Saturday, March 22, 2008

Baby Names

Before you get too excited, my grandson has not made his debut....little stinker! The Doctor was so sure he'd be here 2 weeks ago, but it looks like E will go all the way to her due date (26th)...maybe beyond! Mommy-to-be does not look happy!

She and B have decided baby boy is to be named Tayge Michael. Tayge (Sage or Gage with a "T") is a name they like. I thought maybe it was something they had made up, but when I mention it to friends, they always know another Tayge/Tage. Michael is after B's brother and E's twin....B's family has the tradtion that the boys get their middle name from their uncles (parents brothers).

I got thinking about baby names. I volunteer as a indexer for my Church. I log onto a online site and download historical records. I then type out what I think the records show and send the batch back to the indexing project. Currently, I've been doing the 1905 U.S. Census records for Wisconsin. Two of us indexers each send our version of the same batch, then a third person compares ours to the original record and the final info is put out for genealogist to research online.

Okay, after that long rambling names. It's interesting to me how today you can yell "Jessica" or "Brittney" or "Tyler" and a bunch of kids will answer you. In the 1905 Census, there is not a Jess, Brit or Ty to be found. The big names at the time for boys were John, Charles, Henry and Fred. For girls, there was Mary, Margaret, Bertha and Adaline. It's interesting to see how popular names come and go. With my name Suzanne, I know numerous Suzanne's and we are all in our 40s-50's, but I haven't meet another Suzanne out of that age group.

I wonder what it is going to be like in another 20 or 50 years when folks look back at our records and say, "What did they name that baby?"


JUST A MOM said...

I was given a strange name 51 years ago,, Jaye was not a comon name for a girl at all.. NOW I am running into a few here and there. Hope you have a great weekend.

Kaylene said...

Hahaha! I just checked the Social security name thing, and it turns out all three of my boys names have been in the top ten over the last 5 years, if not most of those years. Hahaha, I'm not very original, but that's not why I choose their names. Oh well. I think all of their names are timeless anyways.

How's E doing? Baby yet??? I hope so! His name is adorable, can't wait to see some pics of the little one.