Category: Classic Baby Names
By Eleanor Nickerson
After much murmuring and supposition over the last few months, it is now official that the third royal Cambridge baby is on the way.
According to zodiac lore, the sun entered the constellation of Leo the lion on July 23, meaning that babies born between then and August 22 are ruled by its brave, strong and imperious influence. Whether or not you buy into the idea of astrology, it’s a major part of our culture, well worth mining for name possibilities.
If you wanted to commemorate your Leo baby’s sun sign in his or her name, there are a few different ways you could go. The most literal one would be to pick a name that refers directly to Leo. Luckily, there are more than a few great choices, for both boys and girls, that do.
What makes you love a name? It might be that it has family significance, calls to mind to an inspiring person, or just sounds really cool. The names in the news this week show that there are lots of ways that names can have a positive vibe.
Vintage baby names have been back for a while now, but some vintage names are still waiting quietly for their new turn in the spotlight.
These pairs of vintage girls’ names and their old school nicknames are drawn from the list of popular baby names in 1880, the first year the US kept baby name records.
But there were also lots of companion names, proper laced-up girls’ names with adorable nickname options. In the list that follows, sometimes it’s the proper name that’s more unusual — Adelia is way more distinctive than Addie, for example — and sometimes it’s the nickname, as in Mellie as a short form of Amelia or Jettie for Juliet. And sometimes — Araminta and Mintie, for instance — it’s both.
Whatever your choice, this is a perfect way to get two names in one: formal and playful, vintage and fresh, unusual and familiar.
A baby name becomes trendy for one generation. For the next two generations, while those initial babies are parent-aged and grandparent-aged, you can expect the name to go out of style. But during the third generation, once the cohort reaches great-grandparent age, the name is free to come back into fashion.
Evelyn is a name with a usage pattern that fits this description well.