Category: baby name Maverick
by Abby Sandel
We all expect our children to do great things, but lately we’re hearing more names for boys that aren’t just bold – they’re downright brash.
What’s it like to grow up with a name that swaggers? In many ways, the trend is too new to know. But while the names may be novel, it’s by no means exclusive to celebrities. Reign and Saint will share the playground with plenty of little boys with big names.
In 2013, a Tennessee judge made waves when she changed a boy’s name from Messiah to Martin. Why? Because there’s only one Messiah, she explained. Except the judge was wrong. Nearly one thousand boys were given the name in 2013, and even more in the following year. And that little boy in Tennessee? The judge’s decision was overturned, and Messiah got to keep his name.
Let’s take a look at nine braggadocio names for boys that are catching on fast in the US.
Naming a boy has always been a little bit different.
It isn’t harder, necessarily. For some parents, settling on a son’s name is a picnic compared to naming a daughter.
But there are definitely some differences in the way we think about boys’ names.
Being a name nerd used to be hard work.
Do you remember paging through lists of Olympic medalists in the paper, gazing at name plaques in art museums, seeking out family trees in history books at the library? Did you know exactly which days the local paper ran birth announcements?
Then you must be a thirty-something or better name nerd.
I borrowed my mother’s only baby name book and kept it on my bookshelf, between Sweet Valley High and Nancy Drew. I read it obsessively, even the small print listing nicknames and foreign variants. That long lost book is where I fell in love with Libby and Nan, Katrinka and Alexei.
So many stories about twenty-first century baby naming trends are dismissive. They claim parents are trying too hard for their children to stand out and be unique.
Maybe that happens some of the time, but to me it seems straightforward.
With access to all of these fabulous names, why wouldn’t we consider a wider range of possibilities?