Then there are names that are buttoned-down, but only just. Think Hunter, Hudson, Chase.
They split the difference between preppy and rugged, names that are at home in Brooks Brothers bow ties or L.L. Bean duck boots. Or maybe they scream trouble-with-a-trust-fund.
I’d argue that the first quality is good. The second one? Not so much.
Call them the preppy hellraiser names. As Hunter and company have become mainstream, parents are looking for the next wave.
Which names make the list?
Miller isn’t quite preppy. Harley and Jax are flat-out hellraiser.
Paxton might be one, but Axton, Maxton, and Daxton are not.
They have to be names, typically surname names, that sound like they could be handed down along with the family silver. Some feel vaguely Southern, while others are more at home in New England. And there has to be a hint of something daring and devil-may-care about the name, too.
Some names have those qualities, like Powers. But Powers sounds a bit too much like the leading man in a prime time drama.
Let’s take a look at the eight most promising preppy hellraiser names of 2015!