What names do you think are going to be most dated/time-stamped to now?
I've been giving some thought to what names are going to be emblematic to this generation, what Shirley and Joan were to the '30's, what Jennifer and Jessica were to the '70's, and what Brittany and Courtney were to the '90's, what names I think are going to be most time-stamped to now, the names that are big now but will probably fall by the wayside once the generation with them starts to have kids of their own.
NOTE: I AM NOT SAYING THESE NAMES ARE BAD OR YOU SHOULDN'T USE THEM.
Aiden names - Dipping a little back through the '00's and late '90's as well. This is a family I'm expecting to take a hit soon as the oldest Aidens, boys and girls, are starting to reach childbearing age.
Three letter, two syllable names in general - I'll get into some specifics later.
Anything from Twilight - especially Jasper, Edward, and Emmett, to a lesser extent Isabella - Pop culture always influences names but Twilight packed a particularly hard punch, especially for something only popular for about 5 years or so (roughly '07-'12) and is now so reviled people are one step away from holding public book burnings of it and putting its few fans in the stocks for public humiliation. But it had some just-under-the-surface names that just needed a little push to get big, and gave fairly popular beforehand Isabella some second wind to reign over the charts.
Finley - The only name I think will get dated equally for boys and girls.
Newfangled stuff like Kinsley and Paisley and stuff like that - Especially for girls, neologism names don't last that long on the charts.
"Addie" names - Adeline, Adelaide, Addison, Ada - This decade's nickname of choice. Maddie and all of its longer forms (Madison, Madeline, Madelyn) are already getting dated to the '90's-'00's, the Addie names are going to be dated to now.
"Ellie" type names - To an extent Eleanor but especially Ellie by itself and Eliana - Eli Ee-lie is big for boys and Eli/Ellie Ell-ee is huge for girls. Eleanor is fairly classic but the neologism Eliana will almost certainly be thought of as an old lady's name by 2070.
All things Lily - These are already starting to sink a little, so these are probably going to be time-stamped to the mid-'00's to about now.
Ethereal word names - Stuff like Genesis, Haven, Heaven, and Serenity - word names in general are pretty big right now and this strain especially are for the most part pretty new names to the field, which tend to get the most attatched to a deade.
Ava - This generation's Jennifer! This was just a name everyone agreed was great at the same time. 20 years ago it was nearly unheard of and now it's everywhere.
Harper - Ditto. This one wasn't even close to the charts as recently as 2000 but now it's everywhere.
Everly - Another name that came up out of nowhere.
Avery - I know Avery's close to 20 (although the older you get the closer it seems to be to 50-50 boys and girls), but it rode the Ava train for a good second wind.
Eliza - There seems to be one Elizabeth diminutive that dominates at any given time (In the late 19th century it was Bess/Bessie, in the '30's and '40's, it was Betty, in the '50's it was Betsy, in the '60's and '70's it was Beth and Liz/Lizzie) - and now that's Eliza. Maybe we'll cycle back to Bess in the 2030's? We'll never know.
Scarlett - Like Shirley took off after Shirley Temple made it big, Scarlett is having a ball right now since the main cultural association has shifted from the glamourized but mostly negative image of Scarlett O'Hara to the whole-lot-nicer but still glamourous image of Scarlett Johannsen. If her career starts to falter in the next couple years (given her attatchment to the MCU I wouldn't count on it though), the number of little Scarletts will probably falter.
-Axon or -Axton names (really anything with an X in it, besides the pretty timeless Alexander) - Jaxon/Jackson, Maxton, Paxton - What -ary (Larry, Barry, Terri, Carrie) was to the '60's -axon and -axton are to now.
Anything ending in a vowel or vowel sound - especially stuff like Milo, Bruno, Eli, Elijah, and Ezra, to a lesser extent stuff like Noah - If a trendy name right now doesn't end in N, it ends in a vowel.
Hardcore Biblical names - Stuff like Elijah, Ezra, or Isaiah - Oddly these are really popular among people who aren't very religious, I've found.
Sebastian - I'm probably the only one who thinks this is completely unusable because of the Little Mermaid (I hate to break it to you but being stongly tied to a "girly" movie is prime teasing fodder), and that kinda surprises me. This name is gigantic but I think it'll probably not become a mainstay.
Henry - Not like this is ever off the charts but it'll probably be viewed as the big revival name of the decade.
Got any other names you think are going to be this generation's definative names?
Wed, 11/01/2017 - 8:36pm