On Friday night, a 6 year old boy of my acquaintance told me that I don’t look like an Abby.
In his experience, Abby is a name for a girl his age, not a mom. In the year I was born, Abigail was as common as Irma and Doris. The boy’s mom is called Krista – a Top 200 name, and rolling in Kristen and Christa and Christina, a very ordinary name for a 30-something woman nowadays.
And yet here’s the funny thing – even though my own given name is something I concocted, Abby actually was on myparents’ original short list. (Not Abigail, just Abby.) My parents swear that they didn’t know that the name they eventually put on my birth certificate – Amy – was so mightily popular. (It was #2, just behind Jennifer.)
So here’s my thought for today – just as we instinctively recognize names as appropriate to our age group – or not, could it be that some similar force pushes parents towards the most popular names? We claim we want to avoid a Top Ten name, but then we gravitate towards Mason and Ava anyhow.
- Oh, Elvis – Costello, that is. Loved Eponymia’s round-up of names inspired by the former Declan MacManus.
- The Name Lady gets it exactly right with her comments about Brighton.
- Whoa – a baby named Mildred! For Real spotted a birth announcement for Mildred Cate, a little sister for Miriam, Mazie, and Matilda. Betcha they call her Millie.
- Did you see Lisa’s post about Lennon and Maisy? Cute kids, and I think both names are very on trend – though I’m the tiniest bit surprised to find them in the same family.
- Calinda, Carolinda, Calidora – what delicious rarities are on Nomes e mais nomes’ list for the letter C.
- More French names for girls – Sylvie, Françoise, and France, courtesy of Liz Beth at Name Fancier’s Log. Musique charmant, aussi.
- A little Mietta Odette in Melbourne, up at Waltzing More than Matilda. Is Mietta an elaboration of Mia, an Italian cousin to Miette, or an ode to the little Mazda roadster? I’m hoping it is the first or the second …
- Call me crazy, but yes, a Connecticut graveyard is a great place to source baby names. Philomene, Tudor, Titus, and more, all up at Hannah’s guest post on Nameberry.
- Pop culture name watch: Django – possibly more likely to catch on than Katniss.
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!