Category: names in the news
Sometimes the changes are subtle.Â In the late 1800s, Sallie was more popular than Sally.Â In the 1950s, Kerry, Jimmie, and Lester were ordinary names for little boys, and their sisters were called Toni, Yolanda, and Marlene.
â€¦ it makes sense that we constantly adapt and expand our vocabulary to account for new concepts, events, inventions, etc. For example, we may invent new words, give existing words new meanings, or borrow words from other languages.
I love an unexpected nickname, and it is a delight when parents choose classic baby names with spark.Â This weekâ€™s name news was filled with great examples.
The Bush family is big on passing down heirlooms, from father to son, but also across generations.Â Former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager wears her maternal grandmotherâ€™s name, and upheld that tradition with her new arrival.Â
But Jenna went one step further: she figured out a clever way to use both grandmothersâ€™ names while adding an on-trend nickname that gives the new baby an identity all her own.
Some of us probably felt vindicated.Â Of course you shouldnâ€™t give a boyâ€™s name to a girl!
Others probably thought: If only theyâ€™d chosen Justine instead.
Miss Justin might be an extreme case, but this weekâ€™s name news reminds us that the range of possibilities for girls is vast.Â From conventionally masculine names to modern inventions to antique revivals, we are willing to be daring when naming daughters.
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?
The president hosted a fireside chat on Google+ last week.Â He tackled complex, divisive topics like the environment and the economy.
But baby names?
Giving baby name advice is tough.Â It means sorting names into the good and the bad, or maybe the good and the less good.Â Explaining why we like a name is nearly impossible sometimes, isnâ€™t it?Â Explaining what we dislike can be too easy.
This weekâ€™s news was filled with gorgeous girlsâ€™ names representing every possible style and trend, from imports to underused classics to modern discoveries.
The nine most newsworthy baby names are: