Many different things go into the mix when parents set out to choose a name for their baby. You want it to fit you, your family, your brand. Our loves, our past, our hopes, our philosophies are deeply tied not to the names that we have ourselves, but to the names that we give our children.
Names are often the first thing that people learn about us because our name is on a list of appointments, attendees or members. It is likely that some conclusions will be drawn, based on a name on a piece of paper, before you even walk into the room. Because you are the one who gave this name, it is a reflection of you and those preconceptions will often be about you. As your baby grows and is out there, independent in the world, those preconceptions will become about them.
Here’s a rundown of what your baby’s name might tell the world about you:
You are TRADITIONAL
These are the names that are most traditional—they have a long tradition in a family, religion or culture. These names are often chosen out of honour—a family member or tradition. They are also ‘can’t go wrong’ names.
Jack, James, Emma, Hannah, Matthew, David, Joshua, Sophia, Jacob
You DARE TO BE DIFFERENT
This one is about the name itself but it can also be about unique spellings of more common names. At the top of the list of names that are famous for being different include Gwyneth Paltrow’s Apple and Moses, Jason Lee’s Pilot Inspektor and Casper. It’s not just celebrities though—we have seen our fair share too, including Pirate, Byrd and Cinnamon.
Poet, Pippa, Rhapsody, Django, Morgandy, Lyric, Maverick, Dukalyn, Brick
Modifying the spelling of what might otherwise be considered a traditional name lets it be known that you have a flair for the unique. Twists on conventional spellings include exchanging an I or an E for a Y, using an IE instead of a Y, exchanging a K for a C, adding an extra A or using a silent H.
Lucie, Aaden, Khate, Khloe, Justyn. Baylie, Abigayle, Liya, Cayla
You are “GREEN”
These names are some of my favourites when imagining what the parents are like. I imagine that they are vegetarian or vegan, they love to hike and do yoga, they have been using reuseable shopping bags for their groceries before it was fashionable and they would probably rather go camping than to Disney World.
Cedar, Oak, Ocean, Zen, Lotus, Maple, Leaf, Lake, River, Harvest
You are SENTIMENTAL
These are names that might be handed down through family history or surnames being given as first names. These names might also come from a special time or place, such as the little boy named Rigley, “yes, for Wrigley Field,” explains a new father, “My dad were big Cubs fans and some of my greatest memories of childhood are there, with him.” These are also names of special places.
Hudson, Anderson, McGregor, Sheridan, Smith, Dublin, Bauer, Maclean
You are a POP CULTURE ENTHUSIAST
These names tend to reflect current trends in pop culture and entertainment. An increase in the names Bella and Edward of Twilight fame, are an example. Also in this category are names influenced by celebrities, music and literature, such as the little boy named Hendrix, “yes, as in JIMI,” his Dad smiles. Another strong example here would include Mariah Carey naming her daughter Monroe, after Marilyn Monroe, one of her greatest inspirations.
Lennon, Lennox, Costello, Coltrane, Farley, Huckleberry, Moby
You have STRONG TIES TO YOUR HERITAGE
When a name is from your families ties to their culture, heritage, religion or ‘home’ it shows a strong connection to where you come from. These names might be popular cultural names or spellings or they might be names that are rich with meaning. These names might say something to people about your family history.
Mohammed, Hadassah, Ceildh, Bjorn, Dimitri, Mordechai, Prianka
With all of this in mind, preconceptions are just that. They are an idea or an opinion formed before acquiring adequate information or experience. You might not fit into any of these categories, or you might fit in to more than one. What is clear about all of them is that much time, thought, consideration and love went into choosing them. Each and every one.
Spill it! What does your baby's name say about you?