Baby Name Trend Report: Future Perfect Style
Our clients are so dope. Seriously—every time we wrap things up with an expectant parent or couple, Macaire and I look at each other and say omigodtheyweresocool. But what you may not know is that while we’re busy helping you arrive at the perfect name for your kid, you’re helping us set our business up for some serious next-level shit. Take trends, for example. We’re pretty new to the baby-naming space, but we’re already witnessing some major patterns that have helped us out immensely as we attempt to organize the zillion names we have on file. So far, our clients seem to be looking for names that fall into one of three categories—read on for the breakdown.
Back in the 80s when we were growing up, it was considered cutting-edge to name a girl Jordan or call a boy Avery. Funny, right? Now, names don’t necessarily denote gender at all. I have a daughter named Vaughn, for example, and while that was once a very traditional boy’s name, I’ve yet to meet anyone who assumed she was a he based on her name. We’ve also had a few clients who have chosen to raise their children gender-neutral. A few years ago, a couple from Toronto (not one of our clients!) were deemed newsworthy for doing exactly that with their third-born, Storm. After the birth, they sent an email to their family and friends that read, “We've decided not to share Storm's sex for now—a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm's lifetime (a more progressive place? ...).” Eight years later, Storm’s gender is yet to be revealed and their family is one of many who are choosing to embark on this truly progressive parenting journey. Love the name Storm, btw. Here are a few more of our (genderless) favorites:
TRADITIONAL WITH A TWIST
This one’s a biggie. We can’t tell you how many people we’ve met who are so over the whole “let’s come up with the weirdest name in the world and saddle our kid with it” trend. (Note: We’re over it too!) To that end, we’re seeing a definite shift back to the more traditional end of the spectrum. Unlike, say, John or Mary, though, our clients are interested in names that are seeped in tradition yet still feel fresh and unusual. We’re really digging these right now:
This one’s tricky, because while we get lots of requests for names without nicknames, the reality is every name can and will be shortened. My husband and I went the nicknameless route when we named our daughters, Reeve and Vaughn, as did Macaire and her husband with their sons, Jude and Eyan. But I can tell you right now that all four kids have a handful of nicknames they’ve picked up along the way—it’s just what happens. That said, here are 10 names we love that don’t have any obvious nicknames.
Now we want to hear from you: Of these three trends, what’s your favorite? Which one do your kiddos’ names fall into? Any others that you’re loving right now? TELL US ALL THE THINGS.