Name-the-Baby Contest


Fashion Herald is expecting her first baby and I’m so excited for her. I believe she is still searching for the perfect name, so here’s our chance to step up and offer suggestions. I found a nice source of names in the archives of the US Social Security Department, where you can search the most popular names of every year since 1879.

The most popular baby names of 2008 are ones to avoid if at all possible. We dont need any more boys names Logan, Aiden, Jayden or Ryan. I’m a little suspicious about the lack of Hunters, Austins, Jacksons, and Dylans. Maybe they’ll show up in the list for 2009.

The 2008 girls include Madison, Ava, Chloe, Mia and god help us, Sarah.

It’s tough to find a name you want to be saying for the next 60 years, often yelling it at the top of your lungs. It has to be a name that doesn’t seem pretentious even to you, and that won’t traumatize your kid.   I remember trying to find a good name for my youngest. I liked Otto, because it’s a palindrome and I could imagine a great kid named Otto! Even more than Otto, I liked the name Gus. It would go well with “Max,” my older boy. They could be Max and Gus, like two old Jews in a Delicatessen. But my husband wouldn’t go for it.

A name is a big deal! Try asking your mom if she had another name in mind for you that she almost used. It’s often quite a shock to discover you could’ve been “Nancy” (in my case.)

Okay, so please suggest a couple of great names for Fashion Herald! She doesn’t have to use any of them, of course, but she will get to select her favorite submission.   The winner will get a nice prize that I haven’t figured out yet. It will be something unique if not actually good!

Okay, time is running out so get to work.

And by the way, Lauren wants a nice Cunt Badge for her blog, so here it is.   Let me know if you need me to re-size if for you.


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48 Responses to Name-the-Baby Contest

  1. Soph says:

    Athena, (or athene) thandiwe, elsie, libby, sylvie. I also think nancy is beautiful!

  2. Charlotte K says:

    Why, Charlotte, of course! I never met a woman named Charlotte who didn’t love her name.

    I also like Amy or Eliza.

  3. andrea says:

    My daughter’s name, Emily. Old world, new world, timeless. You can’t tell what era an Emily is from. Emma is nice too, but I think it sounds too pretentious.

  4. annemarie says:

    Congratulations Fashion Herald!

    Please, DO NOT NAME your daughter Mackenzie or Taylor or any other bullshit surname-as-first-name name.
    My favorite girls’ names:
    Penelope, Vivian, Ofelia, Evelyn

    Boys’ names:
    Oisin, Fiachra, Fionn, Conor
    These are all Irish names. I don’t like Irish girl-names so much, but the names for boys are great– they sound so soft and earthy yet at the same time very masculine. Oisin is pronounced as Usheen, Fiachra is pronounced as Fee-a-kra, and Fionn is pronounced as Fjun, the same way you say “fjord.”

  5. annemarie says:

    oooh, this website is GREAT!

    You can listen to Frank McCourt pronouncing the names and giving the background story and meaning!

    Fashion Herald, I hope you are Irish!

  6. Style Spy says:

    Cogratulations on the upcoming!

    I’ve been trying to get someone to name a baby girl Evangeline for years now. It’s lovely & old-fashioned & can be shortened to Evie, which is adorable. Same with Dashiell for a boy — you could call him Dash & what’s cooler than that?

  7. Jill says:

    I’m glad you got to make use of the sign!

    I’ve always liked Adelaide…and Lily. You know what? I tend to name my pets the names that I would have used for any children…hence, Stella and Lola. I’ve always wanted to know a Lola. Sounds like the name of a great bawdy chick.

    I was almost a Nicole and at the last minute she decided on Jill…

    My mother is Greek. My grandfather’s name is Gus. Love it! Luke, Jack and Jake are some of my favorite boys names. I like short and sweet and masculine. Oh, and Rock is super cool.

  8. Jill says:

    And Gunnar. I love that name.

  9. minzhi says:

    I love the name Alice.

  10. Maja says:

    I like Ronja, for a girl. Named after a badass Swedish children’s book character. Unfortunately, it’s also a popular dog’s name, which has forever ruined it for me. Dammit.

  11. Queen Michelle says:

    My mum wanted to call me Shane. Yup, even though I’m a girl. It was my dad who chose Michelle. Now I’d quite like to be called Shane.
    I always liked Dakota and Cyan for a girl.

  12. Lauren says:

    Yessssssssssss! I love it Sister–I’ll post it with pride.

    For the baby, I’ll say Ruth or Colleen.

  13. Jean says:

    The trick to the baby name thing is after you’ve come up with a shortlist of awesome names, figuring out what those names will inevitably be shortened to by your child’s siblings and peers. For instance, my sister is Emily, and she likes to be called Emmy, but hates Em. I love the name Arthur, but shudder at the thought of the creepy-uncle-sounding “Artie”. So I’m gonna go with Eliza (Ellie) for a girl, and Sebastian (Seb or Bastian) for a boy. “Ellie and Seb” – how cute does that sound for brother and sister?

  14. Mark says:

    Alice for a girl. Done.

  15. mary says:

    Helvetica! Hecuba! Chevrolet!

  16. dust says:

    Dust, anybody, no? Dust

  17. WendyB says:

    I already suggested “Macy.”

  18. Caitlin says:

    i like my name, except its become something of a bratty name for spoilt girls over in the u.s. its actually pronounced coshleen in ye old irish. also love maeve and finn (my alter-ego boy name) xx

  19. Antoinette Coll says:

    I am amazed that the Irish names are so popular in the US, the thing about them here is they can put one ina box, ie Republican Gaelic speaking hippie from Connemara type of box or even the Pretentious City Upper class box.

