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By Linda Rosenkrantz
There are some names that we’ve become so accustomed to seeing on the covers of People et al, attached to the babes of Tinseltown, that we assume that their popularity has instantly spread beyond the confines of Malibu and Calabasas. But it ain’t necessarily so. There are several appellations worn by more than one starbaby that have yet to hit the current Top 1000 list—though this could change with the new rankings coming next month! Some of these names did have some nineteenth or twentieth century success, others have never entered the list at all.
Alabama—Used by Drea de Matteo and Shooter Jennings and by Travis Barker for their daughters, this Southern state name—unlike neighboring Georgia and Carolina—appeared only once on the Social Security list, and that was in 1881.
Blue–Beyonce and Jay Z made quite the colorful splash when they named their daughter Blue Ivy; several years earlier Dave Evans dubbed his girl Blue Angel. Many others have picked Blue as the middle name for their kids–both girls and boys–including Maria Bello, Soleil Moon Frye and Veronica Webb, but the name has not yet entered the popularity list.
By Aimee Reneau Tafreshi
Some of us Berries love food almost as much as we love our own children. What better way to combine two loves than by honoring your favorite noshes by naming your child after them? For years, food and baby names have occasionally overlapped. Established spice names such as Rosemary, Sage and Ginger come to mind. In recent years, more out-of-the-box examples have emerged, such as Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter Apple. I decided to dig beyond the usual suspects to round up a list of food-inspired names that are seldom heard but ripe for the picking.
As the sole contender in the legume category, Pinto makes a colorful choice. Pinto sounds accessible and a tad rugged along the lines of Wyatt and Luke. Beside pinto beans, the name calls to mind coltish pinto horses and the beautiful Indian actress, Freida Pinto.
The biggest catch of names emerged from the deep blue sea. In the fish and seafood category, there are many names that are obscure enough that most will not associate your baby with a fish or gastropod. Abalone conveys an outer toughness with an inner beauty. If you like salmon, then its cousin, Char, might work for a boy’s name, with a hardy nature and coolness. For a name that is sweet and mild-mannered with a hint of the exotic, Swai makes for a unique choice and is reminiscent of Kai. A popular game fish, Cobia has likeability and a twist on the more familiar sounding Coby.
The same phenomenon applies to some names from pop culture, though these can change over time. Juliet has definitely transcended its Shakespearean associations, though is Romeo still rooted to the tragic stage? What about Clementine, which for decades would inspire a chorus of “Oh My Darlin'” but now may have escaped that fate?
Our question of the week is:
Which names are still tied to one person, character, association?
Exactly forty-three years ago, on July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 spaceflight landed the first humans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on the moon, with Armstrong being the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later, famously describing the event as “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” This effectively ended the space race with Russia and fulfilled a goal set by John F. Kennedy in 1961.
Apollo— The Apollo program was named after the Greek god of light, music and the sun by NASA manager Abe Silverstein, who said he chose it “like I’d name my baby,” after perusing a mythology book and seeing an image of Apollo riding his chariot across the sun.
Most of us – whether we’re due next month or many years away from starting a family – immediately search a few key names. If you were hoping to keep your favorite all to yourself, there might have been disappointing news on May 14. Adele and Olive both rose. So did Willow and Beatrice, Declan and Archer, Nico and Enzo. Penelope was up, and Ezra, too. Berries tend to be ahead of the curve, but the wider world does eventually catch on.
But fear not – there is a silver lining. Search for stylish, appealing appellations that remain unranked and outside of the spotlight, and there are plenty to choose from.
I spent yesterday looking for what isn’t on the much-awaited list.