It's about that time of the year again- I mean, it's always that time of the year on my newsfeed. My social network friends have been reproducing yet again, and I always love to share their creative, quirky, classic, or trendy tastes in baby names.
I fact, I discuss baby names so frequently that I'm in a three-way negotiation in a fantasy football league for naming rights for my first child in exchange for Doug Martin. Sorry, Doug Martin. Those rights are too valuable.
It is hard for me to withhold my opinions on baby names. I've said before that I favor names with history, meaning, symbolism, culture, quirk, etc... and I always prefer REAL SPELLINGS. I am, needless to say, and English teacher. People always ask me to reveal my favorites from the list, but I covet my top picks too much to share them. I can share, however, that some of these names I really quite like.
Others, not so much.
I continue to see popular X and Z sounds, a few vintage classics, girls ending in "a" and "y" sounds, boys ending in "n" sounds, and a few of the made-up, kre8tive names and spellings. However, even the names that seem a little off-beat follow current trends of long "a" sounds and "son/ton/don" endings. You can probably spot the regional trends in this bunch as well; some locales follow a vintage-chic style while others take more liberty with sound/syllable combinations and and flirt with the boundaries of correct spellings.
Fine. I'm not very good at hiding my bias, but there are some surprises who have defied both stereotypes.
I'll let you decide. Without further ado, the names of the babes of my very fertile friends. How do you think they did? What are your favorites of the bunch? Can you guess my first place and last place picks?