I know it has been a busy week in baby name news when my friend C makes a point of seeking me out. “So what are they going to name the baby?” she asked, knowing that she didn’t have to add that “they” are William and Kate and the baby in question will be hounded by more paparazzi than a Jolie-Pitt kid.
Then again, bookies couldn’t take bets on the name of a new Jolie-Pitt arrival. Where would a gambler begin? We know the royal couple is up against some definite limits in choosing their child’s name, creating a perfect opportunity for the placing of bets, a scenario that couldn’t exist in Hollywood.
What separates name nerds from others might be this: I am filled with curiosity whenever I meet an expectant parent. “Have you thought about names?” I’ll mention, casually, trying to not make it too obvious. Aidan Donnelly Rowley’s post congratulating Kate struck a chord. It doesn’t really matter if I know you – I’m excited for that new little person you’re about to welcome, and very willing to help if you’d like to talk names.
Now that just about every flower in the garden has been dug up and used by baby namers for at least a century, maybe it’s time to look beyond to their more imposing cousins. There’s a very big difference between the two: Where most floral names are frilly and feminine, many, if not most, arboreal names are strong, sturdy, and much more masculine.
The forest is fairly unexplored territory; with the exception of a few names like Hazel, Olive and Willow, most of the standard tree names are just waiting to be discovered. Here are some possibilities:
NAMES OF TREES
SUITABLE FOR GIRLS
When we parse the annual Social Security list, we usually focus on the top names–what’s the new Number One, which names have made it into the Top 25, even the Top 100. But there are many names on the Popularity List that actually aren’t all that popular– certainly not commonly enough used to deter parents who are looking for a distinctive name.
In the lower depths of the list, there are a number of neglected names that were given to fewer than 350 babies across the country last year, real hidden gems sprinkled among the more unusually configured Cloes, Alyvias and Jovanys. These are appealing names that are recognizable to all, with real history and meaning, but which would still stand out in a crowd (or in a pre-school).
Among them are:
DIXIE — One of the most engaging of the saucy showgirl nickname names, with an added dash of Southern spice.
JUNE — Springtime month name starting to come back into bloom.
JUSTINE –An elegant name with deep Latin roots and a righteous meaning.
MARIN — A shimmering water name, distinctive and sophisticated.
TAMARA –With both Russian and Hebrew roots, has a dramatic, creative image.
TESS — Has a lot more substance, strength and style than most single-syllable names; a good middle name choice too.
CONRAD –A solid, serious name with literary cred.
DARWIN –Perfect for the son of scientists, but also appealing to any parent looking for a name with a stylish sound and historic significance.
FLETCHER –An occupational (arrow-maker) name with an abundance of quirky charm.
KILLIAN — Dynamic Irish saint’s name; only possible drawback is tie to the trendy brew.
REX — One of the few trendy x-ending boys’ names with a real–even regal–meaning.