The United States Social Security website has released the top baby names for 2013, and the results are demonstrating a new naming trend; traditional names such as Noah, no. 1, and Emily, no. 7 are making their way back on the popularity charts.
While unique names such as the male name Castiel jumped 418 spaces or the female name Daleyza jumped 3,130 spaces, it appears that the trend of naming your child a unique name like North West (Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter) or Apple Martin (Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s daughter) is a thing of the past. So what should parents consider when naming their child, and how can you still make your child’s name unique without naming them after a direction or a fruit?
Be unique for a reason.
With the trend of unique celebrity names, many parents are looking to name their child an original name just to keep up with the Jones. After all, how could you name your child something traditional like Sarah or James when your next door neighbor’s sister-in-law recently named their child that?
However, being unique with a purpose is a great way to find a balance. For example, my husband’s name is Steve and my name is Katie. We debated naming our daughter Sadie, as a combination of our two names, giving her name a unique story while still falling into a semi-traditional name.
If going unique, keep it simple.
We ended up naming our first born daughter Emerson. Her middle name is Ellen, a family name and more traditional, so we wanted something a little more distinctive that went with her traditional middle name. However, when we decided to name her Emerson, we had several people ask us if we were going to spell it uniquely like Emersyn or Emmersyn. We decided that the name Emerson was original enough as it was; we didn’t need to mix it up even more by spelling the name differently than it sounds.
Pick a name that your child won’t be afraid to say ten years from now.
When my husband and I were considering names for our children, we thought about the different situations they would need to say their name. For example, we considered the name Aiden Steven Shaykin; however, after reviewing the initials, we realized that name would not serve him well in elementary school.
Furthermore, when I was growing up, there were seven girls named Katie in my 1st grade class and I hated having such a common name. However, equally as frustrating as having an overly common name is the frustration that I can imagine little Azalea or Enoch will feel after having to explain for the hundredth time how to pronounce their nontraditional names.
Pick something that makes sense to you.
In the end, people can give you suggestions and opinions on the names you are considering for your child, but all that really matters is that you and your spouse are comfortable with the name and you feel your child will be as well. While it’s great to solicit opinions from your trusted family and friends, it often is best to keep your top contenders private until you’ve selected the final name and are ready to stick to it.