Bold Baby Names: Jett, Cruz, Carmen and Mercedes
It has been another week filled with bold, even brash names for newborn boys. Girls’ names are no less daring, with inspiration coming from the worlds of opera and automobiles.
None of the boys’ choices would have been recognizable as given names two hundred or even fifty years ago. The girls’ names have more history, but they still feel fresh and surprising in 2013.
With all of these headline-grabbing given names, does it make it harder or easier to name a child of your own?
I think the answer must be both: harder, in the sense that anything goes, so your options are nearly infinite. If successful people can answer to Barack and Brené, why can’t you name your kids Egan and Everild? But easier, because really, as long as you don’t choose Apple, North, or Pilot, it will be hard to argue that your choice is really that outlandish.
While I have some doubts about Shooter, the other names in this week’s baby name news offer a nice blend of the current and the quirky, the mainstream and the original. Every one of the names would feel right at home on a fictional character, but I imagine that they will blend right in on a playground, too.
Carter Seven – The Chicago Blackhawks’ Brent Seabrook is a new dad. He and wife Dayna chose a very popular first name for their son, paired with a wildly unconventional middle. But Seven is full of meaning. It’s the jersey number dad wore when he won two Stanley Cups plus Olympic gold for his native Canada. Carter shares a middle with youngest Beckham kiddo Harper, and let’s not forget Blue Ivy, whose middle is said to be inspired by the number four – IV in Roman numerals. Are numbers the new nature names?
Luella Blue – Speaking of Blue and unconventional middle name picks, did you catch Fat Mum Slim’s new arrival? Blogger Chantelle Ellem recently wrote about the name game, just days before welcoming baby #2. Her older daughter is Lacey. I love the quirky, retro vibe of Luella, and I can’t wait to hear if there is a story behind Blue.
Jace – Swistle advised a couple considering Jace as a given name. It isn’t a great fit with their surname, but the post makes me wonder if Jace is a name to watch. There’s the Duck Dynasty character, plus the handsome Jace Wayland from City of Bones – a smash hit novel that has just hit theaters as a movie this week.
Jett – After naming her first three children Harvey, Junior Savva Andreas, and Princess Tiiaami Crystal Esther, I find the name of British reality star Katie Price’s fourth child pretty tame. The newest addition to the family is Jett Riviera. On the downside, it almost feels like a phrase: “we’re taking a jet to the Riviera.” On the plus side, Jett is very wearable for a boy in 2013, and Riviera could be seen as a pleasing international spin on River.
Shooter – The outrageous name of the week award goes to filmmaker Julian Schnabel and his fiancée, model May Anderson. No word on why the couple chose the aggressive Shooter for their son’s given name. Sandhed is a Danish word meaning truth – mom May was born in Copenhagen. But is he really a junior if Julian is his third name?
Carmen – Alec Baldwin and new wife Hilaria impressed me with their choice: Carmen Gabriela. Alec’s older daughter is named Ireland, so I was expecting something interesting. Was Carmen inspired by the opera? No word from the happy couple, but for the moment, I’m humming the toreadors’ song. Carmen has saintly roots, thanks to the title Our Lady of Carmel, associated with Mary. Carmela, Carmina, and Carmen are all derived from Carmel, though Carmen is also the Spanish word for song.
Mercedes – She’s another Marian name with Spanish roots, as in Mary of Mercies. But Mercedes is made headlines thanks to the German luxury auto company’s Alabama outpost. When Alabama released baby name data earlier this month, a sharp-eyed analyst noted that Mercedes peaked as a given name for girls in the state just a year after the German company opened its first plant in Tuscaloosa. It seems fitting. The lovely name was given to the company at the insistence of early investor Emil Jellinek, whose daughter was named Adrienne Manuela Ramona, but called Mercedes.
Jaxon – There’s no mystery behind the rise of Jaxon. Take surname Jackson, substitute the letter x, and bam! Jaxon is everywhere. The latest arrival is the son of Matt Cedeño, a Days of our Lives alum and current Devious Maids cast member. Jaxon is the first child for Matt and wife Erica.
Cruz – But it is Jaxon’s middle that has me swooning. When the Beckhams chose the Spanish surname – it means cross – for their youngest son in 2005, it struck me as being too extravagant. But Cruz has grown on me, and in the middle spot, he seems like the perfect choice.
