Upper East Side Manhattan/New England style names?

As I posted on other sites Hubby is hoping to get a transfer to NY with work during the summer after our little one arrives.We are in the U.K and trashy/preppy names are very different here to what are in the States.
We are pretty aware of what the lower class names are but what about the other side-what are the trendy new yorkers/ conneticut housewives calling their little ones?
As mentioned in a previous post we are anxious not to call our baby anything that would have certain connotations or suggest they are from either socio-ecomomic group. [name]Just[/name] want a happy medium!

In the u.k preppy kids are usually [name]Arabella[/name],[name]Florence[/name], [name]Araminta[/name],[name]Jasper[/name], [name]Hugo[/name], [name]Hector[/name], [name]Benedict[/name] etc so what are the American equalivants?

I know that [name]Esther[/name] and [name]Sophia[/name] are extremely popular in NYC right now - [name]Esther[/name] was the #1 name for white girls born in NYC in 2010, even though it was #267 for the United States overall. The large Jewish population probably influences that somewhat.

You may be interested in the “Yupster Names” lists on Nameberry, as the names on those lists seem to reflect the “preppy” kids pretty adequately in my opinion - in particular [name]Arabella[/name], [name]Beatrice[/name], [name]Eleanor[/name], [name]Juliet[/name], [name]Mabel[/name] and [name]Violet[/name] for girls, and [name]Caleb[/name], [name]Dashiell[/name], [name]Felix[/name], [name]Owen[/name] and [name]Simon[/name] for boys (and I love some of those names, too, haha).

A few of my friends in [name]Boston[/name] have commented that they hear [name]Grey[/name], [name]Grayson[/name], [name]Sophie[/name]/[name]Sophia[/name], [name]Emma[/name], and the “-son” names ([name]Jackson[/name], [name]Benson[/name], [name]Harrison[/name], [name]Braxton[/name], etc) everywhere in [name]Boston[/name] and when they go to NYC.

Wow-this is very interesting. In the U.K [name]Dashiell[/name] & [name]Caleb[/name] wouldn’t automatically be associated with the Upper Class. The girls names are fabulous. [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Esther[/name]- that is fascinating that it is 1# in NY & 267 nationwide!! [name]Love[/name] all the girls names you mentioned esrever x
Ha [name]Lucy[/name] [name]Harrison[/name] is no 2 on our boys list!! x

I thunk Old Fashioned or Classic English names are very trendy among big city yuppies. Usually “Old-World” type names that grandma and grandpa had. The trend seems to be the same in New [name]York[/name], D.C. and Chicago. [name]Penelope[/name] appeared in the top 100 in DC. for example.

I think in the U.S. though, socio-economic status isn’t as delineated as it in the U.K. For instance, I noticed names like [name]Emma[/name] and [name]Sophia[/name] get popular with wealthier big city types, now it seems common with everybody regardless of their socio-economic background.

Here are some ideas, but again, I think you’ll still find these names among people of various backgrounds

[name]James[/name] (with no nickname)


Overly popular- [name]Julia[/name], [name]Sophia[/name], [name]Emma[/name], [name]Charlotte[/name], [name]Ella[/name], [name]Lyla[/name], [name]Lily[/name], [name]Avery[/name], [name]Olivia[/name]
Moving up rapidly- [name]Esther[/name], [name]Eleanor[/name], [name]Fiona[/name], [name]Lucy[/name], [name]Maeve[/name], [name]Anabelle[/name], [name]Stella[/name], [name]Nora[/name]
Seeing growing pockets of usage- [name]Hazel[/name], [name]Willow[/name], [name]Cora[/name], [name]Miriam[/name], [name]Isla[/name], [name]Phoebe[/name]
Good choices that would fit in without being already popular- [name]Thea[/name], [name]Gemma[/name], [name]Willa[/name], [name]Cleo[/name], [name]Adeline[/name]

In general, the choices are mainstream and/or historical.

Overly popular- [name]William[/name], [name]James[/name], [name]Michael[/name], [name]Ethan[/name], [name]Joseph[/name], [name]Ryan[/name], [name]Aiden[/name]
Moving up rapidly-[name]Lucas[/name], [name]Liam[/name], [name]Mason[/name], [name]Max[/name], [name]Josiah[/name], [name]Oliver[/name]
Seeing growing pockets of usage- [name]Abraham[/name], [name]George[/name], [name]Edward[/name], [name]Kai[/name]
Good choices that would fit in without being already popular- [name]Edmund[/name] ([name]Ned[/name]), [name]Archer[/name], [name]Dorian[/name], [name]Reid[/name], [name]Marshall[/name]

You would like urbanbaby.com, great insight to upper-eastside/upper class nyc lifestyle and parenting.

[name]Just[/name] wondering, are posts now under mod consideration or does my post need approval because I included a website?

[name]Just[/name] wanted to say you should look at urbanbaby (dot) com for upper eastside life and parenting, lots of info on schools, nannies, names, etc…also info on baby gear and more. Overall good info and source for life and raising a family in NYC in general.

On the Upper [name]East[/name] Side I’d expect more artistic and hipster type names- [name]Beckett[/name], [name]Dashiell[/name], [name]Kai[/name], [name]Henry[/name], [name]Eliza[/name], [name]Adelaide[/name], even [name]Dorothy[/name].
I don’t spend much time in Connecticut, but in the NJ and [name]Long[/name] Island suburbs you get a mix of those hipster type names and names that are more mainstream, like [name]Sophia[/name] and [name]Claire[/name]. I assume, however, that you’re talking about the wealthier suburbs rather than the Newark/Hartford type areas, which do have noticeably different naming trends

I don’t know a lot about the names parents are giving their children in that area (mainly because I’m in farm country a few states away, lol, very rural and there are lots of Rileys, Autumns, Jacksons, etc. here!), but [name]Henry[/name], [name]Everett[/name], [name]Violet[/name], and [name]Cora[/name] strike me as names one might find in an Upper [name]East[/name] Side Manhattan family–I think they’re great choices… maybe someone can correct me if I’m wrong?

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