Girls Names from the Top 100 of the 1940s


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These are names of babies born during World War II, and the first baby boomers, born in the years just after the war. If you are an older parent, your own mother might have been born in this decade, while young parents may see 1940s names as “grandma” names. For those wanting a name that’s ahead of the curve, there are rich pickings from this time period.

Coral is a gemstone made from the polished shells or exoskeletons of coral polyps – originally, and typically, Corallium rubrum, from the Mediterranean. Because this species has a pink or red colouring, the word coral also refers to a pinkish colour. The ancient Romans believed coral would protect children, and it was common for baby toys and teething rings to be made from coral, even in the 19th century. Coral jewellery has been worn since prehistoric times, although it was the Victorian era which made coral fashionable. Today, with greater awareness of the environmental impact of harvesting coral, many jewellers will no longer sell coral items, and consumers are urged to boycott jewellery made from coral. The name Coral was #194 in the 1900s, and joined the Top 100 in the 1930s. It peaked in the 1940s at #79, left the Top 100 the following decade, and was off the charts by the 1980s, perhaps partly due to growing environmental concerns. Leaving aside the gemstone, you could see this name as a way to celebrate our beautiful coral reefs, and marine environment.

In Greek mythology, Daphne was a naiad; a nymph of fresh water, and daughter of a river god. Acording to legend, she was so beautiful that the god Apollo pursued her. Just as he was about to catch her, she pleaded with her father to help her, and he turned her into a laurel tree – Daphne literally means “laurel”, and it’s also the scientific name for the plant. The laurel became sacred to Apollo, and wreaths of laurel were traditionally given to those who had achieved victory. The name Daphne has been use since the 18th century, when classical names became fashionable, but only became common in the 19th, because of the interest in botanical names. Daphne was #82 in the 1900s, and peaked in the 1920s at #22. It was #76 in the 1940s, left the Top 100 the following decade, and was off the charts by the 1970s. Recently it been in the charts again, and is around the 300s. Charming retro Daphne makes a distinguished choice, not a daffy one.

Feminine form of Francis, often given in tribute to St Francis of Assisi, although St Frances of Rome provides a medieval female saintly namesake. The name was commonly used by the British aristocracy, with examples such as Frances Cobham, a close friend of Elizabeth I, and Frances Grey, the mother of queen-for-nine-days Lady Jane Grey. The great Restoration beauty Frances Stewart, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox, drove King Charles II batty with desire, but she refused to become his mistress. Her lovely face was used as the model for Brittania on coins, medals, and statues, and can still be seen today. In common use since the 16th century at least, Frances is a classic name which has never disappeared from the charts. It was #52 in the 1900s, and peaked in the 1940s at #47, leaving the Top 100 in the 1970s. It sank into obscurity in the late 2000s, but had a boost at the start of this decade which saw it move into the 500s, and is now around the 200s. More solid than Francesca, Frances is a quiet achiever which gets royal glamour from being the middle name of Diana, Princess of Wales, and offers the cool nickname Frankie.

From the Greek Eirene, meaning “peace”. In Greek mythology, Eirene was the personification of peace, depicted as a beautiful young girl carrying symbols of plenty. Another mythological Eirene was a daughter of Poisedon. The name was in use in ancient Greece, and one Eirene was a famous artist. There are a number of saints named Irene, with Irene of Thessalonica martyred with her sisters Love and Purity, so personifications of theological virtues. Originally more popular in eastern Christianity, it was the name of a Byzantine Empress, and has been used by European royalty. The name was originally pronounced e-REE-nee, but is usually said IE-reen now. Irene is a classic name which has never left the charts. It was #19 in the 1900s, and peaked the following decade at #17. It was #56 in the 1940s, and left the Top 100 in the 1960s. It reached its lowest point in the late 2000s at #684, and since then become more popular, perhaps because it’s been used for several fictional characters in the past few years. Currently it’s around the 400s. This is a hip, underused classic with a lovely meaning.

In the New Testament, Lois was the pious grandmother of Saint Timothy. It’s not known what the name means: it may be from the Greek meaning “more desirable, more agreeable”, and understood as “the most beautiful, the best”. However, as Lois was Jewish, it could be an attempt to Hellenise a Hebrew name. Lois is also a male name – an Occitan and Galician form of Louis. The female name Lois has been in use since the 16th century, and was used by Puritan families. Lois Lane, Superman’s love interest, has given the name publicity for many decades, but more recently it has become a “mum name” on TV, with Lois Wilkerson from Malcolm in the Middle, and Lois Griffin from Family Guy. Lois joined the charts in the 1910s, debuting at #181. It joined the Top 100 in the 1930s, when it peaked at #84, and was #93 in the 1940s. It left the Top 100 the following decade, and was off the charts by the 1970s. Soft sounding Lois would make an interesting alternative to popular names such as Eloise.