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on August 26th, 2013 at 8:28 am
The only names I find appealing are Carmen and Luella. Actually, this pair would work quite well for sisters.
on August 26th, 2013 at 10:31 am
I love Luella Blue.
on August 26th, 2013 at 11:45 am
Shooter is awful. I don’t think it should be even listed as a name. It’s violent ugly word that filled hate. Nameberry and other baby name sites should discourage people from using it. One of the big problems I have with sites like this is that nothing is too outrageous to be considered. Nameberry should not include terrible choices in their database so that people think this is a good idea. I am disappointed Name berry choice to honor these people rather than dismiss them.
on August 26th, 2013 at 11:51 am
The first time I heard Blue as a middle name was 1976 when Elijah Blue was born. He is the son of Cher and Greg Allman. At the time it seemed really weird, but it really doesn’t any more.
I agree that Shooter is a truly horrible name. Poor kid.
on August 26th, 2013 at 3:25 pm
Carter Seven hmm I’m not sure on number names, love the connection but it’s just I don’t know feels strange to my hears. Still Carter Seven is an okay combination far better than Harper Seven which to me sounds like Half past seven with a Northern English accent.
Luella Blue is gorgeous, I really love the vintage vibe of Luella so elegant and pretty. I also love how Blue sounds with Luella the flow is fantastic. I like Blue but only as middle name, for instance concerning Beyonce and Jay Z child would have loved Ivy Blue but Blue Ivy not my thing.
Jace feels so cowboy I really like it!!
Ugh not a major fan of Katie Price, the birth of baby Jett Riviera has been all over the papers, she used the middle name Riviera because it’s the birthplace of the little boy, not as an international spin on River. Still I think the name she choose for the little lad is rather cute.
Shooter…hmm….yeah…not my thing!!
Carmen is gorgeous! I love Carmen, I know that Carmen is considered unisex and is used commonly in Hispanic/Spanish communities but still in my head Carmen is all girl. I love the combination Carmen Gabriela (prefer Gabriella) really lovely. Carmen is a favourite of mine.
Mercedes, I’m not keen where I am Mercedes is slightly trashy. I would love Mercedes for a little girl of Spanish/Portuguese/Hispanic origins and that’s it. I’m probably sounding ignorant but for me if the girl isn’t from a Spanish/Portuguese speaking family that family named her Mercedes because of the car which is awful.
Jaxon yeah understand the hype the ‘x’ livens Jackson up but still prefer Jackson.
Cruz I really like Cruz as a middle name. A combination like Alexander Cruz or Nathaniel Cruz is cool.
on August 26th, 2013 at 4:00 pm
I absolutely LOVE these– Jaxon, Cruz, Jett, Carter, Blue, Luella, and Jace. Shooter is too gun- ish for me, and Mercedes would only be cute with the nn Mercy.
Luella and Blue together just doesn’t sound right to me. Maybe it’s because they both have the “u” sound in them…
I thing Jaxon Cruz sounds really good together, too.
Lastly, I don’t like Carter Seven. I don’t like that they both have two syllables and are about the same length.
on August 26th, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Oh, and Carmen is cute, too. But, I do prefer Camilla. 🙂
on August 26th, 2013 at 9:02 pm
I looooooove Carmen.
on August 26th, 2013 at 9:44 pm
Jace is actually super popular here. My brother is 13 and I know 2 others his age and have heard it on plenty of kids younger than them. I love Jett! Not impressed with the girls names
on August 27th, 2013 at 12:45 pm
Cruz will always be one of my favorites…sadly, where I am from, it would be VERY strange to name a Caucasian child Cruz. Same rule goes for Mercedes. I’m all for unusual, but it would be on the uncomfortable side of unusual.
Luella Blue is 110% my style. Slightly offbeat classic connected to a modern noun name! LOVE…this combo is just too sweet!
Shooter is just bad***! It’s almost too cool. Names ending in -er are entirely out of the question though, they don’t work with the surname at all.
Carter and Jaxon are WAY too common. I know so many. Jace has a similar problem, except it feels like it will be dated, as well. Most of the Jace’s I know are around 20 years old…
Jett is okay. It just seems a little dull…maybe on a girl it would be a bit more spicey, but I’m not sure I would like it then.
Seven is great, but only when there is a good story/meaning behind it.
I do like Carmen. It used to be on my list, but only for a middle.
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