The British pop starlet turned television presenter made waves with her first daughterâ€™s name, Ethel Mary, and Iâ€™ve followed her ever since.Â She didnâ€™t disappoint with her second daughterâ€™s name, Marnie Rose.
What would you call Allenâ€™s style?
Iâ€™m thinking â€śSo Retro it Hurts.â€ťÂ She chooses great names that few of us have the guts to use â€“ yet.
We classify names as traditional or modern, classic or trendy.Â But the truth is that everything goes when it comes names, and there are all sorts of styles and strategies to describe our approaches to naming children.
Marnie Rose â€“ The most intriguing name of the week is Allenâ€™s throwback choice for her secondborn.Â Marnie is just as unexpected as Ethel, but with an HBO Girls character answering to the spunky nickname, she could follow retro nicknames like Sadie and Hattie.
Winter Victoria â€“ Facebook veteran Sean Parker and his fiancĂ©e Alexandra Lenas are new parents.Â Call their style Tailored Moderns/Enduring Middles.Â ThinkWillow Katharine or Harper Jane.Â Itâ€™s a smart choice.
Vivid Rae â€“ From a birth announcement at Names 4 Real, this one is a Daring Noun Name.Â Many seasons, flowers, and surnames are mainstream finds on birth certificates.Â Other choices from the phone book and dictionary are not.Â Vivid seems daring, even outlandish, but with nickname option Vivi, she might fit right in with all of those Genevieves and Viviennes.
Vivian Vespa â€“ Speaking of Vivi, Vivian Vespa illustrates another great strategy:Â Mainstream Givens/Wild Middles.Â A girl named Vespa would raise eyebrows, but the zippy Italian appellation is a delightful surprise in the middle.
Eve Marion â€“ Swistle and company recently helped a family name a second daughter, a little sister for Sloane Eleanor.Â The couple described their style as â€śBrisk and Breezy.â€ťÂ That pretty much sums it up.
Paisley Faye â€“ I wasnâ€™t a fan of Jennie Finchâ€™s choices for her sons at first.Â But Ace Shane and Diesel Dean have grown on me.Â Theyâ€™re â€śNames That Will Seem Normal in Thirty Years.â€ťÂ Or make that â€śNames That Wonâ€™t Be Out of Place in Kindergarten.â€ťÂ Baby makes five for Finch and her husband, and their new daughterâ€™s name fits right in with her big brothers.
Calvary â€“ If you have two girls named Genesis and Nevaeh, what could you call a third daughter?Â Matilda Magazine stumbled across Kalvary.Â Itâ€™s an intense name â€“ Calvary is a hill outside ofJerusalem, the scene of Jesusâ€™ crucifixion.Â But the sound is gorgeous, and for families intent on finding a spiritual name, itâ€™s not out of the question.Â Call them Nevaehâ€™s Sisters â€“ names laden with meaning.
Dakota â€“ Rosie Oâ€™Donnell is a mom for the fifth time, welcoming her first with new wife Michelle Rounds.Â The couple went with a Cowgirl Cool name for daughter Dakota.Â Names like Wyatt and Cole are still rising for boys, but wild west options for girls seem to have lost steam.Â Or is she simply another name that will seem downright normal in a few more years?
What’s your favorite name style? Â Have you spotted any interesting names lately?
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