Names In The News: Coraline AnnMarie, New Years Baby

Hello everyone and Happy New Year once again! It was a very happy new year  for the parents of a brand new baby born at 12:13 on New Years Day. 

The title of the first baby born in the United States in the new year is a very coveted one. While that title doesn't belong to this little girl, she is the first baby born at a hospital just a couple hours from where I live and she has an absolutely lovely name. Coraline AnnMarie James was born at 12:13 on January 1st, 2016 at the Metroplex Hospital in Kileen, TX. She is the daughter of Danielle Whitbey and Kurtis James. She weighed 7 pounds and 5 ounces and came nearly a week early. I guess she just didn't want to miss the New Years party!

Coraline is a diminutive of the nature name Coral, which refers to the fasinating sea animal (yes, animal) coral. Coraline is a name on the rise. It's currently at #630 in the United States, rising almost 200 spots in two years. It's not at all popular in the U.K., though. Coraline is the name of the main character in British author Neil Gaiman's award-winning 2002 novel of the same name. It was made into a stop motion film in 2009 where actress Dakota Fanning voiced Coraline.


AnnMarie is one of my favorite classic names, though the spelling I prefer is Annemarie. It's a combination of the name Ann ("grace") and Marie ("bitterness") and, in my opinion, tragically underused. AnnMarie is an absolutely stunning choice for a middle name for Coraline.

Overall, Coraline Annemarie is a swoon-worthy name! She might not have the title of the first baby born in the U.S. in 2016, but hands down, she has the best name of a 2016 New Years baby that I've seen so far! Many congratulations to baby Coraline and her family!

If you want to read more and see a picture, check out the news article.

What do you think of the name Coraline AnnMarie? Let me know in the comments!

God bless you and thanks for reading!

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  1. I love learning the meanings of names and as a baby RN always enjoyed learning the names of new babies! I get it! Coraline is a new one for me and it has some bizazz.

  2. It's so interesting to learn the origin of things. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday.


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