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Friends of mine are expecting baby #3. After two nicely-named daughters, the dad told me, “If it’s a boy, we’re pretty set. But if it’s a girl? I’ll have to start going through my favorite song titles.”
Happily, there’s no shortage of great names for girls from popular songs.
Unlike television and movie characters, there’s not always a link between the song’s release date and the name’s heyday.
Some names are already wildly popular when the song is written. Remember Tommy Tutone’s “867-5309” from 1981? It was only a matter of time until someone scored a hit with the heard-everywhere Jenny in the lyrics.
Other names stick around long enough for more than one single.
Even though they didn’t make the top 20 list of names which had moved up the most in 2013, one thing I particularly noticed about the recent England and Wales data release was the number of “Dol” names that had shot onto the scene.
Has it really become harder to name a child?
It seems to be the theme in recent days. Over at Offbeat Mama, Caitlin wrote about her struggles to name – and eventually rename – her youngest child. The New Zealand Herald reported the same thing, noting a 12% increase in parents filing to legally change a child’s name prior to his or her second birthday.
My maternal grandparents named their first three children in accordance with family and cultural custom. My dad’s mom, undecided, pulled his middle name out of a hat. As for my parents, they felt no obligation to honor anyone, and chose short, peppy, upbeat names for their three daughters – until along came a son, and suddenly, family names mattered. If any child ever went nameless for months, or if aunts were divided over accusations of name theft, I’ve never heard the tale.
For this week’s baby name news, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel picks the nine newsiest names, but looks at why it’s a plus to pick a popular name ahead of the curve, what the hottest new nickname is, and when some names have run their course.
Let’s say you named your daughter Stella back in 1999. Your Stella is now in her teens, but somehow every friend-of-a-friend is using your name for their new daughter, and it isn’t just your imagination. Stella barely registered in the US Top 1000 back in 1999, but today, it is a Top 100 pick – and rising. You find yourself thinking unkind thoughts about Tori Spelling, and wondering why other parents can’t be just as creative as you were, back in the day.
While parents might find it irritating, I suspect that the kids who grow up with ahead-of-the-curve names probably like it just fine. I know a 30-something Mackenzie, a 20-something Hannah, and a recent conversation about a teenaged Sophia made me think: is the happiest of occurrences to receive a fashionable name early in its rise?
It is a tricky feat to pull off, but if you’re lucky enough to be the parent of a 6 year-old Harper or a tweenaged Lucy, congratulations. Your child will probably grow up sharing her name with attractive fictional characters, as well as the kids she babysits.