Category: Boy Baby Names
A few days ago, my daughter Clio announced that girlsâ€™ names are pretty, but boysâ€™ names are awesome.
She also informed me that her awesome name was Kick, and please refer to her as such from now on.
I think my four year old just voiced the desire of many an expectant parent.Â Clio â€“ I mean Kick â€“ called it awesome.Â Iâ€™ve called the same names cowboy cool or surfer style or a dozen other descriptors.Â
No matter the name, boysâ€™ names have become bolder and more multi-cultural than they were in generations past.
Recent baby name news has been packed with boysâ€™ names begging to be accessorized with a lacrosse stick, a snowboard, or a bucking bronco and a ten-gallon hat.Â Or maybe just a passport and a pint-sized suitcase.
Theyâ€™re fresh and inventive, and yet theyâ€™re definitely masculine at the same time.Â Some of the best picks made it into recent baby name news, like:
Just as the billows of white smoke emanating from the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City signal the election of a new pope, so does the name he chooses for himself signal his aspirations for his papacy.Â Pope FrancisÂ broke precedent by picking one that had never been used before, but which has deep meaning for him and projects a strong symbolic resonance to the outside world.
The new Pope revealed that the inspiration for his chosen name was St. Francis of Assisi (born Giovanni), the venerated patron saint of animals and the environment, known for his humility. Â He also stated that in the cardinals’ name discussions some of the papal appellations put forth were Adrian, and Clement, while others were hoping for Leo, who had been a beacon of social justice.
For generations, there was the name your parents chose, and then there was the name you actually used.
Some names were outgrown, of course.Â Others held on long after youâ€™d expect them to fade.Â My great-uncle Flash was once a high school track star, but even as a portly gentleman in his 60s, he still answered to his nickname.
Of course, Billy and Mimi and Flash grew up in an era when lots of kids shared the same names, sometimes in the same family.Â Flash was really Anthony, as were a few of his cousins.Â Mimi is one of three Marys on her yearbook page alone.