“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 name Dack first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 1968:
1970: 7 baby boys named Dack
1969: 8 baby boys named Dack
1968: 12 baby boys named Dack [debut]
Television actor Dack Rambo (born Norman Jay Rambo).
He’d been on TV since the early 1960s, but in the late ’60s had a starring role in the two-season western The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967-1969). He went on to appear on dozens of shows, including the soap operas All My Children, Paper Dolls, Dallas, and Another World.
Dack had a twin brother who was also an actor — Dirk Rambo (born Orman Ray Rambo). In a 1986 interview, Dack mentioned that the names Norman and Orman were “better than Ralph and Dalph” — the names their father had favored.
Please note that I did include names in the gray area between one syllable and two syllables. The deciding factor on these particular names (such as Charles, Miles, and Noel) will be your own interpretation/accent, so be sure to test the names out loud before making any final decisions.