Skip to comments.2010's Hot Boy Baby Name Trend
Posted on 11/10/2010 6:06:04 PM PST by ransomnote
Rejecting the top names of the past century, more and more parents are choosing gender-neutral boys' names. SNIP
When sportswriter Peter Richmond, author of Badasses, was expecting his first son 25 years ago, he didnt want to name him Tom, after his father, or Burgess, after his grandfather, and he certainly didnt want to name the poor kid after himself.
Instead, Richmond and his wife wanted to give their son a name that was unmistakably male yet broke rank with all the masculine names that came before it. Robert, William, and John have dominated boy-baby naming since statisticians began keeping track. SNIP
Naming your kid Hunter or Breaker is like saying *expletive* you to the world that invented feminism, said Richmond. Its a desperate cry to hold onto an archaic and useless form of masculinity, whereas naming your kid Robert III after your grandfather who invented the flyswatter and bought the house in Newport is a very different kind of holding onto an outmoded form of masculinity.
(Excerpt) Read more at thedailybeast.com ...
“Our nontraditional boys’ names reflect our own desire to raise sons who will be as comfortable pushing dolls in strollers as pushing trucks.”
I’m fine with my oldschool “John Richard”.
By not naming you son a “man’s” name you turn him into faggot fodder.
If we had one, his name would have been James after my grandfather and her father.
But I’ve always thought “Lance” was a cool name for a boy...
Ouch! Don't put "SNIP" in right after mentioning "gender-neutral". It makes the boys want to crawl up into my abdomen to hide. :-)
My son has a classmate whose sibling was named Wolfgang Obama. Initials: WOW
Beowulf and Gunnar are on my list if my wife and I decide to have a third child.
Any solid Christian name works for me.
Heck, even “Christian”. That would sure piss off a lot of secular schoolteachers, to have to say the word “Christian” all day.
30 years ago when I named my son Jordan it was a boys name. NOW it’s been co-opted as a girls name.
That is one of the stupidest articles I’ve ever read.
This is one of the stupidist naming articles I’ve ever read.
She makes no mention of going back to the bible for many of the names - I mean, Elijah (for anyone who knows the story) is far from feminine. Why would you name a boy a feminine name anyway? It’s like saying, ‘I want my child to be confused and picked on”.
However, looking at the picture of the author, she does look a little confused to me. I was trying to figure out if she was a feminine man or a butch woman.
Ok I am shocked. But, was the child named when Obama was on the ascent? Will he be renamed ‘Clinton’ on the descent?
Beowulf Corpse? That better be one tough kid!
So they named their son "Tug".
I think there is a segment of the population out there who secretly want their boys to be gay because it’s a little cool in their circle.
“Beowulf Corpse? That better be one tough kid!”
Must you type such things when I have a mouth full of coffee????
Why excerpt the key fact?!
Their choice: Maxfield.
At a guess, I bet a lot of single moms are behind these. Take ‘Cullen’ for example. Is anyone who names their kid ‘Cullen’ even out of their teens yet?
I think Chlamydia is a beautiful name for a girl.
All my girlfriends leave me.
All great golden retriever names! I need to save that list for my next litter! :)
Achmed, shmooee, chico, chooch..............
Decades ago we had a few popular names that crossed genders, always felt bad for the guys:
Dana, Terry, Kim etc.
“Why excerpt the key fact?!
Their choice: Maxfield.”
Because it sounds like the name of a grocery store?
You know, for all their strenuous beliefs about men, I don’t think the name they chose really does all they want it to do. I assume that by the time he’s 5 he’ll answer to Max. In 4th grade when he is found to be clumsy, the other kids will call him Maxwell Smart after the recent movie remake of a dufus. In high school, he’ll start a garage band an name it Max-I-AM after himself (and Will_I_AM). He’ll have a screen name online like ‘Maximum Damage’.
Only you spelled “stupidest” correctly... :)
I vote for “Ignatia: after Saint Ignatius.
I wanted to imbue my sons with feminist values..”
And their father has what to say about that exactly?
Oh he’s not allowed to say anything unless I tell him to.
I was always partial to Be-Bop and Bo-Bo.
The cause of this trend is clear. More women are bearing children without benefit of a formal husband. There is no check on the self-indulgences that take place with those who use idiotic “alternate spellings” for their daughters so she can be “one of a kind” (with a name nobody can spell).
Normally, it is the husbands who will say no son of mine is gonna be called “Jayden.” Regarding the oddball Palin naming conventions, that has much (I believe) to do with Native culture being broader in their selection of names from time immemorial, so they get a waiver.
I want Hannibal or Damion, my wife doesn’t seem to pleased.
Schuyler and Kenton....you’re just asking for your kid to get tormented.
"I was in labor for 23 hours."
Name him Glans.
Okay, that made me snort.
“At a guess, I bet a lot of single moms are behind these. Take Cullen for example. Is anyone who names their kid Cullen even out of their teens yet?”
Unfortunately, women in their late 30’s have been photographed screaming alongside the teenagers waiting in fan lines to catch a glimpse of a Twilight actor.
My son is named after my father and other men in my family going back over 150 years. Now his name, first and middle, are predominately given to girls. I asked him if it bothered him when he was younger he says nope. He knew who he was named for and is proud of the family history. He and his wife are expecting their first child. They recently found out their baby is a boy and the family name, first anyway, will carry on.
Maxfield, wasn’t that a cassette tape maker in the 80s?
I always liked Singent after St. John.
I wasn’t too happy when my brother named my nephews Cameron and Peyton. I think he let his wife pic the names.
I wonder if there isn’t an analogous boy version of the “President or stripper?” test for girls. That test, if you’ve never heard of it, has you taking your preferred Girl Name and inserting it into the following formulae:
“...the president of the United States, _____ _____!”
“...and now on the center pole, _____ ______!”
Thus naming your girl Champagne Brandy Lexxxus fails miserably, unless you have really warped ideals.
We haven’t, as a society, had a habit of giving some boys “stripper names” (whatever those would be for a boy), but if there’s something similarly frivolous in the air for boys—and this article suggests a possibility or two—I wonder what a good specific test would be.
Also, I also consider many baby names overthought. It’s an important decision, to be sure, but I wonder just how much Communication of Your Values occurs thereby.
In any case, if he uses his own birth first name from here on out, poor gentle-chief Calum (from the linked article) will have to endure “can you spell that again?” for the rest of his life. If I were Calum, my main lesson would probably be that Mommy didn’t really think ahead to that part.
What a lunatic.
My great grandmother’s name was Zella.
I also knew a guy named Tandy.
It’s not too late, America! Give your kids a respectable cowboy or cowgirl name!