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baby name predictions from the 90's


  • embra
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    I recently went through a box of things I had in high school and found a magazine article called “A guide to baby names for the 90′s”. It looks like it was abstracted from a popular baby-naming book at the time, “Beyond Jennifer and Jason…” by Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran. They made predictions of names that would become popular and also did several, if you like ___ try ___ instead things. It is pretty amazing how well they predicted what names would become popular. Or maybe all the high school and jr high girls who read this in Glamour (1988) also clipped it out and named their children accordingly. Anyway, they were spot on with several current trends – debonair raf-pilot type names (Clive, Desmond, Graham, Julian, Miles etc.), place names, old-fashioned “gray flanneled diaper names” (e.g., Charlotte, Clara, Eleanor, Imogen, Madeleine, George, Frederick etc. They guessed better on the girl names than the boy names), sassy girl names (Mabel, Stella, Tess, Maisie, Sadie etc.), flower names. It was pretty interesting. It made me wonder whether they have a version for the 00′s?

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  • embra
    Participant

    I just looked online. It looks like they have a beyond Ava and Aiden version now. I might have to take a peek the next time I am in a book store (which honestly may be in another decade) since I buy almost everything online now.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    I read several baby name books as a kid/teen and I remember that book! I haven’t looked at it in ages but it’s cool that they did such a good job of predicting the trends! I definitely want to check out “Beyond Ava and Aiden.” :)

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    I just went and looked for the book on Amazon – there’s a pretty decent preview, and the authors are the creators of Nameberry! Very interesting, though from what I skimmed, it reads a lot like the Nameberry website does….

    It’s always really cool seeing naming trends, though. There are names that totally accurately predicted, and then there are always random names that appear to have risen out of nowhere.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    TWS, that is so true about the random names. :)


    embra
    Participant

    I’ve often wondered whether the whole Madison craze arose from people who watched the movie “Splash” as kids. There is a part where Tom Hanks is trying to help Derryl Hannah (the mermaid) find a name in English as they walk through NYC. He is listing names and when he gets to Madison Avenue, he says it out loud and she chooses “Madison” as a name, even after he tries to explain to her that Madison isn’t a name.

    Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    I actually have four versions of this book: Beyond Jennifer and Jason; two different Beyond Jennifer and Jason, Madison and Montanas; and Beyond Ava and Aiden. I also have their Irish naming book, Beyond Shannon and Sean and The Baby Name Bible! I may have been a little obsessed as a younger person because I owned most of them way before I was actually considering having kids.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Inga, I owned a couple baby names books when I was a teen, too! ;)
    Embra, I have heard that movie referenced as part of the inspiration for the Madison craze.

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