Category: Cool Baby Names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Over the years, there have been hundreds of names that have rocketed onto the Top 1000 for one year, then just as suddenly disappeared, fading like shooting stars. We’ve made a thorough search through these names, seeing what gems we might find hidden among the oddball Metros, Councils and Dolls, the Jeps and Bunks and Schleys, which might merit a second appearance.
Two things to bear in mind: a lot of these names made their solo appearances soon after the Social Security list was launched, and so it’s possible that they might have enjoyed some previous popularity and were trending downward at that point. And also, many of them ranked in the eight and nine hundreds, and so probably accounted for just ten or less newborns with those names.
It’s also interesting to scope out if there’s some historical reason for these singular appearances. Wendell Wilkie, for example, was the 1940 Republican presidential nominee against FDR, accounting for the appearance of Wilkie that year, Tai Babilonia was the world figure skating champion when her name popped up in 1980, and Sable was the name of a character on the high-rated TV soap, The Colby‘s in 1986, when she was a one hit wonder.
Last week was the girls’ turn; now, we’re going to invite you to list your Top 5 boys’ names.
These can be names you’ve already used or are planning to use for a son, or just may be your five favorite names for boys.
If you can’t limit yourself to five, you can add runners up. And tell us why you love these five names above all others, if you have the time and energy!
Some weeks, the baby names in the news are aggressively modern. Rocket and Rebel, Ryder and Stryker. Girls can be James. While boys can’t be Sue, there’s no guessing if Kayden, Peyton, and Riley are boys or girls.
Factor in names borrowed from nature, colors, virtues, meanings, and the map, and it can feel like every parent-to-be is considering names that would be right at home in The Hunger Games. Welcome to the world, Ocean, Indigo, and Haven. May the odds be ever in your favor.
All of that novelty can make classic, even conservative names seem refreshing.
Little ladies and gentlemen dominated this week’s headlines. They’re names with history and roots, vintage revivals that are back in 2014, or will be back by 2024. Or 2054. And they’ll always come back – eventually – because they’re just that enduring.
It’s been noted before that one of the most striking trends when analyzing American baby names is the rise in popularity of boys’ names ending with the letter ‘n’ over the past few decades. What I haven’t seen is a visualization that truly demonstrates the scale of this phenomenon. And for a good reason; it’s difficult to show trends over time in 26 variables. So I made this animated GIF of bar graphs; pay attention to the ‘n’ after the mid-70s.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
In the mythologies of ancient Greece and Rome, most of the deities had shared lineages, dominions and attributes—but not appellations. I thought it might be fun to pit the names of the two cultures against each other and let you see if your taste ran more to the Greek or Roman. The one major exception to this rule is Apollo—recently chosen by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale—whose name stayed the same.
Here they are, with Greeks on the left, the Romans to the right.