Choices in Names change, shifting in and out of fashion and some stay constant.
There is a new movement for gender neutral names as parents see the benefits of naming their child without the gender attached.
Only 6% of names are gender neutral and according to names.org, who put the parameters to what makes a name gender neutral, when they dip below 95% of the social bureau’s data/statistics then it becomes gender neutral.
For instance, the name Leslie in 2016 dropped to 94.6% for the females it was given t and was thus consider gender neutral because it was below 95%.
- Greek origin, meaning blue dye
- English origin, meaning ash tree
- Irish Origin, meaning dark
- Celtic origin, meaning island of apples
- Greek origin, meaning reverberating sound
- English origin, meaning resolute protection
- Greek origin, meaning west wind
- Celtic origin, meaning chief leader/intelligence
- Welsh/German origin, meaning of the sea/keeper of the keys
- English origin, meaning dark and attractive
Over the past 100 years the boy’s name, ‘James’ was given to over 4.5 million boys, whilst the girl’s name ‘Mary’ has been given to almost 3.5 million girls. Although they are staples in our supply for names their popularity has changed over the years.
Names from television and popular culture impact parents’ choices. Khaleesi or Arya were very popular names form the tremendously successful TV series Game of Thrones; 241 baby girls were named Khaleesi in 2012-2013 (when the series was at its peak) but is now ranked number 733 in the US.
- French origin, meaning free
- Latin origin, meaning work
- Latin origin, meaning olive tree
- Scottish origin, meaning island
- Scandinavian origin, meaning beloved
- Hebrew origin, meanings life/serpent/bird
- Latin origin, meaning grace of God/charm
- Greek origin, meaning young green shoot
- English origin, meaning willow tree
- German origin, meaning battle mighty
There will most likely be push back if parents float the name around family and friends. But this generally changes after the baby comes along with its new wonderful name.
Most name associations fade. If you love the name stick with it, don’t let who you know or pop-culture changing its connotations be bothersome.
- Old Norse/Latin origin, meaning kind one and olive tree
- Hebrew origin, meaning rest, comfort and repose
- English origin, meaning resolute protector/strong willed warrior
- English origin, meaning God is gracious (can be considered gender neutral)
- Latin origin, meaning lion/lion-hearted and brave
- German origin, meaning ruler of the home
- German origin, meaning free man
- Hebrew origin, meaning twin (biblical connections)
- Latin origin, meaning bringer of light
- Hebrew origin, meaning my God is Yahweh (the Hebrew name for god)
Avoid passing trends; consider whether the future child could be teased for their name, and if the name will still sound great in ten years time.
Look into the family tree for inspiration.
There’s something special about a name in the family being used as if it respects and holds significance for the family.
Look up meanings: does this name inspire and not mean something that could be taken in the wrong way?