Dear friends of mine recently announced that they’re expecting baby #3. I’m over the moon for them – their youngest kid is turning nine, so they’re definitely going in for a second round of parenting.
But here’s the fascinating part from a naming perspective: they’ve chosen a name for their daughter-to-be that was in vogue when they named their firstborn – back in 2001. All of their children will have names from that year’s Top 50.
I know other families who have named children over more than a decade. In one case, the parents’ style was comfortably ahead of the curve when they named baby #1, and still just slightly ahead of trend when their youngest arrived eleven years later. In other cases, the parents’ style evolved over time, so while the children sound related, you can easily guess that Connor is the oldest brother, and Wyatt is the baby of the family.
Our son is almost nine, and it is fair to say that our style has become more daring over the years. Leif has shot up to be my #2 boys’ name, a spot formerly occupied by the much more conservative Henry.
Has your style changed, or stayed about the same?
- How flat-out gorgeous are these names from John William Godward? Drusilla, Ianthe, Atalanta. Seriously, I think someone needs to name their daughter Atalanta. Great story, gorgeous name. Oh, and the picture in this post is Godward’s Drusilla, another name I’d love to hear more, especially with built-in boyish nickname Dru.
- Albany, Ingram, Sabrinarose, Kaori, Abel, Racer, and … Druid? And Phury? For Real Baby Names never disappoints …
- All this talk about ugly names from the bottom of the Top 1000! Love the answer from Nameberry – Arabella, Madeleine, and Penelope were once at the very bottom, along with Gregory, Griffin, and Wyatt. Could Petal and Frederica be future favorites?
- Rook for a boy – it works, doesn’t it?
- Laura Wattenberg’s Magic Formula is mightily impressive. Check out her lists.
- And then go read Waltzing More than Matilda’s excellent response, driven partially by the fact that Wattenberg’s formula doesn’t work in Australia.
- The desire to have a single, unambiguous meaning attached to names is understandable. But it often isn’t possible. Clare scooped this post about Minette, which connected Minette to Mary. Maybe … but Minette is also used as a diminutive for Wilhelmina, and I can think of at least one Henrietta who used it, too. Nook of Names suggests that it might be connected to Emeline. So … yes, I can imagine a girl called Mary who was called Minette. But to give Minette the same meaning as Mary? That’s a mistake.
- Marvel, Hawk, Cross, Vegas, Riesling, Charisma – we continue to embrace daring, even daffy, middles, as evidenced by this post from For Real.
- I’m on the fence about Maxine, but Maxellende is my new favorite obscure saints’ name.
- How amazing is Elea’s compilation of Norfolk names during the Elizabethan era?