Today’s name is either an interesting surname choice, or another morph of the super-trendy monolithic girls name MaKaylalyencelee.
Cady caught our eye a zillion years ago as the maiden name of abolitionist and suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She died before women were granted the vote – and long before women were viable candidates for the Presidency of the United States. But her work for racial and gender equity, and for human rights, broadly defined, lives on.
But would her name wear well on a girl today?
Cady should be an impeccable hero name choice. In fact, it was the name of Lindsey Lohan’s character in Mean Girls. Yes, the flick was about skulduggery in high school hallways. But that modern Cady ultimately proved herself more heroic than mean – and deserving of the moniker.
Trouble is that Cady is positioned to be either mistaken for Katie – a lovely, but maddeningly common nickname – or perceived as a variation on Caidhen, Caydence, Kailee, Caitlyn, Kaylynn, Kaela and on and on and on.
While Cady does not appear in the Top 1000 names for girls born in the US, most of those other names do – at least in some form. In fact, Cadence was the 199th most popular choice for baby girls in 2007.
Despite those considerable negatives, Cady still strikes us as a legitimate hero name, and a surname choice that works wonderfully well for a daughter. And, of course, there’s always the middle spot – where we discovered Cady in first place.