Baby Names: The Top 50 Names of Style-Conscious Parents

I used to blog about baby names all the time when I wrote about pregnancy for CafeMom. But since I gave up that gig and we’re not currently expecting (sorry, grandparents!), it’s been a while. I am baby name-obsessed, though, so when my friend Liz passed on a fun link to The Elite’s Top 50 Baby Names last week, I couldn’t resist.


Magnolia didn't make the list; Jasper did.

The piece was by Pamela Redmond Satran, the baby naming guru behind nameberry and numerous baby name books, several of which we perused endlessly while waiting for our kids to arrive (our favorite was Cool Names for Babies.) “Elite” is what she chooses to call selective, style-conscious parents who want an unusual name for their child — the people studying the Social Security Administration‘s list of Most Popular Baby Names and deliberately steering clear of the ones that top it (no Emma or Jacob, thank you very much.)

Satran susses out the trends and ranks the top names that parents in search of the unusual are choosing (so, yes, what this means is that many of the people in search of distinctive names are picking the same ones.) Jasper is on the list (#7 for boys), but I’m definitely not bothered — I still love the name, which is of course the most important thing.

When we were picking our babies’ names — Jasper and Magnolia — here’s what we considered:

  • We wanted unusual, yes, but not unheard of.
  • We liked the idea of the names having a Southern feel (we both have connections to Texas and a love of the South.)
  • We wanted the names to sound nice together, and we kind of liked that they were “things” — a stone and a flower.

Did your kid’s name make the Elite list? (Henry is #1 for boys, and Charlotte for girls, by the way.) How did you pick your baby names? What was most important to you?


5 Responses to “Baby Names: The Top 50 Names of Style-Conscious Parents”

  1. 1 Amy W March 25, 2010 at 8:50 am

    I sent this to a good friend who has boys with names on the list: Noah and Jude. She replied: “if I had to think of words to describe me, it would probably be either elite or style-conscious. (I write this as I lay here on the couch in a 10-year-old tee shirt and old yoga pants).”


  2. 2 Melisa March 25, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Funny, Amy! I know, “elite” was an odd word choice — it’s always fun to scan these lists, but I very much take them w/ a grain of salt. You gotta go w/ what you love.

    So — you didn’t elaborate — how’d you choose your boys’ names?!

    • 3 Amy W March 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm

      Well, we wanted strong, traditional names, but not super common and also liked the idea of a connection with family.

      So first, Peter Stanton: Peter is a name I have always loved, and I also have an uncle and cousins with that name. My husband and I both think of it as a “good guy” name and like the nickname “Pete” as well. Stanton was my husband’s maternal grandfather.

      Then August Martin: August is a family name on both sides of my family. An uncle of my mom’s, and a step-great grandfather on my dad’s side. We like the nicknames Gus and Auggie. Somehow I pictured “Pete & Gus” down the road, but Peter calls his little brother Auggie so that might stick. And Martin is my dad.

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