Category: baby boy names
When we named Post-Gender Baby Names as our Number 1 trend for 2016, we were mostly just guessing. Oh sure, the guess was backed up by some strong cultural trends, from marriage equality to trans recognition, as well as a raft of celebrity baby names.
But when The New York Times asked us whether we could back up the trend with, you know, actual statistics, we weren’t entirely positive what we’d find. Baby name prognosticating is as tricky as any other kind of forecasting, relying as much on instinct as on science. Our gut told us that baby names that defied gender categories were on the rise for both girls and boys. But would the numbers bear that out?
Our discovery, as reported in today’s New York Times by Alex Williams: The number of babies with truly unisex names — those most evenly split between the sexes — has exploded in the past ten years. And boys are getting these post-gender names as often as girls, with 60 percent more babies getting gender-neutral names in 2015 than in 2005.
Last month we looked at the newest word names for girls. From Alannis Morrisette’s Onyx Solace to Nicky Hilton Rothschild’s Lily–Grace, word names are everywhere – both the traditional and the unexpected.
This week the same is true, but now we’re looking at baby boy names.
A trio of high profile parents has taken their children’s names straight from the dictionary. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green made a bold choice for their third son together. A few days later, Terrence Howard and Mira Pak announced an even more daring name. And Holly Madison, mom to daughter Rainbow, also chose a word name for her new son with husband Pasquale Rotella.
Here are the nine kinds of word names for boys we’re hearing in 2016:
Nature names are a lush and varied category, and one that’s expanding all the time. The most visible nature names tend to be on the girls’ side: the popular flower names such as Lily and Violet along with tree names like Willow and bird names such as Wren.
But there are many more intriguing nature names for boys that are unusual, lying outside the Top 1000. And some amazing nature names for boys are truly one-of-a-kind.
Here are a dozen cool and unique boys’ nature names to consider:
by Abby Sandel
Congratulations to Storybook’s most famous couple on the arrival of their second son. Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas welcomed Hugo Wilson last week. The Once Upon a Time stars are also parents to son Oliver Finlay, and with the arrival of Hugo, might be among the best boy namers in Hollywood.
Hugo is a name with history galore, and literary ties, too. It’s the Number One name in Spain, and it’s big in Scandinavia, Australia, and the UK. The new Goodwin-Dallas baby is in good company, all over the world.
But Hugo is also at the forefront of an important trend. O ending names for boys are fast becoming go-to choices for parents after something just a little different. The sound is stylish and unexpected, but many of the names feel vintage, even traditional. They also work beautifully to honor Spanish or Italian roots.
It’s off to the wild blue yonder for this week’s challenge! First-time parent Allison is seeking a boy’s name that feels traditional, but still slightly offbeat, with possible ties to their loved ones’ names and the world of aviation.
We are expecting our first little one at the end of September and I want to find the perfect name that will be a definite honor to someone in our life, but will also carry itself in originality.
Our baby’s sex will be a surprise, so we need a couple of girl and boy name options. We have a clear direction with a girl: My husband has always loved Amelia, and whether it’s currently trendy or not, I’m ready to let him have that pick. Also, it aligns with the fact that I was named after an aviation entity, Allison, my dad being a pilot.
We’re having the most difficult time, however, with baby boy names. Family names that I am trying to work with: David Carl (his dad) Paul Scott (my dad), Oliver, Douglass. We’re tending to like surnames as first name options: Brooks, Hayes, Abbott, Anderson, etc.
I was hoping to find an offbeat-but-still-classic first name and create a few options for a middle name that aren’t exactly the same name as the inspiration.
The naming process is overwhelming and we are trying to figure out where to start!
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