Category: baby name Riley
When we named our son Alexander in 2004, it was a no-brainer, a family name that my husband very much wanted to pass down. Despite my baby name obsession, the choice was made without much thought.
I knew girls could answer to Alex as a tomboyish nickname for Alexandra. Heck, it was the kind of name I’d craved as a child. And I was fascinated by the medieval French Alix, the Italian Alessandra, the Russian Sasha.
The possibility of a girl Alex didn’t bother me a bit.
The classmate who told him that his nickname was a gender bender?
His name is Delaney.
So what’s happening with boys’ names in 2013? There’s pressure to choose a name that is clearly masculine, coupled with frustration that so many fresh possibilities for boys could easily be the next big thing for girls. Parents will drop Elliot if they see it mentioned on a message board as a vague possibility for a girl. Emerson has been ceded to Team Pink before she even cracks the Top 100 in the US.
The Next Olivia
Olivia was the supreme queen of girls’ names in 2008, 2009 and 2010 in England and Wales, and was only marginally beaten by Amelia to the number 1 spot in 2011. It entered the Top 100 for the first time in the late 1980s, and has been in the Top 10 since 1999. Further down the ranks, Eliza stands at #62. Like Olivia before, Eliza has not ranked in the Top 100 for a century, but is now steadily rising.
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.