I have shark fear. As in, I think Jaws is lurking in six inches of seawater. When my husband and kids actually swim in the ocean? I hear John Williams’ theme music and scan the horizon for fins the whole time. I mean … I love the beach. But I only swim in pools. The […]READ MORE >>
Sharing all the baby name news from the week!
Every Sunday, the Summary rounds up the most newsworthy name-related stories, along with the occasional blast from the past. We'll examine trends and themes, surprising celebrity choices, and names in the headlines, too.
I like birds. I mean … who doesn’t? But a few years ago, I led my daughter’s scout troop while we earned our ornithology badge during the heights of 2020 stay-at-home orders. (It turns out you can do lots of bird watching in your backyard, and then report it out on Zoom.) And so I’ve […]READ MORE >>
Have you seen this viral Tweet? I’m begging y’all to remember that you’re naming people, not just babies. A 17 year old will have that name, a 28 year old will have that name, a 43 year old will have that name, a 77 year old grandparent will have that name. Maybe we should rethink […]READ MORE >>
I say this every few years. Probably. Maybe more. The Kardashian-Jenner family gets a lot of things right when it comes to naming their children. They embrace personal meaning. They understand that, because they want their children’s names to be distinctive, they’re going to have to go big. But my favorite part about the family? […]READ MORE >>
Parents sometimes talk about avoiding trendy names. And I get it! No one wants a name that screams “born in 2022.” Except … Avoiding a time-stamped name is tough! In fact, it often means choosing names we like less. And really, most of us have names that suggest our generation. Henry and Theo are classics, […]READ MORE >>
This caught my eye: in a recent Swistle post, she posited that the family needed “Baby Boomer names that are about to start sounding good again.” What? Already? Of course already. Conventional wisdom tells us that it takes about a century for names to hit peak popularity, fall out of use, hibernate, and then feel […]READ MORE >>
Here’s something that I often tell parents worried about choosing a too-common name: kids often don’t mind sharing. And it’s true! It’s the parent that gets frustrated when her freshman year roommate names her kid Eloise, too. Still, there’s nothing wrong with avoiding the Top Ten, Top 100, or even Top 1000 names. But here’s […]READ MORE >>
I recently came across this quote: In order to get over a problem, it helps to look at it. You can’t climb a mountain that you pretend isn’t there. – Matt Haig Ooh … I’ve totally done this. I mean, haven’t we all? But I found myself thinking about how easy it is to do […]READ MORE >>
I love sea glass. No, seriously. I go wild for it. Practically speaking, I know it’s just busted up beer bottles, tumbled in the surf until they’re pretty. It’s sometimes called a reverse gemstone. Litter, redeemed. But I think there’s a lesson in sea glass for those of us choosing names. (I mean, of course […]READ MORE >>
We’d planned to take a Big Family Trip in the summer of 2020. Obviously, that didn’t happen. But earlier this month, we finally made it to California! There was whale watching. A beach day. And, of course, Anaheim. If you haven’t been, Disney’s California Adventure is home to the Avengers Campus. My daughter met Ms. […]READ MORE >>