This week has flown past! I’ll save the celebrity baby name news for my column at Nameberry tomorrow.
Here’s what caught my eye this week:
- Nook of Names reached the letter L on her surname list. There are a few here that I think could really catch on, more likely for girls: Langley, Larkin, and Linley/Lindley;
- Then there’s Amasa, the kind of name you’ll stumble across in baby name books, but that no one is using. Or really ever has …
- Nancy mentioned a couple who named their son for the many destinations they’d visited on their honeymoon. Including Newark. I like the idea of using a name from a honeymoon location well enough, but maybe there’s something more subtle than just putting the place name on the birth certificate;
- Speaking of a lack of subtlety, could an English footballer actually be considering the name Haribo for a child? Haribo, the German candy company best known for Gummi Bears, is a global powerhouse. The brand name comes from the father and son Hans Riegel of Bonn.
Now, since I’m leaving the celebrity babies for Monday, a comment on a controversy: Dorcas surfaced the idea of claiming names, as previously discussed on Nameberry. In general, I tend to think the idea of claiming names is pointless, save for a very few specific circumstances – like, your name is Amasa Gilroy Buchanan III and passing down your unusual name is a long-stated desire. But I also think a lot of good can come of openly discussing your name choices – at least once you’re expecting, and it is no longer about claiming your most favoritest name in the world, but ordering embroidered baby blankets.
And so I’m curious: did you tell others your child’s name ahead of time? If so, do you regret it? If not, why did you choose to keep it under wraps – or was it because you weren’t quite sure?
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please leave a comment, and as always, thank you for reading and have a great week!