Sunday, December 05, 2004

Naming your nubbin

Julia Roberts had her babies! How come no one told me? Hazel and Phinneaus (though everyone lists the boy first…is that because he was born first or because we like to list boys first?).

Here’s a fun story about crazy celebrity baby names.

Do you know, by the way, that in 2003 Emily was the most popular girls name(according to the Social Security Administration) and Jacob was the most popular boys name? I thought they had fallen a bit out of favor since their peak a few years ago.

Do you know that my son's name has risen from 249th to 222nd in popularity since he was born in 1998. That is on the list of boys names. As a girl’s name, it has gone from 495th in 1996 to 90th in 2003. No wonder all the other Averys I know are girls.

I am not pleased about this. I do not want him growing up thinking his name is a girl’s name. For the record, Avery is historically a male name. And there are some famous MALE Averys to know about:

Literary Averys:
Avery Hopwood is the namesake of the University of Michigan’s prestigious creative writing awards.
Avery is a (male) character in the book Charlotte’s Web (not that he’s a nice character…)

Musical Averys:
Avery Fisher Hall is part of the Lincoln Center complex in New York and is home to the New York Philharmonic; it is named for its benefactor who made his millions in the high-end acoustics business
Avery Sharpe plays a mean bass and has composed some sweet jazz, too

Athletic Averys:
Avery Brundage was a pentathlete and decathlete as well as president of the International Olympic Committee
Avery Johnson is a professional basketball player

Anyway, we named our second son James. In 2002, the year of his birth, the Social Security Administration did not list James anywhere in the top 1000 girls names. It was, however, the 18th most popular boys name


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, i just found your blog, i wanted to let you know that your son will probably not have to worry about more girls being named avery than boys, i mean he might, but i do have some experience with this
my name is renee, and when spelled rene it is a boy name, more girls i think are named renee than boys but the elementry school i went to had a boy with the same name, and no other girls, as a result it was asumed by all the boys living near me that it was a boy name, and they did teas me, but really i just thought they where very ignorant, i had grown up knowing all about my name, why my parents hcoose my name (because while arguing over a name for me the song "don't walk away renee" came on the radio) knowing it's meaning and understanding that both boys and girls could be named renee, i was a very sensetive kid to, and other mean things kids did hurt my feelings a lot, but never beingt old that renee was a boys name
i think your son will be fine, especially if he knows about other men with his name

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Blogger doulicia said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Renee. I never stopped to think that giving the child an understanding of where his/her name came from and why it was chosen over all the others could go a long way toward giving him/her pride, regardless of how many others of the same or different gender share it.

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