Cool Name of the Week: Blaine

 I’ve been clocking a lot of couch time this week, thanks to my bum arm, so I indulged in a little bit of “comfort viewing” – and that meant re-watching one of my teenage favorites, Pretty in Pink. While I still think Andy should’ve ended up with Ducky, who doesn’t love this tale of class warfare and romance with a killer soundtrack?

While John Hughes picked some awesome names for his characters (I’m thinking of Iona), I’m loving the name of Andy’s one-percenter boyfriend, Blane.  (And I always did have a thing for Andrew McCarthy!) Blane is a Scottish name that means yellow, making it an interesting and unique way to follow the color name  trend. Even more popular, though, is the spelling Blaine, which means slender, and is currently in the top 600 baby names in the US. And you can expect it to go even higher, as its the name of one of Glee’s most popular characters, Kurt’s handsome beau, Blaine Anderson. (In fact, the name jumped over 100 spaces on the top list in one year.)

Blaine is a great name to pair with a longer surname, and works beautifully with longer middle names. I like it with Alexander, Maxwell, Harrison, or Donovan.

What do you think of Blane/Blaine?  Is it a name you would pick for your son? Or do you agree, in the immortal words of Pretty in Pink’s Ducky Dale, that “His name is Blane? Oh! That’s a major appliance, that’s not a name!”

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  1. by Jamey

    On March 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

    One problem with Blaine is I just read the Stephen King book the Dark Tower series, and there is an insane train named Blaine who kills a bunch of people :(


    On March 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I love it! Named my second son it, but since I changed the spelling on my first daughters name I kept the tradition and changed it to Blayne. His middle name is Lawson. I found out this summer it was actually his great granpas middle name, but it was spelled Blane. Funny you mention Alexander being a good middle name, my first son is Alexzander.