I’m watching Dexter’s Lab with my daughter, and thinking about how much I really like that name. The -x in the middle, the -r at the end. Cary Grant as C.K. Dexter Haven in The Philadelphia Story. The crazy boy genius with the inexplicable accent on the cartoon. The vigilante serial killer. Okay, that last one gives me pause. But it is a great name, stylish and surprising.
We’re watching the cartoons on Netflix, which is really a treasure trove of obscure, kid-friendly shows. My favorite of the moment is Franny’s Feet – shoes, travel and adventure, strong female narrator. What more could you ask for?
- Speaking of Franny, how ’bout Franny as a first name? For Real spotted a Franny Juniper. I’d go for Frances, Francesca, Francisca, or something more formal on the birth certificate. But we live in an informal age, where Franny would hang out with Elsie, Sadie, and Hattie. Incidentally, Franny of the television series is Frances Fantootsie.
- This is the second time I’ve heard Aspen used as a boys’ name this week. Could it be more gender neutral than I’ve realized?
- I had no idea that Clarina was a suffragette name! Clarina is my mother’s (detested) given name, the one she has declared should never be passed down. Will she feel differently when I tell her that a nineteenth century writer and reformer was also Clarina? Probably not, but it is a nice fact.
- Are we really naming kids Swayze? Yes, yes, we are.
- Cleveland Evans weighs in on the enduring popularity of Brad – and his surprising roots in Plymouth. Who knew?
- Swistle’s question about popular names is a treasure trove of experiences and perspectives – read the comments!
- I think Irene and Joan are ripe for revival – are there others from Lisa’s list of 1930 names that you would consider? By the way, that photo is Cary Grant and Irene Dunn from Penny Serenade – a 1941 flick, but close enough, right?
- Happy one year blogoversary, Evgeny!
- How many of these fictional names are wearable for boys? Yes to Caspian. And, oh look, it’s Dexter again!
- Speaking of fictional names, ForReal spotted a Maximus Prime. More than meets the eye …
- And a Nevaeh-Heaven Anna Champagne. That sounds downright fictional. On the plus side, the post also includes Honora, Gibson, and Leland.
- Loved AnastasiaRuby’s latest vlog – it covers Rosemary!
- Ren and Sakura are my favorite’s from Bree’s post about the top names in Japan. I wonder, though – is it too much of a stretch to borrow Japanese names if you’re not of Japanese descent? Or is that just a weird hesitation of mine? I wanted to wear a red wedding dress – it’s traditionally worn in China and India because red signifies good fortune.