August 26th, 2011
Delilah. Haven. Penelope.
At first glance, these recent celebrity births may appear to have little to do with one another than timing.
Look again. Notice anything? Perhaps the title of the post gives it away.
Delilah is the most obvious example, chosen by Kimberly Stewart and Benicio Del Toro for their newborn. I’m talking about sexy names people. It’s an uncomfortable topic when applied to babies, yet nonetheless it’s one we must address.
By some accounts she was a Biblical whore, by others, just a traitor. Once considered unusable, Delilah was picked up by the Pilgrims and in recent years has altered its cultural associations. Lily and Lila have been on the uptick for a while, and Delilah manages to be an extension of that. It was also popularized by the Plain White T’s song “Hey There, Delilah” in 2007 when the song reached #1 in the U.S.
What’s with Haven on this list? In part, it’s a comparison. Jessica Alba and Cash Warren have two daughters. The first bears the name Honor. It’s not quite Chastity, but it’s getting there. Honor is about as buttoned up as one can get, and has the historical pedigree to back it up. Haven, on the other hand, is a modern coinage. Many attributes can be applied to Haven, but I contend that this modernization is an amped up sexy version of her sister’s name. I see Honor dressed in white, and Haven in black — or red. It’s the Nevaeh for those who prefer to read forwards.
Then there’s Penelope, Tina Fey’s new baby girl. You’re probably looking at me sideways on this one. Penelope has a mythological reputation of steadfast loyalty, but the other side of the coin here is the contemporary cultural association, Penelope Cruz. Penelope is cloaked in mystery. She wears two distinct personalities, that of the studious librarian, and the Latin bombshell with long locks and swaying hips. When these images combine to one, we get a picture of the sexy librarian, not unlike Fey herself. It’s also a matter of comparison. Say you’re an 18-year-old male going on a blind date. Would you rather go out with Alice, or Penelope?
Here’s a little list I rounded up of some of the hotter names I see my readers considering. They all have varying degrees of spice, and I don’t suggest that Scarlett is in the same league with Jezebel. I’m curious to know what you would put on this list, and what you would have left out. Is there a consensus on what are considered sexy names, or is it in the eye of the beholder?
When naming your child, do you take the “sexiness” into account? Do you worry about this aspect on a child, and do you think it will serve to make your child more attractive when seeking a mate?
What boys’ names qualify as sexy for you?