Category: baby name Hartley
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.
It’s easy to belittle a parent’s search for a unique name. Headlines call it self-centered and short-sighted. But if you went through school as Jessica or Jennifer, one among many, is it so wrong to want your child to be one of one, at least in her kindergarten?
This week was all about the quest for a distinctive name.
There was nothing truly surprising in the baby name news – no Buddy Bear Maurice or Rainbow Aurora. Instead, there’s been a treasure trove of very wearable names that all feel just a little bit different.
What makes them stand out choices? For some, it’s a high value Scrabble letter, like V, X, or Z. Others are super short, even brisk. And giving a masculine name to a daughter is always a sure-fire way to grab attention, for better and for worse.
Not every parent would – or should – consider every trend, but it is exciting just how many choices manage to be both unusual and perfectly normal at once.