“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.
A reader named Rebecca, who has two children named Billy and Maisy, is expecting a baby girl in several weeks. Here’s what she writes:
During a conversation regarding names my little girl suggested Jetsy…which we think is very cute…BUT alot of people says “its not even a name”!
The subject of Rebecca’s e-mail asked if Jetsy is a name, so I’ll start there.
No, I don’t believe that Jetsy is a traditional English name (or nickname). In fact, I’ve never seen it before. Google tells me, though, that a handful of people do have the name — including minor league ball player Jetsy Extrano.
Billy and Maisy’s names originated as nicknames for William and Margaret, so I thought I’d begin with a few nicknames similar to Jetsy, in case those “it’s not even a name!” comments are starting to get tiresome:
Jessie, nickname for Jessica
Jerry/Gerry, nickname for Geraldine
Josie, nickname for Josephine
Jenny/Genny, nickname for Jennifer or Genevieve
Betsy, nickname for Elizabeth
But Rebecca wasn’t looking for an alternative first name so much as a “nice normal middle name,” which I think is a great idea, as Jetsy is so unusual. Here are a few possibilities:
Do you like any of the above with Jetsy? What other middle names would you suggest to Rebecca?
Update: The baby has arrived! Scroll down to see what name Rebecca chose.
Anthony Philip David Terry Frank Donald Stanley Gerry Gordon Stephen James Oatway (b. 1973) – retired English footballer who goes by the name “Charlie.” Each given name corresponds to a player on the 1972-1973 Queens Park Rangers team.
Collingwood Schreiber (1831-1918) – Canadian surveyor and engineer.
Delarivier Manley (d. 1724) – English novelist.
Grlenntys Chief Kickingstallionsims (b. 1986) – Alabama State University basketball player.
Hawthorne Wingo – New York Knicks player during the 1970s. (Discovered this one in a Beastie Boys song, of all places.)
Icie Macy Hoobler (1892-1984) – American physiologist and biochemist.
Manton Marble (1834-1917) – editor of the New York World.
Pomeroy Tucker (1802-1870) – American journalist.
Quett Ketumile Joni Masire (b. 1925) – second president of Botswana.
Rensis Likert (1903–1981) – American organizational psychologist.
Schelto Patijn (1936-2007) – Dutch politician.
Xenophon Pierce Wilfley (1871-1931) – U.S. senator from Missouri.