Category: stylish names
With the fall fashion shows in full swing — showing clothes for next spring, now that the sizzle of summer 2010 has barely cooled — our thoughts turn to models.
We could care less about their figures or their style; what we’re interested in, of course, is their names. While nameberry includes lists of Supermodel Names (where you’ll find lots more choices) and Supermodel Baby Names, we thought we’d look at the current crop of model monikers.
The list is heavy on Eastern European names, given that many of the girls hail from there. But there are some good ‘ol American names here as well.
Names of the hottest 25 models right now, according to the rankings at models.com, are:
- Abbey (Lee Kershaw)
- Anja (Rubik)
- Anna (Jagodzinska)
- Catherine (McNeil)
- Chanel (Iman)
- Constance (Jablonski)
- Dree (Hemingway)
What’s next? It just might be L’s turn.
But there are lots of other L names coming up, or already arrived, in other categories. For instance:
THE LOU NAMES
LOUISE and LOUISA – Louise, long sleepy in the U.S., is beginning to sound fresh again and is the chic version in France and the U.K., while Louisa (or Luisa) is more widely used in Spain, Portugal, and Italy.
LUCA – The pretty (and to some American ears, too pretty) name for boys is wildly popular throughout Europe but just beginning to be heard in the U.S., sometimes for girls.
LUNA – The Italian and Spanish word for moon makes a celestial-sounding choice.
THE LEONINE NAMES
Another name trend sweeping Europe that’s beginning to be recognized in America too are names that mean and sometimes even sound like “lion.” Again, for both genders, examples include:
LEO – This one we’ve heard in the U.S., but still lovely.
LEON – Long a top name in German, Leon deserves to be rehabilitated in the U.S., where it had become a joke. Brad and Angelina giving it to their twin son Knox as a middle name could give it a major boost.
LEOPOLD – While not strictly meaning lion – its meaning is usually given as “bold people” – the Leo in this German name is derived from lion and this long-stodgy name has considerable new hipster cred.
LIONEL – A choice for adventurous baby-namers for both girls and boys.
Some of the freshest Biblical names have L beginnings.
LEMUEL – Destined to step out from Samuel’s shadow.
LYDIA – Strong, old-fashioned girls’ name that’s reemerging.
OTHER COOL L NAMES I COULDN’T SQUEEZE INTO ANY CATEGORY
A few other L names I like: The Old Lllllady trio LAVINIA, LETITIA, and LUCRETIA. The word name and surname LAND, originally used for one of the sons of pioneer aviator Charles and Anne Lindbergh, would make a strong choice for a boy or girl today. Hero name LINCOLN never goes out of style, but sounds particularly attractive now.
Love a name but fear it’s overused? Think one name is stylish, yet want something even more stylish?
You’re not alone. Many parents are looking for names that are like those that have been popular and fashionable in recent years….but different. Something with a similar look and feel, but in an updated model.
ZANE is the new ZACK
The economic downturn has affected just about every aspect of American life, and that even extends to baby naming. We’ve noticed–and I don’t think it’s just among our enlightened readers–a definite change in attitude, away from trendiness and towards more solid, serious, traditional names. In other words, frivolousness is out, and substance is in.
With the President stressing the importance of our kids getting to college, many parents start to wonder–consciously or not–whether Caroline might just have some slight advantage in the acceptance process over Coco when her application to MIT is being considered, and if Charles might be considered a more serious prospect than Karrsen.
And it’s not just the timeless classics like James and Elizabeth which have never gone out of style that I’m talking about, but rather names that until lately were judged to be too solemn and serious and unbabyish and dated for consideration: dusty in-law — or grandparent –names like Murray and Marian. The baby namers of the recent past, who were calling their kids Ashley and Brittany, Madison and Montana, and on to Jayden and Caden, would probably have laughed or turned up their noses at most of the names below, seeing them as way too adult, starchy and uncool. But the times they are a-changing and the tide is turning, and these names have, in addition to a solid past, a foreseeable place on the kindergarten cubbies of the future.
Family names was the subject of a recent nameberry poll, in which you voted overwhelmingly –70%–in favor of using family names for your baby. Where to look for great family names? In your own family records, of course, as well as in nameberry for ideas of historic names that sound appropriate for modern life. Another great idea: you can hunt for original family names through genealogy sources — and build a family tree for your baby in the process.
The largest number of people who took our poll–46%–were comfortable with taking lots of liberties with Grandpa Wilbur or Grandma Enid‘s name to make them more modern-baby friendly. We’re happy to help. The following are some possible updates for those fusty, musty family names.
Wilma –> WILLA
How have YOU modernized a family name for your child? Tell us here!