Sunday Summary: 11/11/12

by appellationmountain on November 11, 2012

Number 11 Number 11 by jeremysalmon via Flickr

Last night, I dreamed of twin daughters.  One was named Solstice.  The other had another S name, one that escapes my waking mind.  A sign?  Maybe that I want to go see the new James Bond movie … But would Solstice work as a given name in another family?  And what was the other S name?

Elsewhere in the world of baby naming:

  • I watched the US premiere of Made in Chelsea just for the names.  Do you know the premise?  It follows a group of London socialites based in the exclusive neighborhood of Chelsea.  Men’s names include Francis, Hugo, Spencer, Ollie, and Fredrik.  The women’s names were fascinating.  There were the deliciously English ones – Camilla called Milly and Rosie – but also more unusual, even outlandish, ones.  There’s an Alexandra who answers to Binky, and a Francesca called Cheska.  The it girl of the series was born plain old Catherine Dunlop, but she’s called Caggie.  Can you imagine Caggie catching on?  Other than Catherine, what could Caggie be short for?
  • Did you see Nancy’s analysis of the most popular first letters for given names?
  • Speaking of letters – this New York Times article is right about the idea that similar-sounding names catch on.  I’m not so sure about their predictions that Stephanie, Steve, and Susan, as well Randy, Mandy, and Brandi will catch on.  If I were picking S- names likely to rise, I’d go with:
  • Could Aliza be the next Alivia?
  • And yet another question: does every name ultimately age well?  Laura Wattenberg’s post on Tammy Power makes the argument that even the most cutesy of-the-moment names do grow up.  And win seats in Congress.  After all, someday Madison will sound like a grandma name.
  • Thanks to Sally Peck at The Telegraph for the shout-out!  She raises an important issue.  The idea of a family sharing the same surname is relatively new – and today, it is far from standard.  If immigration officials have relied on matching surnames on passports to verify legal guardianship, well … maybe we ought to be updating the passport instead of warning parents to travel with additional documentation.
  • Because really, the issues are thorny and the right answer elusive – like this reader question at Swistle.
  • What a great sibset – I love Moss for a boy.
  • Oh, Sebastiane’s birth annnouncements from Gazeta Wyborcza!  Love ‘em.  It makes me think that we need to accelerate our plans to travel to Poland.  Not this summer – but maybe in 2014?

That’s all for this week.  As always, thank you for reading, and have a great week!

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