Relief Package for Baby Namers

With the economy tanking and the presidential campaign getting nastier, what’s a forward-looking, optimistic baby namer, who wants to project a warm, welcoming, positive sense of the world to her innocent little newbie, to do?

First, and most obvious, stay away from bugaboo names like Fannie and Mae and Freddie and Mac and Morgan and Stanley.  And definitely don’t take the Palin path–avoid names like Tank, Trip, Dip, Slip, Slump, Slide, Smash and Crash.  Instead, look on the sunny side, and here are a few ways of doing that.

PICK A NAME WITH A HAPPY MEANING.  There are lots of choices that mean or connote happiness, hope, friendliness and good luck.  These include, for girle, Amy, Beatrice, Bliss, Blythe, Bonnie, Edwina, Farah, Felicity, Gioia, Hilary, Joy, Leticia, Merry, Nadia and Sunshine, and for boys, Asher, Auden, Bellamy, Darwin, Felix and Rafiq.

PICK A NURSERY RHYME NAME.  The innocence of bygone childhood could be re recaptured by returning to a simpler Mother Goosey name.   For girls: Dolly, Jenny, Jill, Lucy, Margery, Mary, Molly, Polly, Rosie; for boys, Georgie, Jack, Peter, Robin, Simon, Tommy, Willie.

PICK A NAME FROM THE LAND OF DISNEY.  If, indeed, Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, what better domain to pick a happy-ending name from?  Among the many to choose from–  Female: Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Bianca, Briar Rose, Cleo, Esmeralda, Fiona, Flora, Jasmine, Lilo, Nala; Male: Buzz, Eric, Gideon, Gus, Hercules, Jafar, Mickey, Sebastian, Timon, Toulouse.

PICK A VIRTUOUS NAME. Despite all  obstacles, you want your child to be truthful, loyal, kind, honest and prudent. You can telegraph that positive message from the get-go by choosing a name such as Amity, Charity, Grace, Honor, Hope, Faith, Justice, Mercy, Patience, Prudence, Serenity, True, or Verity.

PICK A SERENE WORD NAMEMacho basketball superstar Allen Iverson recently named his fifth child Dream, one of the calm and comforting word names starting to come into favor.  Dream was hardly heard outside the comic book world until rappers Sole and Ginuine used it for their daughter in 2002.  Their other daughter’s name, Story (also used by Jenna Elfman), has a similarly calming, storybooks feel, also shared by such word and nature names as Fable, Haven and Prairie.

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pam Says:

October 17th, 2008 at 7:28 am

Very cute! Plus some great names.

Lola Says:

October 21st, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Or pick a name that conjures up a serene time or place! 🙂 I really dig names that were big in the early 20’s & 30’s. A more difficult era to be sure than ours today, yet somehow simpler and friendlier.

wanda Says:

April 27th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I have been trying to come up with a unique name but still a traditional family name and it is hard, Since my husband is stuck on the “JR” thing, then the boy is decided. I have these names as Girls that I really like but cant decide on. Allison, Lucy, Callie, Nicole, Danielle, Joni. My fathers name was john and mothers middle name elizabeth. So I came up with Joni Elizabeth. It’s unsual and still traditional and named after her grandparents who have passed away.Or should I give her a different name one of her own.would like your opinions.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

April 27th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Wanda, can I suggest that you ask your question on our Nametalk boards? I think you’ll get much better response there — this is an old blog and not many people will read.

orphanedhanyou Says:

May 7th, 2017 at 9:25 am

wanda i dont mind Joni Elizabeth….but is it a literal namesake and said like Johnny or is it Joany? i know an older Johnny that is a woman so its been done

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