Maybe it’s because I used to be a fashion editor, but I’ve often thought that names were like clothes: coming into and going out of style, some choices enduring through the ages while others are momentary trends, everywhere for a season and then sinking from sight.
But the other day I started thinking that names are like clothes in a different way. Some names, I decided, are like magnificent couture ballgowns – gorgeous, luxurious, distinctive, dramatic, but a bit grand for everyday use. This may be the factor that keeps parents from choosing names like Raffaela and Orlando, Atticus and Anastasia, lovely as they may be.
More comfy and cozy, better suited to real modern life, may be the blue jean baby names. Down-to-earth and easy to wear, these blue jean names are popular but not trendy, attractive but never showy. With these names, you register the person first and the name second….or maybe fifth.
Of course, their blue jeanness may be the very quality that makes many parents avoid these names. More and more parents are looking for names that transcend the ordinary, standard-issue choices. These names have at least as many obvious cons as they have pros.
Not every popular or classic name qualifies as a blue jean name. Sophia, Isabella, and Olivia are far too florid, for instance, while Mason and Liam are too de la mode. Many stylish nickname-names slip into the blue jean class, yet Bella and Jace seem overly trendy to me – blue jean names, maybe, but with orange rivets and fancy stitching.
Any you would add? Subtract?