Teenage thief Harry Longabaugh served an 18-month jail sentence in Sundance, Wyoming, in the late 1880s. During his imprisonment, he was nicknamed “the Sundance Kid.”
In the 1890s, Harry became associated with Butch Cassidy’s infamous “Wild Bunch” train-robbing gang.
Many years later, the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) came out. Not only did it win four Academy Awards, but it called attention to the names Cassidy and Sundance. Cassidy started appearing in the U.S. baby name data in the late ’60s, Sundance in the early ’70s.
Cassidy has been in the data ever since. It became especially popular as a girl name, peaking at 99th on the girls’ list in 1999.
Sundance, on the other hand, never really picked up steam. It was last in the data in the mid-1990s…though the most recent winner of The Voice is nicknamed Sundance, so the name might be back soon.
Which of these two names do you prefer, Sundance or Cassidy?
I have started teaching a new course this month and am learning the names on a new class list.
My biggest challenge is, as always, the curse of the creative speller.
If your name is Megan why is it spelled Mheghaan?
Why is Cassidy, Kasidee?
Why is Britanny now Brit-anee?
Judy is Joodee?
I have taught Tifani’s, Tiffany, Tifanee all in the same class.
It makes my head explode.
Listen I have a last name that requires spelling out every time I say it, and over time that is a nuisance. Why send your child out in the world with that handicap over what is an ordinary name? Why have teachers say “you’re kidding” every time your kid says what the creative spelling stands for.
If you want your baby to have a cool name choose a cool name. Don’t try to do it with creative spelling. It’s making my class lists a nightmare.
After using a statistical model to study more than 100 years of first names and doing a natural experiment using the names of hurricanes, the researchers found that the popularity of a particular moniker is impacted by how widely the sounds in that name were used previously. In other words, a first grade class filled with Karens is likely to be followed by a wave of six-year-olds with names that use similar sounds, or phonemes, such as “Katie” or “Karl” — or even “Darren” or “Warren.”
The Census Bureau announced Thursday that most of the newborn babies in the United States belong to minority groups, the first time in history that whites of European ancestry have accounted for less than half of that total.
Minorities—including Hispanics, blacks, Asians and those of mixed race—accounted for 50.4 percent of all U.S. births during the 12-month period that ended last July, edging past non-Hispanic whites who made up 49.6 percent.
He adored Melville, Mozart, and Mickey Mouse (and would have noted the alliteration with pleasure—he wrote in different places about the mysterious significance he attached to the letter M, his own first initial and that of many of his characters, beginning with Max of Where the Wild Things Are).
Her husband is only on board with Avery, Caroline, Kristina and Michaela (he prefers the spelling Makayla).
The twins will have an older brother named Thomas Aiden (nn Tommy) and their surname will be similar to Damon.
Eva’s criteria reminded me of the twins named Charlotte and Dylan I wrote about a few years ago. I think the name Charlotte is a good option in this case, but Dylan plus that surname might be D/N-overload. Here are some other possibilities:
They are rooted in the physical (as Aspen is), but they won’t lock Kendra into noun-names (as names like Sage or Willow would). Most are also theoretically gender-neutral — again, like Aspen — though in real life they tend to be used for either one gender or the other.
These names also came to mind:
Bryce, Cody, Cole, Max, Rory, Royce, Ryker, and Ulysses for boys,
Carley, Chloe, Daphne, and Heidi for girls, and
Cassidy and Emery for either boys or girls.
(Daphne does refer to another kind of tree, but the connection is subtle, so I think it would be all right with Aspen.)
It’s tricky to suggest middle names without a definitive first name in place. I do really like Johnmichael and Jane, though. I also thought Kendra might find Jonah, Jett or Jude appealing, as they became fashionable (as first names) right around the same time Aspen did.
Do you like any of the above names? What others would you suggest?
Update – The baby is here! Scroll down to see what name Kendra chose.
A reader named Courteney is expecting her third baby and needs help with a name:
I love male names–really surnames for both male and female. I don’t like traditional but then again I don’t want it to SCREAM like we are trying to be different. Our other two girls are named Cadien and Killian. The middle name will be Wade no matter the sex.
This is a tricky one. Courteney’s daughters have very similar names…so should she stick to the pattern, or go with something entirely different?
I don’t know the answer, so I came up with two groups of suggestions. Names in the first group resemble Cadien and Killian:
Names in the second group are similar to Cadien and Killian in terms of style, but not (as much) in terms of sound:
Any of the above sound particularly good next to Cadien and Killian (and in front of Wade)? What other names can you think of?
*I heard from Courteney not long after I posted this…turns out Kennedy is already in use as Cadien’s middle name.