Category: baby name Wyatt
It’s been a great week for welcoming boys!
Eric Christian Olsen, Kate Levering, Fergie and Josh Duhamel have all brought home new sons. The parents have something in common besides making headlines. Their naming style might be called modern classic.
This category is different. These are names that would have been considered unusual – maybe even strange – just a few decades back. But today, they’re mainstream, go-to appellations.
Call them Goldilocks names. There are buttoned-down classics like James and George, and daring never-heard-before ones like Pilot and Zuma. Goldilocks choices are at neither extreme. They’re just right, falling into the wide middle: very wearable, but probably not your grandpa’s name. Sure, they might be this generation’s Larry and Jerry, Ronald and Keith. But they make for great choices in 2013.
My week has been defined by two failures: first, I have not managed to see the big screen adaptation of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I’m not anticipating cinematic greatness, but I’m willing to sit through ninety minutes of movie for a few minutes’ worth of baby name talk. There must be at least a dozen infants in the flick! And yet, I know the names of not a single one.
Failure the second: I devoured A Discovery of Witches instead of saving it for my four-hour airplane trip later this week. Yes, it is a supernatural romance featuring vampires. No, it is not Twilight. Deborah E. Harkness slips in a few seriously killer lines about given names, so that made up for my lack of a rom-com baby name fix.
Happily, it was also a week packed with lots of new arrivals, plenty of them with newsworthy names. And yes, both Witches and Expecting managed to rank among the most intriguing appellations, too.
Ysabeau – Okay, A Discovery of Witches has been on the bestsellers list for months, but with the sequel set for a July release, maybe Ysabeau will get some more press. The main witch is Diana, and her love interest is Matthew. Ysabeau – a medieval forerunner of Elizabeth – is Matthew’s ancient vampire maman. Her full, and fabulously French name is Genevieve Melisande Helene Ysabeau.
In the L.A. Times the other day, an article talked about prime-time television’s “reinvigorated love of the western, where projects are sprouting like cactus in the desert…and viewers may see the biggest glut of westerns since the genre’s heyday of the ‘60s.”
It was that heyday that incited the stampede of names that hadn’t been heard in a century onto the boys’ popularity lists of the 1950s, sixties and seventies, some of which are still riding tall in the saddle.
We look at the national name statistics and somehow start to assume that Isabella and Jacob are the top names all across the country. But then we look at the state stats and see that there very much still are local preferences.
For example, Carter, which is Number 50 nationally, is in second place in Nebraska and third in Iowa; Wyatt (60) is Number One in Wyoming (Wyoming/Wyatt?), Owen (50) is third in Vermont and fourth in Maine, and for girls, Brooklyn (37) has relocated to Utah, where she’s Number Three.
So our Question of the Week is a two-parter:
Are there any names near the top of the Social Security list that you never hear in your neighborhood/city/state/country? (Please identify where that might be.)
Are there names that seem absolutely epidemic where you live, but are not as popular elsewhere?