German name combining Maria/Marie and Magdalene, so it commemorates Mary Magdalene from the New Testament, the chief female disciple of Jesus Christ. The German pronunciation is mahr-LE-nuh, but it is often said MAHR-leen in English. The name became well known in the English speaking world because of iconic German-American film star Marlene Dietrich, whose real name was Marie Magdalene. The name Marlene rocketed into the Top 100 from nowhere in the 1930s when Dietrich became a star after appearing as the uberdesirable Lola Lola in Josef von Sternberg’s movie The Blue Angel. It both debuted and peaked at #63 in the 1930s. The name Marlene was #68 in the 1940s, when Dietrich did valuable war work, such as performing for the troops and raising war bonds. By the 1950s, when Dietrich became a cabaret star, the name Marlene had left the Top 100. It left the the charts in the 1980s, when Dietrich’s career was over. Despite being a dated name which spiked in popularity only briefly, Marlene still seems glamorous and sexy, fitting in with modern names such as Marley and Elena.

Created by Sir Philip Sidney for his 16th century epic, the Arcadia; in the story, Pamela is an attractive main character. It is usually thought that Sidney based the name on the Greek for “all sweetness”. The name was given publicity by Samuel Richardson’s best-selling 18th century novel, Pamela, where a lovely teenaged maidservant is threatened with rape by her employer, but she successfully resists him, and is rewarded for her virtue by being allowed to marry him. Not only are there so many things wrong with that sentence, it was apparently based on a true story. Pamela was originally pronounced pa-MEE-luh, but PAM-eh-luh is more usual now. Pamela has been used since the 17th century, and an early namesake was Lady Edward Fitzgerald; although her real name was Stephanie, she named her eldest daughter Pamela. Pamela joined the charts in the 1910s, debuting at #310, and peaked in the 1940s at #9. It left the Top 100 in the 1970s, and hasn’t been on the charts since the early 2000s. This is an elegant literary name which is dated, but still seems very usable.

In the Old Testament, Ruth was the loyal widowed daughter-in-law of Naomi, who famously offered to follow her mother-in-law wherever she went. Naomi married Ruth to one of her relatives, who called Ruth a “noble character”; she is one of the nicest people in the Bible, blessed with a loving spirit. Her name comes from the Hebrew ru’at, meaning “friend, companion” – it seems chosen for the story, as she was such a good friend to Naomi. Ruth is also an English word meaning “mercy, compassion” – it’s one of those words which only seems to be used in its negative form, as we often describe people as ruthless, but rarely ruthful. Ruth has been in common use throughout the modern era, and is a classic name which has never left the charts. It was #66 in the 1900s, and peaked in the 1920s at #41. It was #58 in the 1940s, and left the Top 100 in the 1970s. It’s currently around the 500s. An underused classic with two lovely meanings and a sweet namesake, this is a great name. After all, you can’t spell truth without Ruth!

Popularised by Marie Corelli’s 1887 novel Thelma; in Corelli’s romance, Thelma is an enchantingly beautiful, snow-pure Norwegian princess who marries an English nobleman. The name Thelma had been in use since at least the 18th century, but the meaning is not known. One theory is that it is based on the Greek word thelema, meaning “will”, but there is no evidence to support it. It may be a variant of Selma, since Selma is a common name in Scandinavia even today, and Thelma was used in Norway before the novel was published. The name Thelma was also used in Spanish-speaking countries before Corelli’s novel, and Anselma (the long form of Selma) is a Spanish name. Thelma was #18 in the 1900s and peaked the following decade at #9. It was #96 in the 1940s, left the Top 100 by the following decade, and was off the charts by the 1970s. With the name Selma now receiving a boost from the film, could its clunky sister Thelma be in with a chance?

English form of the French name Valérie, from the Latin name Valeria, the feminine form of Valerius, meaning “strong, healthy”. It comes from the same source as the name Valentine. St Valerie was a legendary French saint who was martyred by beheading, then went for a walk carrying her head. This was a popular thing for French saints to do in medieval legends, so the name Valerie got quite a boost. Valerie is a classic name which has never left the charts. It was #180 in the 1900s, and joined the Top 100 the following decade. Peaking in the 1930s at #12, it was #38 in the 1940s. It left the Top 100 in the 1960s, and has remained in uncommon use. It had a small boost at the start of this decade, when it was in the 400s. Valerie is a classic with a rather luscious feel to it. It makes a great middle name too.

(Picture shows members of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force working on a RAAF plane; photo from the Australian War Memorial)

What Would You Name a Brother for Alfie and Ned?


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Kathleen and Michael are expecting their third child in a few months, and already have two sons named Alfie and Ned. If they have a girl, there are plenty of names that they could choose, but they are quite stuck if there is another boy on the way.

They have considered the name Otis, but are not sure if it fits with their other children’s’ names, and Michael has rejected the name Jock, which was also under discussion.

Kathleen and Michael like fairly traditional names which aren’t too common – Kathleen doesn’t want a Top 100 name, or a name which is rapidly rising into the Top 100.

They would prefer a nickname-style name to match Alfie and Ned, hopefully one which doesn’t start with A or N, and ideally would like a shortish name, as they have a reasonably long surname eg Bassingthwaite.

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Kathleen, I can sympathise with you having tons of girl’s names lined up, yet feeling stuck for boy’s names after having two sons. I have two daughters, and if we had another child, I would be brimming with ideas for boys’ names, but picking another girl’s’ name would be a bit stressful.

I feel confident that we would come up with an attractive girl’s name that sounded nice with our surname, fitted the middle names we have planned, and sounded okay with her siblings. But would I be able to pick a name that we absolutely loved, that thrilled us to the marrow, and that seemed to click into place absolutely perfectly? I’m not sure about that.

