If you haven’t heard of ‘liquid names’ before, you’re in the same boat as we were (up until a little while ago!) This pretty, fluid phenomenon in baby naming has its roots in linguistic patterns!
Names with flow
Laura Wattenberg wrote about this phenomenon a few years ago, and it seems as though she predicted a possible future movement in baby name trends.
So what defines a so-called ‘liquid names’? Laura has crafted some guidelines to help you sort the liquid from the not. Liquid baby names have:
- Three or more syllables.
- They should have fewer consonant sounds than vowel sounds. The vowel sounds “set the mood” Laura says.
- Specific consonants are favoured – L, R “belong to the linguistic category called ‘liquid consonants‘,” Laura explained. “I also allowed N, Y and H, since they can be made with an open mouth (unlike M or SH), without the involvement of lips or teeth (unlike F or S), and without hard throat sounds (unlike G or KH).”
Basically, liquid names roll off the tongue in an elongated and gentle way, without any ‘harder’ sounds to stop the flow. It’s usually girls’ names that have this fluid feel, but we found a handful of ace boys’ names that fit the liquid bill, too.
Read more about baby names:
- The top baby names for 2018 (so far!)
- Mums hotly debating ‘overused’ baby names will make you say “what the heck?”
- 70 beautiful baby names borrowed from Australian places and towns
30 ways to ‘liquid name’ your baby
Here are just a few pretty examples of this naming trend you might fancy for your brand new little person:
Get the picture? Heavy on the vowels, light on the soft consonants – and three or more syllables! Happy baby naming!