Category: Baby name news
What makes a name a true classic?
Very few names have been in constant use, and those few evergreen choices differ across cultures and languages.
A definition is elusive. A classic should be universally recognized and long established. It should possess either a measure of elegance or another distinguishing characteristic. But classic isn’t a black and white line. In baby name discussions, classic sometimes translates as “a name I like.”
Are Adelaide and Charlotte as classic as Mary? How do Walter and Jeremy compare to William and James? How about names like Samantha or Brooke – seldom heard before the twentieth century, but now solidly established? How many years does it take to make a classic, bearing in mind that classic rock is sometimes as young as five decades old.
I do love a birth announcement, for so many reasons. But I’m especially interested when the birth announcement includes the name of a sibling or two.
I think that’s just perfection.
It has been another week filled with bold, even brash names for newborn boys. Girls’ names are no less daring, with inspiration coming from the worlds of opera and automobiles.
None of the boys’ choices would have been recognizable as given names two hundred or even fifty years ago. The girls’ names have more history, but they still feel fresh and surprising in 2013.
With all of these headline-grabbing given names, does it make it harder or easier to name a child of your own?
His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge is just a week old. We’ve discussed his name – and the names the royals didn’t choose, or might be holding in reserve for future princes and princesses – for months.
But while Will and Kate were welcoming their firstborn, plenty of other babies made their debuts. Many of them are baby girls, girls with bold, brave names. Some are retro, some are inventive, and others are just plain great choices.
One name remains unknown. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem welcomed a daughter on the very day George Alexander Louis was born. The famously private Cruz-Bardem family has yet to share the name of Leo’s little sister.
There’s no shortage of names that we do know. Let’s take a look at the great girls’ names that we have heard on new arrivals this month:
The world is awaiting a royal birth announcement, and I’ll admit I’m unreasonably excited.
But it is different this time, isn’t it?
Some are prime for imitation, and catch on with non-Hollywood types. Others are unlikely to be used by anyone other than celebrity parents, and while unusual names are more accepted than ever, Suri has yet to crack the US Top 1000.
This time we know one thing for certain: the prince or princess won’t have a wacky name. I suppose Kate and William could slip in a quirky Anglo-Saxon royal as an extra middle – Elswith or Athelstan or Godwin. But the couple doesn’t seem likely to go that route.
Instead, we’ll be celebrating an evergreen classic of a name, the kind that we too often ignore.