Category: neglected baby names
By Sophie Kihm
To me, Greek names are some of the most beautiful–though I might be biased as my own name has Greek roots. Here are some Hellenic names that deserve more notice.
Beta- Beta is the second letter of the Greek alphabet and a widely used tech term. She’s synonymous with being second, making her perfect for child number two. Add a syllable and you get Beata–another pretty European name.
Many English-speaking countries have a history of high levels of immigration from Germany, and yet German names are not particularly common. This is often true even in families of German ancestry: I am of part-German descent myself, and my siblings and I do not have particularly German names, although readily understood in Germany. There are such strong links between German and English that it is easy to assimilate and choose the English form of a name (George instead of Georg), and two world wars have strongly encouraged such assimilation. Some traditional German names now seem awkward and outdated, even in their country of origin – yet clunky names are beginning to come back into fashion, and there are also many sprightly German short forms of names with tons of vintage style. Here are some examples of both.
Of course they’re still around, with a few like William and Daniel still in the Top Ten, but most of the standard classics are far from being the power names they once were–Peter, Paul and George, for example, have hit all-time lows.
And yes, Edward has that Twilight touch, and Jack is back with a vengeance, and we are suddenly hearing people say they think Mary is due for a comeback. But will Robert or Richard ever be cool again?
Thus and therefore, the question of the week:
Which classic name do you think is most due for a comeback? Would you use it for your child? And if so, is it because it has ties to your family history?
The question of the week is:
Is there a name that to you seems to have everything going for it and yet hasn’t caught on? Do you have a theory as to why it’s been neglected? Maybe it’s a Nameberry fave that outsiders haven’t discovered or maybe it’s your own personal pleasure (guilty or not).
Is it part of a whole category of names that you consider underrated?
Or is it a name that you think has been misjudged–for all the wrong reasons–and that you’re willing to make a case for here and now?