Suggest almost any name in nearly any setting â€“ message board, momsâ€™ group, casual gathering of friends â€“ and someone will almost certainly snort, and tell you that naming your child Sebastian or Oliver or Aiden will lead to a lifetime of misery.Â The person making that dire prediction will, of course, not realize that every kid these days is named Sebastian or Oliver or Aiden.
Suggest a name that is truly out of the ordinary â€“ Cedar or Gideon or Airlie â€“ and the comments can be even harsher, predicting dire consequences like playground shunnings and an inability to find employment as a surgeon and/or district attorney.
Is it cruel to choose unusual names for a child?Â Iâ€™m confident that the answer is no â€“ but a few of this weekâ€™s most captivating names raised the question.
Ace â€“ As in the playing card and the tennis term, but in this case, borrowed from a popular anime character.Â Japanese fashion model Hikari Kamikawa recently gave this rather un-Japanese name to her son.Â Some cried cruelty; others noted that Ace is tough to pronounce in her native language.
Florida â€“ The sunshine state used to be a given name popular enough to crack the US Top 1000.Â But this week it was fodder for a snarky Gawker article titled â€śThis is a Really Bad Idea for a Baby Name.â€ťÂ Despite the ugly tone, Iâ€™ll give the author this:Â theyâ€™re not baby names, theyâ€™re names for future adults, and thatâ€™s worth remembering.
Spike â€“ Funny man Mike Myers is a new dad, and apparently he and wife Kelly Tisdale have gone with this unconventional, tough-guy choice for their new son.Â Plenty of greats have answered to Spike, but it is typically a nickname.Â It is also the name of a vampire from 90s cult classic TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After Pinkâ€™s daughter Willow and January Jonesâ€™ son Xander, it feels like Buffy creator Joss Whedon might just be the patron saint of celebrity baby names.
Hereâ€™s one I spotted at the movies:
Jedda â€“ In I Donâ€™t Know How She Does It, Kate Reddy is up late at night, mentally reviewing her to-do list.Â She adds â€śbuy birthday gift for Jeddaâ€ť then quickly adds â€śFind out Jedda â€“ boy or girl?â€ťÂ I checked, and yes, thatâ€™s the same gender-bending name Allison Pearson used in the 2002 bestselling novel that inspired the movie, but no, we never learn if Jedda is a he or a she.
And two from blogs to consider:
Kahlo â€“ Sheâ€™s one part Jackson, one part Harlow, and a daring choice that is both artistic and contemporary.Â http://bewitchingnames.blogspot.com/2011/09/kahlo.html
Roxie â€“ Marginamia toured mama-and-child style blog The Glow, and returned with a list of intriguing appellations.Â Iâ€™ve recently spotted Roxcy in use, too.Â If Delilah is all the rage, will Roxanne and Roxana shed their red-light taint, too?
Letâ€™s end on a high note, with three celebrity births that met with applause:
Otis â€“ Heâ€™s a little brother for Ruby.Â No, Iâ€™m not the last to hear about Tobey Maguireâ€™s kids.Â Instead, Otis is the name chosen by the Australian Football Leagueâ€™s Daniel Giansiracusa and wife Kelly.Â No wonder on whether theyâ€™re big Spider-man fans, but Ruby and Otis do go together, donâ€™t they?Â http://waltzingmorethanmatilda.com/2011/09/27/celebrity-baby-news-daniel-and-kelly-giansiracusa/
Rafael â€“ Speaking of well-matched sibsets, Ana Ortiz welcomed a new baby, a little brother for Paloma.Â Rafaelâ€™s a great name in English or Spanish, and Iâ€™m quite fond of short form Rafe, too.Â Actor Rafe Spall plays William Shakespeare in upcoming drama Anonymous.
Shai â€“ Designer Rebecca Minkoff is a new mom to son Luca Shai.Â Luca is a go-to name these days, but Iâ€™m especially intrigued by the middle name choice.Â The Hebrew name rhymes with shy and is popular for boys and girls in Israel today.Â It reminds me of the appealing Kai and seems fresher than Shea or Shay.
Spotted any great names this week?