It’s possible that it will be hard for you to find a name that you instantly connect with and get excited over, and I think in that situation it’s only fair that you keep your expectations realistic, and your options open.

When you’re not feeling the love, then at least you can be business-like about it, and think about names that really work for you – that fit into your family, and that tick as many of your boxes as possible. You’re still a fair way off your due date, and you definitely have time to find a good name. Maybe even time to learn to love a good name!

First off, I wouldn’t dismiss Otis immediately if you like it. I think it’s a fantastic choice; it’s very hip and is nowhere near hitting the Top 100. And although it might not be an obvious match with Alfie and Ned, I don’t think it sounds bad with them either.

It’s a cute, spunky name, like Alfie and Ned, and being a surname form of Otto, you could see it as having a bit of a nickname vibe too (especially as Otto itself began life as a nickname). I think Alfie, Ned and Otis make a nice set, and Otis sounds great with your surname too.

However, if I haven’t managed to convince you, don’t worry, because there are so many fashionable and cute nickname names for boys that aren’t in the Top 100.

Two that are going like hot cakes at the moment are Lenny and Sonny, which have a similar popularity to Ned. However, if you are super nervous at the idea that your chosen name might go Top 100 one day, then these are a bit of a risk.

Three that are a similar level of popularity to Alfie are Gus, Jimmy, and Johnny. I must say, I think Gus sounds adorable as a brother to Alfie and Ned, and is another stand out choice with your surname.

Once we start getting into the less-common, but still familiar, nicknames, you might consider Jonty or Ollie. I’m seeing a lot of Vince and Joe lately, and Monty is one which seems like a perfect match with your sons’ names, and with your surname – it sounds quite posh.

Or you could go for something which is rarely used, such as Freddie, Jem, Kip or Kit. Freddie is ultra-cute like Alfie, and Kip has that same air of derring-do and adventure that Ned has.

However, I don’t think you should tie yourself down to thinking you must have another short form name, just because Alfie and Ned have one. There’s plenty of other names that will still blend in nicely with your family.

You could pick a name that isn’t a nickname, but has a cute, nicknamey feel, like Remy. Or a surname name that has a casual, nicknamey vibe, like Digby or Murphy. Or a nickname that doesn’t come from a name, like Banjo, Dusty, or Sunny. There’s also short simple names, such as Rex – that would sound really handsome alongside your boys, and very alpha male with your surname.

Out of the names I’ve mentioned, I think my favourites would be Otis, Gus, Monty, Freddie, Kip, Digby, and Rex, but if you are truly out of ideas, I think you should let your imagination go wild. Eliminate names you really hate, and names in the Top 100 if that bothers you, then let yourself consider any name that sounds attractive and fits with your family. The results might surprise you!

Readers, what name would you recommend Kathleen and Michael pick for Alfie and Ned’s brother?

Celebrity Baby News: Sporting Baby Round Up


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Golfer Adam Scott, and his wife Marie, welcomed their daughter Bo Vera on February 15. Last year Adam was the #1 ranked golfer in the world for several months, and won the Masters Tournament in 2013. His first tournament for this year’s season will be the World Golf Championships in Miami this March.

Rugby league footballer Mike Cooper, and his partner Katie, welcomed their son George early in February. Mike is an English player who played for the Warrington Wolves, and is currently in Australia on contract to the St George Illawarra Dragons, so his son’s name really fits the team. Although George is born in Australia, and has an Australian birth certificate, Mike is adamant his son is a little Englishman, so he has a very patriotic name.

Rugby union footballer Will Genia, and his wife Vanessa, welcomed their daughter Olivia on January 27. Will is originally from Papua New Guinea, plays for the Queensland Reds, and is also on the national squad.

Pakistani cricket great Wasim Akram, and his Australian-born wife Shaniera [pictured], welcomed their daughter Aiyla on December 27 last year in Melbourne – the Arabic name Aiyla means “moonlight”. Wasim has two sons named Tahmoor, aged 17, and Akbar, aged 14, from his previous marriage. The Akram family are in Australia while Wasim commentates on the Cricket World Cup, and they will return home to Pakistan at the end of next month.

Australian rules footballer Alipate Carlile, and his partner Jo Sutton, welcomed their daughter Essena on March 31 last year. Alipate is originally from Fiji, and plays for Port Adelaide. He and Jo are expecting another child in a few months.

Rhett and Romeo


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Bryce Robert Alan and Brayden Alfred John
Ochre and Echo – both girls (twins Lily and Meg, Willow, Bay)

Adriana Audrey Renee (Greyson, Elliot)
Anastasia Elizabeth May (Charlotte)
Caroline Elise
Ciara Skye (Hudsen, Macy)
Clementine Florence (Lachlan, Patrick)
Daisy Jean (Maggie)
Eleanor Lillian (Trinity, Xander)
Elsa (Franz)
Emmeline Sarah Grace (Kayla, Joel)
Georgina Olivia Amy (Liliana)
Grace Jenna (Cadel, Emily)
Hazel Rose Constance (India)
Ilaria (Lucas)
Imogen Alice
Isla Summer
Jett Joan
Matilda Jane (Harry, Wilbur)
Monique Lani (Riley, Tyler)
Nevaeh (Zaiden)
Phillipa Isabel (Leo)
Remy Charlotte
Sophia Clementine
Zoe Barbara (Grace, Naomi, Joshua)

