Category: Questions of the Week
Do you wish your own name was more unusual…or more popular?
The general trend of taste in baby names these days is toward the unusual — many of us are looking for names that will help our children stand out in the crowd.
This is borne out by statistics, in the ever-growing number of sheer names in common use and the shrinking number of babies given the top names.
But how does this relate to your feelings about your own name? Do you wish you had a more unusual name yourself, and if so, why?
And if you have an unusual name, how do you feel about that — now, and when you were younger? Are you happy you have an unusual name or do you wish you had one that was more standard-issue?
Let’s face it: We all have embarrassing names in our family trees. Great Aunt Hortense and Uncle Myron, Grandma Gladys and Dad Brad. They’re the family names we hope we won’t be expected to pass down to our children.
But hey, today we’re here to celebrate the wonderful names, and we all have those too. Searching through the family archives, you discover that your great-great-grandmother was named Marguerite or Flora, or that you have a handsome Henry or Nathaniel among your forebears. Or it might be a surname or a middle name you discover that’s worth polishing up and passing down: Callahan or Keene or Caruso.
So what’s the best name or names in your family tree? The names you’re actually excited about passing on to a child? And who and where did they come from?
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The inspiration for today’s question comes from a question on the forums by @avo: What name have you encountered on only one singular person in your entire life?
Chances are this will be an unusual name.
But maybe it’s a more common name that you simply have encountered only once.
What was the name, who was its singular bearer, and what made it such a standout for you?
A recent random search that started with Namehunter took me on a tour through a series of unusual and intriguing word names.
Which made us think of asking you: Which are your favorite word names, and why?
And then there are….well, just about any word you can think of can be a name. But should it be? Does it work?
So….which are your favorites? And what are some words you think would make great names?
It stands to reason why these lists get so much attention: They contain dozens of names that are attractive yet uncommon, have authentic roots yet are usable in the modern world.
So now we turn the question back on you: What do you think are the best of the best cool, unusual baby names for either or both genders?
Feel free to pull from our widely-read lists or add choices of your own.
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