“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.
Singer Ciara [pron. see-AIR-ah] explaining how she got her name (People):
My mom was trying to figure out my name when my dad bought her a fragrance called Ciara by Revlon. That’s where my name came from!
(The perfume name, according to the television commercials, was pronounced see‑AHR‑ah.)
Elon Musk explaining how Tesla Motors got its name (Elon Musk):
[W]e didn’t actually come up with the Tesla Motors name. Bought trademark off Brad Siewert for $75k in late 2004. He’d originally filed for it in 1994. Our alternative name was Faraday, which was used by a competitor several years later.
About a woman who married a carnival ride named Bruce (Daily Mail):
Most women look for a handsome, successful, dependable man to be their husband.
But Linda Ducharme, of Tampa, Florida, has decided to forgo relationships with men for those with metal.
The 56-year-old is ‘happily married’ to a skydiver carnival [ride] called Bruce – as she is sexually attracted to objects.
‘His name is Bruce and we’ve know each other since 1981,’ she said.
(You know you’re obsessed with names when your first question upon reading about this woman is: “I wonder why she chose the name Bruce?”)
About crafting names for San Francisco’s high-end condo towers (Modern Luxury):
Perusing high-end real estate literature these days is like reading the cubby signage at a Pacific Heights preschool. At the foot of the Bay Bridge, there’s the Jasper, a 400-foot-tall skyscraper by real estate developer Crescent Heights. Off Van Ness, you’ll run into the Austin, a shiny condo building from Pacific Eagle. And on Harrison Street awaits, well, the Harrison, with its private penthouse lounge, Uncle Harry’s. The trend of monikering luxury dwellings as though they were Ralph Lauren linen collections has hit San Francisco big-time, with the Ashton, the Avalon, and their ilk taking the place of yesteryear’s Paramount and Bel Air.
Yep, he is named after Mike Tyson, and yep, Tyson Fury is a perfect name for a boxer. Fury was born prematurely and only weighed one pound. “The doctors told me there was not much chance of him living,” said his father, John Fury. “I had lost two daughters in the same way who had been born prematurely. They told me there was not much hope for him. It was 1988, Mike Tyson was in his pomp as world heavyweight champion, and so I said, ‘Let’s call him Tyson’. The doctors just looked at me and smiled.”
About the recent celebrity baby name Indigo Blue (UPI):
French star SoKo is a new mom.
The 33-year-old singer and actress, born Stéphanie Sokolinski, took to Instagram Monday after giving birth to a daughter, Indigo Blue Honey.
SoKo shared a photo of herself kissing her baby girl’s foot. She said she named her daughter after The Clean song “Indigo Blue.”
About Marguerite Annie Johnson becoming Maya Angelou, from the book Maya Angelou: “Diversity Makes for a Rich Tapestry” by Donna Brown Agins:
Barry [Drew] signed Marguerite to a three-month contract performing as a Cuban calypso singer at the Purple Onion. He suggested that she change her name to something more exotic. She decided to use to childhood name, Maya. For added dramatic effect, she changed her married name, Angelos, to Angelou.
(Before she was a writer, she was a singer/dancer! This was news to me. The childhood nickname Maya came from her brother, who called her “Mya Sister.”)
About Malaysian sisters named Malaysia, Mayday and Mardeka (Malay Mail):
Mayday’s name pick also went through a similar spur-of-the moment decision, when Victoria was in labour.
“It was less than 24 hours to go before I had to go into labour and I looked at Kamalul and said we are going to have a baby girl soon and we have yet to decide on her name.
“At that point he was reading a historical book about Cold War and was at the part of the story where a plane was going down and an American pilot scream Mayday. He suddenly asked me why not we name her Mayday?” Victoria said with a big smile recalling the moment.
The couple immediately agreed on it since they wanted all their daughters name to start with the pronunciation of “Ma”.
