Parents Filter Through Trendy Baby Names
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How did you name your baby? I had to look into my sons’ eyes before I was able to settle on their names. The first and middle names had to sound “right” to me when said with their last name. And while it was easy to make a list of names we were not going to use — Clarence was not going to grow on me no matter how many men on their dad’s side proudly embraced it — making a final decision on their names was not easy.
But then, I named my children in the dark days before Instagram and other popular apps hit the mainstream. Today, as parents are posting filtered images of their newborns, they are having naming epiphanies.
According to US Weekly, Lux, Ludwig, Amaro and even Kelvin are gaining popularity as names for boys. For girls, Valencia, Juno and Willow are among the filter names being pilfered for newborns.
This worries me. While my sons and their future wives might not use Clarence, there is now a strong possibility that I could have a grandson named Clarendon.
Some of the filter names are not so bad. Brannan could work for boys or girls. I suppose as long as parents stay away from Normal, Lo-Fi and Inkwell, using Instagram filters is not the worst in baby naming trends. According to Mental Floss, this year’s top five trends, in addition to Instagram, are using royal names (boring), names pulled from YA fiction (well, at least they’re not coming from 50 Shades), celestially inspired names (although I prefer Mars and Rover for pet names) and video game characters (like when the Baby Boomers used television and movie star names, I guess).
Of the trends, I suppose the Instagram one is the most interesting. But alas, you won’t be able to keep me from LOLing when Lark Amaro Johnson is elected President of the United States with his wife, Perpetua Slumber Johnson, and their two children, Ludwig and Crema, by his side.