“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.
On June 19, Amy and Tim Harvey of England welcomed a baby girl named Tylney Jayne.
Her first name was inspired by Tylney Hall, a country house hotel located in Hampshire. Why? Because that’s where Tim proposed to Amy back in 2011, “during a romantic walk around the beautiful gardens.”
Here’s what Amy had to say about the name: “We wanted something unique and special so Tylney is perfect for us.”
In appreciation, the hotel has offered the family (which also includes 11-year old daughter Mia) a free one-night stay.
Tylney Hall, originally a mansion, was built by Frederick Tylney in the year 1700. In 1898, it was purchased by South African mining magnate Lionel Philips and rebuilt in the Victorian style.
What do you think of the baby name Tylney?
(My take: I love how the name was inspired by a relationship — how fortuitous that the hotel name happens to sound like a modern baby name — but I’m also finding it hard to not type “Tynley” over and over again.)
If you like the idea of anagrams but want to avoid sound-alike sets, I recommend anagrams with different numbers of syllables. Pairs like “Etta and Tate” and “Clay and Lacy” are a far more subtle than pairs like “Enzo and Zeno” and “Mary and Myra.”