    Probably not real but that is my sense of them.

    No my children are Charlie and Catherine no nonsense good strong names and Maeve is the name I recommend she was a Warrior Queen of Old.

  20. Mie says:

    My bf and I have had this name descussion going on for ages, but decided a few years back that Lea would be a very pretty but also conveniently short and simple name for a girl – no Adriana Isabella bullshit please! For a boy, I’m going to second Dashiell, as Dash really is a rockin’ nickname!

    I am only too happy to be a girl, as in any other turn of events, my name would be Carl-Axel *groan*

  21. omggmab says:

    Scarlet, Louisa, Camille for a girl.

    Montague, Phillip for a boy.

    Hint: tell no one your choice so they can’t weigh in with their opinions!


  22. HelOnWheels says:

    I’m a big fan of Emma as a name for a girl. My lame sister and her idiot husband named their youngest child Ryan – AWFUL. I was lobbying for Rutger, it’s a strong, powerful and interesting name for a boy.

    I was always going to be Eleana (my Russian name) as I was named after my great-great-aunt. I’m not sure if my parents had a boy’s name picked out or not.

  23. HelOnWheels says:

    BTW, a friend of mine that works at a big, storied men’s magazine/media company told me that the employees have a theory based on their observations at work: if you name your female child after months of the year, jewels (Jade), Native American tribes, Madison, Dakota, Taylor, etc. she’ll be more predisposed to become a stripper, work in the adult entertainment industry, pose for said magazine. Something to consider. 😉

  24. Chippy Coco says:

    girl – Nina
    boy – Liev
    I win!

  25. Whoa, I’m overwhelmed with the great names, huge thanks to all! I am really stuck, and my husband and I can’t agree on even one, of course, and now everyone tells us we have to be prepared with more than one name as we won’t know which one till we see the kid.Did anyone else do this, or is this another nyc baby fad? like not cutting the umbilical cord till you get home?
    annemarie – thanks! and yes, i’m all Irish, so I’m a sucker for the Irish names.

  26. Aja says:

    I looooove the name Fionn, Annemarie. I thought I was the only person, thank god. You’re right, Irish boys names are unbeatable (and not yet overly pretentious on this side of the pond yet . . . though it’s simple a matter of time).

    For a boy, I like – Xavier, James, Declan (Elvis Costello’s real name), Etienne. (Etienne is my favourite).

    For a girl I like – Juliet, Ariel (also a boys name), Madeline, Margaux.

    I feel like my choices are boring in comparison to some of the ones up there.

  27. Mark says:

    Girl: Pantene

    Boy: Please.

  28. Imelda Matt says:

    If it sounds like he or she will end up dancing on the hood of a car then I’m a fan. But that’s not for everyone so, Walter (coz it bounces nicely off Max) and Fern or Barbara.

  29. I suggest Sonja or Anja, for a girl and Ivan for a boy; nice Russian names.

  30. Lily says:

    I have some names that my cousins named there daughters Amy, Kayla,
    Rosalie, Lena, Sakura, Maylin and Lidia. I hope I helped. For a boy Jeff, Adrienne.

  31. Jodi says:

    How about ….. Annai… pronounced [ ahh-nah-eee]
    it’s my bff’s middle name!! Hope I helped

  32. Bevitron says:

    You need three names plus the last name so the kid can pick one and make any necessary modifications later on. Gives them a fighting chance.

    Here you go, then:

    If a boy — Everton Haudebert Richland _______

    If a girl — Adavier Manon Ellesmere _______

  33. jennine says:

    ooh baby names! how fun!
    hmm… i always like family related names, because they seem so much more special, and they also tend to be less pretentious…well depending on how pretentious one’s family is, i guess…

  34. Ooh baby names for a girl one of my favourites is Manon – both a French and Welsh name.

    other great girls names (in my world) are Georgia, Olive, Poppy, oh I could go on…

    for boys well Jacob, Rhys (welsh again), Conor (Irish), William ( a classic),

  35. Bex says:

    My husband wants to name our first girl Seven (even before the Seinfeld episode) and I’ve always liked Sebastian for a boy. And Raine for a girl. She’ll grow up kicking ass.

  36. reddoorread says:

    stefnee, britnee or pashlee if it’s a girl


    dog the bounty hunter if it’s a boy.

  37. Swen says:

    Well, you could always give your daughter a guy’s name, like my parents did! I first hated it, now I quite like it as it’s good to scare off drunk guys in the pub, when telling you ARE actually a guy (great fun, and although they don’t believe you, they will NEVER take the risk lol)

    I quite like scandinavian names (Sverre) and secretely I quite like Noa (either a girl or a guy) and Ann (for a guy)

    My mum wanted to name me ‘Katja’ first (hate that, although I’m afraid it would’ve suited me as it has Kat (which is dutch for Cat) in it, and if I was a boy, I would’ve been named ‘Han’

  38. Winter Bird says:

    For a girl: Bellamy or Delaney
    For a boy: Bennett or Cannon

    What did I win?

  39. Moda says:

    My son is Ewan and my daughter, Caitlin.. I also love Roisin and Ronan. My name is Anne but I think that’s too plain and a bit boring.
    CONGRATULATIONS fashion herald! We had 3 names lined up for Ewan but he didn’t look like any of them. He was too wee!

  40. Sonya says:

    Girl – Annemarie is a favourite of mine. Valorie too.
    Boy – Boring names like Matthew and Richard have my heart here. Michael as well.

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