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By Linda Rosenkrantz
It always strikes me as somewhat curious when a name that has been hidden in plain sight for decades—or longer—attached to a significant literary or real life character will suddenly pop into the zeitgeist and take off. Sometimes the contributing factors are obvious—sharing with a more recent celebrity (looking at you, Ms Johansson) or its discovery by the parents of a starbaby. And sometimes, it just remains a mystery.
Some prominent examples:
Atticus. The Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960, and the movie, starring Gregory Peck as principled lawyer and role-model dad Atticus Finch, was released two years later. Between then and now, the book has been a mainstay of English class curricula, working its way into the collective consciousness of future baby namers, while Atticus Finch was voted the greatest hero of American film by the AFI.
Choosing a great baby name is a little bit like putting together a puzzle.
This week’s baby names in the news – and my, it was a busy week – all share a certain pattern.
Start with a recognizable, but not too popular, two-syllable name.
Now calibrate. If the first name is common, make sure the middle name is a real surprise.
It was a week for outrageous baby names.
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.