Friday is here and it’s time to welcome our new baby naming contest winners! After our little Easter break, let me introduce the triumphs of this week: Mason Jonathan and A’siah Delle!
Hopefully, the parents will give us a hint on why these two names won their hearts, and that goes especially for A’siah whose unusual spelling is more than obvious.
As a masculine given name, Mason literally rose from the dead in the recent years. Whatever caused this sudden success, after making his comeback Mason is currently the second most popular boy’s name in the United States. Having its origins in English, it was derived as an occupational surname which means ‘the one who works with stone’ and as a surname it functions until today, the famous bearers being Nick Mason, British drummer for Pink Floyd, Derrick Mason, American football player, or Perry Mason, one of the most famous fictional lawyers. Mason also gained the touch of nobility due to its connection with the chivalric Masonic order.
Unlike the traditional Mason, A’siah is a much harder nut to crack. It wasn’t even listed on our website until we recently added it – check http://babynames.net/names/asiah. Not only is the spelling of this name out of the ordinary, but the pronunciation carries some difficulty as well for someone who sees it for the first time. A possible explanation is that A’siah is just an innovative spelling of Asia. In that case, it would be of either Assyrian or Greek origin, meaning ‘east’ or ‘dawn’, with the pronunciation AY-zha. The apostrophe, though, might suggest a switch in the pronunciation to ah-SIE-ah or ah-ZIE-ah. Some sources even mention AH-sha as a possible pronunciation. All in all, it is surely atypical, one of those names people will probably either love or hate, and nothing in between.
So, dear moms and soon-to-be moms, what do you think of our today’s winners? Does Mason have the potential to become the number 1 of popularity charts? And would you consider A’siah exceptional or rather way too complicated?