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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.
The image below, of the Boulevard du Temple in Paris, was captured in early 1838 by Louis Daguerre, inventor of the daguerreotype.
It may be the earliest surviving photograph of a person. Two people, actually. Both are in the lower left:
Here’s a close-up:
The standing man is getting his shoe shined, and the other man (partially obscured) is doing the shoe-shining.
Of all the people on the sidewalk that day, these were the only two to stay still long enough (about 10 minutes) to be captured in the image.
Now for the fun part!
What would you name these two Frenchmen?
Let’s pretend you’re writing a book set in Paris in the 1830s, and these are two of your characters. What names would you give them?
Here’s a long list of traditional French male names, to get you started:
For some real-life inspiration, here are lists of famous 19th century and 20th century French people, courtesy of Wikipedia. Notice that many of the Frenchman have double-barreled, triple-barreled, even quadruple-barreled given names. (Daguerre himself was named Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre.)
January 17, 2011, marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of 35-year-old Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba.
Lumumba was the first democratically chosen leader of what is now the DRC, but he was premier for less than three months in mid-1960 before being arrested and executed by firing squad.
The U.S. likely played a part in his assassination. The White House saw Lumumba as a threat to U.S. economic interests (the Congo is rich in natural resources) and also believed he was a communist (even though it seems he was not).
The perceived communist connection makes this particular baby name all the more intriguing.
Right around the time Lumumba was assassinated, at least one American newspaper reported that Mr. and Mrs. Vikloj Kim of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic had named their firstborn son Patrice in honor of Patrice Lumumba.
Of course, the paper didn’t attempt to track down any American babies named for Lumumba, though I’m sure they could have found one. The number of male Patrices born in the U.S. more than tripled from 1960 (11) to 1961 (37).