Category: baby name Jack
But which kind of anything would your Jack be? There are so many conceivable role models he might follow, good and not-quite-so-good. Here are some of the many possibilities, both real and fictional and how he might turn out if he followed their lead.
Convinced there are no great names for boys?
Spend a few minutes on message boards and you’ll hear the laments. “There are so many girls’ names I love, but nothing feels right for our son.” “Girls keep stealing all of the good names!”
This week’s baby name news proves that parents are discovering plenty of great names for boys. There’s no need to choose anything as outlandish as Rebel or as obscure as Theodule to find a stand out name for your son.
You will have to do your homework. In a New York Daily News article announcing that Isabella and Jayden remained the top names in the Big Apple, one mom said that they’d landed on Jayden for their 2011 baby because they “were trying to do something that was different.”
If you’re a Nameberry aficionado, you might recall that this column started out as a week in review, then morphed into a more conventional list of names based around a certain theme – superheroes, or wild animal names.
This week’s column goes in a different direction, offering a re-cap of some of the most notable names in baby name news last week, from baby name message boards to international headlines. The names have nothing in common, necessarily – they’re just nine newsworthy appellations plucked from the headlines.
Ami – The first season of NY Ink wrapped up this week, and I can’t help thinking about the leading man’s given name. It looks like a spin on 1970s girls’ favorite Amy, but Ami James rose to fame on TLC’s Miami Ink, before headlining his own show. The Israeli-born tattoo artist pronounces his Old Testament name like Tommy without the T. James has been in the public eye since 2005, and 18 newborn boys were named Ami in 2010. I’m intrigued by the idea that names like Peyton or Taylor can remain gender neutral. But what would it take for a name perceived as feminine to chart for boys? Ami seems like a long shot, but Kelly is showing signs of life, at least on message boards.
Arabella – Speaking of feminine, is there a girlier name than the frothy confection Arabella? Worn by well-born women in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, she’s in the spotlight now as the newest Trump heiress, daughter of Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner. Arabella is undeniably pretty, but makes me think of Nymphadora Tonks, the Harry Potter heroine who despised her elaborate appellation. What do you do if your Arabella is a tomboy? I guess you call her Arie – or maybe Abby.
Pretty much everybody knows someone named John.
Backed by its rich history and plenty of timeless appeal, this all-time favorite enjoyed its moment of baby-name stardom, gaining a measure of glitz and glamour thanks to high-profile hotties John Travolta, John Cusack, and Johnny Depp, along with celebrity parents like Michelle Pfeiffer, Bono, and Rob Lowe all named their sons John.
Yet after dropping out of the Top 25 this year for the first time in recorded baby name history, John seems destined to keep sliding.
Which leads us to ask: what, exactly, is its future? What newer, more timely forms are taking the place of the original? And what made John such a classic to begin with?