I recently discovered that the name of my favorite font, Verdana, was created by combining the words verdant (in honor of the Pacific Northwest) and Ana (the name of the daughter of one of the developers).
Verdana may not be ready for broad use as a baby name, but this still made me wonder: which typeface names have potential as forenames? Here were some that I came up with…
- Aldus, which was designed by Hermann Zapf in 1954 and named after fifteenth-century Venetian printer Aldus Manutius.
- Cooper Black and Cooper Old Style, which were designed by Oswald Bruce Cooper during the 1920s. (Cooper was the 113th most popular boy name of 2006.)
- Franklin Gothic, which was designed by Morris Fuller Benton in 1902 and named after Benjamin Franklin. (Franklin was the 439th most popular boy name of 2006.)
- Georgia, which was designed by Matthew Carter in 1993 and named in honor of a quirky tabloid headline: “Alien heads found in Georgia.” (Georgia was the 273rd most popular girl name of 2006.)
- Joanna, which was designed by Eric Gill in the early 1930s and named after one of his daughters. (Joanna was the 256th most popular girl name of 2006.)
- Times New Roman, which was designed by Stanley Morison in the early 1930s for The Times. (Roman was the 209th most popular boy name of 2006.)
- Trajan, which was designed by Carol Twombly in 1989 and named for Trajan’s Column (which took its name from Roman emperor Marcus Ulpius Nerva Traianus, a.k.a. Trajan).