“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.
I do my best to stay impartial about names. Sometimes, though, a bad song gets in the way.
When a perfectly good name gets trapped inside a bad song, I can’t help but start disliking the name along with the song.
Which songs have done the most to tarnish various names for me? The top five are:
Come On Eileen (1982) by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Fact: This is the most annoying song in the history of mankind. Seriously. There was a world-wide vote. (Did you miss it?) Second place went to John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.
My Sharona (1979) by The Knack
The melody is so-so, but the lyrics are just sleazy…especially when you consider that the Sharona who inspired the tune was just 16 when it was written.
Help Me Rhonda (1965) by The Beach Boys
I like The Beach Boys, but this particular song gets on my nerves.
Roxanne (1978) by The Police
Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaawks-anne. Need I say more?
Adia (1997) by Sarah McLachlan
Back in the late ’90s, the U.S. passed something known as the McLachlan Law. The gist of it was this: Every radio station must play Adia by Sarah McLachlan at least 300 times an hour. (Sound impossible? It’s not. Trust me, I was there.)
These are my worst offenders, but there are a few dozen other songs I could have included. (Hey Mickey, you’re so fine…)
What about you — has a song ever negatively influenced your opinion of a name? What song was it, and why do you dislike it?