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Give Me a Name with Swagger and Sass

Give Me a Name with Swagger and Sass

by Suzi Catchpole

There are so many pretty names; the wallflowers, the shy, prim and delicate ones. I love them and am delighted when people use them, but of late, my own lists aren’t populated by the pretty ones. I want them edgy, loaded with pomp, prestige, colourful associations… and even a little arrogance.

We recently had our third baby son and we named him Jarvis. A friend exclaimed that Jarvis is a name with ‘serious swagger’ and we admit, we wanted something completely leftfield and totally cool. Bets were had that we would name our new baby Hugo, Sebastian or Jasper – all lovely names, but we were searching further afield for a wildcard; that neglected gem which so many parents seek.

After haggling and disagreeing about Wolfgang (his choice) and Rupert (my choice), we knew we had struck pay dirt when Jarvis was resurrected from the very first list I wrote back in 2004. It had been there all along, nonchalantly waiting for us to acknowledge its cred.

We live in Sydney Australia, and were aware that in the US, Jarvis is sometimes seen as a redneck or country and western name. Here, it has more of a hipster, Jarvis Cocker, upper crust British image. It does seem to have two identities though, and we decided we were fine with that.

And what if we had had three girls? Their names wouldn’t have been shrinking violets, that’s for sure! The feminine counterparts of Felix, Theodore, and Jarvis, my three sons’ names, that I would have loved to use for three daughters might have been Beatrix, Dahlia, and Juno.

So here’s a list of names which I think embody sass and swagger; girls and boys who have an edge and sit on the fringes… with attitude.

girls

BeatrixClioDahliaDelilah

Domino**ElectraFrankieIvyJunoLilithLolaRamonaRomySaffronSalomeStevieTabithaUrsulaWilhelmina** (Billie or Minnie for short)

boys

AceAriArloAxelBrunoConradDashFabianFoxGusIggyInigoJaggerJarvisJethro (another redneck name gone hip over here)JettMagnusNicoRoccoTexWolfgangZiggy

Are there more names that you think fit this category? Did you use a sassy name for your daughter, or bestow upon your son a name with swagger?

Suzi Catchpole is an Australian mother of three boys who writes for the site Babyology, Australia’s premier design blog for babies and children’s products. It’s the place to find anything for children and parents that’s worth having, from the practical to the sublime and everything in between.

About the Author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.