Baby Names in the News
Is it thumbs up or thumbs down for Henry Story Driver?
Minnie Driver didn't send me a news release to announce the arrival of her baby boy, Henry Story. I came across the news in a short article on the Internet this morning, which said she had been considering naming the baby Isabel (if it were a girl) and Thomas (if it were a boy). I mention this because it gives us a clue about her mindset. Her final choice and her top options strike me as traditional. Unlike some celebrities, she was considering names her child could live with comfortably.
Fact is, Henry (like Thomas and Isabel) rates 5 stars in my book 5-Star Baby Name Advisor. (Perhaps she consulted my book before making her choice.) Henry has a German origin and means "ruler of the household." The name reminds people of a scholarly professor-like Henry Higgins of My Fair Lady. The name is easy to spell and pronounce, its gender association is clear, and it provides some useful nicknames (Hank and Harry). All of these factors help explain why it's likely to be a pleasure to live with--for Minnie and for her son.
When I like a celebrity's choice of a first name, I tend to give a free pass to the middle name; in this case, Story. I pay close attention to the middle name only when the first name strikes me as a risky choice. That's when you need a middle name that provides a safe fallback-position. Here, Henry doesn't need a fallback option, so Story can be more unique.
My verdict: Two thumbs up!
About the Author:
Bruce Lansky is the #1 author of baby name books in North America. His name books have sold more than 9.5 million copies. He's called "The Baby Name Guru" because he regularly writes articles that provide baby-naming advice. His candid reviews of celebrity baby names have been reprinted in thousands of newspapers, magazines, and websites from coast to coast. His other name books include 100,000+ Baby Names, 60,000+ Baby Names, The Very Best Baby Name Book, 25,000+ Baby Names, and The New Baby Name Survey. He is also the editor of a successful series of children's poetry books and children's fiction books. Lansky resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he enjoys his work as a publisher.
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