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Cool Name of the Week: Kurt

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s death was rehashed this week, as new photos emerged of the scene where he met his end–and some speculated that the new images meant that the Seattle Police Department was looking into his death again. (There are many who believe his death back in April 1993 wasn’t a suicide.)

While the rumors didn’t prove true—Seattle PD is saying that the case hasn’t been reopened—it did get me thinking about this soon-to-be Rock Hall of Fame inductee. And I think his name deserves another look.

Kurt comes from the German word for courteous and kind—both ideas that you’d want associated with your son, am I right? And there are other pretty awesome namesakes, if you’re interested, including celebrated author of Kurt Vonnegut (of Slaughterhouse Five fame), and the character Kurt Hummel from Glee. 

Kurt was in the top 1000 names for more than a century, from 1894 to 2005, when it fell off the charts. It was at its peak in the 1960s, when it was consistently in the top 150 names. But maybe it’s time for it to make its comeback?

Short and sweet Kurt deserves a cool longer middle name. I’d pair it with Sebastian, Hudson, Theodore or even Augustine.

What do you think of the name Kurt? Cool enough for this generation of boys, or a little too dated for use? And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.

Get ready for your little one to make it big–or just have a few laughs–by finding out what your child’s celebrity name would be.

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