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New Baby Alert: Sawyer Steven Yount

CBS Early Show correspondent Erica Hill and husband David Yount welcomed a son Tuesday morning. The new baby, named Sawyer Steven joins older brother Weston Robert, age 3.

According to Baby Name Wizard's Laura Wattenberg, "Sawyer fits with preppy surnames like Parker and Spencer, but its spirit is freer. The immortal Tom Sawyer lends the name a warm heart and an eye for mischief. This name was something of a hidden treasure for years, but a character on the tv series "Lost" raised its profile."

Sure enough the name Sawyer  has enjoyed a steep rise in popularity recent years. The name Sawyer had never been ranked in the top 1000 names in the U.S. before the 1980s, but was already at 436 by 2004 and by last year reached 225.  (if you're keeping track for your Baby Name Pool ballots, keep an eye on this fast-rising baby name.)

As a complement to his brother's name Weston Robert, Sawyer Steven feels like an exact match.  Both first names are surnames with 19th-Century word name twists (the tradesname sawyer as in one who saws and the Weston rifle as well as the direction that America was expanding, west) and high Scrabble value letters plus middle names that hark back to the "normal" names of  (gulp!) grandma and grandpa's generation.

What do you think of these naming choices?  Do you think Sawyer will stand the test of time or will it fall as quickly as it has risen as Lost goes off the air this season?



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March 24, 2010 4:41 PM
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Sawyer is the name of my dd and Weston is what we are considering for a boy's name when my ds comes in May. I love them both.

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