Luna, Ozzie and Vernon: Bold Girls, Vintage Boys
Do you name boys and girls the same way?
We often reserve antique gems for girls – lady-like appellations like Charlotte, Amelia, Lydia, and Hattie. But this week, parents proved that retro picks work for boys, too. Several high-profile birth announcements revived grandpa-chic choices for our sons.
I’ve heard parents report that they stick to the classics for their sons, but take risks with girls’ names. Could that be changing? Are fewer parents playing it safe when naming a son?
And if we embrace bold names for girls – ones with interesting sounds and lots of presence – will we feel less pressure to borrow conventionally masculine names for our daughters?
This week’s nine most newsworthy names are:
Luna – Penelope and Javier have announced their daughter’s name. Leo’s little sister is Luna Encinas Cruz. Luna has gone from quirky Harry Potter heroine to one of the fastest-rising choices in the last decade. Originally worn by a Roman goddess of the moon, Luna is now a favorite with Hollywood stars. Uma Thurman calls her many-named daughter Luna, too.
Lula – Looking for something just a little different? Design blogger Sarah Sandidge writes at Lovely Chaos. Her daughter is Lula, a name that is one part retro, two parts fierce. It’s a stylish, stand-out name a shade more daring than Lucy or even Lulu.
Delphi – From Anna’s coverage of all things Australian comes a birth announcement for boldly named twin sisters. We sometimes hear Delphine or Delfina, names related to ancient place name Delphi. Australian footballer Liam Picken and his girlfriend Annie Nolan used the oracle’s name itself for their older daughter.
Cheska – Liam and Annie’s younger daughter answers to Cheska. It’s a short form of Francesca, boosted by the Made in Chelsea character. While Fran names have attracted some attention in recent years, Cheska is a daring departure from the sweet Frances.
Scarlett – Let’s Make a Deal model Tiffany Coyne is a new mom. She and husband Chris welcomed a daughter named Scarlett Rose. At first glance, Scarlett is not a surprising choice. After all, the name is in the US Top 100. But despite her popularity, Scarlett remains a vibrant shade of red and an enduring, risk-taker of a literary character.
Ozzie – Just when we adjust to meeting boys called Alfie and Archie, actress Annie Wersching and her husband Stephen Full come up with one I never expected to see as a given name. Their older son is Freddie, and their new baby boy will answer to Ozzie. It brings to mind the 1950s sitcom and the heavy metal legend. With his double z, could Ozzie catch on?
Angus – Young House Love recently highlighted a super-cool bedroom for a boy by this name. Like Ozzie, he has a heavy metal role model – AC-DC’s guitarist, Angus Young. It’s an unexpected Scottish choice that feels just right with “Great Uncle” in front of the name. And yet, like so many older possibilities, it feels ready for revival.
Vernon – Vince Vaughn and Kyla Weber gave their daughter a modern, invented name – Locklyn. For their new baby boy, it is a true vintage moniker. They’ve handed down the name of Vince’s dad: Vernon Lindsay. It’s the kind of gentle antique you’d expect to find on a family tree, but I’m not sure it could be called stylish in 2013. Bravo to the couple for passing it on.
Baker – Let’s end with one more from a design blog, this time a bedroom profiled on Lil Sugar. Baker feels like the kind of occupational surname we’re hearing more and more of in recent years. Does that make Baker a revival choice, or a modern one in the key of Ryder? Maybe he’s a little bit of both, proving that you can have a blend of boldness and vintage style, too.
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on August 12th, 2013 at 3:52 am
I really love Luna and Lula, I think they’re lovely names. I also like Delphine and Francesca, with Delphie and Cheska as nicknames. As full names, Delphie and Cheska are pretty great, too — very sweet and unusual.
on August 12th, 2013 at 4:38 am
Someone left a comment on the story about Delphi and Cheska to say that there was an English actress called Delphi Lawrence, and Helena Rubenstein had a sister named Ceska, said like Cheska, so they could even be seen as rare vintage names. I suspect Annie Nolan is a name nerd! 🙂
Angus is already popular here, I think it’s great and comes with Gus as the nn.
Lula is darling!
on August 12th, 2013 at 6:36 am
I love Luna!! My number one pick for a girl right now!
on August 12th, 2013 at 10:43 am
Nobody will agree with me on this, but I prefer Vernon on a girl
on August 12th, 2013 at 10:51 am
I love Lindsay on a boy!
Luna and especially Lula are wonderful! So full of spunk!
Ozzie is cute, but totally not my style, and Vernon only would work for me if it was a meaningful family name.
The rest of the names are just meh.
on August 12th, 2013 at 12:17 pm
My great aunt was Lula Belle… and I always loved her name. I also like Luna a lot.
I think Delphi is beautiful.
I’m not a huge fan of the others though.
on August 12th, 2013 at 12:32 pm
I have been in love with Luna since I was a small child, and I’m both delighted and disappointed that it’s becoming so popular. I knew it would when a Harry Potter character had the name, but I hoped maybe it wouldn’t.
Regarding Cheska/Delphi: How are the parents are pronouncing Delphi – Dell-fee or Delf-eye? I wonder if they knew a Delphina and thought Delphi would be a cute nickname name like Cheska, or if they intended it to be after the oracle/place name.
And Angus and Vernon Lindsay – swoon. I had a good male friend named Lindsey in high school, and I have always loved that name on a boy. Angus and Vernon fit right into the odd old man category that I love.
on August 12th, 2013 at 1:01 pm
I think there are so many options for names, you have to find the ones you love and can live with. It took a while, but I found names that I could be very happy with naming my boy’s and naming my girl’s by, and now it is just going to be a few months of listening to more name suggestions, and saying “Well I will put it on the list”, and quietly forget they mentioned that name that they just told me, because the list is mostly complete.
With a move coming and everything so hectic around here and a baby on the way. I’m glad I got the name thing all figure out. 1 first, 1 middle, 2 last (Not hyphenated) for my children.
For this list, I like Baker and Delphi.
on August 12th, 2013 at 1:09 pm
Lula Belle is an AWESOME name! My little sister is Francesca Lucille (I picked the winning name 🙂 We call her Franki, but her school friends call her Frenchie. I like Delphine, but not Delphi or Delph which I can see happening. I do know a little girl whose given name is Del after a relative named Delores.
I like Baker for a boy after hearing it on Junk Gypsies – one of the stylists has a son named Cash-Baker.
on August 12th, 2013 at 1:52 pm
I would never, ever expect a girl named Locklyn and a boy named Vernon to be siblings. Vernon Lindsay is a surprisingly distinguished choice though.
on August 12th, 2013 at 4:35 pm
Thanks for the shout out for Lula! It was on the top 100 names from the year 1890. That’s where I first saw it, and I fell in love with it immediately…especially since I’d never heard it before. (Although much later I found out I have a great aunt named Lula!) One translation says it means “famous warrior,” which I absolutely loved for my firstborn daughter. We paired it with Mae for her middle name to tone down the “fierceness”, but we considered Lula Belle too. It fits her perfectly as she is definitely sweet and sassy and fierce!
on August 12th, 2013 at 6:44 pm
I adore Oz/Ozzy and would definitely use them as a nn for Oscar. Great to see a baby Ozzie, but wish it were a nn for a more formal name.
Baker is my maiden name so I wish I could get behind it! But I can’t. I would consider Baxter though since it means Baker!
on August 13th, 2013 at 12:10 pm
Namesage, Oz/Ozzy is cute for Oscar! I guess Oswald could work too?
on August 14th, 2013 at 12:47 pm
Hmm my favourites from the list are…
Delphine/Delfina but for me Delphi isn’t my style a little unfinished
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