A Rose by Any Other Name

2 Dec

In my other life, I work in the field of public relations. Yesterday I logged in to PR Newswire to upload a press release and notice a headline that caught my eye:

THE WAIT IS OVER … BABYCENTER® UNVEILS TOP BABY NAMES OF 2011

From the Jersey Shore to the Royal Palace, Pop Culture and Celebrities Offer Inspiration While Sophia and Aiden Still Reign Supreme

Truthfully, I hadn’t been waiting … but I couldn’t help but take a peek. The list of the top names for baby girls and baby boys was interesting enough - lots of Sophias and Aidens out there this year, but the follow up commentary was even more interesting.

The rise in popularity of the name Mason (#3) is attributed to Kourtney Kardashian’s son. *sigh*

Also, Briella (what?) and other names inspired by New Jersey-based reality shows including – and I am not making this up – the first name Jersey. Really? *double sigh*

I also noted with interest the rise in royal name like William, Harry, Kate and Pippa because if Don and I have a son our top contender for his name is Harris, after Don’s grandfather. Baby Harry. It’s so cute right? Except, it seems, he might be in school with a lot of other Harrys. Oh well – we’d probably call him Harris anyway.

5 Responses to “A Rose by Any Other Name”

  1. Jennifer December 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    I always find it amazing what people name their children. But I guess I shouldn’t say too much. Neither of my kids go by their given names. Trey’s real name is Alan (he’s the 3rd) and Reese is my daughter’s middle name.

    Have you thought about a girl’s name? We had names picked our for our 1st and the girl’s name was Paige… I’m so glad our 1st was a boy because there is as many Paige’s in Trey’s class as there were Jennifer’s (Jenny’s) in mine.(We had no idea that Paige would be a popular name. I should look it up to see if it ranked for most popular in 2001.)

  2. Kate December 2, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    Oh geez, now there’s going to be a ton of Kates out there. Oh, wait.

  3. Matthew December 5, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    I have a feeling all those Aidens have moms who watched too much Sex and the City when they were single.

    I love the name Harry!

    • susan December 5, 2011 at 10:59 am #

      I thought the same thing, Matt. Aiden is a nice name, though. It’s super cute for a little kid and transitions to adulthood really well.

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