|OK Magazine is already all over the Penelope Scotland news...okay, not really. |
This cover was back from the gender announcement.
I wonder which tabloid will be the first to print photos.
Nowadays, parents prioritize uniqueness over all other factors (i.e. possible nicknames, family names, etc.) in their search for the perfect baby name. This naming trend has presented itself in two ways: old school names and non-name names. Old school names are suddenly (and fiercely) in vogue. By old school, I mean turn-of-the-century school - names that were popular between 1880 and 1920. Non-name names have been trending for a while now. These are names that were not traditionally thought of or used as names. This category includes last names that are being used as first names (Harper) and nouns that are being used as names (Sky).
With so many people jumping on this uniqueness bandwagon, unusual names are becoming not so unusual. Everybody's doing it. What's interesting about this trend is that it's not necessarily resulting in all babies sharing the same handful of names. In five years, I don't think every kindergarten class is going to have a dozen girls named Penelope, but I do think that Penelope isn't going to be a radically unique name amongst her classmates. There won't be three Jennifers, two Samanthas, four Michaels and one unique Penelope. Everyone will have different names, all equally unique. Penelope will fit right in with her friends Viola, Sullivan and Cash.
What do you think - is/was uniqueness important in your name choosing process? how did you find a unique name? did your name choice end up being unique after all?