It’s still a few days ’til Halloween, but our mailbox is flooded with holiday catalogs. This trouble me none – I’m a planner. Plus, the Land of Nod catalog had such fabulous, wonderful names, it was like a sack of Halloween candy and a stack of Christmas gifts combined. My favorites:
- The vintage gems: Mabel, Harriet, Florence, Gloria
- The spare simples: Jayne, Brie
- English lasses: Marnie, Milly
- The exotics: Seraphina, Dominique
- Little hipsters: Lena, Ginger
- A few I just plain love: Annika, Gracie, Jessa
- Isn’t Elgin intriguing? The birth announcement indicates that it is a family name.
- Best Halloween boy name ever – all 365 days of the year.
- The upside of Frankenstorm Sandy? It reminds me that Sandrineis a gorgeous, underused name.
- Thanks to Zeffy’s post, I’m in love with Brazilian girls’ names. She reports that Isadora is big. And how gorgeous is Andressa Gabrielly? Or Katrielly Danubia? Pietra and Paola are lovely, too.
- Speaking of Katrielly, the newly canonized Kateri Tekawitha is my pick for Saint Most Likely to Inspire Parents. Nancy has the full list of new saints. 41 girls received the name in 2011. Betcha that doubles in the next few years.
- They’re no Thurman-Bussons, but Elea reports that the Vinces of Downham were bestowing three middles on their daughters back in the 1850s. Abigail Bethuel Cleopatra Bernice, anyone?
- Dexter Quinn, Emerson Jack, Graham Asher, Jude McCullogh – lots of amazing boys’ names in Alabama!
- Looking for a really unexpected nickname for Penelope? Histornamia points out that Neppie was once common.
- I love this game: go to Nameberry, check out the tag cloud, and name twins based on the names currently listed. Mine from this morning: Edith and Mabel.
- An insightful post from Laura at the Baby Name Wizard about the elusive stand out-fit in name. I’m especially fond of Lesson 3.
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading!