“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 reader named Sheryl has a two-part request — she needs first name suggestions for a baby boy and middle name suggestions for a baby girl.
Regarding the boy name:
We are finding boys names extremely hard – perhaps because we have a feeling it’s a girl! We do however have our hearts set on John as a middle name as it is in both our fathers’ full names.
Regarding the girl name:
We have our hearts set on Chloe for a little girl but the middle name is open to debate. We picked Anne as it is both our mums’ middle name, but now I’m not so sure – and my mum hates her middle name!
Let’s say the baby’s last name will be Dawson. (It won’t actually be Dawson…but it’ll be close.)
Because the surname does start with a D, Sheryl and her husband are wisely “trying to avoid the initials CJD for both genders for the obvious reason!” Very smart. :)
For boy names, I thought it would be nice to stick to something rather traditional (to fit with John) that doesn’t end with the letter N (so the full name doesn’t suffer from N-ending overload):
And here are some ideas for Chloe’s middle name. Sheryl mentioned that she was considering compound names that contain the name Anna, so the names on the left feature Anna/Anne as the first element, while those on the right feature Anna/Anne as the second element: