Category: names in the news
By Abby Sandel
Looking at this week’s baby names in the news, you might think that parents are all about short names. We’ve heard high profile birth announcements for Edie and Della, Iyla and Poppy – no formal names required.
But it’s not that simple. Sure, Ava and Mia are in the current girls’ US Top 10. But so are Olivia and Isabella. Cheerful nickname Liam is the Number 2 name for boys, but classic William isn’t far behind.
For nearly every short name that’s trending upwards, there’s a longer possibility that’s also on the rise.
Need fresh inspiration for your baby’s name? Take a cue from celebrity parents, and look to the sky.
This week, actress Leonor Varela and her producer husband Lucas Akoskin welcomed daughter Luna Mae Akoskin. Luna joins big brother Matteo. Reality television’s Yandy Smith, of Love & Hip Hop fame, and Mendeecees Harris announced their daughter’s name, too: Skylar Smith Harris, a little sister for Omere.
The way we name boys is changing, and that’s a good thing.
For years, parents played it safe when naming their sons. We were more likely to pass down family names, and less likely to choose something really different or novel.
A glance at the US Top 100 lists from 1963 and 2013 suggests that the most popular names have gotten longer over the last fifty years. Back in 1963, the only Top 100 name longer than three syllables was Elizabeth.
There are more three-syllable names, and fewer single-syllable ones, too.
The frontman of the world’s greatest rock’n’roll band welcomed a new grandson and his first great-granddaughter a few months ago. Their names were just revealed last week. If you’re counting, that brings the Jagger progeny to seven children, five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild … all with rather interesting given names.
It wasn’t just the Jaggers sharing names at long last. Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson filed a birth certificate for baby #4, just before her first birthday. If you’re looking for vintage gems, the Rudolph-Andersons’ quartet is a great starting point.