Category: Abby Sandel
By Abby Sandel
What defines the 1980s?
There’s breakdancing and the Rubik’s Cube, legwarmers and Pac-Man, Prince William instead of Prince George. But how about the names?
But rewind that VCR in your head to the names of movie characters, popular singers and actors, and more. A surprising number of those names have become among the most stylish choices for boys born today.
By Abby Sandel
But the new UK Top 100 is packed with names that far more popular across the pond – including a few that are all but ignored by American parents.
Here are my picks for the British baby names that Americans should import.
We are expecting our second little girl in the next few months.
We found the perfect name for our first daughter, Viviana Rose. We call her Viviana, Vivi and Viv. I love the nickname options. We also love that it’s classic with a twist so that it’s out of the US Top 100.
Now we’re expecting another pretty little girl and I need a name that can live up to the fullness, warmth, and femininity of Viviana. It has to feel right on a child, but also appropriate for an adult.
The problem is that we’ve already used our favorite name, and picking another name is just leaving me feeling deflated.
I have 42 names on my name list. I can’t even believe I’m admitting to that in writing. 42! I like them all. They’re nice. But nothing has that same sparkle.
By Abby Sandel
Are there baby names that you suggest to every expectant friend? Maybe they’re names that you can’t use for one reason or another. Or maybe they’re names you might consider for a future child – assuming your friends don’t follow your suggestions first.
In the Nameberry forums and blog posts, we all get to share those names. Can berries influence the popularity charts? As I watch names like Maisie and Emmeline re-enter the US Top 1000, I think that maybe all of those conversations make a difference.
We’re expecting our first child, a son, in a few months. Our dilemma is this: my mom really wants to know our chosen name, but I am not sure if I want to share it.
I love my mother, but she’s very opinionated. She disliked having an uncommon name, so she gave me a very popular one.
We’ve chosen Lawson Christopher for our son. It’s obviously not a common first name – though a search of Social Security records reveals Lawson is at its most popular in 2014, so maybe we’re on the cusp of the name taking off!
Also, is there a nice way to NOT reveal the name until he’s born and it is his, or is there no real way to avoid rejecting my mom here?
If we choose to tell her, how do I steel myself adequately against any negative opinions? I’ve thought this through, and this is the first name that feels like *him*, if that makes sense. How do I stay confident, even if the reaction of my mom is a negative one?
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