Alex Massie

Name That Child

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Turns out there is a list of approved hipster baby-names. (I assume there's a comparable British list somewhere?) James Poulos lists his favourites but unfairly targets Magnus for opprobrium. Nothing wrong with Magnus,  it being a fine, sturdy old Norse-Scots name. On the other hand, it probably sounds daft in Americaland.

Anyway, the best hipster infant names are clearly: Elvis, Dashiell, Orson, Dixie, Matilda and Iris.

And the worst: Kai, Roman, August, Atticus, Kingston, Dexter, Lennon, Mamie, Pearl and Sullivan (sorry Andrew!).

Bonus: Piper is one of the names on the list! Just as well this didn't come out during the election isn't it? Might have undermined Sarah Palin's claims to be representing "Real America". On the other hand: who knew there were hipsters in Wasilla?

Added bonus: Delilah makes the list. Why not Jezebel?

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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