“Everly” is hot…”Beverly” is not. It’s a one-letter difference between fashionable and fusty.
If you’re sensitive to style, you’ll prefer Everly. It fits with today’s trends far better than Beverly does.
But if you’re someone who isn’t concerned about style, or prefers to go against style, then you may not automatically go for Everly. In fact, you may be more attracted to Beverly because it’s the choice that most modern parents would avoid.
If you’ve ever thought about intentionally giving your baby a dated name (like Debbie, Grover, Marcia, or Vernon) for the sake of uniqueness within his/her peer group — if you have no problem sacrificing style for distinctiveness — then this list is for you.
Years ago, the concept of “contrarian” baby names came up in the comments of a post about Lois. Ever since then, creating a collection of uncool/contrarian baby names has been on my to-do list.
Finally, last month, I experimented with various formulas for pulling unstylish baby names out of the SSA dataset. Keeping the great-grandparent rule in mind, I aimed for names that would have been fashionable among the grandparents of today’s babies. The names below are the best results I got.
The U.S. National Park Service has a birthday coming up!
When the NPS was created on August 25, 1916, there were only 35 national parks and monuments. (The world’s first, Yellowstone, had been established in 1872.)
Nowadays the agency oversees 411 units. These units are located in the 50 states and beyond, and include national monuments (82), national historic sites (78), national parks (59), national historical parks (50), national memorials (30), national battlefields (11), national seashores (10), national lakeshores (4), national scenic trails (3), and more.
Let’s celebrate the upcoming centenary with over 100 baby names that pay tribute to the national parks specifically:
The derivation of Kenai is unknown, but it could come from either Dena’ina Athabascan (“big flat” or “two big flats and river cut-back” or “trees and brush in a swampy marsh”), Russian (“flat barren land”), or Iniut (“black bear”).
If you’re a huge Oz fan — or just a fan of old-fashioned names generally — here’s a list of (most of) the people who played Munchkins in the legendary 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz”:
Adam Albert Arnold August Bela Bernard Billy (2) Carl (2) Carlos Charles (4) Charley Clarence Colonel Dominick Eddie Elmer Emil Eugene Eulie Frank (3) Franklin Franz Fredreich Garland George (2) Gerard Gus Harry Harvey Henry Howard Jack Jakob (2) James (2) Jimmie Jessie John (2) Johnny (3) Joseph (2) Karl Kurt Lajos Leon Lewis Matjus Matthew Meinhardt Mickey Murray Nels Nicholas Parnell Prince Robert Sandor Theodore Tommy Victor Walter Willi William (2)
Addie Alta Ann Betty (2) Carolyn Charlotte Christie Dolly Donna Elizabeth Elly Elsie Emma Ethel Eva Fern Freda Frieda Gertrude Gladys (2) Gracie Hazel (2) Helen (2) Hilda (2) Hildred Jeane Joan Josefine Leona Lida Lillian Margaret (3) Marguerite Marie Mitzi Nita Nona Olga Patsy Priscilla Ruth (2) Shirley Stella Thaisa Valerie Viola Yvonne
While the majority of the 132 Munchkins in the film were played by little people, a handful of the female Munchkins were actually played by child actresses.