Category: baby name John
By Linda Rosenkrantz
John and Mary? Not exactly the starbaby names that hit the headlines. And yet, under the radar, there are a number of celebs who have quietly chosen from the canon of traditional names–not the trendier classics like Beatrice and Charlotte, but the solid old historic stalwarts, the most established of the perennial classics. Which kind of makes John and Mary and Jane and Joseph register surprising picks today.
Which classic boys’ name do you love the best?
But for this Question of the Week, you can only pick one.
Last week we wanted to write about babies named Mitt Romney and Sandy, and as it happened, the world gave us both. Name nerds and regular folk alike respond to the idea that dramatic, world-changing events have an impact on what we name our children.
But while everyone else is confidently predicting an uptick in little girls called Sandra, berries know that the picture is far more complicated. Besides, wouldn’t Sandrine or Alessandra be the more stylish option?
The truth is that the real shifts in names are rarely caused by a headline-grabbing event. While it was easy to be distracted by tales of Kenyan twin brothers given the names Barack and Mitt, last week was also rich with stories that show longer-term change in how we think about the names we give our children.
Last week’s nine biggest names in baby name news were:
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?