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No question that this year's name has to be Caitlyn. It's such a multi-faceted name story. I don't see anything else coming close.
My daughter's middle name is Bay, and we've received lots of compliments on it!
I hate to cast a vote for ISIS, but I feel like it's the obvious choice. The (negative) impact that group has had on the world, all of the conversations about the name of the group itself (ISIS vs ISIL), and then to cap it off with the fact that it's an actual name! Other years there was a debate, but this year, I don't see how any other name had the impact of the name Isis.
I live in Toronto, and my daughter has two Beatrices in her JK class. Not scientific, I know, but as Laura said in her most recent post, these trends can be very hyper-local. Beatrice, by the way, is the only name that is doubled in my daughter's class. So it really depends on how much it matters to you that your daughter might share a name with other kids. A lot of it is luck. FWIW, I happen to love the name Beatrice (also Beatrix, and I don't happen to know any), and I think it's classic.
All that said, I find that there is such a diversity of names here in Toronto, which helps.
Great post! It makes me think of the children's book, Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes, which I've been reading lately to my daughter. Does anyone else here know that book? It's about a little girl mouse who loves her name until she gets to school, and everyone else's names are shorter, and she's made fun of. At the end, a beloved teacher reveals that her name is Delphinium and suddenly everyone in the class wants a long name that's also a flower. Really cute.
A plug for my daughter's name, Noa (which I'm pretty sure doesn't have its' own entry, but I don't have my copy in front of me). Although not a popular name among the wider population, I know what feels like a ton of Jewish families (and a smattering of non-jews) who are currently choosing this biblical name. Most people don't know that the name and character from the bible is different than the male Noah, and it's an interesting story of the first women in the bible to inherit property. I feel like more and more people I know are choosing the name for something a little more unusual for girl in the biblical family, that is legitimately a girl's name, and yet it's familiar. It's the most popular girl's name in Israel.
Literally three families I know where I live have girl sibsets with Noa and Talia, which is also interesting.
I wanted to thank everyone again for their help a couple of months ago with the name suggestions for my son, who was born in late August. We chose the name Micah Zev, after our friend Michael who died two years ago. The weird part is that we chose Zev, which means wolf in Hebrew, just because we liked the sound and the connection to nature, and then found out from his mother after we announced the name that Michael had had a beloved dog named Wolf while growing up.
Thanks for all of the suggestions and comments from everyone for our soon to be here baby boy possibly named Micah. By the way, my husband agrees with a previous poster that we can't name the baby after both friends who passed away young since it's just too much. But that means 'J' names are now out for him, which is a shame because I love J names.
One other question: Although my husband and I are strongly considering Micah, I suddenly realized that some people might call him Mike, a nickname I don't really like. The few Micahs I have known never went by Mike, but do you think this is an issue? We could always move it to the middle slot to avoid this, but then we would need to come up with another first name, and there are so few male names we like for some reason.
I definitely remember Cabbage Patch kids names sounding really old fashioned to me back in the early 80's.
By the way, I met a male 'Tovi' the other day, which I had never heard of and thought was interesting (tov means 'good' in Hebrew). That is definitely a name that could go either way I think, like a lot of Israeli names. I also met a Jacoby yesterday. I've always loved the name Coby, and think Jacoby is intriguing because it's less common than Jacob (and Jacobson is a name in my family), but my husband doesn't like it.
This post is very relevant to me, as my daughter's name is Noa and we're in the middle of choosing a name for our soon to be born son, due in about 6 weeks. I find myself drawn to unisex names, and for our son what we're leaning toward is Micah, which to us is clearly a male name (especially with the spelling), but when saying our two kids' names out loud it won't always be clear what sex our children are. We're also considering Jesse (although I can't imagine spelling it Jessie for a boy).
Meanwhile, we'd love some help with middle names. We're probably set on Micah as it's after a close friend Michael who passed away a couple of years ago. But we're stuck on a middle name, partly because I like to have some reason or inspiration for choosing one. The middle name doesn't have to be after the same friend. Our daughter's middle name is Bay, which we love (it's after an aunt and a grandmother on the other side whose favorite place in the world was Cowpet Bay in St. Thomas).
Here is a list we're considering:
Micah Bar (means Grain)
Micah Bear or Ber (Yiddish for bear)
We clearly like nature names, but would love some other ideas. For brainstorming, some other inspirations are the San Francisco Bay area, and Marin county, where our friend was from and where we both love. My maiden name is loosely translated as Good Page in English (it's a germanic name), so that could be fun to play with somehow. Also, we both love food (my husband writes about it), so spice names, or some other food inspired name would be fun but hard to come up with for a boy in a way that doesn't seem forced.
Also considering Jesse Micah, but very close friends of ours have a son named Jesse our daughter's age, and somehow that seems weird, although we were thinking of talking to them about it to see how they would feel about our using the same name. Jesse would probably be after another friend of my husband's who died 8 or 9 years ago. His first name started with a J, and he was old childhood friends with Michael, also from Marin. Very, very tragic.
By the way, our last name is Jewish and means Gold Stone if you catch my drift.
Thanks in advance for anyone who has the time to help us brainstorm!