Alexander Finn (Scarlett, Stella)
Atticus (Noah)
Austin Charles (Savannah, Memphis)
Bobby Dan (Jade, James, Jordan, Alfie)
Charlie Elian (Henry)
Edward Gena
Erik Walter (Hudson)
Felix Benjamin Rivett
Flynn Roderick Kingsley (Ryder, Lacey, Braxton)
Gabriel Ross David (Grace)
Giuseppe Costa (Lily Anastasia)
Hendrix Ashley
Jasper Orson (Ocean)
Joe Richard (Roy, Leo)
Leonardo Frank (Oliver, Sebastian)
Lloyd Patrick (Tiarna, Eamonn)
Matteo Domenic (Luca)
Oakley (Harlan)
Quinci (Dali, Eiki)
Rhett William (Alyssa)
Rohan (Noah)
Romeo John
Sam Louis Baxter (Alexander, Will, Zara)
Tyson Dene (Jessica, Jasmin, Jayde)
Zac Foti (Lucas)

Thank you to Brooke from Baby Name Pondering for her contributions from the Herald Sun.

(Photo shows Thorngrove Manor, in the Adelaide Hills)

Famous Name: Charles


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Famous Namesake
Fifty years ago, on February 12 1965, a bus left Sydney University on a two-week tour of rural New South Wales. Aboard was a group of 29 white and black activists, mostly students, who had been inspired by the American civil rights movement of the 1960s to protest in support of Indigenous civil rights.

The bus trip had been organised by Student Action for Aborigines, and their elected president was Charles “Charlie” Perkins, one of only two Indigenous students at Sydney University, and a huge fan of Dr Martin Luther King. The trip was later dubbed the Freedom Ride, after the famous Freedom Riders of the American civil rights movement, who took buses through the southern states in 1961 to protest racial segregation.

Some members of SAFA saw themselves as on a fact-finding mission to collect evidence of discrimination against Aborigines in rural Australia. At the time, many Australians believed racism was a problem which existed only in South Africa, or in the deep south of the United States. But the Australian Freedom Riders found that apartheid and segregation did not just happen overseas.

The SAFA were shocked to find the poor living conditions of most rural Aborigines, and that hospitals, schools, and churches separated black people from white in some country towns, as did milk bars, pubs, and cinemas. In others, Indigenous Australians were barred from entering swimming pools, clubs, or restaurants, while it was routine for them to be refused service in shops and businesses.

The students made several non-violent protests on their bus trip, and also tried to encourage Indigenous Australians to join their protests and demand better treatment. In Moree they helped Aboriginal children to go swimming at the pool in defiance of the race-based ban against them, and were greeted with hostility by white locals, who threw eggs, rotten fruit, and stones at the protesters while spitting at them. However, they were eventually able to persuade the town council to overturn the ban.

One of the students on the Freedom Ride was also an ABC journalist, and the SAFA had ensured plenty of media coverage on their bus trip – they even made the news internationally. With the events of the Freedom Ride appearing on television, radio, and in newspaper articles, and with the harsh injustice against Australian Aborigines exposed, it was no longer possible for white Australians to claim ignorance of racism in their own country.

Charles Perkins graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1966, becoming the first Indigenous Australian man to graduate from university. The following year, as manager of the Foundation for Aboriginal Affairs, he headed the campaign to advocate for a Yes vote in the Referendum which allowed Aboriginal people to be counted in censuses, and for parliament to be allowed to introduce legislation specifically for Aboriginal people. The Referendum passed, with more than 90% of Australians voting Yes.

He became a public servant with the Office of Aboriginal Affairs, and in 1981 was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs – the first Indigenous Australian to become permanent head of a federal government department. He took leadership roles in the Aboriginal community, and, being a former soccer player, was also appointed to key positions in football administration. He received many awards and honours during his lifetime.

On February 18 this year, his daughter Rachel Perkins was among those who took a bus from Sydney University in a re-enactment for the fiftieth anniversary of the Freedom Ride. Along the way, they were greeted warmly by the communities they entered, rather than having stones thrown at them or being run off the road, as a sign of how things have changed.

Although this year’s five-day bus trip could celebrate improvements in the lives of Indigenous Australians, such as being counted in the census and having access to the same education as white people, it also highlighted the disadvantages that many Aborigines continue to suffer, such as poverty, unemployment, health issues, higher rates of incarceration, and covert racism. The work of the Freedom Riders is by no means complete.

Name Information
Charles is the French form of the Germanic name Karal, which in modern German is Karl; it comes from the Germanic karlaz, meaning “a free man”. In Anglo-Saxon English karlaz became ceorl, denoting the lowest rank of freemen – a peasant who was neither a slave nor a serf. Ceorl does seem to have been used as a name in Anglo-Saxon England, even by royalty. By modern times, the word had become churl, understood as “a country person, someone of low social status”, and eventually seen as someone rude, loutish and vulgar – exhibiting what we call churlish behaviour.

The name has become widely known chiefly because of Charles Martel, a powerful Frankish military leader who never held the title of king, but nevertheless ruled Francia (modern France) as Duke and Prince, and divided the kingdom of the Franks between his sons, just as kings did. His grandson was Charles I, otherwise known as Charlemagne (Charles the Great), called “The Father of Europe”. He united western Europe and laid the foundations for modern France and Germany; his kingdom is known as the Carolingian Empire.

