Hip + Citified

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!

Ladies

Ada x2

Agnes

Akeelah

Astrid

Ava

Azariah

Beatrice

Brett

Catalina

Celeste

Coco

Delia

Eloise

Georgia

Ima

Imogen

Juniper x2

Lulu

Maudie

Nora

Odette

Ruby “Ru”

Sabrina

Tessa

Vera

Wren x2

Zari

Zoe


Gents

Archer

Arlo

August

Cian

Clyde

Cortez

Eamon

Eoin

Garrett

Grover

Henry

Mungo

Nash

Phoenix

Rhys

Robinson

Ronin

Theo

St. Thomas

Zaire

Metropolitan Monikers

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.

GIRLS

Alice

Alma

Annick

Astrid

Ava

Beatrice x2

Carys

Cilla

Cora

Dorothy

Edie

Elodie x2

Evia

Fabiana

Francesca

Giorgia

Imogene

Indigo

Iris

Kika

Lena

Lila

Louise

Majlise

Nola

Octavia

Olive

Rose

Rosemary

Salma

Sophia

Teagan

Tatum

Vivian

Willa

BOYS

Angus

Beau

Benjamin

Brodie

Bryce

Casimir

Cielo

Claude

Clive

Dario

Dov

Edison

Elias

Emmett

Gavin

Grady

Gus

Henry

Irving

Jude

Jules

Leon

Lewis

Lucas

Mac

Magnus

Max

Raphael

Rhys

Robert

Simon

Vaughn

Street art by T.Kid

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.

Discuss.

Urban Baby Urbanity

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.

Highlights:

Anna

You wear female loafers.

Beatrice

You pray that a British family moves in next door and that the mom becomes your bff.

Juliet

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.

James

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.

Kellan

Spent a summer in Dublin so she thinks she’s down with her Irish roots. Knows a grand total of two Gaelic words.

Khai

You do yoga to the point of obsession, sip kombucha and ooze self-righteousness when you talk about your home birth.

Max

Brownstone Brooklyn, reform Jewish, very intellectual, ds has never had a haircut because you don’t want to encourage gender stereotypes.

Rhett

You still think the South will rise again. Reactionary?

Sophie

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.

Louis Bardo Bullock

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.

Gritty Pretty City

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.

GIRLS

Aleta

Aziza

Catherine

Charlotte

Clementine

Clover

Freya

Georgia x2

Ione

Ismene

Jemima

Lena

Lila

Liv

Mae

Malia

Mia

Minya

Miro

Oona

Paras

Pascale

Poppy

Rowan

Saya

Suki

Valentina x2

Xenia

Zuzana

BOYS

Aaron

Akash

Bergen

Casper

Daniel

Dash

Dexter

Eli

Ezra x2

Finn

Gus

Harrison

Hector

Henry

Isaac

Jack

Jackson

James

Jasper x2

Jeremy

John

Lazlo

Levi

Lucas

Lukas

Nicholas

Oliver

Oscar

Peter x2

Raul

Sawyer

Image: Southpark

Names to Celebrate the Earth

April 22nd, 2010

Come join the conversation over at Nameberry! I am guest blogger today and drummed up loads of possibilities that commemorate the Earth.

Mini Boden Mini People

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:

Little Ladies:

Abigail

Anna Carolina

Anna Luisa

Barbara

Charne

Danielle

Ella

Giullia

Hanna

Juanita

Kayla

Lavinia

Leila

Lily

Louise

Mila

Nayara

Ruth

Scarlette

Selene

Tamara

Zia

Lads:

Alef

Ben

Clement

Damian

Emile

Felipe

Gabriel

Jordan

Joshua

Kailany

Kean

Kian

Lucas

Matheus

Pedro

Vlogger Name Nut

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?)

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.

GIRLS

Aida

Alani

Aster

Charlotte

Claudia

Elle

Eva

Flora

Georgia

Genevieve

Hazel

Ida

Isabela

Josephine

Lola (x2)

Lucy

Mae

Maia

Malena

Noa

Noemie

Nora

Phoebe

Quinn

Ruby

Stella

Talia

Thalia

BOYS

Alejandro

Archer

August

Aviv

Benjamin

Cairo

Charlie

Colin

Dante

Detmar

Eli

Elliot

Evan

Fritz

Giuseppe

Grayson

Harrison

Henry

Jack

Javier

Leo

Lincoln

Lionel

Lucian

Max

Monty

Nate

Oliver

Owen

Rafael

Roger

Seamus

Tejas

Theo

Timothy

Tobias

Ulysses