I love family names, and I love the idea of reinventing them so they’ll wear well for future generations. Honoring grandma Theresa with a Tess? That’s perfect in my book. It’s one of the reasons that we always knew my daughter would have a nickname. I assumed that more than one of my siblings – I’m the oldest of four – might want to pass on our mother’s name, Claire.
But last week, my sister mentioned that she considers the name taken. Used up. Unavailable for anyone else in our family. Even though my Claire answers to Clio, and even though I’d be downright delighted if someone else used Claire, in the first or the middle spot.
Repeating names in families used to be the norm – my mother shared her name with many relatives, including cousins just a few years older. But there’s so much pressure to avoid repetition nowadays, that it is a completely different situation.
- This website is so much fun! Curious + outgoing + girl = Clover, Maren, Havana, Leontine. Friendly + independent + boy = Franklin, Garrison, Huxley, Giancarlo, Olson, Swain. Swain! That’s a new one to me, but I think it works.
- Speaking of new, I love this middle - Lilli Alisar, as spotted on one of those crazy German vanity stickers. I don’t love that -i ending for Lilli. I’m a sucker for Lillie, and Lily is currently the dominant spelling in the US. But who knows? Maybe Lilli is common elsewhere.
- Interesting to hear Duana suggest Nate as a stand-alone name. Could he be the next Cole? And has the tide really turned in favor of putting the nickname on the birth certificate?
- Which reminds me – I don’t think Skyley needs a formal name. But I do like Holly’s suggestion of Skye Leonora and now I’m a little bit in love with the idea of using Skye in combination names.
- Definitions of uncommon, distinctive, and unique names – Laura Wattenberg nails it! If you know you don’t want a common name but aren’t sure how different you want to go, this could be a useful guide for thinking it through.
- Speaking of stand out names, may I suggest Louisiana? Nameberry tweeted this one the other day, then NameFreak! included it on her state name round-up. Back in 2009, I was so excited when I misread the name of Leelee Sobieski’s new daughter. But it wasn’t Louisiana, it was Louisanna.
- How exciting to have Names4Real’s namespotting skills back in action! Harper on a boy, plus Jasper, Ransom, Magnolia, Fiametta, Darla, and Cora Boston.
- British Baby Names profiles the most neglected of the Cor- names, the romantic Corisande.
- Agreed that we should start using Hollis! But for boys or girls? Hmmm …
- What do you think of Topher? I like the idea, but I’m not sure I love the sound.
- Speaking of gender neutral names, I do love Bay for a son or a daughter, and this list of True Blue names from Waltzing More than Matilda is just plain great.
That’s all for now. As always, thank you for reading. Have a great week, and don’t forget to stop by Nameberry tomorrow for chatter about notable baby names in the news!