“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.
All this recent interest in mining Bitcoin is making me think of a gold rush.
And that reminds me…I have yet to talk about the many dozens of babies named after the Klondike Gold Rush (1896-1899).
Here are some examples of people named Klondike:
Klondike Counsell, born in Utah in May, 1897
Klondike Winters, born in Michigan in May, 1897
Harry Klondike Hayes, born in Washington in June, 1897
Klondyke Alaska Slaughter, born in Kentucky in July, 1897
Klondike McKinley Smith born in Oregon in August, 1897
Klondike A. Bogardeus, born in Ohio in August, 1897
Harold Klondike Hathaway, born in Massachusetts in August, 1897
Klondike P. Flint, born in Ohio in September, 1897
Klondike DeMoss Tucker, born in Indiana in September, 1897
Klondyke A. Applegate, born in Kansas in September, 1897
Klondike Goldy Kelly, born in Ohio in October, 1897
Goldy Klondike Fletcher, born in Nebraska in December, 1897
Pearl Klondike Lincoln, born in Pennsylvania in December, 1897
Kittie Klondike Hughes, born in Texas in January, 1898
Klondyke Dodd, born in Texas in January, 1898
Klondike D. Ator, born in Texas in January, 1898
Loren Klondike Philleo, born in Washington in January, 1898
Dewey Klondike Livingston, born in Oklahoma in February, 1898
Klondyke Kirkendall, born in West Virginia in March, 1898
Vannie Klondyke Smith, born in West Virginia in June, 1898
Earl Klondike Kinahan, born in Illinois in June, 1898
Joseph Klondike Dawson, born in Tennessee in September, 1898
Roy Klondike Temple, born in Oregon in September, 1898
John Klondike Griffith, born in Massachusetts in October, 1898
Klondike Dewey Sengelmann, born in Texas in December, 1898
Some of the above take the Klondike theme even further with names like “Goldy” and “Alaska.” Others commemorate war hero Commodore George Dewey or 25th U.S. President William McKinley.
The baby name Klondike has never appeared on any SSA list, but I think it could (should?) have in 1897 and 1898, if a complete set of data had been collected those years.
Where does the word Klondike come from? The Klondike River was originally called Tr’ondëk in the Hän language. Tr’ondëk means “hammerstone water,” as the people who originally inhabited the area would “hammer stakes into the riverbed and weave branches between them to create weirs that guided fish into carefully set basket traps.”
This baby didn’t get 139 names, but 49 is still excessive, don’t you think?
Diana and Arthur Martello of New Brighton, Pennsylvania, had a baby girl in May of 1989 and gave her 49 names. (Initially it was just 43, but they added 6 more a few weeks later.)
Here are all 49 names:
Princess India Rosa Kathleen Pearla Meshelle Suzanne Luchianna Irena Iris Veronica Donna Holly Robin Concha Kristian Tonya Elizabeth Joana Magali Lavinia Ruth Sandy Lori Appolonia Concepteone Stephenie Victoria Ira Maria Jane Claudia Pamela Shirley Mellissa Leah Rebecca Simone Alana Loren Joy Angie Pheonix Cynthia Christine Eleanor Meg Sophia Eunice
Diana was the one who came up with them. She said her inspiration included TV shows like Matt Houston, T.J. Hooker, Santa Barbara, and The Young and the Restless.
If you could go back in time and rename this baby girl, which two names (out of the 49) would you choose as her first and middle names?
Musala, Jane C. “A Nickname Makes it 45.” Allegheny Times 30 May 1989: A3.
Musala, Jane C. “The Good News is Short-Lived.” Allegheny Times 28 Jun. 1989: A3.