Give Prince Harry and Meghan Markle credit: The monarchs of Montecito, Calif., managed to come up with a name — Lilibet — for their new baby daughter that is so distinctive that it is all but unheard-of outside of Buckingham Palace or “The Crown.” (For the uninitiated, Lilibet is a royal family nickname for the prince’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, derived from her mispronunciation of her own name when she was a child.)
By defying old baby-name conventions, however, they also stumbled into a new one: the quest to brand one’s child with the most idiosyncratic name possible.
In a telephone interview, Pamela Redmond, a co-author of 10 baby-name books, as well as a founder of the site Nameberry, discussed the arms race among parents to christen their infants with one-of-a-kind names guaranteed to turn heads.
Should we be surprised that Harry and Meghan went out on a limb with the name for their second child?
Baby-naming has become almost a competitive sport, with parents vying to find a name that no one else has discovered, that also carries deep personal meaning. A lot of parents ignore the standard lexicon and look instead to place names, invented names, international names and names that defy gender stereotypes.
And of course, Lilibet is yet another “L” name for girls.
“L” has to be like the consonant of the decade. Lily is
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