Surnames with Girly Nicknames

September 24th, 2014

Parents today have such a vast array of options when it comes to naming their baby girl. The surname trend is red hot, and yet many parents may desire a more traditionally feminine nickname for their baby girl.  It might help appease the grandparents, too.

 

So look no further.  There may be a way to have your baby-naming-cake and it eat it too.

 

Abbot, Abernathy“Abby”

Adler, Adelson“Addie”

Calder, Calloway“Callie”

Campbell - “Cammie”, “Bella”

Carrigan, Carrington, Carlisle, Carroway“Carrie”

Connolly – “Connie”

Corcoran“Cory”

Ellery, Ellington, Ellison“Ellie”

Embry, Emerson, Emory“Emmie”

Halliday, Halloway“Hallie”

Hatley“Hattie”

Hollis  – “Holly”

Jamison – “Jamie”

Larraby, Larsen – “Lari”

Madden, Madigan“Maddie”

Marsden, Marshall“Mari”

Milligan - “Millie”

Sullivan - “Livvie”

Willets, Willoughby, Wilson“Willa”

Windsor, Winslow, Winthrop, Winthrow“Winnie”

 

I’m sure the list is endless.  You could get very creative with this.  What would you add?

(Image above: From my curated collection at UGallery this week, Fun by Talia Rainyk)

Boys’ Names On Girls

October 27th, 2011

In a recent Facebook post, I asked you to tell me what you’d like to read about.

Lauren wrote in that she’d like me to address boy’s names on girls.  All the good ones are getting “stolen” by the ladies, including Cooper, DeclanLachlyn (sic) and Noah.

At first I thought I’d give it a pass.  After all, it was an original Deadly Trend, and I mostly prefer to write about my favorite names rather than harp on dislikes.

But times change and tastes change.  As my children grow, we know more and more little girls with names like Connor and Blaine, Warner and George.  Yes, George.  And they’re DARLING little girls.  You know what else?  I like their parents too.  So it’s caused me to rethink the phenomenon, and question the possible different motives for giving daughters masculine, or if you like — “gender neutral” names.   The answer is more complicated than meets the eye.

Top 5 Reasons Why People Choose Boys’ Names for Girls, and Why We Should Give Them a Pass: 

1. It actually does honor family.  This is my favorite reason to use a surname or masculine name on a daughter.  Daughters should carry on the family name just as much as sons.  My answer to this was to give both my own daughters multiple middles that include my surname.

2. You reject the notion that anything in this world is gendered, including names.  This strikes me as forward thinking, appropriate to this global age, and truly modern.  My second favorite reason.

3. Surnames connote wealth.  On Pamela Satran’s recent article on Gatsby being the next fictional name, I had a little google for the character list of a novel I haven’t picked up in 15 years.  In addition to my beloved (and memorable) Daisy, there was a name I’d long forgotten- Jordan, on a woman.  From the description (again, my memory fails) ’A competitive golfer, Jordan represents one of the “new women” of the 1920s—cynical, boyish, and self-centered.’  I don’t know that parents aim for the “self-centered” part, but somehow, nearly 100 years after the novel was published, the modern “new woman” appliqué still rings true for many.

4. You think it sounds strong.  This is actually categorically the opposite reason as #2.  If a masculine name connotes strength and a feminine name connotes weakness, what does that say about our views of women in general?  Should we just all wear muscle shirts, shave our heads, and take steroids?  Wear a suit and tie?  Start swearing like sailors?  I’m not sure I understand this reason, but I *think* I get it.

5. It sounded good.  It’s hard enough for two people to come to a consensus on one thing.  Who are we to take away their favorite name just because it falls into a specific category?  While “sounding good” is not enough for those of us who long for meaning and history, it is perhaps ultimately, the most important thing in choosing a name.  It’s one you may say hundreds of times on any given day, and you have to love it.  If that name for you is Walker or Emmett or Elliott and you’re thinking pink, then more power to you.  Just don’t expect cheers from the current crop of name nerds.

Do you have strong feelings on this topic one way or another?  Did you choose a boys’ name for a girl, and if so, what were your reasons behind the choice?  Parents of boys, have you seen your sons name go to the other side?  

Southern Gentlemen

August 20th, 2009

Prep

These kids were born “good ole boys.”  

Many truly are.  The young man who sat next to me on the plane went to this school.  He shared his ipod and cell phone with my toddler to help entertain her during the near two hours we waited on the runway.  He carried my bags off the flight, and waited patiently while I buckled both girls into their double stroller (I was traveling alone with two under two).  Too bad I didn’t find the same humanity from the Delta employee on the return leg.  ”I have to carry my own bags off” was her appalling reply when I asked politely for help.  I had a baby in each arm!  Some people just hate breeders.

