There are some great suggestions in Swistle’s lists and in the comments, but it is a tricky question. If you love a name, how popular does it have to be before you’ll pass it up? And is it reasonable to let a name go because of its popularity?
Elsewhere online, in baby name news:
- On the same note, if you love Olivia, would you consider Odilia or Olympia instead? Elisabeth has plenty of other suggestions.
- There are popular names, unusual names, and then there are nearly one-of-a-kind baby names. Nancy turned up a bunch of true rarities in Ontario: boys called Warsame and Kalervo, girls named Mimma, Verdun, and Jeanne D’Arc. That last one surprised me – I’m all for Joan and Jeanne, but Jeanne D’Arc seems like too much to live up to!
- Do you have a great-grandmother named Mary?
- Loving Eponymia’s round-up of 2012 royal births. Few of these were high profile enough to make baby name news, but they are a terribly intriguing set.
- Joe Jr. somehow lost out on a middle name!
- I’m all about Swithin and Kasiani on Nameberry’s newest finds list.
- Another unusual and pleasingly preppy possibility: Collins, profiled by Blue Juniper here.
- This is a very pretty name, but is Dimity too delicate?
- Wild dolphins have personal names. To date, no dolphins have name blogs, but I’ll be on the lookout.
- Names big in Baltimore – Harper makes the Top Ten. I can’t wait to see what Harper ranks when the 2012 data is released in May.
That’s all for this Sunday. As always, thanks for reading!