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by Paul Ratner
As my wife and I are counting down to the birth of our son, we are happy, eager, completely discomforted (well, that’s mostly my heroic wife) and stuck in agonizing limbo over choosing a name for our upcoming guy. It seemed like a simple enough thing to do. There are a million names out there to pick from. But immediately, we realized that choosing a name for this very new person is a tremendous responsibility. He’ll have to go through his whole life with it, responding dozens of times a day to the combination of sounds we pick out for him. And each such word carries the whole gamut of human experience in its letters.
Back in April 2013, my wife and I welcomed our first child, a boy, into our budding family. Defying the common stereotype, I was the one (rather than my wife) who frequented Nameberry, scoured the Social Security Administration’s name statistics, and kept my eyes peeled for any possible baby name inspirations. Fitting of my obsessive personality, I created a spreadsheet with information on every name we thought had potential. More than just a list of names, this document contained detailed entries for each name including the meaning, the origin, the current ranking, and the number of children given the name in the previous year. The list was impressive, if I do say so myself.
When it comes to Mother’s Day, we’re totally on it with flowers, chocolates, frills and pink and watercolored stationary. But come Father’s Day, most of our minds suddenly draw a blank, and we wonder, “What do you get for the guy that has everything?” Gift cards seem impersonal and he already owns all his favorite movies. So now it’s time to get creative with that gift for the favorite man in your life. Take a look at these 16 dad-approved DIYs that go beyond the usual.
I’m that rare flower in the world of baby-name blogging: a man.
And while I’m content to be in a female-dominated field, it’s puzzling that more dads don’t take an interest in naming their kids.
It seems like it’s usually the mom who draws up lists and researches each possibility exhaustively. The father just retains veto power.
Of course, this is a gross generalization (I’m about to make several of those), but men need to take a more active role. And I don’t mean insisting that their son be called “Jr.”
So in the interest of breaking down sexism by making a series of very sexist assumptions, here are five things that might get dads more excited about baby names.
These are names which rose the fastest in Australia in 2014, calculated not only by overall national position, but by the number of states in which the name had significant gains. It also compares their progress in Australia with that in the US, UK, and New Zealand.
Hazel just joined the national Top 100 as its fastest-rising name, going up 63 places to #88: the last time it was a Top 100 name was in the 1940s. The catalyst for Hazel’s entry to the Top 100 is last year’s teenage tearjerker, The Fault in Our Stars, based on the novel by John Green, and with Shailene Woodley in the role of Hazel. A fashionable retro name with a cool Z sound, chosen by several celebrities, Hazel was due for popularity. Just outside the US Top 100, it’s already Top 50 in New Zealand, but only in the 300s in England/Wales.