Category: baby name Maxim
Not only did we have a bumper crop of high profile birth announcements last week, but the Social Security Administration also released the eagerly anticipated 2013 baby name data.
Oh, the excitement!
Sure, the US isn’t the only country to share statistics – and we’re kind of late to the party, since plenty of countries publish their lists earlier in the year. But with the sheer number of newborns – just shy of four million – the US data is the mother lode.
Plenty of parents check popularity data when choosing their child’s name. This week, it’s as if every model, athlete, actor, reality star, and musician seemed to agree: mainstream names are great, but maybe something just outside the Top Ten.
There are some weeks when even name mavens like Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel have to dig deep to find nine newsworthy names, but of course Abby always comes through. Here are The Nameberry Nine for this week.
It finally happened. After weeks and weeks of effortlessly identifying nine newsworthy names, this week I was stuck. There were two celebrity births, a nicely named girl and boy, but neither was the newsworthy delight I’d anticipated.
Suddenly I understood the laments of expectant parents everywhere: there are all of these names, nice enough names, but they’re not the right ones for us. It was a Name Drought, a feeling of deprivation in the midst of plenty. While waiting to learn our second child’s gender, I had a similar feeling. We had a girl’s name all set, but if our daughter had been a second son? We might still be calling him Baby.