Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What's In a Baby Name?

The last week of December is the common time to release the Lists of the Year. Today saw the publication of Yahoo's Top Baby Names for 2011. The Top 5 Names for girls are:
  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Sophia
  4. Isabella
  5. Eva

The Top 5 Names for boys are:
  1. Mason
  2. Liam
  3. Noah
  4. Ethan
  5. Jacob
While those are all very classy (end even a little Old Testamenty), it does make a person long for a simple time when boys were Doug, Greg and Paul and girls were Shelley, Barbara and Cindy.

I remember a time when there would be as many as four Mikes in a classroom. The teacher would have to assign last letter initials to distinguish Mike B from Mike R. Now the same is true Ethan D and Ethan S. And who would have thought that someday Heather and Shannon would be considered "old lady names" the way Ethel and Agnes are now?

Let's make 2012 the year we bring back some of the classic baby names! So long Logan and Madison; here's to little Bruce and Kelly. Take a hike Jayden and Brooklyn; here comes John and Karen.


Julianna said...

I just get annoyed at how people spell the names.


Jared is not spelt Jaryed.

I went to school with a boy named Axel. He said it was the worst thing ever. Al the kids had pencils with their names and license plates for their bikes. There were no Axel license plates. It sucked.

Shana said...

Although I can't say that I like any of those 5 girls names, the boys names aren't so bad. (My friend has 2 boys-named Jacob and Liam!)
(who has only personally met one other person with my name!!)

Trooper Thorn said...

Julianna: I thought the name contained a silent "Q".

Shana: You can will your name to somebody to keep it alive.

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