Category: girl names
At this time of year, catalogs flood the house every day – the poor mail deliverer! – only to be promptly thrown into the recycling bin.
One of the few exceptions is the Sundance Catalog. It’s not as if I ever order anything from there, though if my husband is reading this, he should know that I’d be very happy to find any of their earrings under the Christmas tree.
It’s more the image and the lifestyle that attract me, at least for the length of time it takes to eat a peanut butter sandwich. Relaxed yet chic, feminine as well as outdoorsy, the Sundance Catalog depicts the kind of woman I’d be if only I spent my time rambling around a ranch rather than typing on a sofa.
What does any of this have to do with baby names? As usual, everything, as the Sundance Catalog includes lots of girls’ names and also nature names that are in keeping with its cosmopolitan Western bourgeois bohemian aesthetic.
Here, for example, are some of the girls’ names Sundance uses for blouses, boots, and bracelets — but that might work just as well for your own little cosmopolitan cowgirl:
Let’s imagine, for one shining moment, that your partner in baby-having says, “You pick the name, honey. I’ll be good with whatever you choose.”
Let’s suppose that this generous-minded partner even says, “You have such awesome taste in names, you can name all our children: First name, middle name — heck, even do the last name any way you want.”
You can name the kids after your mother, if you choose, or use grandma’s maiden name, and your partner won’t even lobby to slip names from their (see how I’m avoiding saying his) side of the family into the equation.
So….what do you do?
A cartoon in a recent New Yorker features a little girl and her mother surveying Halloween costumes in a shop window. “I want to be whichever Disney princess is the most badass,” the girl says.
Badass princess is an image that not only appeals to contemporary little girls but to their parents when choosing a name.
Like the hipster cowboy names we wrote about recently, badass princess names are appealing not so much because of their sound or their style but because of the complicated image they convey. These are girl names that are both decidedly feminine and rooted in tradition, but are not at all conventional or conservative. They’re creative and edgy, but not invented or unorthodox like Blue or Bellamy.
The badass princess names are classy and sassy, cosmopolitan yet earthy, chic but never trying too hard. It’s an image that many an urbane parent can embrace for her daughter, and that a little girl can have fun living up to, in Halloween costume and beyond.
For this week’s Question of the Week, we’re going to ask you to imagine that you have just one more baby, and so get to choose just one more name….
Don‘t worry about having a gender preference: You’re allowed to pick whether your just-one-more is a girl or a boy.
You do have to consider the names of your existing, very real children when you choose your next baby name. But you can go in a totally new direction or complete a compatible sibset, make up for past mistakes or finally grab that name that previously got away.
You may have noticed an updated and improved feature on Nameberry recently: Most name pages now include a list of other suggested names.
I’ve become, okay, kind of obsessed with these name relationships, partly because they seem uncannily accurate and partly because they can be so surprising. Clicking through on a trail of names I like, I’ve discovered lots of new selections that I also like but may not have considered before.