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Posted February 23rd, 2014
24 Responses to “Ava, Sid, and Bodhi: The New Reality of Baby Naming”
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February 24th, 2014 at 12:11 am
I actually really like Sid! Ransom I’m iffy about — on one hand it brings to mind “Out of the Silent Planet” and “Perelandra”, but on the other there’s Ransom of Red Chief. Cooler character than mid I think.
February 24th, 2014 at 9:05 am
Love Fianna, the rest meh. Sidney is better than Sid — heroic Sidney Carton comes to mind. Sid just makes me think of the bratty brother in Tom Sawyer. Now it would be really cool is all those Avas and Eves became Chava or Chaya. Same name, better sounds, and no one on the playground with your name unless you live in Williamsburg, lol.
February 24th, 2014 at 10:06 am
@ClaraOswinOswald – A nice point about Ransom – definitely works on a character.
@miloowen – Oh, Chava and Chaya – great choices, and definitely distinctive!
February 24th, 2014 at 11:55 am
Fianna is a lovely name, but I could never use it because it’s the name of a major Irish political party: Fianna Fail, which means Soldiers of Destiny.
February 24th, 2014 at 12:19 pm
When I was in elementary school (late 90′s) there were FOUR Rachels in my grade of about 65 kids.
February 24th, 2014 at 12:20 pm
I had a stuffed bear named Bodhi (obviously quite some time ago), but it doesn’t mesh with my current tastes. It’s a little too surfer-boy, and that doesn’t have quite the appeal it once did!
February 24th, 2014 at 12:32 pm
Just to clarify, my classmates would have been born in 1990/1991, before “Friends” aired, so whatever the reason for so many Rachels, it wasn’t that.
February 24th, 2014 at 12:35 pm
Sid is fantastic! I’m not a Bodhi fan, but it might grow on me.
Here’s an unusual repeating name: I know an Emmanuelle and an Emmanuella.
February 24th, 2014 at 2:00 pm
In my daughter’s 3rd grade class, the one name that repeats is Jacqueline. I think the girls have different spellings, but they still have to go by an initial or nickname.
In my son’s Kindergarten grade, I expected there to be another Henry, but he is the only one. Instead there are two Howards! One does go by Howie.
Oh and there’s a girl Peyton and a boy Payton in 3rd grade too.
At church we know three kids: Joe, Joe Joe and JoJo. (Two are Joseph and one is Josiah.)
My son has an Ava in his class. He pointed her name out to me before, asking me if I knew how to spell it – since he knew. I think he likes how short the name is and he even noticed that it’s the same backwards as forwards.
February 24th, 2014 at 2:36 pm
My English teacher and her husband xhose Ransom for their oldest son because of a Bible verse about being ranomed by God. Younger siblings are brother Tait and sister Kambry
February 24th, 2014 at 2:37 pm
I know at least 5 Bryan/ Brians, 2 of these are father Brian and his son Bryan
February 24th, 2014 at 3:13 pm
Ransom is a family name way, way back in my family tree. I am kinda drawn to it, especially the redemption meaning.
I know four Jacks all born within a year of my son, as well as two Harpers and two Hadleys, and a bunch of Ellies, Emmies, and Evies.
February 24th, 2014 at 4:20 pm
Ransom sounds like a Puritan name to me, as ransom is a well-understood biblical concept, i.e., Christ paid the ransom for our sins.
I don’t care for the short forms Max, Gus, or Sid as official names. Max is great as the diminutive of Maxwell, Maximilian, or Maximos (Greek)/Maximus (Latin). Gus is nice if the longer form is officially applied, i.e., August or Augustus. Sid is cool, but Sydney is too girl. Can’t think of another long form.
February 24th, 2014 at 9:57 pm
We know a bunch of elementary school-age Noahs, Jacobs, and Bens. Not too surprising, I guess. The girl names are more varied, but there is an Isabella and a Belle in my son’s K class.
I think Ava Marie Jean is really pretty. That’s probably my fave of those listed here. I really don’t care for Bodhi/Bode. I do kind of like Fianna.
February 24th, 2014 at 9:58 pm
I would love to meet a little Hazel…so sweet!
I am tired of Ava…I would like the name more if it was just Marie Jean.
I love Sidney on a man. Sid is such a strong name.
I think Mack makes a better nickname than Macks.
Bodhi/Bode is a very common surname where I am from. Therefore, it feels very normal and familiar to me. I love it, but could not use it due to the whole surname thing…I would have people thinking I named my son after them!
I love the flow of Bodhi Ransom, but I would not use Ransom. It reminds me of kidnapping, and I wouldn’t want my child to bear a name that reminded me of something so terrible.
February 24th, 2014 at 10:47 pm
In my group of friends I know too many Evangelines, Avas (way too many!), and Jacksons–but those are to be expected. Unexpected names that I know multiple children with the name of: Levi, Jamie (girls), Bailey (girls), and Titus.
February 24th, 2014 at 11:15 pm
About 4 years ago, in my class of about 30, there were 4 Sarah’s. In a group of 20 girls age 16/17, there were 2 Emily’s, 2 Allison’s/Alison’s, 2 Shannon’s, and 2 Samantha’s (both went by Sam). At school, in a class of about 20 (15 girls, 5 boys ish), there are 2 Rachel’s and 1 Rachael. And there are 2 more in the grade that aren’t in the class.
February 25th, 2014 at 1:50 am
The name I have seen repeated by so many of my friends in the past couple years is Hadley. I know 4 or 5! Personally, I’m not a fan of the name at all so it baffles me why it’s so popular!
February 25th, 2014 at 3:15 pm
In her class of 11 toddlers, my daughter had 2 Hudsons and a Charley (g) & Charlotte.
February 25th, 2014 at 3:16 pm
In my little sister’s class (age 8) There are 18 boys- 5 are called Luke and 3 are called Charlie.
February 25th, 2014 at 4:07 pm
@hollyrose – What are the odds – 5 Lukes? Wow!
@SarahGies – Not too surprised about Charley + Charlotte, but repeating Hudsons? It’s never the names you expect!
@chigley – Oh, I like Hadley. It makes me think of The Paris Wife. But it does seem like you know more than most …
@litysmama – More than one Titus? Be still my heart! A great name to repeat – but definitely not one I would’ve guessed …
@mel_finch – I know what you mean about Bodhi growing on you … it wasn’t a name I responded to at all, and lately I’ve been really liking it. And wow, Emmanuella and Emmanuelle? That’s unusual – but oh, I like that name!
February 25th, 2014 at 9:15 pm
I am hearing a lot of Bodhi all of a sudden!
February 26th, 2014 at 8:17 pm
I think it’s funny how tastes in areas run together…and often we don’t discover them until circles match up at school, etc. Perhaps, birds of a feather flock together in the naming world also!
In my circles there are several Nathans, Natalies, Isaiahs and Levis. I know 2 Titus’, and if I didn’t know better, I would assume Abigail (Abby) to be the number one name in the country, followed by Madeleine/Madelyn (Maddy). I’ve yet to meet an Emily irl under age 20.
May 22nd, 2014 at 9:41 pm
In my neighborhood there are 2 Mavericks, 2 Hollands (girls), 2 Kinleys, and an Adele, Adelia, and Della. We have a Bodhi too, but I’d never heard of it until we moved here. All of them are under the age of 5.
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