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Taking Baby Names Seriously

Baby Name Trends

 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.

GIRLS

CLARA
CORA
EDITH
ELEANOR
ESTHER
EVELYN
FLORENCE
HELEN
IRENE
IRIS
LOUISE
MARIAN
MIRIAM
MURIEL
OLIVE
PENELOPE
ROSALIND
RUTH
SELMA
SYLVIA
VIVIAN

BOYS

ARTHUR
CHARLES
CLIFFORD
CONRAD
EDMUND
FREDERICK
GEORGE
HARVEY
KENNETH
LEON
LEWIS
LLOYD
MARTIN
MURRAY
RAYMOND
SOLOMON
THEODORE
VICTOR
VINCENT
WALTER

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