Word Names: The hottest ones right now
by Linda Rosenkrantz
Doesn’t it sometimes seem that just about any word in the dictionary can find its way onto a birth certificate these days? (Yes, looking at you, Kardashians!). And it’s not only color and flower and occupational nouns, but even adjectives and adverbs that were never conceived of as names before.
The current Social Security list is packed with word names of every description, many of which are rising in popularity. The list below divides the ascenders into distinctive categories–representing current trends–with those that have made the greatest leaps marked with an asterisk.
NATURE-RELATED WORD NAMES
Forest—new on the list with this spelling
Ivy-#86, #30 on Nameberry
*Meadow, #516, first attracted attention on The Sopranos
*River—for both boys (#197) and girls (#244)
Plus 3 gem names in pursuit of Ruby:
SEASONAL WORD NAMES
August—new on the list for girls, #905
ASPIRATIONAL WORD NAMES
Promise—new to the list, #908
ROYALLY ASPIRATIONAL WORD NAMES
Prince, #318, legendary pop star
Queen—new to the list, #959–British band, hit movie
SPIRITUAL, SERENE, LYRICAL WORD NAMES
*Mercy—a classic virtue name–#729
Saint—new to the list, thanks to Kimye, #859
BOLD WORD NAMES
Scout—new for girls–#976
Single-Syllable C boys—in a class of their own
Creed—new to the list–#962
What’s your favorite word name?
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on June 7th, 2019 at 6:09 am
One of these is my last name, and I’m always mystified by its increasing popularity as a first name!
on June 7th, 2019 at 2:24 pm
I like Briar, Ivy, Poppy, Mercy, and Scout.
on June 9th, 2019 at 8:23 am
Apart from already well established names such as the flower, jewel, plant and virtue names and certain others such as Dawn and Frank, I don’t like word names because they sound ridiculous and unworkable.
on June 9th, 2019 at 10:27 am
If I were naming a child now, I’d consider from this list:
Sunny (but only as a nickname…maybe for Summer!)
Colt (but only as a nickname for Colton)
For the most part, I prefer choosing a name that has the meaning of the word rather than the word itself…e.g., if I wanted a daughter’s name to mean “noble,” I wouldn’t choose Noble; I’d look in the Alice family.
on June 10th, 2019 at 6:38 pm
“Apart from already well established names such as the flower, jewel, plant and virtue names and certain others such as Dawn and Frank, I don’t like word names because they sound ridiculous and unworkable.”
Well you’re WRONG!!
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