I love discovering new-to-me names. On the AppMtn Facebook page, someone posted about meeting a baby Bronco. My initial reaction was Whoa! Yes to Fox and Wolf and maybe Bear, yes to nearly and ends-with-o name for a boy, but Bronco?
Turns out that he’s named after Bronco Mendenhall, the current coach of Brigham Young University football. Mendenhall has been quite successful since taking the role in 2005, so here’s guessing that the dozen boys named Bronco in 2010 and the ten more in 2011 were mostly named after him.
Better still, Bronco isn’t some crazy gridiron nickname. The coach’s given name is Marc Bronco.
- Speaking of new to me, did you know that Iker sounds more like beaker than biker? Nameisms has a great write-up on the name. Me, I wouldn’t quibble if you wanted to go with the Ike sound, as the number of native speakers of Basque in the US is, well … small. Then again, since this name was boosted by a soccer star, soccer fans might think differently.
- Also in the category labeled “Imports” – this post from Once Upon a Time Baby Names on Turkish names for girls. I’m captivated by Evren and Esmeray.
- Look, Ames in the first spot. I do like an ends-with-s name for a boy. Oh, and Cosette in the middle spot, too! Both at For Real Baby Names.
- Speaking of Cosette, I know it isn’t my child to name, but I would be over-the-moon if this couple went with Cosette Collins for their new daughter. As Swistle points out, there’s possible nickname Coco, too – a real bonus, in my book. Plus, Cruise and Coco as siblings really appeal to me.
- Do you think Benedict is unwearable? I think Cumberbatch and the former pope before I think Arnold these days. The Name Lady agrees.
- Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Peace is being adapted as a BBC mini-series, set for an early 2015 debut. If it is successful, I look forward to a spike in Russian names. Natalya, Nikolai or Boris, anyone?
- Congrats to Alice Munro on winning the Nobel Prize. Will there be another bump in girls called Alice? After all, she’s now literary across the life cycle, as an enduring fictional character and a wildly accomplished author.
- I cannot bear to send any more traffic to Belly Ballot for their wackadoodle press release claiming that “Hispanic” names are in. But I also can’t stop myself from asking if anyone really thinks that Isabella is perceived as especially Latina? Certainly language evolves, and there are subtle signs of Spanish-language influence in naming, as in other aspects of our culture. But if you look at Baby Center’s Spanish-language Top 100, it gives a more nuanced picture. Choices like Daniel and Allison, Lucas and Lola are just as popular as more obviously Latino picks like Ximena and Joaquin.
- Love Duana’s advice to the parents considering naming their daughter Jet or Jett. Yes, you can name your daughter Jett. But go for balance with a classic and conventionally feminine name in the middle spot. I think this advice is followed less and less these days. (Tammin Sursok, I’m looking at you.) But pairing a daring first with a more expected middle remains a solid strategy.
- Thanks to the creepy character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I tend to think of Drusilla as a vampire name. But it is a great name – the boyish nickname Dru, the feminine ending, the ties to the ancient world. Check out British Baby Names’ round-up of sibling sets including Drusilla over the years – fascinating reading.
- While we’re visiting British Baby Names, Elea featured Fallon recently. I’ve tended to be dismissive of Fallon. I remember being rather dismissive of Fallon – her rise was so clearly tied to Dynasty. But with the passing of time, I find myself reconsidering. It’s a great Irish surname choice, with history aplenty. Nevermind the 80s excess.
- Let’s end with Nameaholic’s deep dive into the current US Top 100. She makes many great points: the impact of variant spellings and name families, the dominance of certain initials. Lots to think about …
- From the wayback machine: in 2008, the Baby Name of the Day was Oona. In 2009, we talked about Zora. Ellington was 2010’s featured name – love that one! In 2012, it was all about Apple Names. Loving the idea of Gala and Yates. Last year, it was Getting to Cal. Still love the name Calder.
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!
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