November 11, 2010

“Naming your kid Hunter or Breaker is like saying f--k you to the world that invented feminism”

The 10 most popular names for boys in the US last year were Jacob, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, William, Joshua, Daniel, Jayden, Noah, and Anthony. No great surprises here. If one is interested in trends, it may be useful to look for the fastest-rising names instead. Last year, they were Cullen, King, Emmett, Colt, Braylen, Jett, Kason, Jasper, and Brooks -- many of them short names with a /k/-sound, evoking a new, macho form of masculinity, very different from names like 'John' and 'Mike,' which people associate "with a nice house in Westchester and two cars and a dad who goes to work and a mom who doesn't."

If the names seem a little un-namish to you (King? Colt?), there's this to consider: 
And yet, said Tom Recht, an engineer who lives in a Chicago suburb and is father to teenage sons Linus and Kilmer, “Around here, all the kids’ names are weird, but aside from the names, the kids themselves are very similar to the kids I went to school with. More parents than not are into the traditional male-female thing, they’re not a rebellious free-thinking crowd, except in their choice of names.”
Little Colt may have a "rebellious" name, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he won't end up in a nice house in Westchester. Who knows, perhaps he's going to be truly rebellious and major in Women's Studies?

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