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December 12, 2013 08:11 AM

So many political names being considered.

I agree with Francis. People's perception of the name has changed significantly, and it reflects a world-peace effort that a lot of people agree with. I don't know if more people will start using the name Francis, but it is educating people of the corrrect male version of this "androgenous" name.

I don't feel that Trayvon is worthy. To me, its fame feels manufactured because the media was trying to turn a local crime story into a national one. If Trayvon wins a nomination, it would represent the victory of race baiting. For the most part, this country is still a peaceful one, where people can feel safe about going to the grocery store. Trayvon is just not a significant name, nor does it represent anything larger than itself.

Obamacare is another divisive name, but I'd at least consider this one being significant on a large scale. This year, it started out being used positively, with everyone using it. Only toward the last third of the year did it suddenly change connotations to the negative, to the point that the media started refering to it as the Affordable Care Act instead of as Obamacare. The image of Obamacare has changed significantly this year as compared to previous years. It is a divisive name, so I would hate to see it win, but I'd understand if it did.

I'd love it is Snowden wins. He has a cool name.


How do you pronounce Gael? I'm completely out of the populat media loop, so my first assumption was that it was pronounced like Gale (as in a storm), but then I realized that it would be pronounced differently in Spanish. Is it 2 syllables (Gah-ell) or one? If the vowels blend in the Spanish pronunciation, it'd sound like the word "guile," which would totally fit in with the description Laura gave.

April 22, 2013 02:45 PM

Hee hee . . .


1) Airforce Mutt Child

2) Red Haired Mother

November 24, 2012 08:25 AM

I rather like the idea of nominating Snow. It's the only one I've seen so far of people using it as a new name, as well as allof the other reasons the nominator had listed.

I'd like to submit Paul. Ron Paul has inspired a political movement that touches both sides of the aisle which emphasizes freedom and the rule of law. The media won't talk about him much, but he has been in politics for 30 years, has kept his oath of office (defended the Constitution), is inspiring the rising generation of politically active young people with his message (which he plans on continuing to spread), and he's retiring this year. As far as his name goes, it sounds incredibly old fashioned and is the most inconspicuous name, I see a lot of people searching for old, lost values that suddenly have relevance in today's world (such as people learning to grow their own food, keeping chickens for the eggs, buying silver coins in anticipation of the dollar collapse, the homeschooling movement growing beyond the religious community, the Prepper community growing, etc). There are people challenging the status quo yet who are not talked about much in the media, which I think the inconspicuous name Ron Paul represents.

That said, I have to disagree with using Mitt. Mitt won't be remembered after this election year. His name is insteresting, but that's about it.

I'm also afraid Trayvon doesn't hold much meaning to me. It's a tragedy, but I see no relevance to the naming world, or to our culture. Maybe I'm just a hermit ^_^

Maybe Sandy. I don't know if such a mother-aged name would affect the naming world much, and I don't know if it affected or reflected culture much. I just kinda wish I heard more about what was happening with those people after the election. You know their problems weren't solved in one week. The silence bothers me.

June 18, 2009 09:02 AM
In Response to Sharing the Choice

Tirzah - I'm quite fortunate that my answer to your survey is D. My husband participates quite a bit, actively coming up with new names and new name combinations. He doesn't research much, but he's still an active contributer to our name-making decisions. We're pretty nice about the other's suggestions, too. Leafy: What about Miranda? A Shakespeare name that's beautiful and not too out there, with pretty much no tease potencial.

June 12, 2009 02:52 PM

KimB - I have a little boy named August. We've intended for his nickname to be Gus (it's another family name), but we usually just call him August. You don't have to use a nickname. Laura - HURRAY!!! I've been despairing over whether your new book will ever be published, and I'm overjoyed to know that I only have to wait another month for it. WOO HOO!!!

January 15, 2009 07:57 PM

Steph P. - Hey! I have a little August born in February, too. What a coincidence. August is a family name (though we may have used it anyway even if it wasn't) which my husband and I have long decided to use for our first son, regardless of when he was born. How about yours? I have known a Summer and a Winter in my church, both women, but I never thought to ask them when they were born. To me, the months aren't as tied down to the specific months as the seasons are. I expect a Summer or a Winter to be born in their respective seasons, but I don't really have an expectation for June, April, May, etc.

January 7, 2009 01:20 PM

How tragic! Baby names are one of those uncontroversial things that just about everyone likes (or at least be neutral about it). I don't know of anyone who's anti-baby names. Just people who think that the money could be used better elsewhere, that the popularity lists are a luxury A little bit of luxury is necessary, I think. Like being too poor to pay all of the bills but but being willing to pay $10 for a library card. Or, more likely, like "comfort" snacks like hard candy and bubble gum in the 72-hour kit. It provides no nutritional value, but it does a world of good in reliving your stress. I have to wonder how getting rid of the national rankings would affect actual naming practices. I know that there are a lot of people who deliberately avoid everything in the top 100s, no matter how much they like a name. I'd think that without the popularity rankings, people would be more likely touse well-liked names and less inclined to use creative spellings. Basically, the name pool would no only shrink, but each region would become more distinctive.

November 20, 2008 03:50 PM

I'd like to nominate Sarah as the name of the year, just because of Sarah Palin. The media was all over her from the moment McCain announced her as his running mate, and covered everything from her children's names to her wardrobe.