Our tastes, which feel so personal, are communal creations. Keaton? Well, it's a surname ending in "n," a style parents are flocking to for fresh ideas that sound like classic names. K in particular is a hot first letter. And don't forget that almost every parent today grew up watching Alex Keaton on Family Ties. So...thousands of parents across the country have independently "invented" the name for their kids. ...It's frankly unnerving to discover that the quirky name you've always just happened to like is now a chart topper.
OMG, don't you LOVE her? Insights like this one have CHANGED MY LIFE, and completely changed the way I think of names. And it's the same with name revivals: names that have been used before, but not recently. YES, I "thought of" Sam and Max and Joe, and then "suddenly they were everywhere." YES, I thought Isabel was a really pretty and unusual name, and then "suddenly everyone was using it." This is how it WORKS. I felt a lot better once I realized there was no avoiding it except by giving your child a name everybody hates---and even then, you may find you're just a decade ahead of the coming trend.
All of this is an introduction to a name I "thought of." It's a name I FEEL LIKE I came up with all on my own, which means that ALL OVER THE NATION other parents are inventing it too, and in fact I'm sure it has already been used.
Ready? Here it is: Brando.
- It's a shortened version of the name Brandon, so it has that "familiar but fresh" feeling.
- It brings to mind tough, handsome, manly Marlon Brando.
- It has the cool O ending.
Well? Well? What do you think? For me, it falls into the category of a neat name I would recommend but wouldn't use in my own family because it doesn't coordinate with our style. How about you? Do you think the name has potential? Whether you like it or not, does it seem like it could be A Name?