Little wonder the name Charles was a favourite in the French monarchy; the last one was Charles X, who ruled in the 19th century until being forced to abdicate and go into exile. This means that Charles remained a French royal name for over a thousand years.

The name Charles became used by British royalty due to the Stuart kings, who were Scottish; Scotland has long had ties with France. Charles I wasn’t a terrifically popular king, and fought against his enemies in the English Civil War. Losing that, he refused to accept the parliament’s demand for a constitutional monarchy, and was beheaded for treason. He is regarded as a martyr in Anglicanism.

England became a republic for a few years, until the monarchy was restored with the accession of Charles’ son. Charles II was known as the Merry Monarch for his decadent lifestyle, and although he couldn’t stick the parliament either, he managed to dissolve it without getting his head cut off.

We may get a King Charles III in the near future, although some are of the opinion that Charles is not a suitable name for a modern king. The first two Charleses were anti-parliament and resisted a constitutional monarchy, while Charles II is considered to have lived an “immoral” life that we now expect kings not to emulate. (Maybe the spaniels are also an issue). Prince Charles could rule under any of his names, and a popular belief is that he will choose to take the throne as George VII.

There are quite a number of saints named Charles, and several religious leaders, such as Charles Wesley, who co-founded the Methodist Church, and Charles Spurgeon, a famous Baptist preacher.

Famous people from Australian history include explorer Captain Charles Sturt; naval officer Sir Charles Fremantle, after whom the city of Fremantle is named; Charles La Trobe, first Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria; Sir Charles Menzies, founder of the city of Newcastle; astronomer and pioneering meteorologist Charles Todd; Charles Harpur, our first real poet; Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, World War I flying ace and pioneer aviator; Antarctic explorer Charles Laseron; distinguished film-maker Charles Chauvel; artist Charles Blackman; and brilliant neurosurgeon Charles “Charlie” Teo.

Charles is a classic name which has never left the charts, and barely been out of the Top 100. It was #7 in the 1900s, and reached its lowest point in the 1980s at #116. It was back on the Top 100 by the following decade, and since then its position has been fairly stable. In 2013, it was #81 nationally, #81 in New South Wales, #88 in Victoria, #85 in Queensland, #53 in Tasmania, and #86 in the Australian Capital Territory.

With Charles, you get a handsome, elegant classic and as a solid, traditional name. Its history takes you back to European royalty, and Charles still feels regal and noble. However, lest the name feel too stiff and formal, it has a number of relaxed, casual nicknames.

Charlie is a popular name in its own right, while the older-style Chas is familiar from comedian Chas Licciardello. The vintage nickname Chilla, which appears to be uniquely Australian, is perhaps best known from 1950s Olympic athlete “Chilla” Porter. The American nicknames Chip and Chuck are rarely used here, probably because they mean “French fry” and “vomit” respectively in Australian English.

(Picture shows Charles Perkins on the “Freedom Ride bus trip; photo from National Geographic)

Celebrity Baby News: Vov and Toni Dylan



Violinist Vov Dylan, and his wife Toni, welcomed their first child on January 30 and have named their daughter Avalon Rose.

Vov Dylan has been playing the violin since he was a baby, and won many awards and scholarships performing on the classical music circuit. He formed his own orchestra in 2001, and tours Australia, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Last year Vov officially became the world’s fastest violinist when he played Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee in 38.1 seconds during a gig at Lizotte’s in Dee Why (it usually takes around 90 seconds). He has released six albums, with his most recent being Timeless. He has already bought Avalon her own violin, and she is taking daily lessons with her dad.


Celebrity Baby News: Stephanie McIntosh and Pete Hieatt



Actress and singer Stephanie McIntosh, and her boyfriend Pete Hieatt, welcomed their first child in December last year and have named their daughter Milla.

Stephanie started her career as a child actor on children’s television, and became a fan favourite playing Sky Mangel on soap opera Neighbours in the early 2000s. Her half-brother Jason Donovan was also a Neighbours star, in the 1980s. Also a singer, her album Tightrope was released in 2006, and made #4 on the ARIA album chart, with its biggest single Mistake getting to #3. Now based in Los Angeles, she has recently had roles in Liars All and Red Herring.

Pete is a landscape gardener from Los Angeles. He and Stephanie have been together since early 2014.

