Category: baby name Paisley
By Emily Cardoza
Often when parents are picking names for their children, they want something that will evoke a feeling– a name that’s strong or soft or cozy. With the increasing individuality of today’s names, why not get inspired at the fabric store?
If you’re skeptical, consider this – Paisley has been in the top 100 for the last four years. Though it also links to Brad Paisley and the ever-popular “ley” ending, the fact that Paisley inspires images of beautiful patterns is certainly a plus.
Hobbies are a great place to find fresh name inspiration! My sewing skills may leave a lot to be desired, but I do enjoy watching design shows and that counts as a hobby, right? In the midst of watching a marathon of design shows I found myself exploring fabric names.
Velvet – A name as smooth and elegant as the fabric it represents. Elizabeth Taylor wore this name well as Velvet Brown in the 1944 film National Velvet. Velvet would make a great alternative to the more popular and similar sounding Violet.
Determining what makes a name contemporary vs. what makes a name established can be tough.
For example, if a name was first used by one notable person (real or fictional) in the 17th century, but hadn’t become widespread or familiar until within the past decade, does that qualify the name as established or modern?
There may be some debate, but to me, any name that hadn’t been widely familiar or used until within the past 20-30 years is a modern name. That isn’t to say that sometimes modern names can’t have historic origins. Modern names with historic origins are new names that sound… well… old.
Here are some examples:
The reality star and her football-playing husband Hank Baskett III have welcomed a baby girl, a little sister for Hank IV. Normally I’d wait patiently for the name announcement, but a) Kendra recently shared that she’d shortlisted Maxwell until Jessica Simpson used it for her daughter and b) Kendra’s former roommate Holly Madison named her daughter Rainbow.
This could be a seriously headline-worthy name.
Kendra hinted the couple has a favorite, and it is something along the lines of Maxwell – familiar, but usually reserved for boys. I’ve been pouring over the Geezer Names for Girls list ever since. Lyle? Chauncey? Rudy? Jules? Or is something more obvious, like Addison or Ashton, names mentioned by the couple previously.