Monday, October 15, 2012

Looking for Last-Minute Baby-Name Inspiration?

I've written a lot about century names (monikers that peaked in popularity more than 100 years ago) and where to find them. We've already discussed "The Golden Girls," "Downton Abbey" and the early auto industry as sources of inspiration, but what happens if you arrive at the hospital without anything picked out?

Never fear: That's practically the best place to find century names!

At NewYork-Presbyterian, you couldn't walk three feet without seeing a sign, plaque or archway honoring hospital benefactors.

The great thing about hospital benefactors is they are generally very old or very dead, which means they have fantastic names.

Here's a sample from NewYork-Presbyterian: Beatrice, Elmer, Henrietta, Iris, Lucille, Mildred, Mortimer and Theodora. And that was just from me doing a brief walk around the hospital.

These are time-tested names, folks. You can't go wrong.