Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Everything Old is New Again?

As a creator of imaginary characters, I think a lot about names, and what is popular and why. And it seems to me that the "new" names I am hearing for 2010 babies tend to be old-fashioned ones. Which I think is terrific, because as the old song goes, "Everything old is new again..."


So I thought I'd throw this out to our YA Fresh friends. Do you know any babies who have been born (or are about to be born) this year? Are you aware of any name trends in your area? And want to share some of their first and middle names? Fun to think and talk about...and you never know, some may show up in my future books!

10 fresh comments:

Corrie said...

Yeah, I think WW1 era names are coming back in again. Silas (like the book Silas Marner) is having a tiny comeback. And names like Violet and Rose (Grandma names) seem to be coming back too.

La Coccinelle said...

I know of a couple babies coming in September. I have no idea what names are being considered, though.

I like the older names. You can't go wrong with the classics.

Jessica said...

It's funny...among my friends it goes two ways, one to the traditional like Henry, and one to the "modern" like River.

Lisa Marie Miles said...

I have a girlfriend who named her little girl Clara. I still hear more strange names than anything. I'm sick of all the fad names. Everyone tries to be different but they end up the same. Bring back the oldies! :)

Erika Lynn said...

I feel like everytime i hear about a baby girl she is Mackenzie

Aliya said...

My cousin just had a baby boy and named him Conner. I kind of feel bad for my own future children, because if I still have a similar mind set when I actually want kids they'll be named Pepper, Henry, Alaska, Adella Rose, and Harleigh ;P

~Aliya

TinaFerraro said...

Interesting how it seems to be split between "new" and "old" names. Like Aliya's list that includes Pepper (new) and Henry (old)!

Aliya, for what it is worth, I, too, created lists of what I thought I would name my kids...and when the time came, I really didn't veer all that far from it. For instance, my youngest got one of the boy names I'd chosen back-when, and my oldest WOULD have, had he been born a she! So you never know!

Robert Guthrie said...

For girls, the "a" seems to have it, both a generation ago and now: my nieces & goddaughter: Alannah, Shaya, Liza, Lena... My sister and her best friends: Dana, Reema, Freya, Lotta, Tanya...

nymfaux said...

Our family has had three new babies in the last three weeks, my cousins are very prolific, but two were a set of twins:
Patrick Christian & Leopold Geoffrey, along with Owen Andrew
Other recent members of our next generation include both a Sophia Alice and an Alice Sophia, Eli and Isaiah (another set of twins), Evelyn Rose, Bianca Billatoma (our great grandmother's name), Ella, Mia, Carmen, and Persephone June (who goes by Sephie)...and a few more still on the way...

One of my friends has an Austen, one has an Olivia with a Willow or William on the way...

Definitely feeling the old vibe...I've got a couple names stashed away, but I've also got a lot of competition, coming from such a large family, so I'm not giving any away ;)

kjovus said...

The thing that sucks about having a cool name is that once you name your kid - everyone steels the name.

My kids names:
Wyatt
Morgan (girl)
I also named my neice Phoebe - and she is the only one I know.

Ironically, we were watching tombstone after our second child and discovered that Wyatt Earps brother's name is Morgan Earp.