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Summer Baby Names: Surf’s Up

Summer‘s almost upon us, and this week Appellation Mountain’s Abby Sandel heads to the beach for a look at some cool surfers’ names.

From June to August, summer baby names are plentiful.  The season offers vintage options like Pearl and Leo, while parents with more modern tastes can opt for choices like Oceane and Bay

When I think of summer baby names, here’s what sticks in my mind: a poster of Kelly Slater spotted in an Ocean City surf shop.  I was there to stock up on sunscreen, but found myself wondering about those fearless athletes who travel the globe in search of the endless summer.

Baby names inspired by surfing stars make for a surprisingly eclectic group, but the common thread is an edgy kind of energy.  While many summer baby names are laid back and relaxed, this list is daring. 

Of course, many a legend has answered to a nickname like Wingnut or the Daily Wavester, while others have been just plain Bob.

Here are my picks for the most vibrant, interesting appellations to ever hang ten.


Coco – You know her as a fashion icon, but Hawaii’s Coco Ho is a pro surfer currently on the tour.

GidgetSally Field’s bubbly television character from the 1960s was based on a series of novels by Frederick Kohner.  Kohner’s daughter Kathy surfed with the boys and earned the nickname Gidget, just like the fictional version.

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