TOP 10 Editor’s Picks (Destination Names) 2016

Posted in Hippo Blue
on May 23, 2016
TOP Australian Kids & Baby Names 2016 (8)

We are adventure people. As such, we adore the names that evoke a destination. It makes us dream of travelling to faraway lands, making new friends, and seeing wonderful sights. We were happy to see so many different places appear on our list.

Here are the Top 10 Destination Names from the Hippo Blue National Name Day event (April – May 2016).

 

Rank TOP 10 EDITOR’S PICKS (DESTINATION NAMES)
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Eden
Savanaah
Adelaide
Orlando
Sierra
Florence
Boston
India
Indianna
Roman

                                                         + Bonus: Jett

TOP 10 Musician Names 2016

Posted in Hippo Blue
on May 23, 2016
TOP Australian Kids & Baby Names 2016 (6)

Who does not love Billie Holiday or Bob Marley? The musical icons continue to rock on in our children’s names. With rock star names like these, kids are almost expected to have a lot of creativity and talent. I can’t imagine a Hendrix growing up boring!

Here are the Top 10 Musician Names from the Hippo Blue National Name Day event (April – May 2016).

 

Rank TOP 10 MUSICIAN NAMES
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Dylan
Marley
Axel
Billie
Miles
Lennox
Hendrix
Jagger
Miley
Ziggy

 

TOP 10 Colour Names 2016

Posted in Hippo Blue
on May 23, 2016
TOP Australian Kids & Baby Names 2016 (7)

I call this list name poetry. The sound and the imagery just work so well together. They are classy and modern, bold and beautiful.

Here are the TOP 10 Colour Names from the Hippo Blue National Name Day event (April – May 2016).

 

Rank TOP 10 COLOUR NAMES
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Ruby
Sienna
Scarlett
Violet
Ash
Jade
Amber
Indigo
Hazel
Rosie

 

 

TOP 10 Girls & Boys Names That Begin With Letter A 2016

Posted in Hippo Blue
on May 23, 2016
TOP Australian Kids & Baby Names 2016 (10)

If you followed our Name Day event, you probably know that “Letter A Broke the Internet.”On the day that we announced Letter A, we received so many orders that it basically ran our server down to the ground by 9am… And sent us scrambling! We ended up extending Letter A till the next day. The result? Letter A had more than twice as many participants as the next popular letter, which was Letter E.

So why is the Letter A so popular? In 2006, American economists looked at the link between surnames and academic prominence, finding that those with initials early in the alphabet were markedly more likely to work in prestigious university departments and win a Nobel Prize. This ‘alphabetical discrimination’ was probably due to the fact that the authors of academic papers are often listed in alphabetical order. Simply put, we’re used to associating things at the top of a list as winners.*

Another theory we have internally (and thus based on no economic research) is the ‘wedding dress discrimination.’ A lot of parents start from the Letter A when picking their baby names. And like the wedding dress, you end up falling in love with one of the first ones that you set your eyes on. All the other ones that come after don’t quite measure up to THE one.

Another interesting fact about the A names was that only one of the names for Girls and one for Boys made the Top 20. Meaning, there are many different names that led to the Internet breakdown, but very few that are immensely popular.

Rank Top 10 Girls Names that begin with A Top 10 Boys Names that begin with A
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Amelia
Ava
Abigail
Annabelle
Audrey
Addison
Aria
Alexis
Alice
Alyssa
Archie
Archer
Alexander
Aiden
Austin
Angus
Ashton
Asher
Aidan
Andrew

 

*http://www.sciencefocus.com/feature/psychology/names

Personalised Story Books – Gifts That Make Your Children Feel Special

Posted in Kid's World
on May 18, 2016
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Your children are your treasure and you want them to always feel that they are cherished. You want to do everything you can to ensure this, so you research and brainstorm ideas. You find out that there are different ways to bless your children. It can be done with material things, with your time, with enriching opportunities, etc.

As you research, you’ll note that there are parents who opt to show love for their children through creativity. Do you belong to this set? Did you want to give your kids homemade and handmade presents, convinced that these are more personal, which then makes them more unique?

Putting in a labour of love, after all, is a sure way to make something more special. If you could pen a poem dedicated to them, compose a song about them, and, even better, write a story that revolves around them, you would. Unfortunately, these endeavours require a particular gift, something that not all parents possess. No matter how inspired they are by their children, producing sweet tales and drawings would still be difficult, if not altogether impossible.

Nonetheless, if you’re not among those who have a flair for writing and illustrating stories, it doesn’t mean that your children can’t have their own personalised story books. You can still make sure that they have such charming and special keepsakes by ordering them online. The beauty in doing this is that you can ascertain great quality writing and illustration without having to turn yourself inside out trying to find some vestige of literary and artistic chops.

Personalised story books are such a great concept that you can’t go wrong giving them. They are truly unique, so your recipients can’t help but feel special upon receiving one. You can also be sure that the book is interesting and age-appropriate, that the story flows and pleases the young mind, that the illustrations are wholesome and delightful to behold, etc.

You can be certain that a personalised book will be enjoyed for years to come. Your children may outgrow the story at some point, but you can be certain that they will treasure their copy until they’re grown. It’s just the kind of keepsake from childhood that people want to share with their own kids one day.

There’s no doubt that your heart will feel so full from giving such a meaningful gift. Reading personalised books to your children is also a wonderfully rewarding experience. You’ll love seeing their eyes light up every time they hear their name read aloud, so consider giving one on the next special occasion.