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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Deft or Daft: Everest

"E" names are popular right now, especially for girls, but in general. Ethan, Elijah, Eli, Evan, and Easton (along with Ian) are all in the top 100 boys names with names like Elliot, Emmett, and Elias also trending. Everett, currently ranked at 214th, reached its peak back in 1915 at 89th, spending over ten years in the top 100 names. It is one of those "grandparent" names that is feeling fresh again and is currently on the rise. Everett is a great name, but what if you want something a little more unique with a little more zing? What not give Everest a try. Literally one letter different, but with an entirely different feel. Everest is a place name, referring of course to Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Mount Everest has become synonymous both with the power and wonder of nature, and with the endurance and vision of mankind. Because of its simalarity to commonly known masculine names like Everett and Ernest it is a natural fit and does not feel "out there" as some other mountain names might (like Denali or Ranier might.. although these also sound like great names to me). Everest might just his that sweet spot - unique but familiar, easy to pronounce, good meaning.

So what do you think, is Everest deft or daft?


  1. I love the idea of a little Everest - I've often wondered myself how this has gotten overlooked while Everett keeps rising in popularity. It has a calming but strong sound to me.

    Personally I'd be more likely to use it for a boy, but I think it could be a great name for boys or girls.

  2. The man who Mount Everest is named after said his name EEV-rest, so I think that sound better for a girl. The usual (wrong) pronunciation sounds better on a boy, imo.

    This is probably a name that you would hate to have if you were short. I'm a bit of a shortie, so I can just imagine the comments I would be getting on my name if was that of the tallest mountain on land.

    1. I did not know that about the original man's pronunciation. Unfortunately for Sir George Everest (eve-rest) (you got me googling), I think that for American's, the pronunciation Eve-rest would be terrible to enforce/unusable, and would add an unexpected spelling/pronunciation to an already quirky name.

      Good point about height! Certainly something to consider.