Top Baby Names in Queensland for 2014




  1. Olivia
  2. Charlotte
  3. Mia
  4. Ruby
  5. Sophie
  6. Ava
  7. Emily
  8. Amelia
  9. Chloe
  10. Isabella
  11. Ella
  12. Grace
  13. Isla
  14. Sophia
  15. Ivy
  16. Willow
  17. Sienna
  18. Harper
  19. Lily
  20. Matilda
  21. Scarlett
  22. Abigail
  23. Lucy
  24. Hannah
  25. Evie
  26. Zoe
  27. Layla
  28. Emma
  29. Georgia
  30. Isabelle
  31. Evelyn
  32. Maddison
  33. Summer
  34. Savannah
  35. Annabelle
  36. Aria
  37. Lilly
  38. Imogen
  39. Zara
  40. Eva
  41. Alexis
  42. Jasmine
  43. Elizabeth
  44. Mila
  45. Madison
  46. Audrey
  47. Mackenzie
  48. Stella
  49. Alice
  50. Piper
  51. Poppy
  52. Violet
  53. Ellie
  54. Sofia
  55. Chelsea
  56. Holly
  57. Bella
  58. Jessica
  59. Addison
  60. Paige
  61. Molly
  62. Maya
  63. Eden
  64. Sarah
  65. Phoebe
  66. Peyton
  67. Eloise
  68. Anna
  69. Heidi
  70. Claire
  71. Lacey
  72. Ariana
  73. Indiana
  74. Hayley
  75. Alyssa
  76. Isabel
  77. Eleanor
  78. Lara
  79. Charlie
  80. Amber
  81. Indie
  82. Elsie
  83. Rose
  84. Ayla
  85. Pippa
  86. Nevaeh
  87. Jade
  88. Aaliyah
  89. Frankie
  90. Brooklyn
  91. Bonnie
  92. Olive
  93. Penelope
  94. Madeleine
  95. Lillian
  96. Skye
  97. Alexandra
  98. Madeline
  99. Lola
  100. Gabriella
  101. Indigo

  1. Oliver
  2. William
  3. Jack
  4. Noah
  5. Harrison
  6. Thomas
  7. Hunter
  8. Cooper
  9. Lucas
  10. James
  11. Samuel
  12. Lachlan
  13. Mason
  14. Liam
  15. Ethan
  16. Henry
  17. Alexander
  18. Levi
  19. Max
  20. Hudson
  21. Elijah
  22. Jackson
  23. Charlie
  24. Xavier
  25. Benjamin
  26. Jacob
  27. Riley
  28. Joshua
  29. Archer
  30. Leo
  31. Eli
  32. Harry
  33. Ryan
  34. Flynn
  35. Lincoln
  36. Isaac
  37. Tyler
  38. Blake
  39. Archie
  40. Jaxon
  41. Oscar
  42. Nate
  43. Carter
  44. Connor
  45. Braxton
  46. Patrick
  47. Chase
  48. Jayden
  49. Hayden
  50. Sebastian
  51. George
  52. Jake
  53. Luke
  54. Matthew
  55. Daniel
  56. Joseph
  57. Kai
  58. Michael
  59. Finn
  60. Caleb
  61. Theodore
  62. Logan
  63. Aiden
  64. Edward
  65. Parker
  66. Luca
  67. Austin
  68. Hugo
  69. Ashton
  70. Beau
  71. Bailey
  72. Dylan
  73. Zachary
  74. Louis
  75. Seth
  76. David
  77. Ryder
  78. Angus
  79. Hamish
  80. Nathaniel
  81. Dominic
  82. Nicholas
  83. Declan
  84. Jett
  85. Charles
  86. Jasper
  87. Jordan
  88. Toby
  89. Phoenix
  90. Harvey
  91. Owen
  92. Fletcher
  93. Mitchell
  94. Alex
  95. Jaxson
  96. Jai
  97. Tyson
  98. Nathan
  99. Harley
  100. John


Biggest Risers
Molly (+33), Heidi (+31), Ariana (+30 at least), Eleanor (+25 at least), Isabel (+21), Elsie (+20 at least), Lara (+20), Anna and Evelyn (+19)

Biggest Fallers
Lola (-34), Abby (-25 at least), Indigo and Lillian (-24), Hayley and Nevaeh (-23), Samantha (-19 at least), Madeleine (-18), Amity (-17 at least)

Ariana, Eleanor, Elsie, Frankie, Bonnie, Madeline, Gabriella

Abby, Samantha, Amity, Charlee, April, Indi, Charli, Eliza


Biggest Risers
Austin (+32), Carter (+30), David (+25 at least), Luca (+25), Archer (+22), Leo (+20), Edward (+19), Theodore (+18), Finn and Kai (+17)

Biggest Fallers
Mitchell (-22), Nicholas (-20), Joshua (-18), Jesse (-16 at least), Dylan (-16), Zachary (-15), Lewis (-14 at least), Alex (-14), Ryder (-13), Cody (-12 at least)

David, Phoenix, Harvey, Fletcher, Jai, Harley

Lewis, Cameron, Cody, Bentley, Jax, Darcy, Felix, Wyatt

Historical Naming Patterns in the House of Windsor – Part 2: Sisters for Prince George


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Last week I examined how babies have been named in the House of Windsor, with a look at the factors common to the names of those close to the throne. By following those methods used in the past, I looked at names that could be considered for a brother for Prince George.

In case you can’t be bothered reading the whole post, the basic thing to keep in mind is: names of royals (kings, queens, princes, and princesses) that are currently popular. Now it’s time to look at what a possible sister to Prince George could be called.

Elizabeth #39
There have been several princesses named Elizabeth, five British queens, and one queen of Scotland named Elizabeth; of course Elizabeth II is the current monarch, and her mother’s name was Elizabeth too. Elizabeth is also the middle name of the duchess. Current gossip says that Elizabeth is the name that the Duke and Duchess have already chosen for their baby, should they have a girl, and gained permission from the queen. As 2015 is the year that Queen Elizabeth is set to become the longest-reigning monarch in British history, it would seem like the perfect gesture, especially if the baby arrives on Queen Elizabeth’s birthday. A cute connection is that Lily could be used as the nickname, which is one of Catherine’s favourite flowers.
My rating: nine coronets

Alice #27
A name introduced to the royal family by Queen Victoria, there have been four princesses named Alice. The most recent was an aunt of Queen Elizabeth, who was married to the Governor-General of Australia, and lived here for two years after World War II. She reached the greatest age of anyone yet in the British royal family, passing away at the age of 102. Another was Alice of Battenberg, a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria who married into the Greek royal family, and became the mother of Prince Philip. Alice is one of Princess Anne’s middle names, and it is also a prominent name in the Spencer family, as Alice Spencer was a patron of the arts. And don’t George and Alice sound adorable together? No wonder this has often been tipped as a possibility.
My rating: eight and a half coronets

Victoria #88
This only became a British royal name with the accession of the teenaged Alexandrina, who used her middle name to rule as Queen Victoria. The last of the Hanoverians, the longest-reigning British monarch so far, and a powerful symbol of the British Empire, Victoria is an eminently suitable royal name which has been handed down to seven princesses – Queen Victoria’s mother was another Princess Victoria. In fact, Alice of Battenberg’s first name was Victoria, making this another possibility to honour the mother of Prince Philip. A popular choice with the bookies, Victoria is said to be one of Catherine’s favourite names (more gossip!). The timing is perhaps not as good as for Elizabeth, with the queen set to overtake Queen Victoria’s record reign next year.
My rating: eight coronets

Eleanor #57
This name was introduced to English royalty by Eleanor of Aquitaine, a wealthy, powerful French duchess who married Henry II, and was the mother of two kings – Richard I, and King John. Other medieval Eleanors married English kings, and the name was handed down to multiple princesses.  This seems a very suitable name for a princess; elegant and restrained with an impeccable royal pedigree. It’s the name of one of Prince William’s Spencer cousins, which isn’t necessarily a drawback – all three of Prince George’s names are shared with Spencer cousins.
My rating: seven and a half coronets

Amelia #1
There have been two British princesses named Amelia – one a daughter of George II, and the other a daughter of George III. The latter Amelia (called Emily) was beautiful and charming, and great hopes for held for her future, but unfortunately she died of measles, and her death devastated the royal family, helping to precipitate her father into madness. There is an Amelia in the Windsor family, a grand-daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, and one in the Spencer family as well, a cousin of Princes William and Harry, who is considered rather “wild”. There is no historical reason a #1 name would be rejected (the queen’s sister Princess Margaret had the #1 name of her era), and Amelia is in with a genuine chance, although it may come with some baggage.
My rating: six coronets

Sophia #15
This is a truly royal name, because Sophia of Hanover was the mother of King George I, and to be in the line of succession to the British throne, you must be a direct descendant of Sophia. There has been a queen named Sophia (George I’s wife), and three princesses, with the most recent being born in the 18th century. Sophia has been used as a middle name in the royal family fairly often, although I think George and Sophia as royal siblings are a bit much.
My rating: five coronets

Alexandra #102
Queen Alexandra was the wife of Edward VIII; a Danish princess by birth, she was elegant, fashionable, and extremely popular with the British public. There have been a number of princesses named Alexandra, including ones still living – a notable example is Princess Alexandra, who is a cousin of the queen, and one of the most active members of the royal family. It’s a popular royal middle name, and the queen herself has Alexandra as one of her middle names. To me this would be a slightly odd choice, as Alexander is one of Prince George’s middle names
My rating: four coronets

Sophie #9
This is a name from Prince Philip’s family, because Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark was the Duke of Edinburgh’s sister. Another family connection is that Prince Edward’s wife is named Sophie, and she has reportedly been a good friend to Catherine, as well as a favourite of Queen Elizabeth. Despite not being a name of a British queen or princess, I don’t think Sophie can be entirely ruled out.
My rating: three coronets

Charlotte #21
Queen Charlotte was the wife of George III, and there have been two Princess Charlottes in the British royal family named after her. The last one was Princess Charlotte of Wales, who died young in childbirth, deeply mourned by the public, who had hoped she would one day be queen. Although not used for a princess since, Charlotte is in use as a middle name in the current royal family. Charles Spencer, brother to Diana, Princess of Wales, has a very young daughter named Charlotte Diana, so a bit awkward to use it if the duke and duchess also want Diana as the middle name. Although the name could seem like a nod to Prince Charles, so far the royal family has not used feminised forms of male names to honour men. Charlotte is also the middle name of Pippa Middleton, sister to the duchess; although some people think this makes the name more likely, to me it makes it less likely, because the royals probably don’t want the name to seem as if it is honouring a commoner in-law.
My rating: two coronets

Isabella #8
This was a reasonably common royal name in the Middle Ages, introduced by a beautiful French countess who married King John. Another beautiful queen was the Isabella who married King Edward III; a French princess, she became known as The She-Wolf of France for her intrigues against her husband, which led to him being deposed, and their son Edward III becoming king. For ever after, she has been viewed as a femme fatale figure. This name has also been used in the Spencer family, but its wolfish image is problematic. I think it’s too ornate for a British princess, and the Twilight connection probably isn’t a help.
My rating: one coronet

