In the deep recesses of my spreadsheet brain, I secretly want to have hundreds of children, just so that I can name them. I like naming things. And yes, I do realize that admitting this makes me seem slightly weird. It’s okay, I’m pregnant and people have to be nice to me. I’ll be alright. Anyways, where am I going with this? Well, deciding on a name for our newbie was a no brainer because Hubstopher kinda named him way before he even proposed to me. But, when I found out I was pregnant, I still thought to look up other possible names (because spreadsheet brain and all). Some of the suggestions I received were slightly more ‘off beat’ than I would dare take on. But hey, don’t take my word for it, check out the more popular (and uhhh, interesting) baby names of 2016:
So I was assured that if you’re “with it”, naming your kid after a hue of the rainbow is probably the most hippest thing you could do. Names like Indigo, Crimson and Gray were quite popular in 2016. Let’s not forget Blue Ivy – the offspring of power couple, JayZ and Beyonce. Those are all really pretty, in my opinion. But once you start going, “Oh hey, meet my son, Orange,” or “this is my daughter, Khaki,” please know that I WILL be giving you a side eye.
Look, the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter, Apple, is a real cutie patootie. And I could totally fall inlove with the name Berry or even Peaches. But you’re pushing it when you decide to name your offspring something crazy like Pomegranate or Grape. “Banana, can you please let go of your brothers hair?!” Just doesn’t work, does it?
So a big trend, in 2016, was to name your kiddo after a strength or character that you admired. Names like Loyal, Verity, Patience and Honesti were the most popular. Hmmm. I met someone named Integrity once. She wasn’t very reliable. *ba-dum-dish*
Another 2016 trend was to name your baby after a planet or object of the solar system. Names like Moon, Mars and Jupiter grew in popularity. The name, Starr, is also very pretty. But you might be pushing it when you’re swaying more towards names like Meteor and Milky Way. (And yes, people have totally contemplated using these as first names)
The older the better
So older names are making a comeback big time. People have been digging through the archives to pull out names like Mildred, Barnabas, Berta, Mabel and Ebenezer. It’s an acquired taste, in my opinion.
Keeping it Bible
I’m sure you’ve noticed that going Old Testament is the new “in thing”, when deciding on a baby name. (Me, I’m guilty of this). The most popular were Caleb, James, Samuel and Isaac.
And yes, we’re going with this trend (totally not on purpose) and have decided to name our baby boy Jonah. The direct Hebrew meaning of the name Jonah is dove. I love the Biblical account of the prophet Jonah – a guy who was commanded by God to preach to a particularly gruesome group of people in Nineveh, a faraway land. After much debating as to why he is not the right person for the job, Jonah eventually tries to escape this assignment, until God got hold of him and transported him to the city, in the belly of a whale. Jonah ended up doing a brilliant job in Nineveh (as I said, this group of people were particularly terrible – sacrificing baby’s and the works) and the whole city was changed by the word of God that Jonah delivered.
I’m excited to think that our Jonah could be that, to a whole generation, one day: Someone who spreads messages of hope and peace and brings about CHANGE in destitute situations.
With that said… if he’s Jonah. And he’s in my belly. Does that make me the whale?
(Photo credit: My header image was taken by CutePix about 18 months ago. My curly girly is a natural model, right? The bottom pic is one of the lovely photos taken at the Love My Body Creations maternity wear shoot. Keep your eyes peeled for more on that next week!)