Monday, September 8th, 2014
So who exactly gave Kim Kardashian and Kanye West the thumbs up on North West as a baby name? You won’t believe it—but it was vaunted Vogue editor Anna Wintour!
According to a recent article in Us Magazine, Kim and Kanye were having lunch at New York’s Mercer Hotel when two luminaries stopped over separately to give them the thumbs up on North West, which had been rumored to be their name of choice. First came Pharrell Williams, who said it was the “best name.” Then later, Anna Wintour stopped at their table to tell them that “North is a genius name.” And apparently, when Anna Wintour gives the thumbs up on your baby name, you’re going with it.
Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Pharrell named his son Rocket—and Anna’s daughter, while given the classic name Katherine, goes by the nickname Bee.
That still doesn’t quite change my opinion of their baby name choice, but it helps me understand why something that started out as a joke ended up becoming their daughter’s actual name.
Tell me: Did anyone else’s opinion sway your choice of baby name? And would you let Anna Wintour name your baby?
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Monday, April 15th, 2013
Anne Frank became front-page news once again this week, as douchey teen heartthrob Justin Bieber toured the home where she and her family hid from the Nazis during World War II, and wrote this ridiculous message in the guest book: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.” The internet exploded with people calling the pop star a “shallow doofus”—and worse. (And the criticism was probably well deserved. After all, a girl as deep as Anne Frank would have had better taste than that—Adele at the very least.)
But in all seriousness, the name Anne deserves more respect than it’s getting. It’s currently on the decline, and will likely fall out of the top 600 names for girls when the Social Security Administration releases the current top 1000 names next month. It’s an ancient name that means “grace,” and comes straight from the Bible—it’s the name of Mary’s sainted mother. (In other words, Jesus‘ earthly grandmother.)
Anne’s one of those names that’s truly timeless—it’s been the name of royalty many times over (hence the beautiful Queen Anne’s lace flowers), including two of Henry VIII’s wives. It’s appeared in Shakespeare and in the beloved classic children’s books, Anne of Green Gables. And countless landmark ladies sport the name (besides Anne Frank, of course)—there’s Oscar winners Anne Hathaway and Anne Bancroft, and author Anne Rice, just to name a few.
It’s been a middle name staple for a long time—but even there, it’s starting to lose ground. It’s a great choice to pair with a longer middle name or last name, or as a nice, short middle name paired with a more elaborate name. I like it as a middle name with Melanie or Charlotte, or as a first name paired with Scarlett, Rosalind or Juniper in the second spot.
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