Category: baby name Arrow
By Abby Sandel
Word names have boomed in the 21st century. Some are revived from the past – welcome back, Ruby and Jasper. Others have some history of use but have never enjoyed so much popularity. Even more word names feel brand new.
Over the last week, word names were in the air. The WWE’s Brie Bella shared that she plans to name her new daughter Birdy. Expectant ESPN reporter Samantha Ponder’s older daughter is called Scout. And Names for Real spotted a baby Pepper in New York.
Let’s take a look at word names that are popular on Nameberry – far more popular than in the US. None of these appear in the current Top 1000, but every one of them could crack the list soon. Given the popularity of choices like River and Chase, Autumn and Lily, any one of these could be the next big thing.
Nine names per week over 51 weeks equals 459 names. They’re classic, they’re quirky, and sometimes they’re downright strange. But when I sat down to review a year’s worth of Nameberry posts, I realized that most of them are actually pretty wearable.
Very few of them repeat – something that surprised me, as it so often seems that a name is suddenly everywhere all at once. Some garnered lots of positive comments while others went completely unnoticed.
My favorite comment? “No, don’t mention THAT name. It’s the top of our list!” As I scrolled through the posts, there were more than a few groans of disappointment.
The best names, though, aren’t necessarily the ones that will be racing up the popularity charts. I’m most attracted to the ones that seem novel – unlikely to catch on, but probably part of a bigger change in how we think about names.
Some weeks I’m astonished by the range of names we can choose for girls.
We love our children regardless of gender, but when it comes to talking baby names, many of us seem to be on Team Pink. The statistics bear this out: almost 79% of boys born in the US in 2011 received a Top 1000 name, while the same is true for just 67% of girls.
2012 social media babies Like and Facebook were both girls, and rumored baby Hashtag is also supposed to be a she. Meanwhile, former #1 name Mary has plummeted to #112, while her male counterpart, John, remains a relatively common #27.
But there’s no such thing as a quiet week in name news. Influences are everywhere, and this week’s announcement of the 2012 Primetime Emmy Award nominees got me thinking about the small screen, and the many names boosted by a TV series.
Of course, it isn’t a straight line. It often takes years to tell which names will have long-term influence, and which will fade away. Kimora and Miley are sliding. Others are holding on strong – Alexis is still solidly established in the US Top 50 decades after Dynasty left the air.
It isn’t that we name our children after television characters, not exactly. And yet the connections are impossible to deny. Could it be that a popular series is one of the best ways to convince parents that a new name is mainstream, and worthy of consideration?
Most of this week’s newsiest names have a link to the small screen: