Category: The Nameberry 9
With the holidays in full swing, I thought it was time for a wish list.
I’d love to magically know how to pronounce every child’s name at first glance.
A crystal ball to find out which noun names will wear well, and which just plain won’t work. Or, alternately, a detailed explanation as to why Pilot and Apple still seem outrageous while Chase and Genesis are mainstream.
A trip to the most fashionable of playgrounds in Paris and the ability to speak fluent French in order to grill expectant mamans about their favorite baby names. Cosette probably isn’t one of them … but in Pittsburgh or Pensacola, I think she could be a smash. Or wait, maybe I’ll visit Toronto, because their list is just different enough from the US to pique my curiosity.
The nine baby names that inspired my wish list are also this week’s nine most newsworthy appellations:
Some weeks I’m astonished by the range of names we can choose for girls.
We love our children regardless of gender, but when it comes to talking baby names, many of us seem to be on Team Pink. The statistics bear this out: almost 79% of boys born in the US in 2011 received a Top 1000 name, while the same is true for just 67% of girls.
2012 social media babies Like and Facebook were both girls, and rumored baby Hashtag is also supposed to be a she. Meanwhile, former #1 name Mary has plummeted to #112, while her male counterpart, John, remains a relatively common #27.
My favorite find of the week isn’t a name. It’s a random name generator, at a website called Roses and Cellar Doors. (Hat tip to Ren for the link.) The generator apologizes that “on occasion, a ‘real’ name might be generated.” Most of the results are rarities that I wouldn’t be surprised to hear in real life.
A few minutes of clicking created Loralyn, Kayabella, Annla, Annraya, Madalee, and Briabella for girls. For boys, I found the generator slightly less successful, but Mathan, Keedon, Jarison, Dasen, Jaxin, Zaylen, and Caydran all seem both unusual and perfectly possible.
Are you watching The League? The FX comedy is about a group of friends who form a fantasy football league. Draft picks matter, in real sports as well as those played only on paper, and so the fourth season opened with a quandary. Dad-to-be Kevin had traded naming rights for his newborn son in exchange for a better draft pick. The new baby arrived, and Kevin’s buddy named the bouncing baby boy … wait for it …
It was a good week for gorgeous girl names. From current favorites to up and coming possibilities, pop culture gave us a quartet of new daughters with noteworthy names.
Beyond new babies, a literary character from none other than J.K. Rowling’s latest novel answers to a promising appellation, as does the teenaged vampire sweetheart from Halloween-themed box office winner Hotel Transylvania.
This past week wasn’t all about the girls, though. One classically named boy also makes the list of newsworthy birth announcements.
All of this reminds me that while the mainstream media prefers to focus on headlines like “Celebs Choose Crazy Names” or “Parents Try Hard to Be Different with Baby Names,” it is very possible to find something lovely and different without resorting to the outrageous. That’s something that berries have always embraced.