Monday, November 21, 2011

Bottom of the Barrel: Trippton

Bristol Palin and son, Tripp, via Harper's Bazaar

In 2010, 6 American boys were given the name Trippton.

This is a name that rolls a couple of trends into one. First, there's Tripp, a name that was riding the cowboy/western/rugged masculine trend fairly successfully before the birth of Tripp Johnson (son of Bristol Palin) launched it up several hundred places on the top-1,000 chart (there were 23 boys named Trip/Tripp born in 2000, 47 in 2005, 194 in 2007, and 378 in 2010).

Then, there's the -ton ending. Modern parents who like a short name, but think it needs a longer version are likely to stick a -ton or -son on the end (see also -lyn for girls). Examples include Treyton, Cashton, Coleton, Jaxton, Daxton, Maxton, etc. In my opinion, there's nothing wrong with Trey, Cash, Cole, or Jax/Dax/Max as given names (not my style, but fine names), and sticking a -ton doesn't really make them more sophisticated. I much prefer the straightforward Cash to the over-reaching Cashton.

Trippton sits at the intersection of these two orbits. I can see it appealing to fans of the rugged masculine style — maybe a good brother for Mavryk. That said, if you have kids named Trippton and Mavryk, be prepared for people to assume that you are a Palin devotee.


  1. These worries over names seeming too short is very much an American phenomenon, not encountered much elsewhere. I can understand why people prefer to give a child the formal "long form" of a name. But when a name isn't actually short for anything -- only seems it -- and precipitates the invention of a long form... I can't help feeling the plot may have been lost!

  2. This might come up with Kiptyn - seems like there are so many Kiptyn's these days!