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Itâ€™s been another big week for noun names.Â They were all over Hollywood gossip blogs, and appeared in plenty of workaday birth announcements, too.
Thereâ€™s no doubt that this is a rich category.Â Flower names make us consider trees â€“ meet my daughter, Lily, and my son, Cedar.Â Weather and birds feel like inexhaustible sources of inspiration.Â There are the old school, Puritan-era virtue names, but also more recent innovations, rich with meaning.
Sometimes the influence is more subtle.Â Surname Brooks is preppier than River, but both bring to mind the great outdoors.Â Clementine and Olive have been used for so long we consider them names, but theyâ€™re both on the upswing today, lifted by the trend.
May, June, and August are mainstream, but Iâ€™m not so sure about January, and it is always surprising to hear September, October, or November.Â April is definitely a noun name, but Avril is cooler.Â And if Avril is an option, how about Janvier?
Being a name nerd used to be hard work.
Do you remember paging through lists of Olympic medalists in the paper, gazing at name plaques in art museums, seeking out family trees in history books at the library?Â Did you know exactly which days the local paper ran birth announcements?
Then you must be a thirty-something or better name nerd.
I borrowed my motherâ€™s only baby name book and kept it on my bookshelf, between Sweet Valley High and Nancy Drew.Â I read it obsessively, even the small print listing nicknames and foreign variants.Â That long lost book is where I fell in love with Libby andÂ Nan, Katrinka and Alexei.
So many stories about twenty-first century baby naming trends are dismissive.Â They claim parents are trying too hard for their children to stand out and be unique.
Maybe that happens some of the time, but to me it seems straightforward.
With access to all of these fabulous names, why wouldnâ€™t we consider a wider range of possibilities?
As 2012 faded into 2013, the world welcomed many a new little life.Â Re-reading birth announcements, I was struck by something.
None of them received outlandish names, but every one of them seemed nicely creative.
Some are memorable and meaningful choices, while others are mainstream firsts paired with unexpected middles.
Does it speak to an age where we wonâ€™t dismiss names as weird?Â Have we stopped worrying that our children canâ€™t be district attorneys or heart surgeons if we name them something other than Katherine or James?Â Are filler middles really gone for good?
It all adds up to a great year ahead for baby names â€“ whether youâ€™re naming a child or just spending lots of time thinking about what we might name a child.Â And thatâ€™s before we consider the latest addition to the Kardashian family â€¦