Some of them strike me as rather handsome. Names that we’re overlooking for no good reason. Others do seem all wrong for a baby boy in 2015.
But that’s only partly based on usage and trends. Some of that’s just my opinion about what’s wearable, and it’s personal – and subject to change.
Because when a name comes back, it can come back quickly. Alfred had plummeted, falling nearing every year since the 1950s. And then? Alfred was up 161 places in 2014. Clyde left the Top 1000 in the 1990s, but returned in 2013 – and jumped 191 places last year. Other big gainers included Harvey (up 122 places), Clark (up 75 places), and Lionel (up 73 places).
Girls’ names are subject to trends, too, of course. But could it be that we’re more timid about bringing back boys’ names?
I’m not sure, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.
- While we’re talking about creativity, boldness, and names for boys, how great is this list of Whimsical Names for Baby Boys? I’m all about Fielding, Tolliver, Dempsey, Tennyson, Wiley, Caldwell, Gable, and Rafe. But I’m not sure I’d call them whimsical. Or maybe I’m just drawn to the more conservative possibilities on the list, because some of the others – Atreyu, Feivel, Seven, Quill, Timber – do seem like fanciful, creative, not-mainstream names.
- Let’s keep walking on the wild side! Bree has shared her guilty pleasure names. I’m tempted to list my favorites, but where to begin? There are just so many!
- Thanks to Katie Baker for the shout-out on Grantland! Does Beauregard work as a baby name? I think Beau is fabulous, so I’d give Beauregard a definite maybe.
- Katie’s post led me to this list of ice hockey player names. The players are 13-14, and from the Western US, as well as Canada. Hello, Paycen, Calen, Jett, Kaid, Brevin, and lots of boys called Cole and Chase. Which, of course, reminds me that in another five decades, Chase and Cole and all of the rest will be grandpa names.
- Proof that crazy, out-there names are nothing new: Elea’s finds from 1868, including Krensenz, Secret, Asia, and Capriella.
- Mysteries like this are so much fun! Kate discovered that at least some Italian families used to translate Assunta – as in the Feast of the Assumption – as Susan. There’s no linguistic connection between Susan and Assumption, but the sounds have some overlap. There are meanings that can be explained by etymology, and then there are those that evolve in totally unexpected ways.
- Apparently, lots of parents fret that their favorite name is just too out-there, and decide to choose something a little safer. Of course, if Viking is your frontrunner, then I can understand some hesitation. When I asked about this on Facebook, many replied that they’re much more likely to reject a name because it’s too mainstream. The difference between Appellation Mountain readers and the general population, perhaps?
- This is SUCH a tough situation! What if you’ve married into a family that considers brutal honesty the best policy? Even when it leads them to share critical and even downright hurtful opinions about your baby names? And it doesn’t stop with the birth announcement, but continues throughout your children’s lives? It sounds really rather awful, but I think that Anna gives very sensible – and kind – advice.
- Speaking of advice, I think Duana has some great ideas for a middle name for Annabelle.
- Ending where we began, with old school names. Is Suits the reason Harvey is back? Somehow, I never made the connection – but it must be, right?
That’s all for this week! As always, have a fabulous week – and thank you so much for reading!