I hope you had a wonderful, magical holiday! A few random observations from the wider world:
- Clio opened a gift from the B. You toys line to find this quote in the packaging: “I’m going to have five children and name them Cabbage, French Toast, Table, Shower, and Chair!” I laughed, and then noted that the quote was attributed to Skye, age 6;
- I’ve yet to see it, but the third installment in the Meet the Parents series hit the big screen earlier this week. The Little Fockers are the sensibly named Henry and Samantha, which is, I think, what probably happens if you go through life saying, “It’s Gaylord, but please call me Greg.”
- I finally watched Easy A over the weekend, and there’s a great line about the name Olive: “My name is an anagram for I love.”
- Does being a teacher really making choosing a child’s name harder? Teacher friends have told me that’s so, and this post at Swistle repeats the lament. But I think Swistle’s advice is spot on: “I think this would be a happier and easier process if you could bring yourself to avoid an insistence on the child being the only child of your acquaintance with that name … Coming to terms with a duplicate now is like getting the first ding or scratch on the new car: nice to get the inevitable over with.”
- Nameberry posted their 2010 Most Popular Lists. On the boys’s side, Finn edged out Henry for the #1 name, but only if you exclude other Fin- names like Finnian and Finnegan. Charlotte reigns supreme for girls, but there are some real surprises in their Top 100, like Elodie, Pearl, and Rory;
- While we’re on round-up posts, here’s Nancy’s take on Scotland’s 2010 baby name data. Is Riley-Boy a typo, or a defensive move for parents fearing their son will be mistaken for a daughter? Speaking of daughters, why would you call yours Chalcedony? There must be a story there;
- The NameLady takes on the question of Calypso in “Is My Favorite Baby Name too Weird?” It goes without saying I’m on the side of the (mostly) positive comments. I’m also surprised by the Name Lady’s comment that “the -o ending … is a tough sell for girls’ names.” Really? From Margo to Harlow, I feel like it is reasonably accepted, if not exactly expected;
- Speaking of -o, how ’bout naming your daughter – or son – Snow? Sebastiane has a list of international variants;
- On a similar note, UK-based Bounty suggests that babies born during the holiday season might be named Sparkle. And you thought Calypso was different!
Among the famous and the fabulous:
- Vince Vaughn is a new dad, to daughter Locklyn Kyla;
- I enjoyed Amy Adams’ explanation of her daughter’s name, Aviana, inspired by Adams’ birthplace, Aviano, Italy. That’s a great story!
I’ve taken to putting more celeb birth announcements over at Facebook.
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading!