Baby Names Dads Love... But Mom Will Probably Veto
In the past, men were more likely to opt for common baby names for both sexes, and traditional baby names and family names with a clear masculine image. Here are some names Dad will love but Mom will probably veto.
To Dad, Ace is a dashing airplane pilot or a cool rock musician, like bad-boy KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. To Mom, Ace is Ace Ventura, Pet Detective. But some mothers seem to be yielding, as Ace has now jumped onto the popularity lists, and is climbing. Musicians Natalie Appleton and Tom (No Doubt) Dumont named their boys Ace.
No name could be more heavy metal, via Guns N’ Roses Axl Rose, reminding Daddy of his rowdier rock ‘n’ roll youth—something Mommy might prefer to forget. Axel is actually a popular Scandinavian form of the biblical Absalom, and was picked by Will Ferrell for this third son.
Some guys are so enchanted by the idea of having a darling little daughter, that they’d like to give her an endearment for a name, like Carina or Cara (dear in Italian), Honey, Bunny, Sweetheart, (the middle name of Tobey Maguire’s daughter), Precious, etc. Luckily, mothers were put on this earth to prevent this.
In a floundering economy, there are some Dads who see this as the perfect gift to bestow on their sons, even better than Sterling, Forbes, Chase, Barclay, or Morgan, also liking its connection to Johnny Cash. Cash leaped up over 700 places in six years, and has been chosen by several celebs—but some moms might find Cash a little crass.
Video-game loving dads might go for a futuristic-sounding name like Elexis, a beautiful and charismatic character in the computer game SiN. His more practical partner might foresee a lifetime of such dialogues as “Alexis?” “No, Elexis.” “Are you sure your name isn’t Alexis?” “I’m sure.”
For years now Jack has been the name of every other book, movie, and TV show hero, from Tom Clancy novels to Pirates of the Caribbean to
24 to Lost, and what Dad wouldn’t want to cast his own little boy in this heroic mold? A lot of moms, however, would prefer the cooler sounding Jackson.
Maximus came to the fore via the powerful character in the 2000 film Gladiator. It means “greatest, biggest, best” and particularly appeals to men, as do cousins Maximilian, Maxwell,Maxim, and Max. Moms may want to inform their partners that Maximus is a horse in Tangled and Max has long been the #1 name for dogs.
Guys like frilly, feminissima Victorian-Valentine names like Vanessa, Melissa, Amanda, and Tiffany. But trend-savvy Mom, who keeps her eye on the Social Security tally of name popularity, knows that Vanessa peaked in 1988, Amanda in 1980, Tiffany in 1982, and Melissa in 1977.
Football fan Dad is a huge admirer of record-breaking Colts quarterback and humanitarian Peyton Manning, picturing his name as standing 6 foot, 5 inches and weighing in at 230 pounds. Mom sees it as increasingly feminine—there were more than 5,000 girl Peytons born last year, half that number of boys—and she’d prefer the name of one of Peyton’s brothers, Eli or Cooper.
Dad Dick would like to name the baby after himself, but Mom sees all the pitfalls of a 21st century Richard, Richie, Rick, Ricky, Dickie, Tricky Dick, or Junior. Though his partner appreciates family names, she pushes (perhaps unsuccessfully) for Richard in the middle.
While some dads like wholesome, pure, and sweet names, others go for slightly naughtier ones such as Venus, Desiree, Delilah, Salome, Lolita, and Jezebel. These names are more mainstream than they once were, but we suspect it’s more the male parent who has lobbied for them than the female.
Dads more than moms like names with a cowboy swagger, evocative of the romance of the Old West. This includes place names like Dallas, Houston, Austin, Dakota, and Cheyenne, and cowboy-hero type names like Wyatt, Cody, Shane, Ryder, Zane, and even Maverick, which some urban mothers could find out of place in Boston or Brooklyn.
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