Category: baby names news
The stars, they’re just like us. They shop for groceries. Run out for coffee. And celebrity parents love names with vibrant, exciting letters like V, X, and Z – just like the rest of the world.
Names featuring V, X, and Z aren’t novel. One hundred years ago, parents were naming their daughters Evelyn and Virginia. Melvin, Marvin, Vernon, and Alvin were all up-and-comers circa 1914. Max, Felix, and Hazel have had good runs before, and rarities like Zenobia and Zola aren’t quite as rare as you might guess.
The only rule of baby naming in 2013?
From reliable classics to nouveau inventions to family heirlooms, the range of possibilities is truly infinite.
So it is no surprise that the baby name news ran the gamut this week. On the one side are Dutch royals and a supermodel’s three sons with regal names. On the other? We have a few nouveau inventions and discoveries that could work nicely for a twenty-first century child.
All of this leads to my favorite piece of baby naming advice from the blogosphere this week: don’t whittle down your short list, discarding names for one reason or another. Narrow your list UP, until you find the one that you truly adore.
It was a week for outrageous baby names.
Some of us probably felt vindicated. Of course you shouldn’t give a boy’s name to a girl!
Others probably thought: If only they’d chosen Justine instead.
Miss Justin might be an extreme case, but this week’s name news reminds us that the range of possibilities for girls is vast. From conventionally masculine names to modern inventions to antique revivals, we are willing to be daring when naming daughters.
We berries know that names others dismiss as strange, even wacky, are often mainstream. Jackson has eclipsed John, and many girls’ names in use only a few decades are among the most popular in the US. Neveah, Brooklyn, and Kaylee, I’m looking at you.
But if you are going to use an eye-poppingly strange name, I’m convinced the way to do it is to have a great story, one that your child won’t mind re-telling again and again. And again. Actually, you’d better be willing to re-tell your tale, too, as curious types coo at your sweet little newborn babe and ask if McKechnie is a family name.
Nancy shared a great article about two women with truly unique names earlier this week, and my theory held up. Bluzette experienced frustrating moments, especially as a kid, but mostly she’s made peace with her unusual name, inspired by a song. Open, who lacks a simple backstory, still struggles with her appellation.
Of course the biggest name this week requires no explanation. Jen and Ben went with an all-boy Biblical staple never out of US Top 100 for baby #3. The littlest Affleck kicks off our nine most newsworthy baby names this week: