Saturday, November 21, 2015

Baby Names

Jessica's doctor asked her what she was going to name her baby. When she said River, the doctor said, "She's going to get made fun of with a name like that" or something along that line. He was very abrupt about it, but he was just speaking his mind. I don't think he meant to be unkind, although it came across that way.

I said something like, "Well, she's going to be a really cool kid so no one will think of making fun of her name." I also told him the obvious--ever since River Song on Dr. Who (don't watch it but Jessica is a fan), the name has become much more popular.

I looked up the meaning of the name River:



Everyone has his or her own preferences in names. For myself, I avoided naming my kids longer names that had a nickname (Jeff is my only child I didn't name)--No William who is called Bill or Margaret who is called Maggie or Peggy. I think this is because my mom named me Katrina but called me Kathy. That is confusing because Kathy is normally short for Kathryn or Kathleen.

Names have definitely changed over the years. Here are the top baby names from when I was born and now.
1962:
Michael    Lisa
David       Mary
John         Susan
James       Karen
Robert      Linda
Mark        Patricia
William   Donna
Richard   Cynthia
Thomas   Deborah
Jeffrey     Sandra

2014
Jackson  Sophia   
Aiden     Emma
Liam      Olivia
Lucas     Ava
Noah      Isabella
Mason    Mia
Ethan     Zoe
Caden    Lily
Jacob     Emily
Logan    Madelyn

The interesting thing is that many of the girls' names are very old fashioned names that have become popular again.

I wrote more about names and trends on my parenting blog HERE.

5 comments:

Hevel said...

River has been popular since Firefly. I actually like that River even more than River Song.

Kathy C. said...

Interesting Hevel. I'm not familiar with it.

Hevel Cohen said...

Oh, it is a super brilliant science fiction series from Joss Whedon, that was axed by FOX after a single season. It was brilliant.

Dawn said...

My cousin's name is River. She's in middle school and no one makes fun of her name.

kayder1996 said...

Hmmm...pretty sure that should be one of the top ten rules for doctors who plan on delivering babies to not criticize name choices. Even if it's Engelbert or Gladys, you just don't get to have a say. My kids all have unique names but that's partially due to having parents who are both teachers who don't want to be reminded of someone else because of a name. And partially because we are kind of non traditional type people. And partially because of adoption. I personally love to hear where people got their names and how children are named. It seems like there is always an interesting story.