I’ve often said that being named Suri or Apple or North isn’t the strangest part of a celebritot’s life. I assume that the constant paparazzi and the globe-trotting is probably more of a challenge. As time goes by, when you introduce yourself as Zahara Jolie-Pitt or Zuma Rossdale, you’re not worried about whether or not your name will be spelled correctly. You’re worried about whether you’ll be accepted as an individual, or judged on the achievements or notoriety of your parents. Odds are that most of the kids in their circles have equally outlandish names, and that they’d be recognized even if they were called Elizabeth Kidman-Urban and John Affleck.
Which is all to say that it doesn’t matter if stars name their children Sunday and Knox and Pilot because their life experiences will not include the same kinds of life experiences that we typically imagine.
But then I started thinking: if it doesn’t matter for some of us, some of the time, does it matter for any of us, ever?
And so I find myself wondering: do you feel pressure to make sure that your child’s name fits in? Or are you comfortable if your kids’ names stand out?
- Speaking of standout names, The Art of Naming has a list of Cool Names for Girls. I love lots of these – Clio, obviously, and also Saskia, Ondine, Elspeth, Lark, True.
- NameCandy reports that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka named their son Gideon after an artist. Harper, as we all guessed, was inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Wisconsin is now home to babes called Byrdie Lulu, Stetson Cash, Rook Parker Cole, Annabelle Tilly, Dresden Jon, and Nova Jane.
- Gardens of Girls from British family history, courtesy Elea. Names that surprised me: Clematis Mary Claire, Lavender Mignonette, sisters called Bluebell and Buttercup, twin boys named Gladiolus and Hyacinth.
- The top names for 2012 in French-speaking Switzerland are available here. German favorites are here. Italian parents’ top picks are here. It makes me wonder about the most popular choices for Spanish-speaking families in the US. The influence of Spanish is clear in the popularity charts, but wouldn’t it be fascinating to see them split out?
- Yes, Verily is the name of a magazine. But I can hear it as a child’s name, too – somewhere between Verity and Vera Lee.
- Which reminds me – if you’re not following Clare on Scoop.it, you’re missing out on name news. The three links above come straight from her site.
- Angela has been examining links between the Pottery Barn Kids Catalog and name trends. I agree with her hunch: PBK doesn’t boost names at all. You could safely name children from the catalog, with perfectly mainstream appellations. What fascinates me is that there appear to be more and more outlier names making the personalized products on their pages. I’ve spotted Blythe in recent months, and that’s not the only unusual choice.
- I have some doubts about the etymologies attached to a few of these, but I’m also charmed by fiery names like Soleil, Auburn, Ember, and Ignacio.
- A long list from an aristocratic Italian family via Nancy, complete with surprises like Zita, Gaetano, and Maria Immacolata. Love it!
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading and have a great week!