About Cornell University’s two corpse flowers, named Wee Stinky and Carolus (14850.com):
Wee Stinky is named for the spot on the Cornell campus known as the Wee Stinky Glen, near the Cornell Store, that used to have a distinct odor. Carolus was named after Carolus Linnæus, the 18th Century Swedish botanist who laid the foundations of the modern biological naming system known as binomial nomenclature, says Ed Cobb, research support specialist in the Plant Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “It’s also in honor of Carol Bader, the greenhouse grower who nurtured these plants for nearly ten years, but passed away before they bloomed.”
The Gosiutes (or Goshutes) are a Shoshonean-speaking Native American group that traditionally lived in the Great Basin region of Utah.
In the early 1900s, Utah-based academic Ralph V. Chamberlin (1879-1967) collected dozens of Gosiute personal names. According to his research, the names fell into several categories:
Names that referred to physical appearance
Names that referred to “peculiarity of manner or conduct or to some marked personal habit”
Names taken from places, materials, or objects
Names taken from animals
Names “taken from other Indian tongues and…also from English”
He also noted that the “same person frequently receives several [names] in the course of his life”:
The name borne in childhood perhaps in most cases is changed in later life; while the name of an adult may be suspended or used interchangeably with another given in consequence of some newly acquired characteristic or of some event of importance in his life.
Here are most of the Gosiute names Chamberlin mentioned in a speech he gave in early 1912:
Ai’ba-pa – “clay water” (from the name of a local stream)
Äñ’ka-bi-pi-dûp – “ghost”
An’tsi – “a barren flat”
A’pam-pi – “horn head” (for a chief; it referred to the chief’s headdress)
An’tsi – “a flat without grass”
Dsa’kûp – “broken”
Gwa’na-se – “sand”
Ham’bu-i – “blind eye”
Hoi – “chipmunk”
Ǐ’ca-gwaim-no-dsûp – “back apparently broken” (for a boy with a spinal curvature)
Kûm’o-rûp – “rabbit ears” (for a boy with conspicuous ears)
Kun – “fire”
Man’tsi-rǐtc – “to hold the hands in the supine position” (for a woman who often held her hands this way)
Ma’ro-pai – “fighter”
Mo’ro-wǐntc – from root words meaning “nose” and “to pull or draw up” (for a woman who often turned up her nose)
Mu’nai – “moon”
Mûts’ěm-ti-a – “mountain sheep”
Mû’tsûmp – “mustache” (for a girl with hair on her upper lip)
Nam’pa-cu-a – “foot dragger” (for a man with a wooden foot)
Nan’nan-tci (male) or Na’na-vi (female) – “to grow up tall”
No’wi-ûp – “camp mover”
Oi’tcu – “bird”
Pai’yä-nuk – “laughing water” (for a woman with a happy disposition)
Pa’ri-gwǐ-tsûp – “mud”
Pa’so-go – “swampy ground”
Pa’wi-noi-tsi – from root words meaning “water” and “to travel or ride” (for “a man spoken of in tradition as having a very long time ago built a vessel and navigated the Great Salt Lake”)
Pi’a-waip – “big woman”
Pǐ’dji-bu-i – based on bi’dji, “mammae” (for a girl with “precociously developed mammae”)
Pǐn’ji-rû – from the name of a bird
Po’go-nûp – “black currant”
Pu’i-dja – from the English word “pudgy”
Ta’bi – “sun”
Ta’di-en – from the English word “Italian” (for a boy thought to resemble an Italian)
Tai’bo-hûm – based on tai’bo, “white person” (for a boy who was a favorite of the white people)
Toip – “pipe” (for a man who always smoked a particular pipe)
Tu’gan – “night, darkness”
Tu’o-ba – “dark water”
Tu’o-bai – from root words meaning “dark” and “abounding in” (for a woman with an unpleasant disposition)
Wa-da’tsi – “bitter”
Wǐ’ni – from the English name Winnie
Wu’dǐ-tci – “black bear”
Ya’ki-kǐn – “to cry” (for a woman who often wept over her dead relatives)
He also mentioned boy-girl twins named Sa’gûp and Pi’o-ra — the first name referring to the willow tree, the second referring to the sweet-pea, “which lives among and climbs upon the willows, the two names being selected because of this association.”