Category: Guest Bloggers
Halloween is coming up, and that means costumes! If you’re thinking about being one of these scary Disney villains for the holiday, check out their names!
Our first villain has arguably the best name-oriented song in Disney history: he uses antlers in all of his decorating! He eats five dozen eggs a morning! Ev’ryone’s favorite guy! From the French for “foreigner,” Gaston has been recorded in US name logs since 1881. While the film didn’t show Gaston in a very positive light, the name stats weren’t changed much by the release of Beauty and the Beast in 1991. Twenty-seven boys were named Gaston last year .
by Don Kahle
by Esmeralda Rocha
Nowadays, a lot more parents are looking to unique names to help their little boys stand out from the crowd. Fifty years ago, the Top 20 boys’ names represented 41% of all male children; by contrast in 2015, the Top 20 boys’ names were given to only 14% of baby boys.
Ironically, the greater variety of names being used today means that unique names for boys are more likely to be accepted at school or in the workplace. And a greater variety of unusual names given to a higher percentage of boys underpins values such as creativity and diversity.
There are lots of ways for names to be unique, from spelling to new creations, but here at Nameberry we’re often most inspired by those names which are at once unusual and yet filled with history and meaning. Here is a selection of our current favorites, including boys’ names that are Biblical, mythological, international– and simply wonderful:
By Sarahbeth Caplin
First day of fourth grade: the teacher takes attendance with strict efficiency. Since my last name begins with C, I am the fifth student called. “Sarah Caplin?” I raise my hand. By the time she gets to the end of the list, it is apparent that Sarah is the female name of choice: there are four Sarahs in our class of a dozen students, which Mrs. F thinks is hilarious. She places us all at the same table: Sarah K, Sarah M, Sarah W, and myself. It was not the first time I had to be differentiated by my last initial, and it wouldn’t be the last.
And dammit, I was already tired of it.
My parents told me, “We just liked the name; we had no idea it was so popular.” It never occurred to them that giving me a name from the Bible with timeless appeal (why else do so many women have it?) and no pronunciation problems in the English-speaking world would be such a burden to me. As an adult introvert, I’m okay blending in, but Childhood Me was the opposite. How could I stand out with a classic baby name shared by so many?
By Aimee Tafreshi
In our modern world, how do you determine the perfect baby name for your offspring? TV characters, nature words, place names, superheroes—not many inspirations are off-limits when it comes to thinking of names. Many parents cut through the slush pile by leaning on tradition or personal preference. Yet, not surprisingly, there are names that remain insanely popular each year, and the poured-your-heart-and-soul-into-it pick that sounded so original suddenly blends in like vanilla with the masses.
For those seeking a new twist, I have picked some of the most popular girls’ names from the Social Security Administration’s list and offered some alternatives that tend to be overlooked. . Some may share the same first letter or sound with the original name inspiration, while others may simply evoke a similar vibe or impression.