We all grew up with Amber, Summer, maybe a Harmony. The latest local newbs on my radar? Freedom and Blaze. Our birthday gal last week? Galilee.
The parental quest for the increasingly unusual leads us full circle to that with which we are most familiar: the common English word.
Abby posted about Crew on Friday, and I did not expect such different cultural responses. For Real Baby Names rounded up Wisdom, Tulip, Drummer, Creed, Pleasant and Butterfly. Celebrity babies include Honor, Ever, Poet, Story, River, Bear, Petal, Crimefighter and Bandit, among countless others. Blog land? Forget about it. We know about Archer and Fable, but are you acquainted with True, Brave, and Soul?
The allure of the word name is a strong one. Some are virtue names and were used in the 17th century. Others feel futuristic and sci-fi. But primarily, it’s a simple, direct no nonsense way to bestow upon your child a quality or association you hope will somehow both shape that child and symbolize who they become to the world. That, and it feels distinctly their own. What we all loved about the Galilee post, apart from her yummy cuteness, was her great and NEW name! How fun to hear something so ordinary take on a completely different tone when worn as a name?
So I want to hear them. Your nominations for words that should or could be names, as well as the kooky friends you have whose parents braved this vast frontier before us. Come to think of it, Frontier has a pretty nice ring to it.
(which are boys, which are girls?)
Image: Gerard Way, Lyn-Z, and baby Bandit