When we’re choosing names, we fear sharing. When it happens in real life, we’re often delighted. It’s a source of instant connection. An affirmation of our own decision. A feeling that this random stranger in your path isn’t so unknown after all.
During those anxious first few months, we’re often worried about how others will perceive Knox or Eloise or Remy. But once our child heads out into the wider world, at least a little? Our reaction to sharing a name – if it doesn’t happen too often – changes.
Did you worry about your child’s name repeating? How has it turned out?
Speaking of name sharing, check out that trio of boys named Jude in the most recent British Baby Names birth announcements. Jude is one of those names with broad appeal. It’s saintly, literary, serious. But it’s also at home in cowboy boots or hiking the AT. And I’ve just added it to my list of possible future Top Ten boy names in the US. (Though it’s in the very bottom section, because Jude still has a ways to go!)
There’s no reason why Wren can’t be a boy name, too. And now that Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have welcomed son Wren Alexander, I think it’s worth watching the numbers. I mean … the first Ren I’d ever heard of was Kevin Bacon’s character in the original Footloose, so …
Intriguing rare word alert: redamancy. With choices like Rhapsody and Reverie on long lists, it’s only a twist of the dial to add Redamancy to the list, or even the Latin root, Redamo. It means “to love in return.”