Category: naming a boy

9 Ways to Name a Boy Now

By Abby Sandel

Expecting a son in 2017? Good news: there’s never been a better time to name a boy.

Not so long ago, we tended to save the more daring and downright interesting choices for girls, while we played it safe when naming our boys. Now, with every passing year, parents seem more and more likely to exercise creativity when naming their children, sons and daughters alike.

You can see it in the numbers. From 1900 to 1950, eight of the Top 20 boys’ names in the US remained unchanged. By 1975, six of them were still holding on. On the girls’ side, only Mary boasts that kind of record. Today, James and William remain near the top of the boys’ lists, but change is constant. Many of our current favorites were completely unknown a century ago.

Let’s take a look at nine ways to name a boy, inspired by baby naming headlines from recent months.

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a Name Sage post by: Abby View all Name Sage posts

Maria writes:

We are expecting a baby in July. We’re not finding out the gender – but that’s proving to be extremely difficult when it comes to names!

If it’s a girl, we have a list as long as my arm: Willow, Hazel, Lace, Maple, Olive, Violet, Eva, Sylvie/Sylvie, and Ruby.

For boys, I like Lars, Banjo, and Oak. But I cannot find any names that my husband and I both love.

I prefer older names, and don’t like traditional names like John or William. Can you suggest a boy’s name that would be similar to the girl’s names I’ve listed?

July is a long way away at the moment – but at the rate we’re going, if this baby is a boy he’ll be nameless or called Violet!

The Name Sage replies:

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Boys’ Baby Names: 9 Ways to Name a Son

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Naming a boy has always been a little bit different.

It isn’t harder, necessarily.  For some parents, settling on a son’s name is a picnic compared to naming a daughter.

But there are definitely some differences in the way we think about boys’ names.

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Poor Princess Kate.

Not only is she suffering from serious morning sickness with Baby #2, everyone from late night talk show hosts to gossip columnists worldwide is busy speculating on her due date, whether #2 will be a princess or a prince, and, of course, what they’ll name the newest royal.

Naming any boy – whether he’s coming home to a castle or a condo – can become a battle between tradition and fresh starts.

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The Nameberry 9 by Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain

I’ve often said that if our second child were a boy, he would have gone nameless.

Blame it on our preferences.  My husband and I planned to source family names for our children, without thinking about the imbalance.  We have tons of women in our family, with a rich list of interesting names.  The pool of masculine names is much smaller, and repeats, again and again, over the generations.  Naming a second – or third or fourth – son would have required a willingness to reinvent some antiques and reconsider a few imports.

Is Zbigniew wearable in the US?

But let’s say that we were open to finding a great name, not one with family ties necessarily.  Just a name that would serve our child well from infancy into adulthood.

Happily, there’s no shortage of those.

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