Category: Trends and Predictions
by Tara Ryazansky
It seems like I can’t check my email or stand in a grocery store line these days without being bombarded with images of pregnant celebrities. I’m not complaining though. A new pregnancy announcement means we can expect an interesting name announcement to be coming. But instead of waiting around I’ll make another round of predictions myself.
Singer Kelly Clarkson and her new husband are expecting their first child together. Baby will join siblings Savannah and Seth from their dad’s previous relationship. Kelly is already gushing that she has names picked out and hopes to have a girl. Will she share her husband’s love of ‘S’ names?
My guesses: Samuel, Levi, Wyatt, Scarlett, Aubrey, Cassidy
Once Upon A Time co-stars Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas are expecting their first baby. I hope that whatever they pick is as ethereal and sweet as Ginnifer seems to be. I could see this couple picking something straight out of a fairytale.
My guesses: Miles, Jem, Digby, Fern, Plum, Ione
There’s a theory that baby names come back in style about every 80-100 years. Names that come back in style after 80-100 years are often called vintage or revival names.
Based on that theory, baby names from the 1930s (about 80 years from time of writing) should be the next wave of vintage revival names, poised to appear on monogrammed nursery accessories within the next 10-30 years.
But here’s the thing: the biggest revival names aren’t usually the mega-hit top 10 names from 80-100 years ago. The biggest revival names are usually the names that were moderately popular the first time around.
A perfect example of the 80-100 year rule is 2012’s top girl name, Sophia. Sophia had been somewhat popular over a century ago and then gradually declined, only to turn around in the 1990s when it rapidly climbed the Social Security list. However, Sophia is a lot more popular now than it was during its first peak back in 1882 at #116.
Based on that knowledge I set out to find names from the 1930s that weren’t always super common top 10 names, but rather names that peaked during that time and seem to represent the style of the decade.
By Tara Ryazansky
We all took guesses at what the British royal baby would be named. We brushed up on ‘K’ names to make bets at what Kimye would name their daughter. I haven’t thought much about celebrity baby names now that George and North are here though, but it looks like 2014 is going to be a great year for famous baby names, judging by the pregnancies that have already been announced. I thought I’d make some predictions.
Actress Olivia Wilde & comedian, Jason Sudeikis are expecting their first child together. Wilde is a stage name—her original surname being Cockburn, coming from a celebrated family of writers. The choice of Wilde makes me think she has a clever sense of humor and might pick a name with an equally interesting namesake for her child–something bohemian or perhaps she will favor a nature name. Since her partner is a writer and comedian, I expect that they will pick something compelling, with intellectual wit and hipster cool.
My guesses: Ulysses, Beauregard, Vernon, Maude, Lake, Lavinia
By Arika Okrent, mentalfloss.com
The Social Security website has data on the thousand most popular baby names for boys and girls going back to 1880, when John and Mary came in first. A look at the old lists shows that the most popular names are always changing, but some of the naming trends have been around for longer than it might seem. Here are 11 naming trends of the past.
1. IMPORTANT TITLES
The current list has some names that carry a grand sense of importance (Messiah, King, Marquis), but the 1880s and 90s also had its grand titles in the 200 to 400 range of ranked popularity. For the boys, there was General, Commodore, Prince, and Major. For the girls there was Queen, which hovered around the 500 mark until the 1950s.
2. CITIES & STATES
Cities as names are not a new thing, however. Boston was a boy’s name in the 1880s. Dallas and Denver have been around since the 1880s, as has Cleveland (though it peaked in popularity during the presidency of Grover Cleveland, so perhaps should count as a president name instead.) Some of our state names come from women’s names, so it is expected that states like Virginia, Carolina, and Georgia should be represented on name lists. But other state names have made the list too. Missouri made the girl’s name list from 1880 until about 1900 and Indiana, Tennessee, and Texas also showed up a few times as girls’ names in the 1800s.