Are Baby Names Getting Pretentious?

We’ve all heard that baby names are coming full-circle, with some “antique” names coming back into popularity, like Charlotte, Edith, Oscar, etc. Well, breaking it down even further, name trends are unique to certain geographical locations, and even the wealth of the family.

Co-Founder of NameBerry Pamela Redmond Satran says that “Elite parents in urban areas lean toward very fashion-forward and sophisticated names,” even saying that they’re purposefully hard to say and even like. New York City residents tend to pick names that have a more literary type of reference. Some examples include “Dashiell,” like Dashiell Hammett, who wrote mystery stories. More examples included “Sophie,” “Matilda,” and “Ophelia.”

Same theory, but in LA, the names typically are more “trippy and unisex.” Examples given were “Zen,” “River,” “Story,” “Hazel,” and “Sailor.”

From cutting-edge in LA to the more classic names you see in Washington DC, like “Sam,” “Charlotte,” “Jack,” and “Lily.”

Admittedly, these names probably aren’t on the top of the popularity list, but that was the goal. In fact, Pamela Redmond Satran said that parents in celebrity status, or from wealth (the top 1%), they tend to pick names “like steak,” explaining that the more rare the name, the more ideal choice.

Check here for some more info on unique names and the habit of the 1%.

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