Category: classic baby names
By Abby Sandel
After writing about baby names for the last eight years, I sometimes think that nothing can surprise me. I’m always ready to explain why a baby called, say, Pomegranate, isn’t really so outlandish.
And yet, some weeks I do breathe a sigh of relief when the names feel classic, controlled, inspired by family. Even understated.
But what about those names that have been off the list for a decade or longer — sometimes more than half a century! — and are now making a comeback?
There were only 13 such reborn names on the Top 1000 for 2014. It may be questionable to call some of them classics as they only entered widespread use in the 1970s or 80s. But many of these names were hugely popular 100 or more years ago and are true classic names once again spreading their wings.
By Abby Sandel
The new US Top 1000 list is out, and there’s good news for those who love classic baby names! While plenty of newer names caught on, 2014 was all about the return of longtime favorites.
The farther you look down the list, the more vintage gems you’ll find. Some of the names have returned to the rankings after decades of hibernation. Others have never really gone away, but the numbers suggest that these classics might feel stylish and fresh once more.
Here are eighteen great names – nine for girls and nine for boys – that climbed 50 spots or more between 2013 and 2014.
As I reveal in my book, Name-alytics, there are three spellings of Katherine that have been in the Top 100… Catherine, Katherine and Kathryn (the Big 3). Catherine reached its peak in 1914, Katherine reached its peak in 1988, and Kathryn reached its peak in 1951. That alone is quite fascinating to those interested in the history of name popularity, but it is not enough to satisfy my detail-specific thirst.