Category: baby name Zinnia
It’s easy to belittle a parent’s search for a unique name. Headlines call it self-centered and short-sighted. But if you went through school as Jessica or Jennifer, one among many, is it so wrong to want your child to be one of one, at least in her kindergarten?
This week was all about the quest for a distinctive name.
There was nothing truly surprising in the baby name news – no Buddy Bear Maurice or Rainbow Aurora. Instead, there’s been a treasure trove of very wearable names that all feel just a little bit different.
What makes them stand out choices? For some, it’s a high value Scrabble letter, like V, X, or Z. Others are super short, even brisk. And giving a masculine name to a daughter is always a sure-fire way to grab attention, for better and for worse.
Not every parent would – or should – consider every trend, but it is exciting just how many choices manage to be both unusual and perfectly normal at once.
There will always be new names.
And yet, week after week, there are always names that surprise. I met a toddler called Zinnia yesterday, just in time for the bloom to appear on Nameberry’s list of best new flower names. Even those of us who spend our free time obsessively pouring over lists of names and offering up ideas on the Nameberry forums are probably taken by surprise by some of the things we hear – and not just once in a blue moon, but every week.
This week’s list is all about names that took me by surprise. They were brand new – at least to my ears.