Before I move on to the weekly sum-up, one quick piece of business: I only approve comments written in English, regardless of whether or not I understand the comment. (Make that especially when I don’t understand the comment.)
On to the names:
- I’ve finally spotted it on Yahoo!Answers – the dreadful, but inevitable marriage of Ryan/Riley and Wyatt: Ryatt. All of a sudden, Rylan sounds as classic as James;
- Then there’s this post: What about the baby name Reznor? Yikes;
- ForReal Baby Names spotted a Brewer. Sure, Brewer’s an occupational surname name a la Archer and Carter. But this one seems hard to wear – or maybe too easy to wear around the college years;
- Also via ForReal: if Erykah Badu can have name her daughter Mars Merkaba, why not Aries Antonia?
- Thanks to Sebastiane for pointing out that Liv is more than just a short form of Olivia – she’s an Old Norse name with a different derivation;
- Nancy wrote a thoughtful post on Chinese names. They’re about to limit names that can be bestowed upon a child – and get this, it will be retroactive!
- Guest blogger Jill Barnett wrote about Colonial names at Nameberry. Her lists are interesting, but there’s also a fun literary fact in her post. Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women were inspired by her and her sisters, as were their names. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy were actually Anna, Louisa, Elizabeth, and Abigail May, called May. I find Amy/May anagram especially intriguing;
- Speaking of fictional sibsets, the trio in Jackie Chan’s new comedy, The Spy Next Door are Nora, Ian and big sister Farren. Not sure if the movie gives a reason for bestowing a Karen/Fallon mash-up on the firstborn.
In starbaby news, all via Celebrity Baby Blog:
- American Idol alum Bo Bice and wife Caroline have welcomed a third son, Ean Jacob, a little brother for Aidan Michael and Caleb James;
- Soap opera regular Greg Vaughan is a dad again. He and wife Touriya Haoud attracted attention for naming their firstborn Jathan James. His little brother is Cavan Thomas;
- How did I miss this one? Oh, right. I’m not following Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker this season. But I might have to start, because Destin and Rachel named their baby Sin Halo Jude. And no, Sin Halo is not some exotic import from Tagalog or Cham. It’s just the two English language words, described by mom as “the yin and the yang.” Words fail me.
Lastly, one year ago today I wrote about Isabeau. And two years ago today? Well, January 23 was the first ever post at AppMtn: Ava and Harlow.
So thanks to each and every one of you for the past two years!