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Posted January 15th, 2012
18 Responses to “The Nameberry Nine: Embracing the Modern”
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January 16th, 2012 at 12:03 am
Not my style. Not even vicariously.
January 16th, 2012 at 12:09 am
I actually like several of these! Not my style AT ALL, but kind of cool. I might use them on a book character, for instance, but not my child. Caliber? Awesome. And lately I’ve been liking Merit.
Numbers used for child’s name strike me as so cold and impersonal. I know most parents use numbers that are significant to them (Eleven, for instance, would be the day of the month we were married!) but it still makes me think of a dystopian novel where people are called by numbers, not names. In one of my futuristic books, there is a character called Eleven, as a division number and not a name. I guess “Eleven” IS significant to me! But I’d never give my child a number name, personally. Too sci-fi for real life!
January 16th, 2012 at 12:23 am
These types of names aren’t my style at all, but I do enjoy diversity in the naming world.
January 16th, 2012 at 2:08 am
For me when I see Eleven I think of Dr. Who This is the number of the recent actor to portray the British Icon Time Traveler.
January 16th, 2012 at 2:24 am
Eleven = Spinal Tap reference, I’d bet…
January 16th, 2012 at 3:14 am
Off this list, I really like Royce and Miro. Miro has that worldly charm to him, yet he feels down-to-earth and easy-going. Royce is just all old-school handsomeness to me!
Overall, I don’t know that these names are my style, even though I do like many word names. Or maybe more surnames – I love Merritt, but Merit seems incomplete and a little odd.
I also love that you noted Isabelline – how stunning is she? Okay, perhaps a little over-the-top, but so pretty. Other color names like Amaranth, Celadon, and Russet (all also word names!) seem particularly usable to me, as well, with easy nicknames like Ami, Mara, Amara, Cece, Celie, and Russ.
A pet peeve of mine mentioned here? Title names, like King! And Prince and Princess and Knight and Kingsley and Knightley and all that sort of thing. Don’t like ‘em at all.
January 16th, 2012 at 6:43 am
I actually teach two little Aston’s a boy aged 6 and a girl aged 8 and have heard the name used on a baby recently too. I forget that it is a type of car, instead I see it as a slick and fresh take on the tired Ashton.
January 16th, 2012 at 9:23 am
@Babyoneday – that’s a nice point, and I do think Aston is fresher than Ashton. I can’t hear Ashton without mentally adding “Kutcher” – is that just my weird tick?
@Lemon – I know what you mean about title names, though I do adore Kinga.
January 16th, 2012 at 10:39 am
If parents always played it safe, then I would have given up my hobby of reading birth announcements a long time ago.
I do like a lot of these modern name choices too, except I don’t like most title names. The other day I was reading the BA’s from the London Telegraph and it mentioned baby Countess and I was like ugh. Then I read the whole thing and she actually was a Countess. Ha! I forgot where I was looking. Countess Kinvara Lisetta Mimi to be exact. So lovely.
It’s funny. I saw your tweet on Caliber and then I found a baby boy named Caliber. His twin, Gauge. I would have preferred Merit.
Have a good week and thanks for the mention.
January 16th, 2012 at 11:30 am
@Names4Real – Wow. Caliber and Gauge? I suppose the pairing works well because both names feel very strong, but Gauge always reminds me of “gouge.” Hence why I prefer Gage. Also, Lisetta is gorgeous!
January 16th, 2012 at 12:12 pm
NOTD is what I say to most of these names….Caliber and Gauge sounds as if he belongs in a construction company!
There are many title names down here in lower Alabama. I’ve taught: Sir Charles, Lord and Sir Jones, Judge, King Richard….These names are ridiculous, although King is for the surname, not the title.
January 16th, 2012 at 12:45 pm
I feel like in today’s day and age, when everything is over-branded. Beyond commercials every 30 seconds of actual TV shows, to brand names on soccer (futbol) jerseys, laid on the fields tripping up players, scoreboards, even commentaries “brought to you by X”… (and that’s just in the sports realm), I can’t imagine “branding” my child with a product name. I know I may get some flack for this, but I could just never personally use Mercedes, Bentley, Aston, Cadillac, etc for my child (especially when I’m not getting a cut of the royalties for doing so)
However, names like Royce or Lincoln, something that may not immediately be associated with the brand seem more acceptable… although even then I’d probably only use it if I had a personal connection, i.e. family name or maiden name.
January 16th, 2012 at 6:54 pm
Not my style, but it’s nice to expand the pool a bit. That being said, it seems like there have been a lot of modern and unique posts lately. I understand classics can only be talked about so much, but I miss exploring vintage names and under-used classics.
January 16th, 2012 at 7:42 pm
Never fear, Hmmm 007. Tomorrow it’s back to under-used classics….though many may feel as outrageous as these.
January 16th, 2012 at 11:14 pm
Isabelline is so obnoxious. I like most -line names but this sounds so made up. I know it’s a real color, but save it for your Quarter Horse.
Royce is cute. I also like the names Duke, Earl, Contessa, and Saint.
January 18th, 2012 at 8:03 pm
I’m not a fan at all! I much prefer classic name names.
Very glad to live in NZ where the ridiculous title names are rejected.
miloowen – goodness how do you keep a straight face in your class?
May 2nd, 2012 at 11:14 am
If I were having another boy, I would totally suggest Caliber to my hubby!
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