At a dinner party last night, I realized how much name nerd-ery has changed the way my brain functions. We were talking about fairytale reboots on television and the big screen, and our host wondered aloud if Grimm – as in the Brothers Jakob and Wilhelm – lent their surname to our word grim. My gut told me that the timing was wrong – that Grimm and grim would share the same roots. I guessed – and a helpful iPhone user confirmed that I was right.
The moral of the story? An obsession with baby names is more useful than you might imagine. I’m always surprised at how much history I learn through uncovering all of these fascinating names. Thanks for suggesting them, and keep ’em coming.
Now, on to the baby name news:
- Flavilla, or how Nancy Mann fell in love with names. Great story!
- A girl named Saturn Marie! Spacy.
- But repselling Brooks as Broox? I could do without that one.
- I think Reef is a seriously wearable name, and a great possibility for the middle.
- The Name Lady’s answer to this question about James versus Gyames had me nodding my head in agreement.
- I’m trying not to hate on Bruce Lansky – I mean, he’s sold a bajillion books and I have not – but his take on Margaret Laura “Mila” is just bizarrely out-of-touch. To sum up: 1) we all know how to pronounce Mila, thanks to The Black Swan, which wasn’t exactly an under-the-radar indie flick; 2) there are oodles of nicknames for Margaret, from Peggy to Daisy, so it seems natural for the parents to announce which affectionate form they prefer; and 3) while recycling family names isn’t for everyone, for plenty of parents, it matters. Why assume they’ve been bullied into it? On the other hand, Suri‘s Burn Book made me laugh out loud. Which it always does.
- On to happier thoughts: Design Mom’s Living With Kids series always brightens my day, and her feature on Karey Mackin was no exception. Life in Jakarta (for now) with three girls: Lillie Kate, Grae-Rose and Esme Dahlia. Gorgeous.
- I love the spare simplicity of Lucy Bette, and there are so many other finds in For Real’s Indiana round-up: Gehrig, Crosby, Lindy, Viola Shalom. I continue to call Shalom as the surprising middle that could be everywhere in a few more years.
- The Buzz Report from Baby Name Wizard, based on our Baby Name Poll entries. Penelope, Harper, Camden, Archer, Aria, Henry … sounds about right, doesn’t it?
- I say Ari works for a boy, regardless of background. But then, the only Ari I know isn’t Jewish – his parents chose it for its meaning – lion. It also reminds me of Nameberry’s musings on how the rise of a stylish boys’ name often sends us scurrying to embrace feminine names with similar sounds, and vice versa. If Emma encourages the use of Emmett, will Arianna and Aria boost Ari?
- Isn’t Ophelie spectacular? I agree with Angela – she’s so lovely that I’m willing to take on the pronunciation hassles.
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading.