What’s in a name?
The definition of the word “name,” according to Daniel Webster’s dictionary is, “a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing.” That certainly is a very concise (and dry) definition, but then again, old Mr. Webster wasn’t exactly known for his flowery prose, was he?!
According to William Shakespeare (from Romeo and Juliet, circa 1600), the bard’s answer to “What’s in a name?” was “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” meaning the rose would still retain its beautiful aroma even if called by a different name, i.e., the quality and essence of a thing (or person) would remain regardless of that by which they are called. I feel this is getting a little closer!
Dale Carnegie famously stated “Names are the sweetest and most important sounds in any language.” Now, we are getting even closer!
Here at LindseyBoo, we believe names not only hold great significance to their owners, but also to their loved ones. A new mother speaks her newborn’s name with such reverence, that she is literally anointing her child with love.
And the lovely quote by Rachel Ingber goes as follows:
We believe all children are gifts to our world, and their beautiful, deeply thought-out names deserve to be memorialized in poetry, meant to not only capture the wonderful feelings the gift giver has for the recipient, but also the wonderful characteristics and attributes of the recipient.
As King Solomon aptly stated, “A good name is rather to be chosen than riches.” Now, we’ve arrived!
Did you know that there were 3,640,132 babies born in the United States in 2021? According to the Social Security Administration, that’s the exact number of births that took place in 2021! And I’m pretty sure that each one of these beautiful babies was given a name, so that’s a lot of names!
Also, according to the CDC, I found out that the state with the highest birth rate in 2021 was Utah and the lowest birth rate was in Vermont. Utah has a large number of people of the Mormon faith, so that was the reason given for their high birth rate by the CDC; and apparently Vermont has a slowly aging population, which is contributing to its low birth rate.
Another interesting fact, according to the CDC, was that more girls’ names begin with the letters A, M and J (which I can personally attest to, as we do have many more poems written for girls with those first letters); and for boys it is J, A, and L (again, we have the most poems written for boys with those first letters). The least popular first letters of names were Q, X and U for girls; and U for boys, but we still have names on our website that start with those letters! Therefore, if you are looking for a name that starts with Q, X or U that isn’t already on our website, I’ll write a special name poem for you at no extra charge, so don’t despair!
According to the Social Security Administration, here are the top 10 names for boys and girls in 2021 (listed from #1 to #10)
Top 10 Boys Names in 2021
Top 10 Girls Names in 2021
I was surprised that I didn’t see more girl names that start with E on the list as we have many name poems beginning with the letter E, especially for girls, and many girl names that start with K are also very popular and can be found on our website. Our website also includes many, many variations of commonly spelled names, so please check it out if the name you need is spelled differently than usual! We also carry unusual, unique and ethnic names! And, as always, we are more than happy to create a name poem written just for you in the rare instance we don’t already have it!
I’ve written individual blogs for each of the above top 10 boys’ names and girls’ names on our website, including information on each name’s popularity, history and meaning, and the famous people who share these names!
If you are as interested in first names as much as I am, the Social Security Administration website has a wealth of information. You can find the most popular names going all the way back to the 1880’s! I looked up my own grandmothers’ names, and found out that my grandmother, Maude, who was born in 1905, possessed the 96th most popular name! And my other grandmother, Viola, who was born in 1910, had the 45th most popular name! I always thought they were such old-fashioned names, but I have come to realize that they were quite “hip” at the time!
Just for fun, I looked up my name and my husband, Kent’s, name, and found out that when we were born (way back in the 1950’s!) our names were pretty popular! The name Sharon was actually #14 on the most popular list in the 1950’s. I remember always having several other Sharon’s in my classrooms growing up over the years. But, alas, just like all names, they grow in and out of popularity. However, now that a lot of us are grandparents, those old 1950’s and 1960’s names are starting to come back in style!
It’s fascinating what you can find out on the SSA website! They even break down the number of children born in each state and even the names by state. I found out that my sweet grandson, Nolan, who was born in Colorado in 2019, was one of 165 baby boys named Nolan who were born in Colorado that year, and that the name Nolan was #20 in popularity in Colorado in 2019! Have fun perusing the SSA website, and then come back to our website to see the beautiful name poems we’ve written for your loved ones!
It is amazing the sheer number of names that are in existence, and we’ve written over 10,000 name poems in the twenty-five+ years we’ve been in business. Over the years, we’ve written not only classically spelled names, but many variations of name spellings, as well as ethnic, unusual, and unique names not found on other sites, so we are sure to have the name and spelling you are seeking! So, if you have been frustrated trying to find the name you are looking for on other sites, I guaranty that you will find success here at LindseyBoo! And in the rare event we don’t already have it, I am happy to write it for you! I’ve not met a name yet for which I couldn’t write a poem! I’ve been fascinated to learn the variations and meanings of names over all these years, and I’m still learning!
Many given names are based on characteristics, personalities and attributes. Popular “attribute” name examples include “McKenzie”, a Scottish name meaning “most fair”; “Imani”, a Swahili name meaning “faithful and true”; “Aiden”, an Irish/Gaelic name which means “little fire”; “Zendaya”, a Southern Zambi (Zimbabwe) name meaning “to give thanks”; “Meghan”, an Irish/Celtic name meaning “a pearl – great and strong”; and “Nolan”, a Celtic/Gaelic name meaning “famous, noble champion.” These are just a few of the many names we have available!
Many names also derive from place names, such as “Lee” (or “Leigh”) an Old English name meaning “a pasture or meadow”; “Zaire”, an African name meaning “beautiful land on the banks of the Zaire River”; “Devon”, an Old English name meaning “near the river” (of Devonshire); “Braxton”, an Old English/Anglo Saxon name meaning “from the Boundary (Brock’s) Town”; and “Lindsey”, an Old English name meaning “the island of waterfalls”. Many place names started as surnames to designate locations of clans, and have become first names in our current culture. Again, these are just a few examples, and we have many, many more!
Many names also derive from occupations. A few examples on our website include “Mason” meaning “stoneworker”; “Tyler” meaning “maker of tile and bricks”; and “Carter”, meaning “maker of carts”. Many occupational names also started off as last names, and have now become popular first names.
Occupational names were historically held in very high regard, as not everyone could work in stone, make tile or bricks, or construct carts – and these were all items needed on a daily basis in the “days of old.” Today, of course, we take for granted the ease of visiting our local hardware store to acquire these much-needed items, but years ago, they were made by hand by very talented craftsmen, and their names live on, signifying the great respect we had for their experience and expertise.
And more and more, many of today’s parents are giving their babies unique and unusual names. If you are the friend or relative of someone with a uniquely spelled or unusual name and can’t find what you are looking for, look no further! I write poems for any spelling, and for any name!
In fact, I recently challenged myself to write a name poem for the very unusual name that Elon Musk and Claire Boucher Grimes named their son, X AE X-Aii, and I did it! And you can read it on our website! As I said earlier, I’ve never met a name for which I couldn’t write a poem, and I’m happy to write a special name poem for you in the rare event we don’t already have it!
Our beloved Grandparents
We’ve also written poems for many of the varieties for grandmothers and grandfathers, such as “Grandma”, “Grandpa”, “PapPap”, “PawPaw”, “PopPop”, “Nana”, etc. Please browse the list below to see if we have your term of endearment for the sweet grandparents in your life. Again, if we do not already have the version you need, I am happy to write a poem for the beloved grandparent in your life, at no extra charge!
Sharon just wrote a great article about our beloved Grandparents.
So, back to the question, what’s in a name? At LindseyBoo Creations, we believe that a name consists not only of letters forming vowels and consonants that “constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing”, but also of feelings, emotions, and, more than anything else, LOVE.
We invite you to share your love with someone special by browsing our website, looking up names, reading their origins and meanings and the poetry based off of the letters, picking out the perfect art background of your choice, and finally, choosing color-coordinated mats to finish off your own special gift “from your heart to theirs.” All of our name poems are only $6.50 each and all mats are only $4.50 each.
We do the rest, and you will receive your order safely and well-packaged within 10-14 days (expedited shipping is available). With the mats, the finished product is 11” X 14” ready to frame in an easily found standard frame of that size. You may also order your name poem without a mat, and the poem by itself is 8-1/2” X 11” which fits perfectly in a scrapbook or “diploma” frame. We also offer a full money-back guarantee or replacement, at no extra charge, no questions asked!
Thank you for visiting our website, have fun, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or special requests!