“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.
Teenage thief Harry Longabaugh served an 18-month jail sentence in Sundance, Wyoming, in the late 1880s. During his imprisonment, he was nicknamed “the Sundance Kid.”
In the 1890s, Harry became associated with Butch Cassidy’s infamous “Wild Bunch” train-robbing gang.
Many years later, in 1969, the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid starring Paul Newman (as Butch) and Robert Redford (as Sundance) came out. Not only did the film win four Academy Awards, but it called attention to the names Cassidy and Sundance.
22 boys + 32 girls
26 boys + 17 girls
6 baby boys [debut]
13 boys + 12 girls
5 boys + 5 girls [debut]
5 baby boys [debut]
Cassidy, which started appearing in the U.S. baby name data in the late ’60s, began rising in usage the year after the movie was released. (It soon became trendy as a girl name, peaking at 99th in the girls’ rankings in 1999.)
Sundance, on the other hand, debuted in the data a couple of years after the movie came out…but never really picked up steam the way Cassidy did.
Which of these two names do you prefer, Sundance or Cassidy?