Category: baby name Sunday
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
Over the years, there have been hundreds of names that have rocketed onto the Top 1000 for one year, then just as suddenly disappeared, fading like shooting stars. We’ve made a thorough search through these names, seeing what gems we might find hidden among the oddball Metros, Councils and Dolls, the Jeps and Bunks and Schleys, which might merit a second appearance.
Two things to bear in mind: a lot of these names made their solo appearances soon after the Social Security list was launched, and so it’s possible that they might have enjoyed some previous popularity and were trending downward at that point. And also, many of them ranked in the eight and nine hundreds, and so probably accounted for just ten or less newborns with those names.
It’s also interesting to scope out if there’s some historical reason for these singular appearances. Wendell Wilkie, for example, was the 1940 Republican presidential nominee against FDR, accounting for the appearance of Wilkie that year, Tai Babilonia was the world figure skating champion when her name popped up in 1980, and Sable was the name of a character on the high-rated TV soap, The Colby‘s in 1986, when she was a one hit wonder.
By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain
Now list the names that are one of one.
I only know a single girl called Ida, and just one named Arcadia. My son built sand castles with a little Maxine on a long-ago beach vacation, and I’ve never forgotten her name. Cordelia and Monica, Zinnia and Murielle, Helen and Claudia – they all stand out, associated with just a single child.
If you had to pick a day name — for a child, for yourself, for a favorite — which would it be?
We skipped our usual seasonal names blog this summer because we had so much else going on, but we did meet a baby named August, and another named Julia. We’ve been having fun watching the Showtime series Episodes, which features a character named Morning. And on another of our favorite shows, Louie, there was a (not very nice) little boy named Never.
Day names are an ancient tradition in many cultures, most notably African ones where many names are often drawn from the time of day, day of the week, or season that a child is born. Early African-American slave roles contain many Anglicizations of such names, from Monday to Friday, Early to Afternoon, Christmas to Easter.