point, let’s talk about the names every single news-website has been talking about: prince George‘s and, most recently, princess Charlotte‘s! I am not going to make an extensive analysis of the names because they are quite comprehensive on other websites I have read and I would like to give my opinion on them.

George Alexander Louis: I admit that I didn’t like the name George at the beginning, I had envisioned the couple to name their son James or Arthur, two established names that are still perfectly wearable today. In Belgium, Georges is an “old-people name”, I never met a young Georges and I find it hard to do so in the future… I had some preconceived idea regarding the name but now, I love it. A George in England feels regal and suited for a modern and spunky little boy like the prince comes across as! 

Alexander was the couple’s other favorite so, the middle spot seems like a good compromise and Louis is one of dad William’s middles.

George’s much anticipated baby sister is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. It was one of my predictions (I just wasn’t feeling an “Alice”…) even though I was rooting for a Victoria or a sweet Mary (it wasn’t on the top bet charts but I think I still have a chance for, eventually, the next one…!) 

William and Catherine managed to keep everyone happy with their little bundle of joy. The people was feverishly hoping for a girl, the first princess in 25 years (the last one is princess Eugenie, born in 1990) and the highest in the order of succession to the throne in 50 years (the last one being princess Anne, born in 1950).

This birth was also a “peace offering”, among the trouble around the Legislative elections and the threat of a British EU exit (a.k.a. “Brexit”).

The three names choices are able to mix William and Kate’s family sides. Charlotte is supposedly to honor grandpa Charles (and a nod to maternal grandma Carole, as well as Pippa’s middle name).

Elizabeth is for great-grandmother Elizabeth II (and the Queen Mother, which Charles wanted so desperately to honor had he fathered a daughter) but also, mom Catherine and maternal grandma Carole’s middle name!

At last, Diana is an obvious tribute to William’s late mother, Lady Diana Spencer, who also longed for a daughter. After prince Charles and lady Diana’s highly publicized divorce, people close to “the Firm” (a.k.a. the British family) and the Windsor themselves, tried to airbrush Diana from royal history. To paraphrase Richard Kay, this homage proves that Diana is a non-negotiable part of William’s life!

The couple’s trademark is the perfect balance between tradition and modernity: they need to stick with the protocol and follow the rules (in naming, among other things) but they make up ways to stay true to their personal taste. They decided to break with the traditional four names (as in William Arthur Philip Louis) and opted for “only” three, the way many British parents do! Both of their choices are full of royal pedigree but certainly don’t lack in style!

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I am totally in love with William and Catherine romance and now, their lovely (and absolutely beautiful) children ! I like the Royals’ picks and name combinations because I am aware that they need to stick with a limited range of names and are still able to make them as their own.

On the contrary, William’s cousins seem to be under less “royal pressure”: Zara Phillips has a daughter named Mia Grace (very “American”) with Mike Tindall. Zara’s brother, Peter and his wife Autumn Phillips have a Savannah and an Isla (pronouned “eye-la”)! An heir (or a spare) couldn’t possibly bare such names (*read in a posh accent*)!

Catherine has said in the past she didn’t want just two children (to break with the royal duty to bear an heir and a spare to the crown…) so…

…My predictions for another baby (<3) would be:

*Mary Louise Alexandra (would Alexandra be off limits because it’s one of George’s middle names? And Louise?)

*Victoria Mary Catherine

I love Marigold and Josephine but don’t see it happen for some reason… I am going to throw it in the air anyway, I like the name combination of author Tara Wood’s baby #7 (you can check Tara out by clicking here) born in June 2015:

*Marigold Alice (+ Josephine)

and *Eleanor Juliette Sophie

(Boys seem so much easier…)

*James Edward Philip

*Arthur Henry Vincent

*Frederick John Thomas (more unusual but, we never know)

What do you think? Do you like the British royals, too? Or is another monarchy your personal favorite?

P.S.: In Belgium, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde have four children: Elisabeth, Gabriel Emmanuel, and Eléonore. Good choices, I have to admit.

At a family friend’s christening I met…

0001745_400_1…some interestingly named babies and toddlers.

Two weeks ago, on a sunny Sunday, I went to a family friend’s christening. The baptized one-year old boy is named Rafael (our families are both Portuguese and they chose to use the “Portuguese-friendly” spelling). At church, there were two other babies who were about to begin their journey into the Christian faith : Antonio and Agathe.

Rafael‘s parents invited friends who brought their families along to the get-together planed afterwards. Léon was there, brothers Alphonse and newborn Nelson were there too. Twin girls Lilou & Jade attended and Héloïse (or was it Louise?) as well.

What did I think of hearing all those names?

Well, first of all I was surprised at how short the majority of the names were, they’re either two or three-syllable names (and Jade can be counted as a one-syllable name !).

Secondly, all names are modern and retro at the same time: Agathe and Alphonse could be grandparents but they’ll fit perfectly in kindergarten in 2015, too!

Lilou & Jade are good examples of parents’ choices nowadays, they’re short and spunky, feminine and well-established so their children will bear a name that is distinctive enough not to be known as [80-90’s throwback] “Sarah” B., “Sarah” H. or “Sarah” T. in class and, at the same time, won’t make them feel like the odd one out.

Another trend is L-beginning names. They are really popular in French-speaking countries: Léa (#5), Lola (#7), Lucie (#8), Léna (#9), Léonie (#24) and Lilou (#25) are parents’ favorites, to end at the “first” 25 top girl’s names. As for the boys: Louis (#1), Lucas (#4) and Léo (#8) are pretty high-ranking!

Vowels are also “hot”, especially E and A: Emma, Alice, Anna and Eva are top 20 names as are Arthur and Ethan.

I really enjoyed this baptism, I had a blast meeting all these beautifully-named babies and toddlers and it was really fun to link them and find some kind of trend. 

And you, who did you meet recently?