Your favorite "hidden gems"
What names do you think SHOULD be more popular? And include your defense for fun. Here is my short list of names that are beyond guilty pleasures in that I think they really could work well for actual humans. I'd recommend them to any expectant parent (and would use them for my own children if not for DH vetoes!)
1. Geneva -- It has a long history of use in the US and was at its lowest point of use in 2011 with only 156 girls given this name. There were 2,586 in 1924! Easy to pronounce but a bit of an exotic twist on Genevieve. Sure, it is a place name...but the Geneva Convention makes me think of it as a peaceful name. Plus, there's ample nickname possibilities. Gen would be the obvious choice (and although Jen was once a common name it's not anymore) then there's Neve (my favorite), Viv, etc.
2. Reeve -- Short, simple, fits the surname trend but not in the overused "ends in n" way. There were only 29 boys and 6 girls named this in the US in 2012. People refer to it as unisex sometimes on forums but those SSA numbers show that in reality it is a 83%/17% split...so it's actually still quite masculine. I've loved the sound since reading "The face on the Milk Carton" as an adolescent. Why is it not more popular? I really don't get it. A reeve was an official in Britian...somewhat like a counselperson.
3. Vienne -- 12 on the 2012 SSA list. Okay, it's probably not more popular because parents go with Vivienne instead. Short, spunky...a French feel without too much complication.
4. Slate -- Another simple but punchy word name. 36 Slates were on the 2012 SSA list. Clay and Stone have been in use for many decades, so why not the earthy Slate? I suppose the association with might be too much for some people.
5. Avonlea -- Again, abundant nickname possibilities! I suppose it may lack meaning since it is an imaginary placename...but such a feminine and modern-feeling one! Only 63 Avonleas on the 2012 SSA list. Similarly, there were only 102 Avalons (is the car model turning parents off?)
Tue, 03/04/2014 - 8:46pm