Category: Baby Name News
By Abby Sandel
Spoiler alert: we’re talking about the final season of Girls below!
Ready for a cardinal rule of baby naming? Names go in and out of style. Every few years, something old feels new again. And a name that was once all the rage teeters on the edge of extinction. Good-bye, Gary. Hello, Otis.
The Girls series finale gave us a baby name that might signal the next new wave for boys. While it’s not a neat formula, there are plenty of examples of once-dated names that feel current today.
Twenty years ago, Jasper and Felix made few shortlists. Otis had tumbled out of the US Top 1000 entirely. Now Jasper and Felix feel like mainstream favorites, and Otis is shifting from daring hipster pick to an alternative to mega-popular Oliver.
Pop culture plays an important role in helping parents re-consider long neglected names, so the Girls name could prove influential. And the fact that Lena Dunham and her fellow writers chose it? I suspect names like this are trending in their own lives.
Let’s take a closer look at Girls’ Grover, along with some other so-far-out that they might – just might – be ready to be back in – names for boys. None of these appear in the current US Top 1000, but there’s good reason to think a younger generation of parents could cautiously consider them.
by Abby Sandel
Another Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has just wrapped up. Every spring, the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California transforms into a weekend-long music venue, the modern incarnation of Woodstock.
We’ve all heard of the 2017 headliners – Lady Gaga, stepping in for pregnant-with-twins Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Radiohead. Plenty of the other performers are not quite household names, some even obscure, known mostly to their devoted fan base … for now.
What does any of this have to do with baby names? While many of the performers answer to typical 20- and 30-something names like Kevin and Justin, Matt and Josh, Sarah and Megan, not every name is expected.
Some reflect the eclectic, global nature of the festival’s line-up. Others are carefully crafted stage names, calculated to be distinctive and cool. Plenty of them feel like they could be the next big thing.
For more indie inspiration, check out this NameTalk thread from 2012, featuring favorites from that year’s performers.
Here are some of the more intriguing name possibilities gleaned from this year’s Coachella line-up, and what they signify for naming a son in 2017.
By Sophie Kihm
It’s been a trend in recent years for celebrities to delay the release of their baby’s name—usually for a few weeks, even months. However, actors Peter Dinklage and Josh Hartnett have never revealed the names of their children, and their daughters are five and two years old, respectively! Now they both have a second child on the way—will we find out the names of those babies, or continue to be left in the dark?
We also have some stars this month expecting Irish twins—two siblings born less than a year apart. Supermodel Bar Refaeli is pregnant for the second time, only months after giving birth to her daughter Liv. Lauren Gregory and Thomas Rhett were in the process of adopting a baby from Africa when they found out they were pregnant with a little girl. Now they have two babies on the way that should arrive around the same time. How will these celebrities go about naming their Irish twins? I have my predictions, but we’ll have to wait and see.
By Abby Sandel
They’re the littlest of the mini names – just two letters. If you’re a minimalist mom in a tiny house, keeping it brief might appeal. Or maybe you’re looking for a compact middle to balance a longer first name, last name, or both.
Whatever your reasons, a handful of two-letter names do seem to stand on their own. These aren’t the Als and Eds of a previous generation. Those were almost always short for Albert, Alfred, Edward, and similar traditional choices. Instead, these mini names combine modern style with a fresh, simple sound.
If two-letter names seem too brief, consider this: Mia and Ava regularly rank in the girls’ Top Ten. Factor in more popular three-letter names like Max, Leo, Zoe, and Kai, and it’s easy to see that mini names wear just fine. If three letters work well, a two-letter name can be every bit as great a choice.