It’s Sunday, Sunday, Sunday. Believe it or not, we spent yesterday afternoon at Monster Jam, watching drivers called Chad Fortune, Pat Summa and Debra Miceli steer mammoth trucks around a course at the Verizon Center.

Alexei loved it; Clio hid from the noise and fumes under my shawl; and I’m glad to be back in front of my laptop. Okay, fine. It was more fun than I expected. 🙂

Here’s the news for the week:

  • One of my favorite bloggers, Rebecca Woolf, had her darling daughter the same day Clio was born. Her little one wears the truly imaginative moniker Fable Luella. Follow the link to read her thoughts on choosing the name.
  • Please stop by and visit reader Emmy Jo’s new name blog, Much Ado About Naming. A link will be up in the blogroll shortly. Congrats!
  • The movie Coraline opens next week. It’s got that great edgy Goth vibe pioneered by The Nightmare Before Christmas. The title character is an adventurous 11 y.o. girl. Wonder how long it will be before her unusual name inspires some parents?
  • Next month, Dollhouse premieres on Fox. It sounds like Alias with a sci fi twist. The title character is called Echo.
  • You’re probably already reading Swistle, but I wanted to mention her site. Parents write in for advice on choosing baby names, and Swistle creates polls to let readers vote. Parents’ tastes and preferences vary widely, of course, and Swistle welcomes everyone, whether they’re into Aidan or Alberic.
  • I’ve caught new CBS crime drama The Mentalist a few times. Star Simon Baker’s children wear the names Stella Breeze, Claude Blue and Harry Friday. It’s an interesting mix of safe first names paired with wild middles. Oh, and his character on the show? Patrick Jane, but he’s called Jane. Is there a future world where Jane is used for boys? Quick – someone mention Firefly’s Jayne Cobb.
  • Lastly, I’ll repeat Nameberry’s question: Is V the new Z? Tavish received a warm welcome this week. Pam and Linda have a great list of other V names to consider.

That’s all for this Sunday. Have a great week!

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  1. I went to Monster Jam at the Verizon Center Friday night! My boyfriend and a good friend of ours thought it was a great idea so I was roped into going. I found it was more fun than I expected as well. 🙂 I thought the female driver’s truck (Madusa) was Mad USA until the announcer pronounced it Medusa. I’ve never seen that spelling before.

  2. Apparently in the movie, Coraline is irritated by others calling her Caroline!

    And I kind of love Jane on a boy, though I can see it would be pretty much the equivalent of naming your son Sue.

  3. Monster Jam? Leo & Simon loved those kind of things when they were little, glad to hear Alexi had fun, evn if Clio didn’t much.

    I’m already seeing Coraline bounced around in the forums. As cora-line, I’m not a fan. It’s too similar to Caroline for me and it also makes me want to say Cora-leen to differentiate.
    Glad to see Fable works for someone. Doesn’t for me (Lalala, she’s Emily). I really dig Louella though, would have used Louisa myself and called her Ouida.
    Swistle’s great but I try to avoid the Aiden namers, they don’t know how to think out of the box. So I don’t want that sort of input when naming one of mine. And they outnumber me, greatly.
    I wouldn’t mind Jayne on a boy, really. There was a guy Jain in the remake of “Night Stalker” With Stuart Townsend (He played Kolchak, Jain was played by eric Jungmann). I could get behind Jain, easily! V might very well be the new Z. As long as it’s not the next O, I’m happy. 🙂

    Nice sum up again, Verity! keep ’em coming!