You’ve probably felt buyer’s remorse, but what about namer’s remorse? A unique name like Mowglis or Boulevard might sound like a good way to set your child apart from all the Jacob‘s and Isabella‘s when you name him, but once your baby starts to develop a personality and go to school with his unique name, will it still sound so perfect?
Celebrity parents continue to lead the wacky baby name charge. Or should we call it a competition? Alicia Silverstone named her son Bear Blu; Mariah Carey called her twins Monroe and Moroccan; and Antonio Sabato Jr. just gave his newborn the Hawaiian middle name Kamakanaalohamaikalani — at least it’s a middle name.
TODAYMoms even found a name-happy mom who gave her daughter seven unusual names instead of just one. The list includes Astravaganza and Angeletta, but not the name her 15-year-old daughter goes by today — Lola.
Perhaps your kids will thank you later for if you give them a popular name.
As William and Kate prepare for their highly anticipated royal wedding day, are their names getting ready to jump to the top of the list of trendy baby names? Lesley Bolton, author of The Complete Book of Baby Names, thinks so. She predicts that tomorrow’s big event will spur a trend in royally inspired baby names.
“With the royal wedding taking center stage, we’re going to see a big boost this year in more formal, classic names, and of course those with a royal history,” Bolton says. “While there will certainly be an uptick in Williams and Catherines, we’ll also see a rise in names such as Liam, Wilhelm, Katarina, and Caitlyn, all variants of the couple’s names. Along the periphery, we’ll find names such as Charles, Elizabeth, Victoria, Alexander, Edward, and Caroline.”
Why do names in pop culture rise to the top of baby name lists? If we do see an uptick in royal names, it doesn’t necessarily mean parents are naming their children after Prince William or Kate Middleton. It’s more about the fact that these names are given greater presence, hitting the radars of larger numbers of expecting parents, says Bolton.
“Like any other trend, it takes a little while for a name to be considered overused and thus old-hat,” Bolton explains. “It starts out being used by the trendsetters, then works its way down to the everyman (where it gains the most ground), and then finds itself in the back of the closet, likely to be pulled out and worn fresh in another eighty or so years.”