Every expectant parent needs to hear this Swistle quote.
If your mom dislikes your baby names, that is completely normal. We should expect our parents to find the names we love less than appealing.
I was eleven when my youngest sibling was born, and so I vividly remember my parents’ discussion of baby naming. Maybe they encouraged us to be involved because it seemed like the thing to do; maybe I inserted myself in the process because I was name-obsessed even then.
But what stands out is this: many years later, they were using the same 1970s-era book they’d used when they were expecting me. And many of the names that surfaced in those discussions in 1984 remain on my mom’s favorites list as her children have children, three decades later.
So even though my mom has been incredibly excited for every grandchild and endlessly helpful on their arrivals, when it comes to names? She’s usually not on board.
Why does our taste in names get so stuck in a particular era? We trade out our avocado appliances and our faux wood-grain television cabinets. Few of us keep the same hairstyles decade to decade. Clothing changes. But somehow names are often exempt.
Maybe it’s because we perceive them as exempt from style trends – though that’s obviously untrue.
Tell me: has your naming style changed over the years? If your children are old enough to have favorite names of their own, do they surprise you?
- Will these be the most popular names in France next year? The article is based on Stephanie Rappaport, of Meilleurs Prenoms fame, so I’d say there’s an excellent chance.
- Siblings named Bertie, Beatrice, and Barnaby? That trio feels delightfully British.
- A birth announcement for Frances Bumblebee. Proof that we will never exhaust the list of possible bold middles. Also on that list: Taran Lux. Intriguing.
- So apparently Tori Spelling is stumped on the question of naming her fifth child. Kate weighed in with her suggestions, and I agree – Owen is great, and her girls’ list, which includes Ruby and Georgia, strikes me as exactly right. Call me crazy, but I am dying to hear this name announcement.
- Avalon is one of my longtime favorites, so I was delighted to see Nancy’s write-up on the name’s history.
- Junior and Precious top name lists in South Africa. Blessing is also big.
- So Michael Phelps is quietly married, and hinting at making Boomer a big brother. But what, oh what, would you ever name a sibling for Boomer?
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a fantastic week.