How popular is the baby name Kimberley in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Kimberley.
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“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 couple of years ago, English actor James Corden persuaded former Beatle Paul McCartney to be in a TV sketch. How? Baby name.
Both men were on the The Graham Norton Show recently, and this is how Corden told the tale:
I laid it on very thick, telling him, “people won’t die if you do our sketch.” It makes it very difficult for people to say no. He said, “bloody hell, James, I’ve heard some groveling in my time.” I then said, “that’s nothing — if you’d said no, I was going to say I would name my unborn child after you.” To which he said, “if you promise to do that, I’ll do the sketch.” And that’s why my son is called Max McCartney Kimberley Corden.
Max was born in March of 2011, right around the time the sketch aired. (It was part of Red Nose Day 2011, a telethon organised by Comic Relief.)
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the two wars were fought in South Africa between the British and the Boers. During the Second Boer War (1899–1902), certain patriotic London parents gave their children names “commemorative of our great generals and victories in South Africa.” Here are some examples:
James Albert Redvers Kirby Audrey Buller Lily Wallace
Gen. Redvers Henry Buller
Hector Macdonald Matthew
Major-Gen. Hector MacDonald
Frank Kimberley Stuckey
Siege of Kimberley
Thomas Elands Laagte Wilks
Battle of Elandslaagte
Margaret Ellen Ladysmith Angram
Relief of Ladysmith
Colenso Stuart Dudley Middleton
Battle of Colenso
James Spion Kop Skinner
Battle of Spion Kop
Babies were also named Frere (for Bartle Frere), Glencoe (for the Battle of Glencoe), Kitchener (for Field Marshal Herbert Kitchener), Mafeking (for the Siege of Mafeking), Pretoria, and Tugela (for the Battle of the Tugela Heights).
And, oddly enough, a few London babies were named Kruger for Paul Kruger, President of the South African Republic.
Source: “Boer War Babies.” Leader [Regina, Canada] 31 May 1900: 2.
Here are some oddball baby names I found while scanning the SSA’s baby name lists. They look like creative combinations of other names. (My guesses as to what those “other names” might be are in parentheses.)