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Tina Fey's baby girl is named Alice, so that alone will make the name more appealing to certain demographics.
I'd guess that Stephanie lumped pretty well with the three-syllable name, first syllable accent trend of the 80s. (Jennifer, Jessica, Kimberly, Stephanie: fits right in!) And it doesn't look like its popularity dipped enough in the 70s to make it too unfashionable to use in the 80s. That dip doesn't even register on the Name Voyager chart.
I used to write copy for a toy company and we got a preview of the new Disney Fairy movies back when the first one came out. We also talked about the changes between Tink and the old Tinker Bell. We were saying that it's great that they want to present different types of girly characters, since obviously little girls are Disney's bread and butter right now, but why do they have to go back and mess with the old favorites? I'm sure there are plenty of great new ideas and new characters out there, but they want to keep reusing and reinventing characters they know will sell. So instead of creating a new character who's smart and spunky, they have to turn Tinker Bell into Tink. Your last sentence, Laura, was right on the money. That's EXACTLY why they're calling her Tink.
Laura, this is the second time I've checked out your new blog entry and screamed, "Gah! I commented that last time!" Great minds think alike, I guess! You don't happen to be looking for an unpaid intern/assistant/research bitch, do you? Because I'm your gal! haha.
I just want to point out that it's more than the name Ledasha that indicates that the mom is black. In Laura's telling of the story (which I first heard from my dad a few months ago, so it's definitely a phenomenon), the mother explains the name, saying: "It's Ledasha. The dash don't be silent."
"The dash don't be silent" is a clear use of AAVE. If the mother said, "Zee name, eet ees Ledasha. Zee dash is - how you say? - not silent," the story would sound very different, would it not?
Also: Nichael Bluth, anyone?
Serendipity: the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something entirely unrelated.
Or maybe it should be the name Sarandipity??
I realize I'm late to the party here, but as a result of how new the name is, I'd say it's a REGIONAL name rather than an ETHNIC name.
My two cents.
PS - Did anyone else see the movie The Proposal and find it odd that Ryan Reynolds had to choose between two women: MARGARET and GERTRUDE??? Odd name choices, although I personally like both of them.
I frown on the inclusion of obscure or "invented" names unless there is an actual person out there who lives with the name every day. I can say, "Hey, 'Carpet' would be a good name!" But unless I give birth and name my little boy Carpet, I'm not going to include it in a list of baby names.
I am, however, all for fictional names being included, not only for the fun value, but because plenty of parents take inspiration for their kids' names out of literature. I know at least two people who were named for characters in the books their mothers happened to be reading at the time of their births.
I also have a pet peeve for creative spellings. It's annoying. If you want to name your kid Jennifer, spell it "Jennifer." "Ginepher" is just a headache for everyone your child meets for the rest of her life.
Imagine my surprise when I turn on Google Reader and see my name (sort of) front and center! Woo hoo! Thanks for the shout-out, Laura!
Congratulations, Laura! May you out-earn your advance ten times over! haha
What do you think the odds are of people adopting names from other countries and cultures? People love unusual names, but they seem to love unusual AMERICAN names. Take the name Zoran for example. It starts with a Z (very hip and cool), it's two syllables, and it ends with an N. It's also easy to pronounce and very distinctive. But is it too ethnic to join the wave of baby boy names in the US?
I added "Julia" as a sibling to the Sebastian page and it's still there... does that mean someone has kids named Sebastian and Julia? And "Amy" is listed as one of Beth's siblings. Is it a full out ban on fictional siblings or only the really obvious ones? And by the way, I can totally see some pseudo-intellectual hipster naming his kids Holden and Phoebe. (And being mercilessly mocked for it by his slightly hipper friends.)
So since it sort of came up, I have an unanswerable question regarding baby Brady from Sex and the City. His father was named Steve Brady, so she named him Brady. But then Steve and Miranda got married, so what's the kid's name? Is it still Brady Hobbes? Brady Brady? Brady Hobbes-Brady? Awkward...