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Name trend: Aster, Vesper + other ‘er’ names are on the rise for girls

The -er suffix has always been popular for boy names, in part because it’s such a common one in occupational surname names like Cooper and Hunter. But for girls—not so much. Of course Jennifer was the behemoth of the 70s and 80s, and borrowed-from-the-boys Harper is now No. 10 on the girl list. And, yes, Esther is a biblical classic, and Heather and Amber have had their moments in the sun. But there is now a whole group of fresher er-ending girls’ names that are coming onto the horizon.


Here are Nameberry’s picks of the 12 best:

Aster: This flower name is one of the newer blooms in the garden, already appreciated on Nameberry to the point where it’s reached No. 431. Related to the Greek word for star, Aster is the birth month for September, symbolizing daintiness, love and magic, and would make a pretty name for a girl born this month.

Clover: Another attractive botanical name beginning to pop up increasingly on the namescape, with more energy and verve than standby perennial blooms like Rose and Lily–and also associated with the luck of the four-leaf clover. It’s been chosen by several celebs, including Breckin Meyer, and by Natasha Gregson Wagner who used it to honor her late mother Natalie Wood’s iconic film Inside Daisy Clover. Clover is another Nameberry fave, at No. 334.

Easter: You don’t have to be expecting around the holiday to consider this name: It appeared on the Top 1000 list a century ago and remained there up through 1942—though it would make an ideally appropriate choice for a spring babe. It derives from the name of the German spring goddess Eostre and could make a cool holiday playmate for a Noel or Noelle.

Ember: Ember has risen to replace the once glowing Amber. It entered the Top 1000 in 2009 and has now moved rapidly up 564 places to No. 320. And we just heard of a starbaby Ember born this week! It’s definitely one to watch!

Ever: An unusual simple yet meaningful word name with an evocative, timeless meaning. Ever could also be a shortening of currently popular names like Everly, Everett and Everest. Milla Jovovich used it for her daughter and it made an appearance on Gossip Girl.

Greer: Even though this is the only one-syllable name in the group, the sophisticated Scottish Greer rates inclusion via its -er ending. Red-haired Golden Age Hollywood star Greer Garson (born Eileen–Greer was her mother’s maiden name) lends it a glamorous aura. Alternately, Brooke Shields spells her daughter’s name Grier.

Juniper: Juniper has started jumping onto lots of name lists—it’s a fresh and fragrant nature name that has climbed more than 500 places since 2012 to No. 352. It’s the full name of children’s book fave Junie P. Jones and starred in the animated series The Life and Times of Juniper Lee.

Lavender: This soft, delicate, nostalgic color and aromatic flower name is beginning to join other purpley cousins Violet, Lilac and Mauve, especially among adventurous namers intrigued by the Harry Potter character Lavender Brown or Matilda’s best friend. Lavender ranks at No. 503 on Nameberry.

Piper: Perky Piper is probably the hottest name on the list, ranking at No. 67 in the United States and also around the Top 50 in Australia and New Zealand. It entered the U.S. list in 1999, just a year after it co-starred on the TV show Charmed. Samantha Bee is one of several celebrity parents of a Piper.

Silver: This shimmery unisex name—it’s more female to me as I knew a lovely little girl named Silver, though its single Social Security ranking in the 1890s was on the boys’ side–has a very different, sleeker appeal from cousin Goldie. Would make a sparkly middle.

Vesper: Though first heard in the James Bond movie Casino Royale via the sexy Eva Green character Vesper Lynd, the name has a much more spiritual aura as the Latin word used for evening religious services. Already used by a couple of celebs, Vesper is sure to reach wider popularity.

Winter: If Spring, Autumn and Summer feel a little dated, there’s a snowy freshness to Winter. A couple of celebrities have used it, including Gretchen Mol and media mogul Sean Parker, and it has made a few media appearances as well. Winter entered the U.S. popularity list in 1978, and now ranks at No. 506.

And then there’s also September, October, November and December.

Original story by Linda Rosenkrantz for Nameberry.

Mom life demands efficiency. Because while the amount of hours in the day are the same as before kids, now a sizable chunk of that time is spent caring for and loving on those little people. Compromises happen—and let's just be honest, the old beauty routine is one of the first things to get cut.

But, wait! You don't have to sacrifice putting on mascara or, worse, skipping the SPF. Instead, why not flip it, reverse it, and look at the bright side? Here's your opportunity to streamline your morning makeup routine. With some savvy skin care and beauty hacks, you can get your radiant glow on in record time.

Here are our tried-and-true hacks passed down from Motherly mamas:

1. Embrace multipurpose items

If the most pressing issue is limited time, consolidate multiple steps of your beauty routine with a multipurpose item. For example, instead of starting with a SPF moisturizer, followed by spot concealer and a blendable foundation, you can take care of all of that in one go with one of our favorites: Earth Mama's 3-in-one Lady Face™ Tinted Mineral Sunscreen. The beauty stick also allows you to easily fold SPF 40 into your routine, because Lady Face doubles as super-safe, clean sun protection. Even better? The sunscreen blocks blue light from those ever-present digital screens with a ray-scattering, non-nano formula.

2. Revive dried mascara

Especially after a sleepless night (#motherhood), mascara can make a major difference in how well rested you appear to be. If you realize your tube of mascara is dried out, don't write it off as a lost cause. Simply soak the sealed tube in warm water to loosen up the mascara — or add a drop of a multi-purpose saline solution into the tube. That should do the trick until you have time to buy a replacement. (But let's face it: You're a mom. It's okay if you're tired.)

3. Keep coconut oil handy

Coconut oil isn't just for the kitchen. From a DIY hair mask to an in-a-pinch lip balm or naturally removing makeup at the end of the day, coconut oil's cosmetic hack-list is long. For summer, we especially like adding a thin swipe of organic extra virgin coconut oil to the cheekbones at the end of the makeup routine for a bit of an extra glow.

4. Multitask while deep conditioning

If your hair needs a bit of TLC, consider applying a natural, paraben-free deep conditioner before doing chores around the house or even a short workout. By working up a bit of a sweat, the conditioner will set even better before you rinse off in the shower.

5. Start your hair care routine the night before

As you work to find your new normal morning routine, it can help to simply reschedule a task or two—like hair. If you shower the night before, get a jumpstart on your look by blowdrying, straightening or even braiding it for loose waves in the morning.

6. Even out your skin tone

Between multiple wake-ups during the night and wavering hormones, complexion issues can become a thing for most mamas. Thankfully, the hack for managing that is as simple as finding a great foundation that goes on smoothly and doesn't cake or crack through a morning of momming. Scope out the ingredient list for naturally nourishing components like coconut oil, shea butter or beeswax — and skip the stress (and the return process if the shade doesn't match) by going for something that easily blends with most skin tones.

7. Find brands your feel great about

As a mom, you might find yourself considering bigger life questions: Are my cosmetics safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding? Are they helping the world my children will grow up in? Can I trust the ingredients and mission? Pro tip: read the ingredients on all your personal care products, memorize the ones you want to avoid, and look for third-party certification to ensure the product is actually what it says it is. When you find a brand that walks the talk, you're going to want to be loyal.

8. When in doubt, go for a bold lip

With happy hours swapped for play dates, your daily routine may look a bit different than it used to. But who says you have to leave your personal style behind? If you've always been a fan of makeup and going a bit glam, keep going for it, mama! The extra 60 seconds it takes to apply lipstick or whatever else gives you a bit of pep in your step is well worth it.


This article was sponsored by Earth Mama Organics. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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