Adam, Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ethan, Frank and Gideon. If you have seen “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” you know what I am referring to: seven brothers whose mother chose a Bible name for each (doing it alphabetically was their father’s idea). That trend may no longer be a thing of the past: According to babynames.net, biblical baby names will make a comeback in 2014.
This follows a year in 2013 intently centered on uniqueness — “a banner year for outrageous baby names,” as PR Newswire put it.
No longer feeling like a competition for the most original names, baby-naming trends in 2014 are looking a bit more traditional. In addition to biblical names, predictions include traditional names with unconventional spellings (Izak, Mykel, Emhily, etc.), Hispanic names (Lola, Maria, Santos, Miguel, etc.) and mythological names (Tristan, Camilla, etc.).
So why the reversion to more traditional names, and Bible names in particular? People are looking for more solid foundations, said babynames.net columnist Julie Andrews in a segment with Fox News.
“We’re going back to history and tradition,” said Andrews. “There’s so much lore and stories about traditional names, biblical names — and we’re looking for that bedrock and foundation of things that we know and are familiar with.”
In the segment, Andrews addresses two boy names in particular: Levi and Caleb. Levi means connected, and Caleb means faithful and loyal servant. Those names carry a lot of meaning, and Andrews sees them as influenced by the troubled times that we live in.
According to Andrews, parents are giving their children names reflective of what they want for their children and for their families: being connected, being faithful. Not only that: Andrews sees a desire to return to core values.
“I think what we’re really looking at is a returning to parents taking the reins, instilling values in their children — and when I say values, I mean basic values: good and bad, right and wrong, fundamental, core values that they’ll carry for the rest of their lives,” said Andrews.
It is an interesting trend, and one can only hope that the search for a foundation does not stop at baby names. What role do you see biblical baby names playing in the future? Will the trend affect other areas of people’s lives? Or will it just be a passing fad? Let us know in the comments.
For now, whatever you do, please do not name your child Frankincense (i.e., Frank’s real name).
Jennifer Rey is the web editor of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing.