Blue Jean Baby Names Provide Comfort
Blue jean baby names are comfy and cozy, perhaps the perfect response to these crazy times. Down-to-earth and easy to wear, these blue jean names are popular but not trendy, attractive but never showy. With these names, you register the person first and the name second….or maybe fifth.
I’ve often thought that names were like clothes: coming into and going out of style, some choices enduring through the ages while others are momentary trends, everywhere for a season and then sinking from sight.
Some names are like magnificent couture ballgowns — gorgeous, luxurious, distinctive, dramatic, but a bit grand for everyday use. This may be the factor that keeps parents from choosing names like Raffaela and Orlando, Atticus and Anastasia, lovely as they may be.
The blue jean names, on the other hand, feel comfortable and natural for everyday life. They’re friendly and down-to-earth, classic without being formal or stuffy.
Not every popular or classic name qualifies as a blue jean name. Sophia, Isabella, and Olivia are far too florid, for instance, while Mason and Liam are too de la mode. Many stylish nickname-names slip into the blue jean class, yet Bella and Jace seem overly trendy to me — blue jean names, maybe, but with orange rivets and fancy stitching.
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What are your favorite blue jean baby names? What names would you add?
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on July 16th, 2013 at 11:32 pm
I would subtract Claire and have Matt instead of Matthew. I would possibly add my name, which is Jill, to the girls list along with Lauren. Out of my 13 nieces and nephews, 8 of their names are on this list, haha.
on July 16th, 2013 at 11:42 pm
No Levi? 😉
This is interesting, because I associate several of my favorites – mostly the boys – with faded denim. Annie, Jane, Ben, Charlie, Joe, Sam… yes to all! I would add Jesse to the boys’ list as well and subtract Claire from the girls’. Claire makes me think fitted dresses, not blue jeans.
on July 16th, 2013 at 11:45 pm
Addie sounds too saucy for the list, Evie too exotic, and Henry too regal and traditional, but I think the rest fit the bill pretty well! Other nominations;
It seems like nicknames definitely work best.
on July 17th, 2013 at 12:10 am
Hey! My name makes the list! *does victory dance*
on July 17th, 2013 at 2:11 am
My name isn’t “blue jean” at all but I love these type of names! Jane, Kate and Sally are so pretty and warm for a girl. And Adam, David, Daniel, Jack and Matthew are my top 5 boy names and all here! How funny! I agree I’d add Jesse to the boy list and maybe Steve/Steph as well.
on July 17th, 2013 at 5:44 am
I would delete Claire. Also Matthew seems a bit formal, Matt is a better fit. Love Annie and Sally!
on July 17th, 2013 at 7:28 am
Wow, I love this concept! Actually, I agree with Claire being on the list — it is very simple, comfortable, and friendly.
on July 17th, 2013 at 8:05 am
I’m just thrilled that Sally made the list! It has served me so well, and people often comment on what a friendly – and unique, go figure! – name it is. I’d also like to nominate Maggie – it’s such a cozy name.
on July 17th, 2013 at 8:44 am
I’d add Meg, Nancy, Jill and Betsy. For boys, the Henry variations Hank, Harry and Hal. I love Claire, but she’s more classic to me, like Alice and Sarah.
on July 17th, 2013 at 8:46 am
What about June?!
on July 17th, 2013 at 8:50 am
The only girls names that fit here are Annie & Ellie (Ellie Mea Clampet comes to mind). I don’t consider Jessie a girls name either. Jessica is a much more prim & proper name. Jesse is the proper spelling of a boys name. Also, the boys should be for of a Finn or a Huck. I don’t agree with Matthew or Daniel at all! Those are much more proper suit & tie names IMO.
on July 17th, 2013 at 8:50 am
I think Evan is a good blue jean name! Great concept to compare the names to fashion though
on July 17th, 2013 at 9:32 am
I would add Sarah and June. I’m on the fence about Claire.
on July 17th, 2013 at 9:48 am
I’d add Frank and Max for boys and Tess for girls.
on July 17th, 2013 at 10:23 am
Frankie – my son’s name.
on July 17th, 2013 at 10:34 am
I’d add Ryan to the boys
on July 17th, 2013 at 11:12 am
I completely agree with Hank as opposed to Henry. Hank is far more laid back. I also second the suggestion of Frankie for the boys.
on July 17th, 2013 at 11:18 am
on July 17th, 2013 at 11:41 am
I love the idea of blue jean baby names. I am definitely a blue jean kind of gal as my son’s name and a variation of my daughters is on this list. i would add to the girls Abby, Gracie, Laura and Sarah to the girls and maybe Bo, Max and Mason to the boys. I just love these simple easy to wear, versatile names in our age of more complex and unique names. Even though they may be common they actually stand out by being classics.
on July 17th, 2013 at 12:02 pm
I would add Elizabeth, Sarah, Lizzie, Maggie, and Cassie to the girls list. Caleb, Jacob, and Levi to the boys.
on July 17th, 2013 at 1:07 pm
I’d add Amy. Also, maybe my own name (Kelly, for either gender). Or are they too dated (despite that they’re “simple” names IMO).
on July 17th, 2013 at 1:49 pm
Ah such an interesting concept and list. Charlie is such a blue jeans names!
I would add:
Tyler & Jason
Caroline & Elizabeth (Carly and Lizzie)
on July 17th, 2013 at 3:31 pm
Lol, love it, my daughter told me my name was boring today. It’s Clare so definitely fits on this list!
I agree with most of both lists, but would remove Addie and Sadie from the girls and swap Henry for Harry on the boys
on July 17th, 2013 at 4:01 pm
Interesting that the bulk of these names are the sort often found as main characters in children’s picture books. Probably to do with the fact they are short, easy to spell and friendly (and familiar) sounding to readers. Personally I’m more a fan of the elaborate ball gown type names with a blue jean nickname for everyday use.
on July 17th, 2013 at 4:42 pm
I don’t think June fits. It’s a great name and a favorite of mine but it’s too of the moment. I also think Addie and Maddie is of the moment. I would add:
Sarah (plain and tall)
Dave/Davy (you went with diminutives for the girls why not the boys?) (Also I think Dave much more than David)
Beau (with southern flair but yes blue jeans)
I like these names. I know a lot of people with them.
on July 17th, 2013 at 6:24 pm
I don’t think Willa fits. It’s too old fashioned to be a blue jean.
on July 17th, 2013 at 9:41 pm
How about Sawyer?
I disagree about Lee, I think it belongs on there in its male or female form.
on July 17th, 2013 at 10:24 pm
I would also add Eli. there are a lot of Eli’s running around the south in blue jeans 🙂
on July 17th, 2013 at 11:12 pm
I’d add Molly. Completely unpretentious and well-represented in every generation. Less up-and-down-and-back-again than Sadie and Sally in terms of popularity too.
For boys, Jesse and Joel. Not exactly trendy, but not really ever gone, either. Not too heavy, not too made-up, and not hard to explain to Granddad.
on July 19th, 2013 at 12:00 am
What a great list! I absolutely loved the comparison you made between fashion and baby names, it’s spot on.
on July 20th, 2013 at 8:41 pm
Huh, well my name and my husband’s names are listed. Though I’m Jennie, not Jenny. And technically hubby is Benjamin, rather than Ben. His favourite girl name: Lucy, is listed. And our first son’s name is there too: Henry. 🙂 Though you did kick our George off the list. 😛 I do kind of feel more of the old fashioned kingly vibe with Henry’s name though.
on December 27th, 2013 at 3:41 pm
Maybe I’d add Casper, Oliver and Felix?
And Jess and Tilly for girls. Or did I completely misunderstood what blue jean baby names were??
on March 16th, 2020 at 3:17 pm
A few more that I think fit this list:
Allie (and other spelling variations)
Natalie (or is that too dated?)
on March 19th, 2020 at 9:11 am
This list is WONDERFUL!
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on March 23rd, 2020 at 10:16 am
I like David but I’d go with Davie rather than the full version. Also Chris.
Good to see Annie there. This is thename I ask people to call me who have difficulty pronouncing my name (Agnetha).
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