Is Beatrice about to go "viral"?
This is going to be one of those complaints where someone says "I've ALWAYS liked X name because I am such a creative and special snowflake, and now EVERYONE likes it!!" So I apologize in advance.
I am pregnant with a baby girl who's going to be born any day now. I have always liked the name Beatrice because I teach Shakespeare for a living and Beatrice from "Much Ado About Nothing" is my favorite Shakespeare heroine. I want to name my daughter Beatrice but I am very wary of picking a name that other people like me, urban thirtysomething "yupsters," are also going to use, especially if it's ABOUT to go viral. As an example, my friends' kids mostly have the same kinds of "quirky Victorian" names such as Violet, Hazel, Iris, Amelia, Arabella; Sebastian, August, Henry, Oscar, Phineas. Up until now I have NOT heard of any other little Beatrices. The last famous one I was aware of was Princess Beatrice, daughter of Sarah Ferguson, and she didn't seem to make an impact on American parents. But now I see that Beatrice has climbed from below 1000 to 700 in the rankings in the last 5 years, and I just heard that the actress Bryce Dallas Howard named her daughter Beatrice. As I search forums like this one and also on Nameberry and the baby name forum on Babycenter I see Beatrice getting *recommended* a lot (though not so much people saying they're using it).
My friends who have named their kids Iris and August in the last couple of years thought they were being incredibly original in reviving these "forgotten" names and were terribly disappointed to find other kids with those names in their preschool classes. I don't want that to happen to me. Beatrice is still quite obscure (700 is way down) but I worry it could become a "yupster" name any minute now.
What do you name-mavens think?
Wed, 08/29/2012 - 1:42pm