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.
Plenty of authors dating back to Shakespeare have invented names that caught on with parents. But a name taken from a word that's not a name, from an imagined language? I can't think of a precedent.
How does one name step up to win the hearts of hundreds of expectant parents? This year, the recipe boils down to two words: Beautiful and deadly.
If you can choose anything -- anything -- how can you be sure you made the best possible choice? How do you even know when to stop looking?
I won't keep you in suspense. The "buzziest" names in America, the names rising to the top of expectant moms' lists, are...
One time in grade school, as our substitute teacher read through the attendance list, he paused, laughed out loud, and then read my name. That sort of stuff stays with you.
When a restaurant or a vacation destination is described as "popular," that's usually considered a compliment. A popular spot is an attractive and crowd-pleasing choice. Yet, in the world of baby names, "popular" has become the least popular designation around.
Do you find yourself discussing celebrity baby names more these days? Do you notice more articles about the top names of the year, or hear more friends agonizing over whether Amelia and Atticus have become "too popular"?
I couldn't wait to hear who the new pope was going to be, not because I'm a practicing Catholic any longer or because I cared which Cardinal got elected. No. As usual, I was in it for the name.
As celebs attempt to out-quirk one another with increasingly unusual baby names, they fail to consider the repercussions that little Blue, Apple or Bronx Mowgli will one day suffer.
Does her name work because it's perfect for her, or because we have started to associate certain personality characteristics with it?