Time for Halloween Baby Names 2017 SemiFinals! The showdown continues, with just two witch names and two vampire names advancing, all vying for the chance to represent their fellow mythical creatures in next weekend’s final showdown.
Let’s review the outcome of last week’s contest, witches first:
- Winifred – as in Hocus Pocus’ Sanderson sister – defeated Thessaly – from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. With a solid 56% showing against Thessaly’s 44%, Winifred advances. I think this reflects the name’s status as an up-and-coming vintage choice, a successor to Abigail.
- Who doesn’t love Harry Potter? For a generation growing up on the series, Hermione comes to mind as The Witch name. And yet, Hermione just squeaked by Tabitha – even though that fictional witch joined the coven way back in 1966 on television sitcom Bewitched. Hermione commanded 52% of the vote, against a very respectable 48% for Tabitha. What gives? Tabitha probably hits that familiar-but-not-common sweet spot so many of us are after, making it an appealing possibility.