F names

The biggest take-away I got from this great blog post http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/12/how-to-name-baby.html is that F names are due for a comeback, and pope Francis might help spur that along.  What F names do you like/predict will become popular?  My bets are on Florence and Felicity.  I would love Fritz for a cat.

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January 10, 2014 4:10 PM

While I knew most of that just from hanging around here for so many years, that was actually a really entertaining piece to read.

There are lots of things that I could comment on, but I was really interested in the vowel phenomenon illustrated in images. The A- and I- trends are clearly obvious just from looking at the names used and discussed, but it's still fun to see. Personally, I'm a fan of O- names :)

The F thing is interesting, too. (Felicity is at the bottom of my current shortlist, so I hope that your prediction is wrong, in case I want to use it in the future :D)

Oh, and the way she phrased that "in 60 years, the names Ethan, Cody, Brandon, and Matthew will be Earl, Chester, Bernard, and Melvin" was highly amusing.

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By Spam
January 10, 2014 8:52 PM

Yes, I loled at the description of the boys names on girls phenomenon...quite amusing.  And I hadn't seen evidence to support my suspicion of "E" names becoming common among girls but this confirmed that.  The "begins with a consonant" names being popular in the 70s/80s hadn't occurred to me.

I wouldn't avoid Felicity, it is at the beginning stages of coming back in style (if it does)...at least a Felicity born within the next 5 years or so would be at the beginning of the trend, so later in her life it would make her sound younger than she is based on name alone.  Then again I suppose a name making a woman sound "younger" could be interepreted as a good or bad thing.  With the current "names ending in a" trend, perhaps Felicia will be the more likely choice for most parents...but then again Felicia might not be ready for a resurgence since it had some use in the 1950s-90s.

Another classic F name: Flora, maybe variations like Fleurette or Fleur.  I love Floretta, too bad it sounds like "Florida"