Iâ€™ve heard parents fret that they canâ€™t use Harper now that the Beckhams have bestowed it on a daughter. Suggest that you might name a son Jayden and youâ€™ll be warned that the name will be considered trendy, dated, damaging to your childâ€™s future career. Whatâ€™s worse, we scan message boards, wondering if our favorite name will be the next rising star.
But why all the worry? Generations of parents have sought out stylish names, even if they havenâ€™t talked about them in quite those terms. My dear grandmother nearly named a daughter Loretta after Hollywood-star-turned-television-host Loretta Young.
We can trace the rise of many appellations to television, celebrities, literature, and other pop culture influences. Even so-called classics often owe their revivals to pop culture. Would Charlotte be the favorite she is today without Sex and the City? Statistics link the character with the nameâ€™s resurgence.
Letâ€™s embrace the influences that bring great new names to our attention, even if theyâ€™re promoted by the most unlikely of sources.
This weekâ€™s nine most newsworthy names are all potentially stylish, even trendy:
Rosie â€“ Reality star Kourtney Kardashian is expecting baby #2, and apparently her firstborn wants a say in her name. Kourtney reported that Mason is campaigning to name his baby sister Rosie. Is it me, or does that make young Master Disick the best baby namer in the Kardashian clan?
Eugene Pip â€“ English actors Billie Piper and Laurence Fox were sure to choose an appealing name for their second child, since big brother is Winston James. But their choice is downright fascinating. Eugene seemed unsalvageable until this moment, even after Mad Menâ€™s Betty gave the name to her youngest child. As for that miniature middle, it is rich with great expectations.
Petula â€“ Speaking of unlikely choices, Angela at Upswing Baby Names highlighted Petula this week. She sounds vaguely botanical, but isnâ€™t â€“ instead, singer Petula Clarkâ€™s appellation was invented by her dad. In our era of Lucy and Ruby, Amelia and Stella, Piper and Penelope, Petula fits right in.
Olivia â€“ NCISâ€™ Michael Weatherly and wife Bojana Jankovic may have chosen a common name, but they have a great story to tell. Bojana comes from the Slavic boj â€“ battle, making momâ€™s name combat-worthy. Olivia, with her images of olive branches and peace, makes for a nice counterpoint.
Stella Aubrey Rayne â€“ Speaking of meaning, I am often suspicious of names formed by combining names of parents or grandparents. But this story from The Toronto Star is proof that the concept can work. The graceful smooshes were formed from grandparentsâ€™ names Audrey and Bevan, Ron and Mary Jane.
Tallie â€“ Endless name inspiration has come from fiction, so Babbleâ€™s list of names borrowed from New York Times bestsellers is full of promise. The list includes Tallie, a character in Danielle Steelâ€™s Betrayal. Could she be the next Hallie? Could Tillie be the new Lily? And why arenâ€™t we using the letter T more?
Cameron Kaiulani â€“ Fox News LA correspondent Courtney Friel has welcomed a daughter. Yup, baby Cameron is a girl. Hawaiian middles seem to be something of a trendlet these days. Frielâ€™s older child is Cash Hudson. Dad is Carter Evans, so the C names are all in the family.
Zayne â€“ Mindy McCready â€“ a country singer whose bio reads something like the lyrics to a country western song â€“ has welcomed a second child, son Zayne. Big brother is Zander. Both names are zippy and very much on trend, but unlike Cash and Cameron, they feel like they cross the line from close to too close.
Do you worry that the names you choose could be perceived as trendy? Would it bother you if a name came from pop culture? Or do you look to novels, movies, and television for fresh inspiration?