I read this article last week and found myself laughing at it's equity. You know those little pet peeves that you shouldn't allow yourself to get so roughed up about..but you do? "Made up" names or crazy spellings does that for me.
To sum it up, baby names have transitioned from the traditional "Ralph or Neil or Lisa or Ellen" to "cool names," or names that are either popular, or different (born from words or places or nature), or entirely invented. The authors of the article believe that a baby's name is one last thing that parents hold on to--to prove that they're still trendy and cool even after they become parenting adults.
So, what really is "cool" when it comes to a name? The world would say unusuality: "easy to like and understand but also somehow distinctive or even one-of-a-kind." Names express individuality; they even define potential for power and success--is the claim.
I'm thinking that it's sad that we (the world, in general) have diverged from giving a child a sense of honor, meaning or respect in their name, to choosing a name for a child to act as leg warmers did in the 80's or big bangs ("fringe") in the 90's or the most recent- skinny jeans: trendy.
What's "cool" right now?
Spunky Cool: Roxy, Maisie, Ace, Rinnegan
Unisex Cool: Auden, Rowan, True, August
Classic Cool: Eliza, Flora, Atticus, Barnaby
Spelled Cool: Izabella, Cait, Jaxon, Xan
Cool Colors: Teal, Azure, Indigo, Gray
Nature Cool: Plum, Ivy, Canyon, Birch
Hot Cool: Lolita, Salome, Romeo, Cruz
Funky Cool: Sadie, Jazz, Rufus, Clyde
Noun Cool: Stone, Arrow, Dream, Story
Bible Cool: Kezia, Tamar, Levi, Josiah
Starlit Cool: Scarlett, Sienna, Jude, Orlando
Place-Name Cool: Avalon, Vienna, India, Boston
I don't say stray away from cool. (Because I really like the idea of a name saying, "Go, be yourself.") I just say don't go so over-the-top cool that a name becomes something to regret or a source of confusion (with spelling or pronunciation, for example) in a couple of years. I feel sorry for the Nevaeh's (heaven spelled backwards) and the Arrow's and the Jehn (pronounced John).
I think Avery and Isobel are classy. Some of my other favorites? The classics: Audrey, Grace, Madeline, Sophia, Owen, Joseph, Ethan, Jonah...to name a few. So, we'll see what happens with our second. My two cents.