Category: Questions of the Week
As the authors of a book called, ahem, Cool Names for Babies, we have put ourselves in the position of being the arbiters of coolness when it comes to baby names.
Which is a very hard thing to define. In the book, we deal with the question by pointing out, quite rightly, that there are many different kinds of cool baby names. There are vintage cool names and newly-minted names that many consider cool, there are the names of undeniably cool heroes such as Abraham Lincoln or Booker T. Washington and there are the names of cool literary or film characters.
On Twitter recently, we pointed out a name whose sound to us was undeniably cool — Domino — and the single response was someone saying: Um….nope.
So now we’re turning it back on you. What names do YOU think are cool? And why?
Today’s Question of the Week is about naming a baby after an older relative or friend or hero.
Did you name your baby after someone in your family — grandparent, great-grandparent, long-ago ancestor, or maybe even yourself?
Or would you choose an honorific as a name for your yet-unborn baby, and if so, which one and why?
Over on the message boards, Yael asks: What’s your strangest, craziest name crush?
We love this question — thanks, Yael! — and so we’re opening it to the wider group.
What name do you love that just doesn’t make sense? What weird and wonderful name speaks to your heart, even when your mind says no no no?
Can you make any sense of your wacky name crush? Or would you just blame baby name craziness?
This Question of the Week is inspired by a tweet from one of our berries, who said that Pearl and Rome were her two favorite June-inspired baby names. Both great names, I commented, but would she use them together, for a brother and a sister? (And in case you’re wondering, her answer was: Of course!)
Which got me thinking about brother and sister names. Families with two children, one boy and one girl, are the most common configuration in the U.S., so choosing names for one brother and one sister is the naming challenge the greatest number of us will have to face.
So let’s hear your picks for brother and sister names. If you had to choose names for one boy and one girl, which would you pick…..or which did you pick? And why?
What are the best brother and sister names you’ve heard? The not-so-best? What advice would you give about brother and sister names?
Look up at the top of this page at the Nameberry Ticker. See it there, above the striped line — the thing that moves from left to right, broadcasting which names people are searching on Nameberry right that very moment?
(If you’re reading this on a phone, sorry, you’re not going to be able to see it. But rush to your nearest computer and check it out right away!!)
We sometimes get mesmerized by the Nameberry Ticker. Sometimes we think: What if we had to choose all our children’s names from the 12 or 14 names that show up on the ticker at any one moment? Could we do it. and what would we choose?
Often, the ticker yields surprisingly compatible choices. A few minutes ago, for instance, I put together a little family of son Blaze and daughters Elodie and Lyra. I could live with that. And now, I’m intrigued by the possibility of sons Lafe and Reynolds along with daughters Tilda and Carmelita.
But what about you? We challenge you to look at the ticker right this very minute and choose your children’s names from the group that’s passing by. You can pick as few as one or as many as a dozen, but you have to like them well enough to really plausibly live with them.
As always, bonus points for telling us your reasons: similar vintage, style, rhythm? Or just the most compatible choices up there at the moment?
Photo from Beverly & Pack via Flickr.