Category: unusual boys’ names
Scanning the popularity charts of some of the current most popular and stylish baby names (yeah, that’s how I spend my spare time), I noticed something fascinating the other day. Many of them – Ava, Ella, Peyton, Aiden, Emmett, even number one Isabella – were at the very bottom of the Top 1000 in 1990.
That means that they were rarely used when the parents of today – most popularly named Jennifer and Melissa, Christopher and Jason – were born, but were starting to rise up the charts by the time Jennifer was drawing hearts around Jason’s name in her Geometry notebook.
By that theory (who says baby name trends prediction isn’t a science?), we should be able to predict which names will be most popular 20 years from now by combing the bottom of today’s Top 1000.
Of course, not every name down in the 800s and 900s is destined for baby name greatness. But we see the following as likely popular choices for your grandchildren.
So you think you’ve found a secret baby name. One that nobody has ever discovered before. Or a sleeping gem neglected by other baby namers.
And maybe you have. But the distressing news is that a lot of the names that parents think are secret finds are really being scoped out at the same time by a lot of other parents.
How do we know? Because we’ve analyzed which names are spiking the highest in nameberry views at the start of 2011 compared with 2010, and among the biggest risers are obscure picks and long-neglected classics.
What makes these names suddenly so hot? For the most part, it’s hard to say. All we can tell you for sure is that they are hot — a lot hotter than you might guess.
Here, the 50 hottest obscure names and how high their traffic has jumped:
While the country’s attention will be focused on football this Super Bowl Sunday, some of us may be more interested in another aspect of the action: The crazy names of the players, of course! Nameberry’s new intern Robert Harclerode breaks down the most interesting names on both teams:
The Super Bowl has displayed a vast amount of talent and drama, but it has also showcased some of the most unique names on one of the biggest stages in all of professional sports.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers both boast their own separate historic franchises, as well as their own fascinating names within the Super Bowl’s past. In Super Bowl I & II, which both ended in Green Bay victories, Bart Starr was named the Most Valuable Player. Other great Packers in those first Super Bowls include Forrest Gregg, Boyd Dowler, Elijah Pitts, Max McGee, Lionel Aldridge, and Zeke Bratkowski.
Here are some distinctive names to listen for in this year’s Super Bowl showdown:
Here, five ways to choose unusual names that have all the best qualities of the genre and avoid the worst.
1. Spell them the, uh, normal way.
Okay, let’s say you want to name your child Atticus. Unusual, yes; weird (at least in today’s terms), no. But change it up to Attykus and you tip it over the line to weird.
2. Keep your gender-bending within bounds.
Using an androgynous name like Taylor or Mason, for a boy or a girl, is one way to be distinctive. You can even push the limits by choosing an all-boy name like Eric, say, as a daughter’s middle name to honor an ancestor, or reclaiming a name such as Sasha for your son. But using Eric as your daughter’s first name or letting your son’s name veer too far into the feminine camp starts to get weird.