Matilda #36
This name goes right back the beginning of English royalty, because Matilda of Flanders was the wife of William the Conqueror. There have been three other medieval English queens named Matilda, and one princess who became the Empress Matilda and claimed the English throne during a period of anarchy – she was never proclaimed queen, but rather Lady of the English, and her son was made king when he was old enough. In more modern times, Matilda has been used as a middle name within the royal family. This name would greatly please the royal family’s Australian subjects, although I can’t think of any reason why they would particularly want to please us, unless that toy bilby we gave Prince George was a bigger hit than it seemed at the time. I can’t say this is impossible, but it doesn’t seem at all likely.
My rating: one coronet

Emma #55
This royal name pre-dates the Norman Conquest, because Emma of Normandy married both Ethelred the Unready and Cnut the Great, and was the mother of Edward the Confessor, once regarded as a patron saint of England. She was the first English queen to have a portrait, and was both rich and influential. Despite being way, way back, she is an ancestor of the current royal family. However, I do think this is just too mists-of-timey.
My rating: half a coronet

Edith #164
Edith was a common royal name in Anglo-Saxon times, and one princess named Edith was a saint. Edith of Essex was the wife of Edward the Confessor, and highly influential. While this is very ancient history, Matilda of Scotland, who married Henry II and was the mother of the Empress Matilda, was baptised Edith, only receiving the Norman name Matilda upon her marriage to a Norman king. Although she was a stand-out queen, and the link between modern royalty and the Anglo-Saxon kings, this is a pretty flimsy connection, and regrettably it seems most unlikely, although personally I would love it. So English, so regal, so refined, and quite a fashionable name to boot.
My rating: half a coronet

Maria #83
Maria d’Este was an Italian princess who became queen through marrying James II, but she was known as Queen Mary in England until her husband fled to France during the Glorious Revolution. Too foreign.
My rating: zero coronets

Beatrice #95
This has a long, if sparing, use as a royal name. Beatrice of England was the daughter of Henry III, while Queen Victoria had both a daughter and a grand-daughter called Princess Beatrice. It’s currently in use by Princess Beatrice of York, Prince William’s cousin, and her name was considered an unusual choice at the time. As she is the daughter of the controversial Prince Andrew, I don’t think this is in with any sort of chance.
My rating: zero coronets

Unlike the potential princely names, which had no glaringly obvious choice, there are some very clear winners for a princess. I am tipping Elizabeth, Alice, or Victoria, with some chance of Eleanor or Amelia, and Sophia as an outsider. With solid options on the girls’ list, I can’t see any reason why the royals would need to look beyond it, and feel pretty confident one of the names in this post will be used.

(Picture shows a photo of Queen Elizabeth II as a very young child – could there soon be another Princess Elizabeth in the House of Windsor?)

The Top 50 Baby Names in South Australia for 2014




  1. Charlotte
  2. Grace
  3. Chloe
  4. Olivia
  5. Emily
  6. Ava
  7. Sophie
  8. Amelia
  9. Mia
  10. Isabella
  11. Ella
  12. Isla
  13. Ruby
  14. Scarlett
  15. Harper
  16. Lily
  17. Sophia
  18. Sienna
  19. Hannah
  20. Lucy
  21. Zoe
  22. Ivy
  23. Madison
  24. Zara
  25. Georgia
  26. Imogen
  27. Eva
  28. Matilda
  29. Willow
  30. Isabelle
  31. Layla
  32. Abigail
  33. Evie
  34. Ellie
  35. Emma
  36. Alexis
  37. Alice
  38. Maddison
  39. Mackenzie
  40. Aria
  41. Savannah
  42. Holly
  43. Addison
  44. Evelyn
  45. Jasmine
  46. Lilly
  47. Sofia
  48. Annabelle
  49. Elsie
  50. Poppy

  1. Oliver
  2. Jack
  3. William
  4. Lucas
  5. Noah
  6. James
  7. Lachlan
  8. Harrison
  9. Charlie
  10. Liam
  11. Max
  12. Ethan
  13. Thomas
  14. Henry
  15. Mason
  16. Jacob
  17. Alexander
  18. Oscar
  19. Samuel
  20. Riley
  21. Sebastian
  22. Hunter
  23. Isaac
  24. Hudson
  25. Tyler
  26. Xavier
  27. Leo
  28. Archie
  29. Jackson
  30. Harry
  31. Blake
  32. Levi
  33. Daniel
  34. Logan
  35. Benjamin
  36. Patrick
  37. Austin
  38. Jaxon
  39. Joshua
  40. Archer
  41. Elijah
  42. Lincoln
  43. Edward
  44. Cooper
  45. Jordan
  46. Ryan
  47. Ashton
  48. Chase
  49. Nate
  50. George


Biggest Risers
Madison (+21), Ellie (+17 at least), Eva (+13), Harper (+12), Aria (+11 at least)

Biggest Fallers
Summer (-22 at least), Chelsea (-21 at least), Emma (-20), Jessica (-13 at least), Evie (-12)

Ellie, Aria, Holly, Addison, Lilly, Sofia, Annabelle, Elsie

Summer, Chelsea, Jessica, Violet, Eliza, Mila, Alyssa, Audrey


Biggest Risers
Archie (+23 at least), Patrick (+15 at least), Leo (+15), Austin (+14 at least), Sebastian (+13)

Biggest Fallers
Joshua (-25), Connor (-21 at least), Mitchell (-18 at least), Cooper (-18), Jayden (-11 at least)

Archie, Patrick, Austin, Lincoln, Jordan, Ashton, George

Connor, Mitchell, Jayden, Caleb, Aiden, Angus, Michael


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