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by Abby Sandel
Back in 1944, names like Judy, Beverly, and Bruce felt new. In the 1970s, Kelly, Justin, and Shawn were novel. And in 1994, we were busy naming our sons original choices like Austin and Tyler, while our daughters became Alexis and Taylor.
Parents are always dreaming up new baby names, taking our inspiration from pop culture and the past. Not every new name feels freshly minted. Some seem like throwbacks, even vintage gems. Others become mainstream so quickly that it’s hard to imagine the names haven’t always been in use.
But make no mistake: plenty of the most popular baby names in the US are recent arrivals, as new the newborns who wear them.
How to define a truly new baby name? There are eight boy names and ten girl names that have only ranked in the US Top 100 for the past five years. They’ve also (almost) never charted in the US Top 1000 prior to 1984 – thirty years ago.
Dogs are the new babies, or maybe the new pre-babies: After graduating from plants, young people learn to parent puppies before having a go at babies. And then of course many parents adopt dogs after their kids grow up and leave the nest.
Proof that we think of our dogs as children: We give them names fit for babies. All of the most popular names for dogs these days can also be used for people. Or is it vice versa?
Here, according to the site Rover.com, are the top 20 names for female dogs:
Our Hungarian last name is rather challenging to spell and difficult to pronounce, so we like the idea of keeping her name easy to read and say.
Whew! Hope this little girl isn’t as high maintenance as we’re making her name!
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We’ve even, masters of naming that we are, named quintuplets!
And now, we’re asking you to name your ideal set of triplets — an easier enterprise in fantasy than it would be in reality!
What would your perfect triplet configuration be: all girls, all boys, or what kind of mix? And what would your fantasy triplet names be?
By Abby Sandel
You know you’re a name nerd when half the fun of a new Disney Pixar film is the list of production babies.
I loved every second of the studio’s newest production, Inside Out.
As the credits rolled, I waited patiently. Accounting scrolled by, then Craft Services, until – finally! – the list of 87 children born to Pixar employees during the year Inside Out was finalized and released.
We could talk about Riley, of course, the name of the main character. Between this movie and Steph Curry’s scene-stealing daughter, Riley is having quite the summer. And Amy Poehler, the voice of Joy, is a great namer herself, the mother of Archie and Abel.
But production babies are a special category of names.
The lists are just names – no genders, no sibling names, middles only when more than one child has the same first name. But the names tend to be different, even daring. Exactly what you’d expect from a creative field and especially from such a famously innovative studio.
Let’s talk about some of my favorite names from 2015’s Inside Out, and then look at the full list.