Category: creative baby names
Some names are common in the middle but rarely used as first names. Others are common first names but hardly used in the middle. And then there are a lucky few that are popular first and middle names, such as Grace and James. But the ultimate double-threat is Elizabeth.
Elizabeth’s status as a popular first name has endured over a century. Elizabeth is the only girl name that has remained in the top 30 since 1880, the earliest year baby name rankings are available from Social Security Administration. This places Elizabeth among the baby name elite.
While Elizabeth’s many nicknames has kept it a popular first name, Elizabeth’s distinctive rhythm has kept it a popular middle name. This distinctive pattern is four syllables with the stress is on the second syllable.
Four syllable names with the stress on the third syllable don’t flow as well with most first names. For example, compare the following name combinations with Elizabeth and Elizabeth’s Spanish counterpart, Isabella, which has the stress on the third syllable:
This week’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. It turned out to be a hoax, but it raises the question: Would you ever let another person name your child?
It’s an unthinkable transaction for most of us. We have extensive lists of baby names carefully assembled and edited over the years. 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. 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.
Nameberry’s predictions for baby names 2013:
Here are the Nameberry Picks of best dancers’ names.