Category: Unusual Baby Names
When I was at University, I was lucky enough to study Ancient History as an undergraduate degree. l found the whole subject absolutely fascinating, but I must admit that I could often get sidetracked from my studies whenever a research paper or book contained a map or list of ancient cities. You see, the name-nerd in me couldn’t help revelling in the names of ancient places — I’d frequently roll the lyrical syllables around my tongue and scribbled them down on the corner of my research notes.
A whole heap of ancient place names are not only mellifluous but also aesthetically pleasing. Sadly, many are lost to us today or have long-since been renamed. Wouldn’t it be nice to reclaim a few of them back into nomenclature?
By Andrew Osterdahl
While modern celebrity couples like Jay-Z and Beyoncé and Kanye and Kim have given us unusually named offspring (North West, anyone?), strangely named public figure are nothing new, as my site, The Strangest Names in American Political History illustrates. For the past fourteen years I’ve been collecting and categorizing instances of curiously named American political figures, and I established this blog in July of 2011.
You may be wondering “Can there really be that many instances of strangely named politicians?” As I’ve stumbled upon upwards of 3,500 names in the past decade (as well as the 400+ profiles on the site that I’ve written in the past three years), the answer is an unequivocal yes!
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.