by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz
It was the Case of the Great Missing Baby Names Blog.
One of our most-read blogs of all time, a makeover of the top 100 most popular boys’ names, disappeared from our archive. We didn’t even notice it was gone until a Berry wrote wondering where it was. The girls’ makeover, also written by Elisabeth Wilborn of You Can’t Call It It, is still there. But the boys’: stolen, zapped, vanished into thin air.
So we set out to fashion a new version, using the current popular boys’ names list of 2012.
These are our suggestions of similar-but-different names you might substitute if you like the original boys’ name, but it’s just too popular.
By Pamela Redmond Satran
Baby Men Names are names that sound perennially middle-aged, born wearing ties and carrying leather briefcases, buttoned-up and oh-so-adult.
These names carry several advantages: They’re rooted in tradition, of course, and so give your child a solid base for any grownup pursuit. And since so many of them have been out of style through the past decades of hippie names and androgynous names and nature names and invented names, they feel distinctive now and even fresh.
And if they feel too forbiddingly adult to bestow on a baby, many of these names come packaged with cuter, more kid-friendly nicknames, so that Frederick can be shorted to Freddy and Philip can be called the playful Flip.
Along with stalwarts such as Edward and James and Thomas, the Baby Men names we like best today include:
Arthur — Arthur
was a Top 20 name until 1926, when it began a long, steady descent, touching bottom in 2010 at Number 389 only to bounce back. We see that new upward trajectory to continue, as Arthur
has two prime advantages: It’s an ancient king’s name (and may even be a choice of Kate
) and it has the creative nickname Art
August — We love all forms of this venerable name, drawn from the ancient Roman Augustus, but the simplest is also the most fashionable: August. August also has a day name gloss and the cute nickname Augie or the more mannish Gus.
by Pamela Redmond Satran
Sssssssssh, have you heard the secret?
There may be a lot of Wild and Wilder names around these days, but boys’ names in 2013 are also going in a softer direction.
The sh sound is stylish — or should that be shtylish? — for baby boys’ names, introduced by Joshua and Sean and led these days by such trendy choices as Asher and Dashiell.
Among the attractive sh names for boys are the following:
Asher — The Old Testament Asher, which means “fortunate, blessed, happy one,” was one of Jacob’s twelve sons who gave their names to the clans of Israel. Contemporary diminutive: Ash.
Ashton –This English name meaning “ash trees place” became a mega-hit in 2004, mostly thanks to TV star/model Ashton Kutcher’s popular prank show Punk’d.
Bishop — Actress Reese Witherspoon got the ball rolling on ecclesiastical occupational names when she named her son Deacon in 2003.
Cash — A diminutive of Cassius or an economy-inspired word name, cool name Cash may also pay homage to American music legend Johnny Cash.
Have you noticed that most of the up-and-coming female stars in Hollywood have ordinary names like Anne
—while many of the hot young Hollywood hunks have unusually interesting and cutting-edge appellations like Chord and Chace
? Most of them are their actual birth names—and a few have already had an influence on baby naming. Here are the most noteworthy–providing some great eye candy as well.