Category: Appellation Mountain
Congrats to Kim and Kanye on the arrival of their daughter! There’s been no name announcement as of Sunday night. Is the couple still deciding, or have they realized that delaying the name announcement can generate twice the headlines?
Let’s give the famous duo the benefit of the doubt and assume that they’re still deliberating. If Kimye is stumped, they’re not the first parents to find themselves uncertain about The Name.
Could they be stuck because they’ve limited themselves to K names? Or have they fallen for a choice that doesn’t start with K and fret that breaking with the family tradition might cause problems?
While we wait to learn the name of the newest member of the Kardashian family, let’s check out the other baby names in the news this week:
Poppy – Speaking of delayed baby name announcements, Stephen Moyer finally revealed the names of his twins with Anna Paquin. Daughter Poppy’s name is popular throughout much of the English-speaking world, but rare in English. It’s also a nice connection to Lilac, Stephen’s daughter from a previous relationship.
No, it’s your politics.
This week’s baby name news was packed with explanations for why we choose the names we do.
Some of the research rings true. We know that the parents’ age matters. So does where they live, their educational level, and lots of other demographic data. And hey, it’s more interesting to read all that analysis than, say, another essay dismissing unusual baby names as silly and self-indulgent.
The names in this week’s baby name news were all over the place, from the sweetly vintage to the thoroughly modern.
Call me crazy, but I think that great names can be chosen by any one, regardless of their background. The community of the name obsessed is diverse, incredibly welcoming, and forever surprising.
There’s something about a name that ends with the letter s.
Instead, I’m thinking of names like the jazzy, literary Miles. There are more of them than you might guess:
When we named our son Alexander in 2004, it was a no-brainer, a family name that my husband very much wanted to pass down. Despite my baby name obsession, the choice was made without much thought.
I knew girls could answer to Alex as a tomboyish nickname for Alexandra. Heck, it was the kind of name I’d craved as a child. And I was fascinated by the medieval French Alix, the Italian Alessandra, the Russian Sasha.
The possibility of a girl Alex didn’t bother me a bit.
The classmate who told him that his nickname was a gender bender?
His name is Delaney.
So what’s happening with boys’ names in 2013? There’s pressure to choose a name that is clearly masculine, coupled with frustration that so many fresh possibilities for boys could easily be the next big thing for girls. Parents will drop Elliot if they see it mentioned on a message board as a vague possibility for a girl. Emerson has been ceded to Team Pink before she even cracks the Top 100 in the US.
The big trend in baby name news this week? It has to be borrowing a name from your family tree.
Once upon a time, it might have been expected that your firstborn son was a junior, or maybe shared his name with grandpa. In other places, family surnames were handed down along with the silver.
These days, there’s less pressure than ever to choose heirloom names. And yet we’re still inclined to honor our loved ones.
Other parents aren’t passing down family names, but they are coordinating their children’s names. Sometimes it is a shared first initial; other times, the theme is more subtle.