July 14th, 2010
These are the young ones that have crossed my path in recent weeks. Lots of throwbacks to the early 20th century. Maudie and Arlo make me hungry for some soul food. They’re going to be perfect playmates for Ima, Clyde, Grover and Odette!
June 3rd, 2010
Living in a cosmopolitan hotbed, I can’t help but “collect” the names of the children I meet on a daily basis. What surprised me most was meeting two Elodies within days of one another.
Here’s the most recent crop.
If you had to choose a boy and a girl’s name off this list, what would it be? I’ll take Imogene and Raphael today, thank you.
May 7th, 2010
2009 results are in. (Enter 2009 and click top 1000!!!)
Isabella usurps the #1 spot. Jayden (8), Mia (10), and Noah (9) enter top 10.
Archer (679), Bristol (666), Eloise (917), Harlow (902), Rosalie (840), Sylas (847- for boys, don’t worry) and Vivienne (532!!!) chart. More soon.
Analia is also new to the top 1000 at 329. Yes, you saw that right. A-N-A-L-I-A.
Tripp leap frogs 259 spots to 671 Malia jumps from 345 to 192.
Jasper last year: 449. This year: 337. Finnegan up 99 spots to 548 from 647.
I’ll be updating this post all day as we discover more.
May 6th, 2010
The first rule about Urban Baby is DO NOT TALK ABOUT URBAN BABY.
In New York City, Urban Baby is a mildly nauseating and always snarky discussion forum whose conversation largely centers around concerns of the rich and mindless. I got sucked in not too long ago with the whole preschool fiasco that has the city’s mothers running scared. It’s like watching a train wreck, and I’ve not been able to completely avert my eyes since.
There was however a terribly amusing thread recently about names. Specifically, mothers asked one another to prejudge them and their families based on the names they had chosen for their children.
You wear female loafers.
You pray that a British family moves in next door and that the mom becomes your bff.
You work too much in a field that once created your amazing lifestyle but now ruins your life. You are a fashionista but worry that your dd will not fit the bill.
Mom fell in love with a gay man who wanted only to be friends with her. Subliminally wants son to have gay best friend traits.
Spent a summer in Dublin so she thinks she’s down with her Irish roots. Knows a grand total of two Gaelic words.
You do yoga to the point of obsession, sip kombucha and ooze self-righteousness when you talk about your home birth.
Brownstone Brooklyn, reform Jewish, very intellectual, ds has never had a haircut because you don’t want to encourage gender stereotypes.
You still think the South will rise again. Reactionary?
You love Lily Pulltizer and your DD has really thin hair and you get upset that it wont stay in a cute ponytail.
Would it be fun to repeat this exercise here? Be kind please, and be creative! Post your child’s name, and the rest of us will come up with a story about you.
April 28th, 2010
Yes, you read correctly. Young Master Bullock.
Sandra adopted Louis Bardo in January. The adoption was to be kept a secret until after the Oscars. Sandra took home the award, but got the shock of her life from cheater Jesse James– certainly no prize. She is proceeding with the adoption on her own.
They say “Loo-EE”, after Louis Armstrong. She just couldn’t get the words from “It’s a Wonderful World” out of her head. No word yet on Bardo.
Interesting tidbit: Louis was given a full Jewish bris on his eighth day of life– even though Sandra is not Jewish!
I’d like to see this Lou, Louis phenomenon gain some steam. Lewis, Louise or Louisa, anyone?
It’s no surprise Sandra has such great taste. She deserves all the happiness in the world an we wish her well.
Image Above: People Magazine.
April 27th, 2010
^^It’s not really like this.^^ Promise.
City Kids, April 26, 2010 Edition.
If you *had* to pick a name off this list for a boy and a girl for your own child, what would you choose???
Me: Ione. and Hector.
April 22nd, 2010
April 13th, 2010
The summer Mini Boden catalogue has arrived! For those of you uninitiated, it’s an English clothing company with a super fab marketing strategy: the models’ names and favorite hobbies appear alongside their photos. Originally I placed myself on the mailing list solely to add to my understanding of British names. I’ve since become a very good customer.
This time around I am pleased to say the gorgeous models are particularly representative of the population at large, and their names indicate this diversity nicely:
April 11th, 2010
She’s wide eyed, soft spoken, and name obssessed.
She’s Anastasia Ruby, only that’s not actually her name. It’s that of her unborn, as-yet-to-be-conceived daughter. Yes, she will have girls. Two of them, to be precise, if it takes her four pregnancies to get there.
With pet chinchilla “Cobalt” in tow and a trunk full of baby gear that read things like “Mine’s baby fat, what’s your excuse?”, Canadian Vlogger Anastasia Ruby has developed quite a following on You Tube. She posts lists of mostly female favorites of various genres: ”Exotic”, “Valentine’s”, “Springtime”, “Indian.”
Kooky and maybe a little crazy, Anastasia Ruby is on the right track. She warns that Rosalie may become more popular due to the movie Twilight, and loathes alternative spellings and boys names on girls. I see an inkling of my former self in her and envy the novelty that the world of names presents. Her youthful exuberance is infectious and charming.
How about you? Did you first get excited about names when you found out you were pregnant, or is it an obsession that dates back to childhood (this is the case with me)? Are you a high school or college student a decade away from donning your favorites on an actual human being, or are you well past your baby making days, yet remain interested in current trends?
Would you vlog about your hobby? (Did you know what a vlog was? Am I using the term correctly?)
April 7th, 2010
More from the local coffers. We’re definitely mired in the 18th century over here, and I’m smitten with this trend. Influences from foreign countries round out the list.
Is Quinn becoming a modern classic– for girls? Because I’m noticing it EVERYWHERE.