Cool Name of the Week: Cameron

As I watched the Emmys, I was thrilled to see that one of my favorite actors, Eric Stonestreet, won big for his role as the kind-hearted Cameron Tucker on Modern Family. The entire show is all-out funny, which is why pretty much everyone from the cast was nominated, and why they won the Emmy for Best Comedy, I’m sure. But it seems like, whenever Cam and his partner Mitch are on the screen, I start looking around for the secret camera in my house—because I feel like they’re just re-enacting something that happened within the past week, only written much funnier. And with a gay couple. (Their riff on Cam making a mess in the kitchen last season was an argument that we’ve had many, many times in our house—and I’ve borrowed Cam’s “This is a crime scene because you killed joy” line.)

And Cameron is a pretty great name for a boy, too. (Disregard the fact that Cameron Diaz sports it, too!) Cameron’s a Scottish surname as a name, that’s scoring pretty highly with parents lately—it’s number 53 in the U.S. for boys, and number 442 for girls. It’s a name that’s probably even more popular than it appears from the numbers, since there are so many alternative spellings—such as Camryn and Kameron—that increase the numbers of Cams or Kammies out there.

The name first came to notice in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, with Ferris’s hypochondriac best friend—and now it’s starring in Modern Family, too.

As a longer first name, Cameron needs a nice, short middle name—we’re talking names like Beck, Flynn and Gray—or another one-syllable favorite. Maybe something with Southern flair for Missouri-born Modern Family Cam, like Blake.

What do you think of the baby name Cameron? Is it a name that’s popular where you live?

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  1. by Dawn

    On September 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Love the name Cameron – it’s the name of one of my sons! Cameron Douglas (we gave him his dad’s middle name) ;-)