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With just two names, the NFL quarterback and wife Brittany (shown in illustration) managed to capture both extremes in modern baby naming. The couple chose a first name that’s pure twenty-first century, and paired it with a middle that’s been around since the Old Testament.
Some parents consider names from both sides of the line – innovations like Maddox as well as standards like Robert or Stanley. Most of us probably have a definite preference. Yes to Eleanor, no to Madison. Or maybe it’s the other way around.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Whenever there’s a list of award show nominees announced, we like to make our own picks—but not for performances or achievements, no–for the best named candidates. There are far fewer categories on the Golden Globes slate than there are for, say, the Academy Awards, where there are tons of technical nominees…but there are enough for us to make the following picks.
EDIE—Edie Falco, the former Carmela Soprano, is nominated for Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy, as Nurse Jackie. One of the nickname names that has long stood on its own, Edie is now in the Top 250 in the UK; British actress Samantha Morton chose it for her daughter.
GRETA—Greta Gerwig, nominated as Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for her leading role in Frances Ha. Almost a one-person name in the Garbo era, Greta is back in the public domain, seen on Mad Men and picked by Kevin Kline and David Caruso for their daughters.
Suggest almost any name in nearly any setting – message board, moms’ group, casual gathering of friends – and someone will almost certainly snort, and tell you that naming your child Sebastian or Oliver or Aiden will lead to a lifetime of misery. The person making that dire prediction will, of course, not realize that every kid these days is named Sebastian or Oliver or Aiden.
Suggest a name that is truly out of the ordinary – Cedar or Gideon or Airlie – and the comments can be even harsher, predicting dire consequences like playground shunnings and an inability to find employment as a surgeon and/or district attorney.
Is it cruel to choose unusual names for a child? I’m confident that the answer is no – but a few of this week’s most captivating names raised the question.
Ace – As in the playing card and the tennis term, but in this case, borrowed from a popular anime character. Japanese fashion model Hikari Kamikawa recently gave this rather un-Japanese name to her son. Some cried cruelty; others noted that Ace is tough to pronounce in her native language.