Dusty made its only foray into the top 1000 in the 1970s and 1980s, thanks to the popularity of songstress Dusty Springfield, who used her childhood nickname as her stage name. It has a fun, retro vibe, like some of the other popular word names of that era—Misty, Brandy, and Heather. But detractors may think, well, it sounds more like a less-than-tidy house.
Rose is, of course, one of the more popular and enduring floral baby names, and often used in the middle spot. It's currently nearing the top 150 as a first name, and tons of celebrities have given it to their daughters as a middle, including Kelly Clarkson (River Rose), Jimmy Fallon (Winnie Rose), Chris Hemsworth (India Rose), and Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban (Sunday Rose). And in many of these cases, it's paired with a word name in the first spot, so the name can become a compound name, kind of like Blue Ivy. (I'd probably call my daughter River Rose all the time if I gave her that name!)
What do you think? Should they call their daughter simply Dusty (or...Dust?), or always use the whole Dusty Rose? And if you are considering a word name for your child, are you going all out and picking a more complex, compound word name?
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