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New Baby Names...HUH???

According to The Name Lady at "Parent Dish" these are the "fastest-rising" baby names of 2010:


1. Tenley
2. Harper
3. Everleigh
4. Martina
5. Sookie
6. Navi
7. Charlotte
8. Eloise
9. Lorelai
10. Ursula
11. Briella
12. Kinley
13. Tinsley
14. Mhairi
15. Leighton
16. Maelle
17. Ever
18. Kinsley
19. Lux
20. Everly


1. Castiel
2. Bentley
3. Eoin
4. Easton
5. Lucian
6. Aarav
7. Zion
8. St. John
9. Kaiden
10. Sterling
11. Callan
12. Leland
13. Harper
14. Mikah
15. Dashiell
16. Eliah
17. Dawson
18. Kayden
19. Lennon
20. Dorian

Mhairi? Aarav? Everleigh? Look, as someone who's patiently had to spell out her name for multiple decades, I do not advise this. Lux, which I use in U.P. as a last name (as homage to someone) is commonly known as a dish detergent. Castiel is also a soap--one used for enemas!!! How about Ever? "Gee, Mom, are you EVER gonna change my stupid name?" (some celebrity used this one recently, which explains a lot) And does "Saint"-frickin-JOHN trump a "Prince" Michael on the playground?



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Jul. 19th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
I like St. John. Minus the St.
Jul. 19th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
I'm with you.
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Jul. 19th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
Interesting. "Ever" might also have something to do with Alyson Noel's The Immortals series, since that's her MC's name.
Jul. 19th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
It's a great name for an Immortal. I'm not sure about the average person...

"Hi, my name is Ever."

*blank look*
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Jul. 19th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
But hooray if Zor can finally find things like pencils with her name on them because it's come back into style!

(But if it starts with Ever, my brain fills in the rest as Everclear.)
Jul. 20th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
I've never been able to find my name on a pencil!!!
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Jul. 19th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
I wonder if the St. John people are pronouncing it in the British fashion? So then the poor kid has to go through life in America, correcting the pronunciation of his name.

Last year, we had a flurry of little girls named Nevaeh at our hospital. At first, I was like "How did all of these women come up with this bizarre name at the same time???" And then someone pointed out to me that it's "heaven" spelled backward. Okay, but isn't backward bad? Like demonic? Like playing records backward?

The whacko spellings kill me. Mackenzie is the girl's name (along with Madison) that will not die, but parents all want to be "different" these days, so I'm seeing all of these alternate spellings. The worst was "Makenize," which doesn't spell Mackenzie to me, but mom insisted it did. And then there was the little girl where mom told me her name was "Kensington--with an H," like I should know where that goes. Turns out it was Kehnsington. And then there was poor little Prynces. Her mom apparently thought better of it and called in three days later to accuse us of misspelling the name, that she had wanted it spelled "Princess." Yeah, right. Sometimes I think this is not a decision one should make while on Percoset. (And it's a matter of time before someone decides that's a great name for a baby.)

Landon is the most popular boy's name here and alternate spellings of that are cropping up. Landin, Landyn, Landan. Nobody's stuck an H in it yet.

And last week, I photographed a baby boy named Scho'Lyanight. Mom made it up. She said she just likes unusual names.
Jul. 20th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
Working in an innercity hospital, you can just IMAGINE the names I come across. I've seen more apostrophes, hyphens, and accent marks at work than I've seen in all the books I've read in my life combined.
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Jul. 19th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
Wow those are some weird names. Although I could see myself using a few of the less-weird ones in future books. But never to actually name my child.
Jul. 20th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
If I can't sound it out I want no part of it. :)
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Jul. 19th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
Well, Lux means light in Latin, and is a character's name on the show Life Unexpected, but that's a pretty new show.
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Jul. 20th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
I heard that name in a movie once, too.
Jul. 19th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Jul. 20th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
More like :p !
Jul. 19th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
These kids can do what I did. Choose another name to go by. Very few people know my real name. I'm not hiding, I just hate my real name! I always said I'd change it legally when my mother died. But the old...dear is still kicking, I hear.
Jul. 20th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
At least your name is, um, NORMAL!!!
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Jul. 20th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
What the heck is a Blythe doll???
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Jul. 19th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
I know, I keep seeing names that make me cringe. In my own town I've seen Czarina, Superiorr, Majesty, and Radyance. Some poor kid got stuck with Cain (why not Abel?).

And, yeah, everyone will always have to spell their names out loud, like young Kennedi.

The letter y is apparently trendy now in the middle of names--Ayva, Jayda, Heavynn, Brayden, etc.
Jul. 20th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
I wanted to name my daughter Elisabeth but I KNEW she'd spend her entire life saying "It's Elisabeth with an S." So I caved in & used a Z.

Edited at 2010-07-20 03:08 pm (UTC)
Jul. 20th, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
I checked my notes and found more. :>)

Lovely and Princesita (Filipina adults)

Then there was the "holy" class I worked in, with Faith, Miracle and Serenity. And I'll bet another teacher loved having Aidan, Jaden and Kaden in the same class.
Jul. 20th, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
I know someone who named her daughter Dackery. She couldn't even SPELL it right.
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Jul. 20th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
Castiel is a soap? That's news to me--in fact, whenever I hear that name, my first thought is, "That awesome angel dude on the show SUPERNATURAL."

But I agree, some of the names people choose to name their kids are so mind-bogglingly random and bizarre. For example, I once knew a guy in high school who was named Stronze. ("Strong" and "Bronze" combined. No joke.) Luckily, he grew up to be a buff jock, so he sort of fit the name, but still, can you imagine if he hadn't?
Jul. 21st, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, what if he'd been a computer geek?

I think the soap is spelled "Castille" but that's exactly how it's pronounced.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
One of the girl's names is on my list of baby names... But I aint telling which! :-P
And of course our dog's name is there - NOT because of True Blood, mind you!
Jul. 23rd, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Bet I can guess!
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