This list is awesome if I do say so myself.  Special thanks to my mother, who painstakingly typed out each name from the catalogue of my uncles’ alma mater.  These represent all ages.

 

Amos

Amro

Avery

Battle

Barnes

Barret

Barry

Bennett (Field, Sanford)

Blake (x2)

Bo (x2)

Bobby

Braden

Bradford

Brandon (x4)

Brent

Brett

Britt

Brooks

Buck

Buddy (x2)

Bunky

Camden

Cam

Cameron

Cannon

Carl

Carson

Cecil (x2)

Chad

Chance

Chase (x2)

Chip (x4)

Chuck (x3)

Clay (x3)

Cleo

Cliff (x2)

Clint

Cody

Coleman

Colin

Collie

Connell

Conley

Copley

Corey

Crews

Curt

Dallas

Dax

Dean

Declan

Denby

Devin

Doug (x2)

Drew (x3)

Eddie

Edwin

Eli

Elliot (x3)

Elliott

Ellis

Emmett

Evan

Farrell

Field (x2) (twin Sanford, Bennett)

Fleet

Fletcher

Flip (Philip)

Ford

Forrest

Francis

Frank (x3)

Franklin

Frazier

Fred (x2)

Garrot

Gary

George (x2)

Gideon (x2)

Gil

Goodloe

Graham

Grant

Grayson

Gunther

Hamilton (x2) (Clay)

Hammond

Hank

Harley

Harrison

Healy

Herb

Herbert

Howard

Howie

Hunter

Jack

Jackson

Jamie

Jeb

Jess

Jesse 

Jimbo

Joe

Johnny

Judd (x2)

Kelly

Kent (x2)

Kimbrough

Kip

Kirby

Lane

Larson

Lawson

Lee (x2)

Leigh

Liam

Lin

Louis

Lowell

Loyal

Mac

Major

Mason

Marshall

Matthias

Merritt

Metcalf

Minor

Montgomery

Ned

Nelson (x2)

Norfleet

Norman

Oscar

Palmer

Parker

Perry

Peterson

Philip (x4)

Pierce

Preston

Randall

Rankin

Reb

Reid

Rhobb

Robert

Rollin

Ron

Ross (x2)

Russell

Rusty

Ryves

Sanford (Bennett, twin Field)

Scott

Shed

Shelby

Skip

Spencer (x2)

Steed

Stuart

Taylor

Tho

Thomas

Thornton

Travis

Treadwell

Trent

Trevor

Trey (x4)

Trip (x4)

Tucker

Turner

Virgil

Wade

Waldrup

Walk

Walker

Wallace

Walt

Warren (x2)

Wells

Wesley

West

Whit (x2)

Will (x14)

Wil

Wilson

Wis

Wise

Xander

Girls in White Dresses

August 16th, 2009

St. Mary's

 

My recent trip down south left me largely incommunicado.  Apologies.  However, I return with a full report on Southern baby naming.  My vacation turned up an alumni magazine for the all girls school my mother once attended, and I’ve included names from its rival as well.  Mostly these just reaffirm that Southerners spearheaded the movement of surnames on girls, often as a way of passing on family heritage that could otherwise be lost.  So too do they like to pass on the names of their grandmothers and great-grandmothers.  Siblings Georgina and Frances are particularly delightful.  Pretty girls, too. 

 

Ann

Anna (x2) (& Grace)

Austin

Bailey

Barrett

Beeland

Betsy

Blair

Blaise

Brooke

Callie

Camille 

Caroline 

Celia

Claire

Colleen

Connor

Edie

Elisabeth

Eppie

Evey

Eliza (x2)

Elizabeth (x3)

Ella

Ellen (x2)

Elliot

Emily (x2)

Estes

Fontaine

Georgina (& Frances)

Gigi

Ginny

Greer (x2)

Kaki

Hayly

Holland

Jane

Jane Clare

Janie 

Jeanne

Jennie

Kallen

Karen

Kathryn

Katie

Kelly

Kendra

Kennan

Lacy

Lauren

Leigh

Lillie

Lily

Lizzy

Louisa

Louise Day

Lucy

Madison

Margaret (x2) (& Nancy)

Margo

Marina

Marietta

Mary

Mary Caldwell

Mary Catherine

Mary Greer

Mary Evelyn

Mary Jane

Mary Ward

Meg (probably Margaret)

Memory

Meredith

Merri

Mimi

Mindy

Minor

Mollie

Molly

Natalie

Nicolette

Paige

Palmer

Phoebe

Rachael

Rachel

Reese (x2) (& twin Tess)

Ruth

Ruthie

Sara

Shelby

Sigrid

Sloane

Susan

Tempe

Tess (twin Reese)

Theresa 

Townes

Walton