Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Could the phenomenon known as Fifty Shades of Grey have an impact on baby names? Despite the obvious ick factor in naming your kid after a character in an erotic novel/movie, Fifty Shades of Grey does offer some intriguing baby name choices. With the movie’s upcoming, um, release, we’ve delved into the secrets behind the best baby names from the sexy film.
Christian This religious-themed name has been in the top 50 since the early 1990s, but actually seems to be on a bit of a downturn since the book came out. (Perhaps moms-to-be don’t want their babies to grow up to be S&M advocates—or they don’t want people to think their name choice was inspired by the book. ) It’ll be more interesting to see how Christian pans out in popularity this year and next, when the influence of the movie and the book could more readily be seen.
Grey Grey wasn’t even charting until last year, when it entered the top 1000 for the first time. Color names are definitely in vogue—but could this be a subtle surname homage to the mysterious Mr. Grey?
Anastasia Christian’s new paramour sports this Russian royal name that means resurrection—and has been resurrected in popularity recently. After going on a slow and steady decline, it jumped nearly 100 spots last year.
Kate Anastasia’s BFF gets this short and sweet nickname for Katherine, which means pure. Kate’s been popular as a name on its own, and is currently in the top 200 baby names.
Jose Jose seems to be the Jacob character from the Twilight series—it’s a Spanish variant on Joseph that’s been in the top 100 baby names for the past 50 years.
Tell us: Would you choose baby names associated with an erotic novel? Or would you skip these because they’re associated with the book?
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Friday, February 1st, 2013
It’s a boy for former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi and her husband Mike McCuddy. Their gestational surrogate gave birth to their son earlier this week—a boy they’ve named Greyson James.
Greyson is an alternative spelling of Grayson, a rising star among boys’ names—Greyson is currently #200 in popularity here in the U.S., and Grayson is #97. I’m thinking it’s going to be the next decade’s Aiden/Brayden/Jayden, alongside powerhouse Mason, given its sharp spike in popularity. I’m thinking there’s several pop culture influences that might be fueling its meteoric rise: its use as a surname for a powerful family on nighttime sudser Revenge, as Courteney Cox’s mate in Cougar Town, and of course, the overwhelming popularity of mom-porn hero Christian Grey from 50 Shades of Grey.
James is popular as a first name, but also incredibly popular as a middle name, where it’s been used for both boys and girls lately. (See the daughters of Backstreet Boys’ A.J. McLean and Grey’s Anatomy’s Jessica Capshaw for two examples of girls with the middle name James.) James means “supplanter,” and it’s currently in the top 20 names for boys.
What do you think of Kara and Mike’s baby name choice? If you like the Gray/Grey names, would you go for the American “ay” spelling, or the Anglicized “ey”?
And if you’re having trouble picking a name for your baby-to-be, don’t forget to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to help you find the perfect solution to your baby-naming dilemma!
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