Category: Middle, Last and Nicknames
By Pamela Redmond Satran
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds were hardly the first parents to use a boys’ name for a baby girl when they named their daughter James. But they helped popularize a trend that includes Jessica Simpson‘s daughter Maxwell, Mark Zuckerberg’s baby girl August, and Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’s little girl Wyatt.
Thousands of American baby girls were given boys’ names, or names closely associated with male figures, last year. We’re not talking about gender-neutral names such as Riley and Robin, Blue or North that work equally well for children of both sexes. We’re talking about the female equivalent to naming a boy Sue.
So why is it okay, even fashionable and attractive to name a girl James but not to name a boy Jane or Sue? Why indeed, say some. Where some believe that naming your daughter Ezra or Declan is a feminist act, others claim it’s actually sexist, given that it’s hardly considered cool or cute to give traditionally female names — Elizabeth, say, or Maeve — to boys.
Love the practice or hate it, boys’ names are being given in ever greater numbers every year to girls. We combed the social security lists to find male names that rank below the Top 1000 but were given to at least 20 baby girls in 2017. The statistics represent number of baby girls who received each name in 2007 compared with ten years later, showing increases of double, triple, ten times — even 89 times in the case of Jupiter — in the number of girls given these traditionally-male names.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
So, after all the discussion and deliberating, what names have your fellow Berries finally picked for their babes this month? Some lovely choices in July, as always.
Here they are:
By Eleanor Nickerson
What’s hot in England but still outliers in the US?
In many cases, England and America cross over on the lists of rising baby names. The likes of Theodore, Ezra, Evelyn, Willow, Violet, Bella, Luna and Clara are rising pretty equally in both countries. And, while England takes the lead with names like Arlo, Oakley, Elsie, Ivy, Esme, Eliza and Thea, they are also rising not far behind in the US. The same can be said in reverse for Lincoln, Carter, Harper, Penelope, Aria and Aurora in which America leads the way.
This post looks at those select names that are on the rise in England and Wales – possibly set to be the next big thing – and are either going the opposite way in the US or have plateaued below the US Top 300.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
You’ll find a load of amazing A-names in the berrybaby announcements of June—Acacia, Ada, Amelie, Audrey, Adam and two Augusts! And for once, the boys outnumber the girls. Also, some amazing inspirations behind the names, from Ada Lovelace to Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, C.S Lewis, and T.S. Eliot. What an enlightened bunch we are!
Here is the full list:
Acacia Olive, sister to Sienna Hollie and Ezeriah Cohen
Ada Faye, sister of Lennox
“My husband announced that if our first born was a girl she would be Ada (after the amazing Ada Lovelace) with no discussion or exception, he felt so strongly. However, she was a he, our firstborn Lennox (Lenny). So when we found out our next was a girl, she was destined to be Ada. I toyed with Adalie but in the end she’s a ball of spunk and determination and Ada suits her.”
“Her first name was inspired by the film Amelie Poulain which is a favorite of mine and her papa’s and Ayala is her father’s mother’s family name, which I thought sounded beautiful and melodic.”
This week’s news includes bold middle names, spelling disputes, Disney villains, and dreamy French siblings.
Soccer star names: Edson and Keylor
The soccer World Cup kicks off today, so let’s start with some soccer-inspired names.
The name Keylor was virtually unknown until 2014, when Costa Rican player Keylor Navas appeared in the last World Cup and joined Real Madrid. Now it’s big in Spain and Costa Rica, and it was given to 75 boys in the US in 2017. You could think of it as a fresh take on Taylor. Do you think it could catch on beyond sports fans?
In Scotland, the grandson of a top player and manager was named Edson Thunder. Edson is the birth name of legendary Brazilian player Pelé (himself named after Thomas Edison, with a twist). I don’t know the story behind Thunder, but it makes a fantastic bold middle name.