2019 Name Data Delay, and the Best Mother’s Day Gift

You guys! The release of the new (2019) name data from the Social Security Administration, which namiacs look forward to all year, and which is always released the Friday before Mother’s Day, is being postponed indefinitely! The SSA site says:

Out of respect and honor for all people and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the announcement of the 2019 most popular baby names is being rescheduled to a to-be-determined date. The agency sends its gratitude and heartfelt thanks to everybody fighting the pandemic and providing vital services throughout the country during these difficult times.”

I’m so surprised! I might have thought this would fall more along the lines of, “Give people a welcome, lighthearted distraction to keep their spirits up.” Also, I figured it would just be a matter of running a program and posting the results? That is, not too much manpower or time required by the people at SSA? Pam at Nameberry gave a little more insight in her latest post (as well as the history of this “Baby Name Christmas,” as she calls it, which I didn’t know — very interesting!). When I know more, I’ll let you know!

In the meantime, maybe you’d like to take a look at my past posts about the annual SSA data — I’m never great at spotting trends or analyzing data, but I include in my posts links to the people that *are* great at that:

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2017 data

2016 data

2015 data

Also, with Mother’s Day this weekend, I just wanted to remind you all about my book! 💃💃💃 It’s a book of baby names and it’s a book of and for Our Lady — sounds like a perfect Mother’s Day gift to me! 😊 Amazon is saying that Prime delivery won’t get it to you until Tuesday if ordered today, but if your family/friend are like mine, just write up a little card letting the mom you’re giving it to know that it’s on its way and you’ll be good!

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Have a great Thursday! 🌹💙🌹💙🌹💙🌹💙🌹💙🌹💙🌹💙


My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018), is available to order from ShopMercy.org and Amazon — perfect for expectant parents, name enthusiasts, and lovers of Our Lady!

Happy feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary!!

I love Our Lady and I love her name (and all names relating to her) and I love all of you (!! ❤ ) and so for today’s feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary I’m delighted to do a giveaway of my book of Marian names!!

To enter, just comment on this post with the Marian names you’ve given your kiddos or — as some did on the Instagram post I did for this giveaway — with your own Marian name or the coolest Marian name you’ve heard in real life. Guaranteed I’ll love them all! I’ll choose one winner from the commenters here, and one from those on Instagram — it’ll close tomorrow (Friday) night at midnight eastern time, and I’ll randomly choose the winners on Saturday. Mother Mary for the win!! ❤ ❤ ❤


My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018), is available to order from ShopMercy.org and Amazon — perfect for expectant parents, name enthusiasts, and lovers of Our Lady!

Birth announcement: Abigail Violet!

I got the best email from a mama the other day! She wrote:

I just wanted to write and thank you for the part you played in naming our newest arrival. I’ve been reading your blog for several years hoping to someday have a third child but didn’t think it would ever happen. We were surprised to learn last fall that we were expecting again after 10 years, and I was so excited to get your new book to help me name this little one. You mentioned toward the end of the book the possibility of honoring Mary through a child’s initials, and when I saw that one of the options was AVE, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Our sweet Abigail Violet was born three months ago, and we love that we get to honor Mary in two ways with her name — through both her initials and her middle name.

Again, thank you for the work you do with your blog and your book, both of which have helped us give our precious Abby such a meaningful name.”

How great is that?!! What a hopeful, happy story!! Indeed this family’s last name starts with an E, and I’m so happy that little Abby’s parents found my book helpful in choosing a beautiful name with her with such wonderful Marian connections! I think using Marian initials is such a great way to work Our Lady into a name. I love it!

Congratulations to the whole family, and happy birthday Baby Abigail!!

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Abigail Violet, whose middle name and initials (AVE) honor Our Lady (as well as her amazing OL of Guadalupe swaddle from Be A Heart!)


My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018), is available to order from ShopMercy.org and Amazon — perfect for expectant parents, name enthusiasts, and lovers of Our Lady!

Check out Radiant magazine!

Do any of you subscribe to the lovely Radiant Magazine? If so, you’ll find me in the current issue! There are other wonderful articles in there as well, but one of my favorites is about Sr. Faustina Maria Pia, a Sister of Life who’s also a twin — you’ll have to read to see what her sister’s name is! 😍😍😍 A beautiful magazine altogether, and I’m honored to be included in it!

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My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018), is available to order from ShopMercy.org and Amazon — perfect for the expectant parents, name enthusiasts, and lovers of Our Lady in your life!

A few not-to-miss things

Baby’s still snug inside, don’t get too excited! 😀 I’m 36 weeks 4 days today, so still a bit of time left (but not much! Woo!).

I’ve been off the computer as much as possible this past month, trying to focus on back-to-school and welcoming-baby, but there are a few things I wanted to be sure you didn’t miss:

My August CatholicMom column posted on the feast of the Assumption (perfect day for it!) — it’s the essay of the second-place winner of my St. Francis de Sales Writing Contest. The student, Anne, did such a great job! She wrote about her devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. ❤

I also received a great review of my book by fellow CatholicMom contributor Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur (author of her own name book, The Catholic Baby Name Book) — she posted it on her blog, as well as Today’s Catholic Homeschooling and Amazon. Thank you to her!!

And my book was also discussed in the current (September) issue of Catholic Digest! So exciting!

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I hope you’re all having a great summer!!

 

 

More endorsements for my book!

I posted recently with some of the endorsements I was fortunate enough to receive for my book (here and here), and wanted to add the last few! I also wanted to draw your attention to the fact that I have a new tab at the top of my page called, “My book of Marian names!” in which I put all the info you could possibly want about my book — description, where to buy it, and links to all the endorsements and reviews its received as well as any other bits of info (like my upcoming book signing!).

While most of the endorsements I received were from the Catholic world, and each one is such a treasure!, I love that these pages include endorsements from name experts Abby from Appellation Mountain, Linda Rosenkrantz from Nameberry, and Laura Wattenberg from Baby Name Wizard. I’m so pleased that they thought my effort was worth supporting. ❤

I was also thrilled to secure the endorsement of my bishop!

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Book endorsements and book signing! (I’d love to see you there!)

You guys! I’m doing a book signing! 😮🎉💃 It will be at my local Catholic book store, Giver of Life Gift Shoppe, and Marian Press will be there as well to do a little interview with me. So exciting! I know I’ve said it before, but I’ve wanted to be a writer of books my whole life, and that my first book is a book honoring Our Lady, and having to do with names, is such an amazing privilege. And a book signing! It’s like all my favorite things — babies, names, faith, and writing — all in one! I’d love to see any of you there that might be able to make it! It’ll be on Sunday, July 29 from 1-3, and not only will you be able to get your book signed in person, but you’ll also be able to see my enormous belly. I mean, it’s enormous. 🤰🤰🤰

Speaking of my book … a few weeks ago I shared the first two pages of the endorsements I received for my book, and I wanted to share the next couple pages’ worth! Check them out:

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I’m so honored by these amazing endorsements!! If you want your own copy of the best book of Marian names in existence 😉 , you can find it on the publisher’s site at ShopMercy.org or on Amazon.

(Several of you have asked for a compilation of the names to honor St. Anne in a boy’s name as resulted from the blogiversary giveaway, which I intended to put up last week while we were away on vacation, but the Wi-Fi situation didn’t work out the way I hoped. Then I thought it would be better to post it on St. Anne’s feast day, which is two weeks from Thursday (July 26), so that’s what I’m planning!)