Category: middle name Rose
Choosing a great baby name is a little bit like putting together a puzzle.
This week’s baby names in the news – and my, it was a busy week – all share a certain pattern.
Start with a recognizable, but not too popular, two-syllable name.
Now calibrate. If the first name is common, make sure the middle name is a real surprise.
Here in Washington DC, I’m convinced that while we’re quite daring with our children’s given names, every single girl is sharing the same middle: Rose. I’d rather see Rose in the first spot, like Charlotte’s younger daughter in the Sex in the City series. But Rose came in at a frosty #337 in the 2010 rankings. You’re more likely to meet a girl called Esmeralda, Fatima, or Leilani.
What explains the rise of a suddenly-everywhere middle name? Yes, many of us have grandmothers named Rose. But we also have grandmothers named Jean, Joan, and Ruth, and those names aren’t nearly as popular. At a recent baby shower, the guest-of-honor had chosen Rose for a daughter’s middle name. So had the other expectant mom in the room, and one of the brand new parents had already named her daughter Amelie Rose.
Still leading in popularity are Lilyand Daisy, with Rose remaining a middle name of choice, though its bloom may be fading a bit due to over exposure. In general, flower names for girls, a craze first seen in the early 1900s, is still one the most fashionable groups around in the early 21st century.
Nameberry includes a wide range of flower names for girls, from garden variety to hothouse blooms. Here, a rundown of the choicest:
JASMINE — The most exotic of the popular flower names, with many spelling variations: Jazmin, Jazzmyn et al. Related: Yasmine and cousins, along with the lovely British favorite Jessamine or Jessamyn, actually French for jasmine.
VIOLET — The daughter of celebrities Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck brought this lush flower choice before the public eye, and it’s rapidly becoming a favorite. In France, Violette is chic, while in Italian it’s Violetta.
When The Golden Girls hit the small screen in 1985, the names of its leading ladies—Rose, Dorothy and Blanche—were late middle aged, and Mama Sophia was old enough to have already been in and out of the Shady Pines Nursing Home. That was 25 years ago, a period of major change in the name world. Sophia is now the seventh most popular baby name (and #1 in some places), Rose is America‘s favorite middle name, and Dorothy is one of the belles of the nameberry name boards.
Not only that: other Golden Girl names, names that were virtually written off just a couple of years ago, are back in play. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, for example, named one of their twin daughters Marion, Julia Roberts chose Hazel for hers and Molly Ringwald picked Adele. And nameberryites are cool with similar period names like Clara and Cora, Vivian and Vera.
Okay, I’m going to come right out and say it: There are now officially enough little girls with the middle name Rose.
I can hear the screams of protest and wails of anguish already. But Rose is my grandmother’s name! Rose goes perfectly with my favorite first name! I’ve been planning to use the middle name Rose forever!
Well, go ahead, then. It’s a perfectly lovely name, warm and feminine yet not overly assertive, making the ideal bridge between first name and last.
What we’re saying: Enough Roses already, at least in the middle. In fact, Rose and Rosa and Rosamund and Rosemary and Rosalia are far from over-exposed as first names, so a fresher move might be to use one of them in first place and choose something with more individual character as a middle name.
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