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Some highly unusual and interesting choices in the past month: River for a girl, the uber-royal Royal Reign and Kaiser, the Greek god Atlas, the return of Wilbur, and a real life Gatsby. Our thanks as always to CaraMichelle for searching far and wide to compile the list.
Adelina Rose, sister of Lucia, Carina, and Isabetta (Rob and Amber Mariano)
Adriana Brooks, sister of Alexis (Lindsey and Web Smith)
Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa (Prince Felix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg)
Bella, sister of Dmitry (Margarita Agibalova and Pavel Marso)
Bobbi Grace (Nathan and Jerri Jones)
Chloe Sophia, sister of Kai (f), Donald, Tristan, and Spencer (Donald Trump, Jr. and Vanessa Trump)
Eugenia, sister of Polina (Gosha Kutsenko and Irina Skrinichenko)
Evangeline Ruth (Brandi Carlile and Catherine Shepherd)
Georgia Marie (Kenan Thompson and Christina Evangeline)
Julia (David and Jacquelyn Ragan)
Macy Rose, sister of Olivia and Jack (Jonathan and Kylie Brown)
Malia Barbara (Misty May-Treanor and Matt Treanor)
Maria Kristan (Kasim and Sarah-Elizabeth Reed)
River Rose, sister of Savannah and Seth (Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock)
Royal Reign (Lil‘ Kim and Mr. Papers)
Aden (Andie Chen and Kate Pang)
Atlas Hendrix (Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert Sanchez)
Brady Zetts (Tim and Andrea Ryan)
Constantine Anthony, brother of Anastasia (Tony and Marissa Vlachos)
Daniel James, brother of Zoey (Sarah Fisher and Andy O’Gara)
Dean Danny Benjamin, brother of Ava and David (Anansa Sims and David Patterson)
Gatsby Alexander (Arian Foster and Brittany Norwood)
Kaiser, brother of Jace (Jenelle Evans and Nathan Griffin)
Wilbur, brother of Clemency (Kate Silverton and Mike Heron)
Wyatt, brother of Presley (m) and Lyrik (m) (Jeremy London and Juliet Reeves London)
Good things came in twos this week, as the baby name news was dominated by interesting sets of twins, and two new ends-with-R names for boys.
Let’s start with the letter R.
This past spring, the mainstream media picked up on a phenomenon we name nerds have long recognized: two-syllable, ends-with-N names for boys are big. Whether we’re talking chart toppers like Aiden and Mason, or new inventions like Zennon and Dreyson, N has been the go-to letter for ending boys’ names in recent years.
To the Western world and Northern Hemisphere, July marks the beginning of sunny beach vacations, shady afternoon barbeques and sweltering hot temperatures. To name nerds all over the world, it brings a fresh batch of names inspired by history. In addition to Independence Day fireworks and parades, we have a diamond tycoon’s birthday, a Continental Congress resolution and the anniversary of several record-breaking explorations to celebrate.
Cecil- Cecil J. Rhodes, a British businessman, mining tycoon, and South African politician, was said to have controlled about 90 percent of the world’s diamond production in the nineteenth century. Now his surname is most commonly recognized for the Rhodes Scholarship, which allows select foreign students to study at the University of Oxford. Though Cecil has lost much of its potency over the years, it still maintains a strong presence in the sports and jazz worlds and retains references to American filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille.
What makes a name real?
Curzan points out that dictionaries are written by people, people who are listening very carefully to how the general public uses words. So tweet and defriend make the cut.
The same thing happens with baby name books and websites. Nevaeh wouldn’t have appeared in the 1980s, but she’s firmly installed today. And while Jayceon might be too new to appear in print, the fast-rising variant can be found on most of the major baby name sites.
Not every parent, of course. Casual choices like Charlie and Molly, Mia and Jack have been popular in recent years. And I’ve always thought that George Alexander Louis was a pretty low-key pick for a future king.
But whether the name is an outlandish borrowing from the dictionary or one worn by an accomplished historical figure, it’s worth asking: When is a name too much to live up to?