Viola Davis's Baby Name: Why Genesis is a Girl's Name
Original reports claimed that baby Genesis was a boy, making the name an unusual choice, a gender-bender on par with Johnny Knoxville's baby girl Arlo. Reports have since been corrected.
Genesis means birth in Greek, and is the name of the first book of the Bible. Genesis is common as a girl's name (#89 in 2010), but rare as a boy's name. In 2010, the same number of boys (68 in the US) were named Genesis as were named Blair, Gabrial, Ken and Osiris.
Why has Genesis -- a word without a traditionally feminine ending, and not a flower or virtue, and which had never previously been used as a name -- been so decidely taken up by the girls? The root "Gen" of course. Gen sounds like Jen, nickname for Jennifer. And Gen itself is a short form of Genevieve.
Viola Davis was associated with another name controversy earlier this year. When she played Aibileen Clark in The Help, she stepped into a role that was the source of a name lawsuit. Ablene Cooper had sued author Kathryn Stockett for "unauthorized appropriation of her name and image" in creating the character of Aibileen Clark.
What do you think of Genesis? Could it fly on a boy?