In this week’s Nameberry 9, Abby Sandel of Appellation MountainÂ demonstrates the endless ingenuity there is out there in coming up with creative baby names.
This weekâ€™s baby name news was dominated by tales of a mom who has agreed to let the general public name her baby in exchange for $5,000.Â It turned out to be a hoax, but it raises the question: Â Would you ever let another person name your child?
Itâ€™s an unthinkable transaction for most of us.Â We have extensive lists of baby names carefully assembled and edited over the years.Â I like to think that I could blissfully name eight more children, each with two middles.
Or could I?
Creative freedom in baby naming is here to stay.Â Even parents who say they prefer the mainstream often choose names like Chloe and Noah, Avery and Jayden, possibilities that would have been quite surprising a few decades back.
If thereâ€™s anything we crave at this time of year, itâ€™s light: Sunlight, daylight, the light at the end of the long dark winter tunnel.Light
is also an inspiring meaning for a baby name, appropriate for a midwinter baby â€“ or one due to arrive in spring or summer. Â Our favorite baby names with meanings relating to light include:
are changing faster than ever, influenced by celebrities and pop culture, ancient religions and modern catastrophes.Â The major trends for 2013 draw from the names of Roman
gods and the wilder side of nature, tap new international name sources and include a surprising taste for secrecy.
Nameberryâ€™s predictions for Â baby names 2013:
Coincidentally or not, many dancers have names that aptly project an image of lightness and grace. And this cuts across many disciplines of dance, from toe to tap, and across generations as well. As with all artistic children, we have to wonder how much influence the parents who chose their creative baby names had on their offspringâ€™s vocations. Is it serendipitous that ballerina Allegra Kent
was given a name that projects such a quintessentially dancer-like image? But hold on–before we jump to conclusions, youâ€™ll see that half of the dancers shown chose their own terpsichorean names.
Here are the Nameberry Picks of best dancersâ€™ names.
Want to give your baby a name that truly telegraphs a sense of style?Â One
way is by going directly to the world of high fashion: representing several different cultures, the names of many twentieth century fashion design icons prove to be exceptionally distinctive, diverse, creative and inspirational.Â Here are the Nameberry picks of best designer names: