Doesn’t it sometimes seem that just about any word in the dictionary can find its way onto a birth certificate these days? (Yes, looking at you, Kardashians!). And it’s not only color and flower and occupational nouns, but even adjectives and adverbs that were never conceived of as names before.
The current Social Security list is packed with word names of every description, many of which are rising in popularity. The list below divides the ascenders into distinctive categories–representing current trends–with those that have made the greatest leaps marked with an asterisk.
We have a baby boy due late August–we’re thrilled that our son will have a brother, but boy names did not come easily to us last time, and we’re dreading the task on this go around.
We finally settled on ElliottWilder–to us, it had a classic/literary vibe with a side a spunk. Nothing we can think of now quite matches up.
Current short list is kind of all over the map and includes August/Gus, Arthur, Kit, Miles, Oscar, Finn, and Wells. Thinking of middle names to help balance the particularly “cutesy” first names we like (re: Finn, Kit) back toward something more classic/enduring has also been challenging (we’re not super fond of the longer form versions of those names, like Finley or Christopher). I’m also looking to avoid names that are becoming too trendy/common in my neck of the (urban) woods (Felix, Oliver, Henry, etc.).