Cool Name of the Week: Major

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks dissecting the trends of the top baby names of the year—and one name that rose exponentially was Major, which jumped a whopping 505 points in the past year, landing just within the top 500 names for the U.S. It seems an apropos cool name for today, as Major is an officer-level rank in the U.S. Army—and what better name to honor on a day when we’re honoring our veterans?

Major comes from the Latin word that means “greater”—in addition to being that area of focus you chose in college, and a high military rank. It gives a sense that your child’s destined for greatness (and whose kid isn’t?). The name was picked for their youngest by Robert and Cortney Novogratz, a pair of TV designers with a makeover show on HGTV. (Their entire clan—7 strong!—has too-cool-for-school names: Wolfgang, 16, twins Bellamy and Tallulah, 14, Breaker, 12, twins Five and Holleder, 8.)

Major is a little bit tricky—you’ll want to watch out when pairing it with word middle names or surnames—you don’t want your child to be considered a Major Hazard or a Major Snow, for instance. (And don’t even THINK about pairing it with Richard!) I like it with short and sweet middle names, like James or Knox.

What do you think about the name Major? Is it a name you’d consider for your son? (And what do you think of the rest of the Novogratz clan’s name choices?) I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank our soldiers for the sacrifices they have made in honor of our country. I am proud that my father and both of my grandfathers honorably served our country in wartime—and incredibly lucky that they were among our brave servicemen who made it home.

Photo: Pregnant woman via Ronald Summers/Shutterstock.com

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