Check out the list of the top baby names of 2009. This website http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/which lists popular baby names for present years as well as for past generations is an excellent place to choose names for characters for fiction. Did you know that Isabella was the number one chosen name for baby girls in 2009? What about Aiden? Where did that name come from to be so popular with couples giving birth to boys?
As I began following names back to the late 1800’s and early 20th century, I found that my father’s name, Coy, was among the popular names in 1900 when he was born. Since I came along much later in his life, I never knew anyone with that name. This site provides links that show where the name originates and the meaning of the word.
Find the year you were born and see what names parents gave their kids. In my generation, many girls were named Linda. But Glenda is also on the list.
My mother chose to name me after Glenda Farrell. Glenda Farrell was a movie star who has a roster of films to her name. My pursuit of the name led me to a page about Miss Farrell. I learned that she was a blond and beautiful woman.
Girls’ Names 20091. Isabella
Boys' Names 20091. Aiden
In the year of my birth, Glenda was 112 on the list of names. Brenda was higher on the list. The name Charlie was 112 on the list of male names.
In 1950 Linda was the number one name for girls. Glenda had moved up to 87 on the list. By 1960, Glenda had fallen behind to number 156. Out of the top 1000 names for girls in the last ten years, no one named their girl Glenda. Why has the name fallen out of favor with the American people? Have they all forgotten Glinda the Good Witch?
Linda and Brenda are well loved names and these two climbed up to the top twenty in 1960. From 1947 until 1952 Linda ranked as Number One name for girls. But what is the all time most popular name for girls since 1910? Mary. Mary has always been a popular name and I imagine it is because Mary is the name of the mother of Jesus.
Find your name on the Social Security listing and see what surprises develop?
What if we use an enneagram to decide the personality of a character? Then we find a name in the baby list of his birth year. I think I’ll try this for my next story.
Has anyone done this?
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