Jennie Finch Welcomes Daughter Paisley
Olympic softball player Jennie Finch and husband Casey Daigle welcomed their third child, a girl, on Saturday. The couple announced their good news via Twitter. The little girl is named Paisley Faye Daigle and joins older brothers Ace and Diesel.
After choosing two non-traditional names for their boys, Jennie hinted to PEOPLE that she was going to go a bit Southern with her daughter’s name. A top 200 name that is also relative newcomer to the baby name charts, the couple's choice of Paisley for the new arrival seems to fit right in with their more unique naming picks, but it turns out that Paisley's not so unusual. Those of you who closely follow the hottest names chart might have noticed that Paisley made its first appearance only 6 years ago but is now a top 200 name-- there are about as many newborn girls named Paisley as there are named Melissa or Quinn.
If you’re still puzzling over this name choice, don't think of patterns and prints (or Prince), think country singer Brad Paisley or similar Southern-inflected names like Presley, Rylee or Savannah. These names all fit in with the preppy cow(boy)girl trend along with boys’ names Easton, Brantley, Dalton etc. Jennie Finch has spoken a bit about her kids' names and looking back at her two choices for her older boys, Ace and Diesel, we see that Ace has continued to rise while Diesel is still not in the top 1000. With this name the couple is going with a more on-trend choice and we wonder if Paisley will keep climbing.
As a neo-cowgirl name, Paisley is regionally popular in some of the same places that have made Brad Paisley a star. It’s a solid top 50 name in Utah and Oklahoma, where it’s more popular than familiar sound-alikes Hailey and Peyton, respectively. And there were 29 Paisleys born in Idaho last year, a four-way tie with Lydia, Nevaeh and Taylor. Alabama, Arkansas, and West Virginia got in on the act, too, with Paisley squeaking in to the top 100.
Like her older brothers, Paisley was given a more well-known name for her middle name. Faye is an interesting choice, compared to Shane and Dean which are very much in use today; though no longer a common first name, Faye was in the top 1000 for almost a century.
What do you think of the name Paisley Faye? Did you expect a more “outrageous” follow-up to Ace and Diesel?