Vienna Waits for You
Anyone who's strolled down the supermarket checkout line in the past few weeks has seen the name Vienna plastered across the tabloid covers. At the moment, the name Vienna is most famously attached to reality-television star, The Bachelor winner/villainess, Vienna Girardi.
In case you missed this season of the reality dating show, Vienna was the subject of much gossip and speculation. To say she was unpopular among the other women on the show would be an understatement. The other contestants warned bachelor Jake Pavelka that Vienna was not the wholesome girl he was looking for. A 23-year-old former Hooters waitress, it turned out Vienna had been engaged to one of her exes and married to another. In an interview with a tabloid, the ex-husband also warned Jake to run the other way. It's safe to say that Vienna was one of the most unpopular contestants the show has ever seen.
But her name is another story entirely. If you play the Baby Name Pool over at our sister site BabyNameWizard.com, take note. We suspect Vienna will be among the fastest rising names in next year's game.
The name Vienna has never made it into the top thousand names in the U.S., but in a world where the names London and Paris are rising fast, Vienna could be the next great European city to be capitalized on by trendy parents seeking a fresh-sounding place name.
And, more than other place names, Vienna actually sounds like a girl's name (think Sienna) and plays in to some of the hottest name sounds today "Vi-" (like Violet and Vida) and the -a ending (Emma, Ava, Sophia, etc.)
For those who thinks the name carries too much negative baggage, we're guessing that in a year's time, no one will remember the Bachelor contestant, but Vienna the name will have somehow made its way into the zeitgeist and unwitting parents-to-be who never even saw the show will pick the name Vienna for its style and substance.
Do you agree?