I’m not sure exactly what’s going on upstairs as I write – I can hear both children laughing, and the Dora Halloween special is definitely on television. My husband must be in the room with them, but I kind of think the toddler is in charge.
Beyond describing my background noise, I say that because I’ve often wondered if the name Dora will catch on years from now. I doubt that many parents named their daughters in honor of Olivia Newton-John, but having spent their formative years singing along to Grease, is it really a surprise that they later embraced the name? Sometimes a public figure just raises awareness of a name, subtly adding it to the menu of possible options.
Then again, I’ve yet to meet a little Ernie, and we all grew up with Sesame Street. So I’m not certain we’ll all have granddaughters named Dora.
On to the name news:
- For Real spotted some thought-provoking birth announcements. Is Addy Malyn a deconstructed version of Madalyn? Will Mac Lee someday wonder why his parents didn’t invest in another syllable or two? But there are some really neat choices on this list, too: Gideon, Ember, Finnegan, Grier, and Coraline;
- Is this really an epidemic? Or is the Daily Mail just so starved for content that tales of two friends squabbling over the name Ava is now considered news?
- Okay, this one is a difficult case of name-napping – an email to Swistle about a brother planning to use the name his sister chose for a son;
- I thoroughly enjoy Lovely Design for lots of reasons, but scroll down and you’ll see that she’s making a gift for a baby named Maceo. That’s the second time I’ve heard Maceo recently – inspired by the jazz musician, I assume. It’s an intriguing choice;
- I’ve written about Boris, Regan, Jason, and more Halloween-tinted appellations. Parenting goes even farther, throwing in all of the Twilight and Harry Potter choices, too;
- Sebastiane featured Faustina, a name I absolutely loved when I first found it in a baby name book when I was about twelve. I’m not so sure about it now, but I enjoyed seeing her;
- I loved this list from Utah’s 1905 birth certificate index. Apparently they can make a pretty good estimate of the state’s most popular names from that year, including Mary, Ruth, and Thelma for girls, and John, Clarence, and Arthur for boys;
- Speaking of lists, here’s Nancy’s tally of How Many Babies Were Named MacGyver. The most famous television character to wear a mullet answered to the first name Angus – though I don’t believe it was ever mentioned in the series.
In celeb news:
- Drew Brees’ firstborn son is Baylen Robert. His second son? That could be up to you. The New Orleans Saints’ quarterback has specified that the name should start with B and is “uncommon, not in most baby name books.” Follow the link to make a suggestion;
- Is Ali Larter naming her baby-on-the-way Mac? And does Sheryl Crow know that her breakout hit from 1994 is inspiring parents today: “He says his name is William, but I know it’s Bill or Billy or Mac or Buddy.”
- Speaking of nicknames, former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher welcomed his third child, Sonny Patrick, a little brother for Donovan and Anais.
That’s all for this week, but if you’re starved for Sunday Summary-esque commentary the other six days of the week, you can find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AppMtn. It’s a great place to post names that you’ve spotted elsewhere – I’m starting to keep an informal list in the discussions area.
As always, thanks for reading!