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By Linda Rosenkrantz
April is National Poetry Month and luckily for us we can celebrate by saluting some of the poets who just happen to have great, poetic surnames– several of which are already popular firsts. We’ve picked just 18 out of an embarrassment of riches—the list could easily have been twice as long. And can you think of a nicer gift to bestow on a child than the gift of poetry?
By Abby Sandel
Here’s something we hear again and again: naming a boy is hard!
Parents tend to play it safe – or at least safer – when it’s time to name a son. The reasons are many: a tendency to hand down family names, fewer possible variations of popular boys’ names, a narrower definition of what makes a choice appropriately masculine.
All of those trends are changing today, but the numbers still demonstrate that we’re more willing to take a risk if it’s a girl. Less than 70% of newborn baby girls have received a Top 1000 name over the last decade. But for boys, that figure is closer to 80%.
Some highly unusual names in Cara’s comprehensive list this month, including an Ioni, a girl named Berlin—sister of a girl named Bowie, a Blues (not Blue), and a Hutch (brother of Tug). The three sets of twins born to celebs in March included the trendy Knox Blue and Violet Moon.
Among the highest profile celebs, Cate Blanchett went with the lovely classic Edith Vivian Patricia, Vin Diesel made the moving tribute to his late friend and co-star Paul Walker by naming his baby daughter Pauline, and Kevin James chose the name Sistine for her daughter, just as Sylvester Stallone did in 1998
Welcome to Nameberry’s newest column, The Name Sage. Every week, I’ll answer one reader’s questions about naming a baby-on-the-way, or general baby name angst. And here’s the best part: we’d love it if you would add your thoughtful suggestions and comments to help expectant parents decide. The world needs more nicely named children, berries! Want to see your question featured? Please email email@example.com.
Kathleen and her husband are expecting their first child, a boy. She writes:
Here’s our dilemma: my husband is in love with the name Peter.
While I don’t love it, it has started to grow on me. My main concern is the dirty joke associated with it. Do you think that’s still an issue these days? Also, can you suggest any some middle names to go with Peter?