So Fergie was on Ellen last week, talking about how her son’s name came to her in a dream, and that’s how she and Josh named Axl Jack.
It’s a level of certainty that many new parents must envy. Friends of mine are expecting #2, and after making a great choice for their firstborn, the happy couple has compiled a long list of maybes … but no #1 name. Even when you and your partner generally share the same style, landing on The Name isn’t necessarily a straightforward process. I’m on my way to an old friend’s baby shower this afternoon – I can’t wait to hear if she’s settled on a choice for her daughter-on-the-way.
Speaking of certainty, I’m the oldest of four – three girls and a baby brother. (Who will graduate from law school in May, so maybe I ought to stop calling him the baby.) When we named our daughter, I was sure and certain that one of my other sisters might want to use family name, Claire, as part of their future daughter’s name. But now it looks unlikely. One sister seems destined to have a houseful of boys. A married surname mismatch makes Claire an impossibility if sister #2 should ever have a daughter. Maybe my brother will pass on the name, but he’s still years away from a family. Funny how these things work themselves out …
Elsewhere in name news:
- On a similar note about family naming customs, I was fascinated by this question about Indian names at Swistle. And I love, love, love Swistle’s answer. There are always lots of ways to resolve these conundrums, but it can be tough to unwrap them when you’re in the middle of family tensions.
- Have you been hearing Lulu everywhere? FritiNancy’s post about Lulu as a popular name for brands and services: three dating sites, a self-publishing company, and the yogawear. Despite Lulu’s heavy rotation as a brand name, I except to hear more of her – and all of the Lu-/Lou- names in coming years.
- This must be frustrating when it happens with children! NameCandy discussed character names from The Best Man and Best Man Holiday. Back in 1999, Harper seemed like an up-and-coming name, perfectly appropriate for the (male) main character. Fast forward to 2013, and the handsome Taye Diggs’ character is still called Harper – even though Harper is now more likely to be the flower girl.
- This post by Angela at Nameberry looks at 1930s favorites ready for a comeback. I’d say that Arden, Sally, and Gilbert all have potential, but if I had to pick just one? I’d put my money on Ramona.
- Speaking of throwbacks, this list from 1880s includes Clyde, Grover, Della, Harriet and oh, look – Lula!
- Any thoughts on twins with matchy names? It must be completely tempting to go this route – though I think it is probably not a great idea, for lots and lots of reasons. Still, while I dislike the idea of, say, Stella and Bella, I do appreciate more subtle connections, like Felix and Asher.
- Waltzing More than Matilda reported on an Aussie celeb twinset that I found charming: Harvey and Roxanne.
- Jessie asks about nicknames versus formal names on the birth certificate. Her firstborn has such a great name – June – and her shortlist has included some great possibilities, like Iris and Kate. More thoughts on the topic here.
- I was just thinking that Quest works in the middle spot, and maybe, possibly as a given name. ForReal recently spotted a Qwest Randal. I prefer my noun names spelled as you would find them in the dictionary, but I know some parents feel that respelling it to Saylor or Memorie makes it more like a name. Thoughts?
- Some great choices in this round-up from ForReal: Ames, Boone, Esther, Drew Tolliver, Gaia Guinevere, Philomena.
- The handsome, quirky Ignatius featured at British Baby Names.
- Delphinia Mary is such a gorgeous name, and I loved Jodi’s honest story of naming an adopted daughter. They’re calling her Delia, so she’ll fit right in with their delightfully named family when she comes home – oh so very soon!
- Oh, I didn’t know there were longer names for Kai. Loving the sound of Kailash. Well, I suppose there’s Caius, and Malachi. I wonder if there are other formal names for Kai/Cai?
- Just for fun: what’s your Hunger Games name? I’m Iless S. Dancerose.
- In time for Thanksgiving: Nancy delves into the Pilgrim name Degory. And don’t forget Cedric Diggory, of Harry Potter fame, the character that launched Robert Pattison’s career before you’d ever heard of Twilight.
- These names are delicious, but I wonder how the French princesses felt about being referred to by their ordinal number – as in Madame Troisième.
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week.