“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.
Looking for a baby name that makes you think of love? Here’s a list of names with LOVE — that is, names that contain the letter sequence “l-o-v-e”:
Did you know that “Love” is the Swedish form of Louis?
Lovel, Lovell, Lovelle
Lovely, Lovelee, Loveli
Lovett, Lovette, Loveth
Do you “love” any of the above? :)
And, just to give you some extra options to choose from, here are two more sets of names. First, names that contain all the letters of LOVE (though they’re not necessarily together and/or in the correct order):
Evolet, Evolett, Evolette, Evoleth
Leovanni, Leovani, Leovonni
Solveig, Solvei, Solvej, Solveigh
Second, names that simply contain the letter sequence “l-o-v” (without the final “e”):
Most of the names above come directly from the U.S. SSA’s baby name data.
If you’d like to check out popularity graphs for any of the more common names in this post, just check below for the long list of tags. Each tag is a name, so find the name you’re interested in and click through. The graph will take a moment to load — it’s grabbing a lot of data — but it will allow you to see at a glance the name’s current and historical U.S. usage.