“Humphrey is an example of a name that is about to be very hot.” I found the above statement in a Times Online article published several days ago. Apparently it’s the opinion of baby name book author Pamela Satran.
I don’t see Humphrey becoming “very hot” anytime soon. Here’s why:
- The first four letters spell “hump.”
- There’s no getting past the Humphrey Bogart association.
- “Humph” sounds like the word harumph.
- That cluster of consonants in the middle isn’t too attractive.
Humphrey has a cool meaning (it can be traced back to two Germanic elements, one meaning “strength,” the other meaning “peace”) but I think the above reasons will be enough to keep it from becoming trendy.
What do you think — if you were about to have a baby boy, would you consider the name Humphrey?