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.
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?