Lists of baby names are always fun to seem at, whether you’re seeking a reputation for your soon-to-be-born baby boy or daughter, wondering about the recognition of your own given name, or simply interested by what baby names are currently hot.
What I find particularly interesting is tracking the recognition of baby names over the decades. In rummaging through U.S. government baby name lists from 1880 to this, some amusing patterns emerge, particularly concerning baby names for women.
For example, in Victorian times, Biblical names, like Mary, Sarah, and Ruth, were very fashionable for baby girls. There have also been many baby names that sounded very old-fashioned to me, as a child growing up within the 1960s, including names like Martha, Alice, Bertha, and Minnie.
From the 1920s to the 1950s, specific baby names rose in popularity. For instance, I visited school with many Susans, Debbies, Patricias, and Lindas. All of those baby names have since waned, to get replaced, by the 1980s, with fancier names like Jennifer, Jessica, and Nicole. Once I was a children’s librarian within the 1980s, my preschool story hours were populated with little girls named Lauren and Jenny and tiny boys named Alex and Matthew.
More recently, there have been tons of renewed interest in additional “old-fashioned” baby names like Hannah, Abigail, and Ethan, plus many Biblical names like Sarah, Rachel, Joshua, Jacob, and Samuel. There’s also been a surge in nontraditional baby names, including Madison, Ashley, and Brianna for baby girls, and Brandon and Logan for baby boys.
It’s interesting to think about the whys and wherefores of such developments. Sometimes, I suspect, the recognition of a selected actor or fictitious character might end in many babies with a specific name. for instance, were a number of the Lauras born within the 1970s and 1980s given a reputation suggested by older brothers and sisters who were growing up watching “Little House on the Prairie?” Were some due to the super popular Laura of “General Hospital” fame?
Today Madison may be a very highly ranked baby name for women (ranking number 3 in 2003) but, when the film “Splash” came to call in 1984, Tom Hanks’ character told Daryl Hannah’s character that Madison wasn’t a real given name.
While baby girls’ names seem entirely subject to the whims of fashion and therefore the top ten lists can change radically over time, I’ve noticed that, generally, the highest baby names for boys remain much more stable. Names like John, William, and James are perennials, perhaps because baby boys are often named for his or her fathers, perpetuating the recognition of specific baby names from generation to generation. The “Junior” factor aside, baby boys also are less apt to tend fanciful names.
When naming a baby, there are, of course, many other points to think about how popular or unique a reputation is. Here are some helpful tips that you simply can use together with your other children to urge them involved in choosing a reputation for the new baby and to form the method fun:
Baby-names got to go nicely with the sound of your surname. Also, pick a primary name and a name that go together well. (So maybe not something like Erasmus Beelzebub Smith!)
When your family finds a reputation you all like, check out the initials to make sure that you simply don’t give the new baby a reputation with initials, which will make people laugh. (So maybe not Pamela Iris Green, which equals P.I.G.!)
You might not need a baby name that’s so unusual that the opposite kids will ridicule of your brother or sister as he or she grows up. (So maybe not Rosebud or Molasses!)
You also won’t need a baby name that’s so trendy that it’ll sound funny by the time the baby is ten years old. (So maybe not Sunshine!)
You probably shouldn’t pick a reputation that’s cute for an adorable baby but will sound silly when the baby grows up. (So maybe not Dimples!)
Avoid baby names, which may produce insulting nicknames when people shorten them. (So maybe not Smellonius, or Smelly for short!)
You and your family won’t need a name that’s so hard to spell or to pronounce that folks will always catch on wrong, and your poor brother or sister will need to undergo life correcting people. (So maybe not something like Incandescence, or is it Incandessints?)
You and your family might want to select baby names in honor of favorite relatives or ancestors, or unique names that show your family’s ethnic roots. you would possibly even find a particular surname from a book or movie that you simply love. (Like Harry?)
You might want to seem through books of baby names and pick one that features a special meaning that you simply like – maybe something meaning “sweet” or “kind” or “brave.” (So maybe not wimp!)
You might want to believe names which will go nicely together with your name and your other brothers’ and sisters’ names so that if mom or dad are calling you all for dinner or signing a greeting card to grandma, it won’t sound too crazy. (So maybe not “Happy Birthday, Grandma! Love, Joey, Cindy, and Dweevo!”)
Many names are expecting you out there, so good luck on your look for the right name!