Category: baby name poll
She’s found the perfect name for her Fall 2016 baby. But how to spell it? The Name Sage wades into the data to find the best answer – but wants to hear your opinion, too!
I’m trying to decide on a name for my little girl and I’m stuck.
The options are either just Calli or a longer version of the name, like Calianna. (You pronounce the –anna like Anna in Frozen.) Or maybe Calli (first name) with Anna (middle name) – except I might merge it into Calianna anyway.
I like short and simple, but I like the longer name, too. But will spelling be a problem? Pronunciation?
My name doesn’t really have nicknames, so it’s always been pretty simple! I’d love some input.
The Name Sage replies:
One question we’re asked frequently by interviewers: Are names destiny? Does the name you choose determine who your child becomes and how their future unfolds?
Some name sources certainly promise that choosing the right name can be an important factor in determining whether your child is successful in life. And some studies have suggested that some names can help your child earn higher grades in school or be judged as more attractive or live longer, while others can set them up for a life of crime.
Madonna has been quoted as saying that she always felt her distinctive name set her up to be a star. And Italian baby naming books make character and life predictions — honest, happy, lucky with money — based on the names.
Our other nominees for Best Celebrity Baby Girl Name:
HELENA GRACE – The classic Helena is a name just emerging from the attic, chosen by Gossip Girl’s Kelly Rutherford. Its originality makes up for the lovely yet somewhat standard-issue Grace in the middle place.
For boys, our nominees for Best Name are:
For several years now, word names have been singled out as being at the extreme edge of cool—we may have been guilty of pushing that edge ourselves at times. But I’m starting to wonder if it’s time to pull back a little, and put the brakes on. Celebrities have tried to outdo each other to sometimes eye-rolling effect in the effort to find a ‘unique’, attention-grabbing word name : I’m not naming names but I might mention a few words like zeppelin and pirate and peanut.
Of course there are word names and there are word names and probably the most acceptable and appealing are the centuries-old Virtue names created by the early and most zealous Pilgrims to display their righteous religiosity. Though such excessive male phrase-names as Fight-the-good-fight-of-faith and Fly-fornication are long gone, the simpler girl virtue names have not only survived but some are now downright trendy: Grace, Hope, Faith, and, more recently, Felicity, True and Honor.
Other worthy examples include:
You know a lot about us, so now it’s time for us to find out a little more about you.
Please note that this is a two-part survey, so be sure to move on from the first to the second.
Here’s Part 1 of the survey.
Don’t go away! Here’s Part 2 — even more fun!
Future surveys will explore your attitudes and feelings about names and naming. Thanks for participating!!