Category: Abby Sandel
Would you pay tens of thousands of dollars to have a crack team of experts develop a one-of-a-kind name for your baby?
If you’ve got the cash, a Swiss firm has assembled the creative linguists prepared to do just that. It isn’t clear just how many bespoke baby names the firm has created.
Here’s my guess: the number is small.
Because while many parents crave meaning, and want their child’s name to stand out, we don’t hear a lot of truly unique names that seem pulled from thin air, even in Hollywood.
I know that Hollywood isn’t one great big playdate, with A-list moms and reality starlets alike pushing their designer strollers through the park together. There’s no reason to think that Blue Ivy Carter and Tennessee Toth will attend the same preschool, or that Tori Spelling and Angelina Jolie are trading tips on managing big families.
Which is a long way of saying that of course sometimes one set of high-profile parents will choose the same name that some other headline-worthy couple chose.
To spectators, those repeats can seem significant. Tabloids accuse Blake Lively of stealing a Garner-Affleck baby name. We declare names The Next Big Thing if it pops up on lots of celeb birth announcements.
The way we name boys is changing, and that’s a good thing.
For years, parents played it safe when naming their sons. We were more likely to pass down family names, and less likely to choose something really different or novel.
It’s easy to fume about name theft. After all, conventional wisdom is that once a name is widely used for our daughters, it cannot be given to our sons.
The truth is messier. Consider: