It's hardly surprising to learn that status-seeking individuals choose to buy goods and services based on how impressive the cost is. What is disconcerting is to realize that it's not just that typical high-prestige goods like handbags, luxury cars and the like that can become markers of status.
Some unusual names can actually work -- and might be enjoyed. And, more importantly, it shouldn't matter what your name is. Or how you look, or where you're from, or your sexual orientation or whether you have disabilities. We are each as worthy as anyone else -- and deserving of respect and kindness.
Last year, 146 different "bell" names were chosen for at least five newborn American girls. I wanted to find a way to present that amazing flowering of style around a single sound.
Beware of what I call the "Name Fad." Sure, it sounds hip now, but in 30 years, the names Natalie, Chelsea, Samantha, and Lindsay will sound how Nancy, Cheryl, Susan, and Linda do today. And in 60 years, the names Ethan, Cody, Brandon, and Matthew will be Earl, Chester, Bernard, and Melvin. These are all just Name Fads -- only difference is when they happened.
I'm sitting on a couch in my daughter Rachel's home in Chicago, holding my first grandchild, a boy, seven days old. I've heard grandparents talk, ad nauseum, about the thrill of this relationship, but, as with having your first baby, you have no clue what it will be like until it happens.
If baby naming is alchemy, I believe I've just brewed up a wee pot o' gold. I have a Magic Formula for finding appealing, fresh-sounding traditional n...
For adventurous parents, for video game creators and for anyone looking for an uncommon name that stays just on the right side of the cool/crazy divide, here are 30 names that say "Why Not?" with a punch.
To get a sense of cultural time passing, let's take a look at the names of this fall's two matriculating classes: the college students, born circa 1995, and the kindergarteners, vintage 2008.
My husband and I had our first baby boy and named him "Ford," from my maiden name. Two years later, we had our second baby boy and named him -- wait for it -- "Owen." So, yes, today there is an Owen and Ford Wilson and an Owen and Ford Smiley.
Is it the name that rings dimes, is it the identity of this name that sings chimes, is it the things they have done or not done that does the jives, s...
It's remarkable to think that a relatively traditional name era like the 1930s could actually follow celebrity names more than our own age does.
Is celebrity naming really a marker of the 21st Century? Were parents of the pre-Brangelina era less susceptible to the allure of fame?
North West is pretty out there in terms of names but I'm sure there is probably no other child with that name in the world and therefore, in that sense, I'd say Kim and Kanye have done their job right in giving their child a unique identifier for a name.
Like obesity and crotch shots, one of America's favorite pastimes is baby name judging. And now that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's baby name has been revealed (North West, no middle name), everyone is jumping on the name-judging bandwagon.
Some of these names may be destined for the top 10 and others will surely disappear. But together, they show us something about what's new, what we're thinking about and where we're heading.
When my wife and I chose the names of our three precious children, we were committed to naming them after family members we had loved and lost. It struck me immediately, when our youngest daughter was named, that the pantheon of my ancestral family was whole again.