Category: Abby Sandel
Sometimes the changes are subtle. In the late 1800s, Sallie was more popular than Sally. In the 1950s, Kerry, Jimmie, and Lester were ordinary names for little boys, and their sisters were called Toni, Yolanda, and Marlene.
… it makes sense that we constantly adapt and expand our vocabulary to account for new concepts, events, inventions, etc. For example, we may invent new words, give existing words new meanings, or borrow words from other languages.
Heartbroken that Addison and Amelia are so popular? Did your best friend just name her daughter Aria Alexandra, stealing two of your long-time favorites? Never fear! Here are some of my favorite A names for girls – and none of them currently rank in the US Top 1000.
Ariadne – In Greek myth, she helped Theseus defeat the Minotaur. Top 100 choices Arianna and Ariana are derived from the same roots, but Ariadne is seldom heard in the English-speaking world. But why not? If Penelope can catch on, why not this clever heroine?
There were dozens of stories in the baby name news last week, but they all shared a common theme: the Social Security Administration’s release of the 2012 baby name data
We talked about Titan and Briggs, Landry and Geraldine. About how Jacob remained number one, but only if you didn’t tally up the many spellings of Aiden, Jackson, and Jayden. Television’s influence was clear – Arya and Aria, Litzy, Major, and Jase. Movies, sports, and music shaped our choices, too, as did faith. Nevaeh’s little brother might just be called Messiah.
But what about the quiet classics, the names that rise and fall, but still appear in nearly every generation? Hemlines change. We graduated from the party line to the iPhone, the horse to the Prius. And yet these names remain, worn by men and women, boys and girls of every age.
The only rule of baby naming in 2013?
From reliable classics to nouveau inventions to family heirlooms, the range of possibilities is truly infinite.
So it is no surprise that the baby name news ran the gamut this week. On the one side are Dutch royals and a supermodel’s three sons with regal names. On the other? We have a few nouveau inventions and discoveries that could work nicely for a twenty-first century child.
All of this leads to my favorite piece of baby naming advice from the blogosphere this week: don’t whittle down your short list, discarding names for one reason or another. Narrow your list UP, until you find the one that you truly adore.
It was a week for outrageous baby names.