Category: baby name Gatsby
Determining what makes a name contemporary vs. what makes a name established can be tough.
For example, if a name was first used by one notable person (real or fictional) in the 17th century, but hadn’t become widespread or familiar until within the past decade, does that qualify the name as established or modern?
There may be some debate, but to me, any name that hadn’t been widely familiar or used until within the past 20-30 years is a modern name. That isn’t to say that sometimes modern names can’t have historic origins. Modern names with historic origins are new names that sound… well… old.
Here are some examples:
Some highly unusual and interesting choices in the past month: River for a girl, the uber-royal Royal Reign and Kaiser, the Greek god Atlas, the return of Wilbur, and a real life Gatsby. Our thanks as always to CaraMichelle for searching far and wide to compile the list.
Adelina Rose, sister of Lucia, Carina, and Isabetta (Rob and Amber Mariano)
Adriana Brooks, sister of Alexis (Lindsey and Web Smith)
Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa (Prince Felix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg)
Bella, sister of Dmitry (Margarita Agibalova and Pavel Marso)
Bobbi Grace (Nathan and Jerri Jones)
Chloe Sophia, sister of Kai (f), Donald, Tristan, and Spencer (Donald Trump, Jr. and Vanessa Trump)
Eugenia, sister of Polina (Gosha Kutsenko and Irina Skrinichenko)
Evangeline Ruth (Brandi Carlile and Catherine Shepherd)
Georgia Marie (Kenan Thompson and Christina Evangeline)
Julia (David and Jacquelyn Ragan)
Macy Rose, sister of Olivia and Jack (Jonathan and Kylie Brown)
Malia Barbara (Misty May-Treanor and Matt Treanor)
Maria Kristan (Kasim and Sarah–Elizabeth Reed)
River Rose, sister of Savannah and Seth (Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock)
Royal Reign (Lil‘ Kim and Mr. Papers)
Aden (Andie Chen and Kate Pang)
Atlas Hendrix (Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert Sanchez)
Brady Zetts (Tim and Andrea Ryan)
Constantine Anthony, brother of Anastasia (Tony and Marissa Vlachos)
Daniel James, brother of Zoey (Sarah Fisher and Andy O’Gara)
Dean Danny Benjamin, brother of Ava and David (Anansa Sims and David Patterson)
Gatsby Alexander (Arian Foster and Brittany Norwood)
Kaiser, brother of Jace (Jenelle Evans and Nathan Griffin)
Wilbur, brother of Clemency (Kate Silverton and Mike Heron)
Wyatt, brother of Presley (m) and Lyrik (m) (Jeremy London and Juliet Reeves London)
The spirit of Francis Scott Fitzgerald is alive and well. In the baby name world, Gatsby is one of the new attention-grabbing names on the block. In the world of entertainment, there is the theater piece Gatz, and now there’s eager anticipation for the latest version of The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Lurmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Isla Fisher,which is scheduled to open at the end of the year. A propitious time, then, to look at the author’s approach to literary names.
Fitzgerald’s novels and stories are populated with people with ordinary names like Nick and Dick, with typical Jazz Age period choices such as Bernice and Rosalind and Marjorie for girls, Chester and Percy for men, and a number of sophisticated Princetonesque surnames. He played with name changes reflecting shifting identities as well—Jay Gatsby having been born James Gatz.
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Last week’s chatter about Gatsby – literary or pretentious? Just different enough or downright bizarre? – got me thinking about boys’ names in general. Conventional wisdom holds that we can be creative with our daughters’ names, but choices for sons should be a little more conservative. Whether you personally agree or not, statistics suggest that parents do hold back when considering boys’ names. Just under 67% of US-born girls receive Top 1000 names, while nearly 79% of boys do.
A comment from last week’s post mentioned Evangeline Lily’s son is named Kahekili – and since dad is Norman Kali, his full name Kahekili Kali. According to mom, Kahekili is a Hawaiian name means thunder. (Kahekili shown in illustration)