I’ve mentioned a few times that I live just outside of Washington DC, but it strikes me that I probably take the staggering diversity in my community for granted. I was reading the honor roll at a local middle school and while there were a few kids called Jacob or Emily, they were definitely in the minority. From the list: Zierra, Christmene, Tu, Blissful, Elvis, Vitelio, Joseline, Edith, Abner, Lilibeth, Davino, Octavia, Paola, Favour, Judith, Elida, Galilea, and Giselle, plus a few first-middle combos: Sofia Sabrina, William Lisandro, Oscar Alexi, Michael Courtney, Celestin Georgia, Norma Elisabat, and Maya Antoinette. If you live in a large urban area, I’m inclined to say that anything goes.
- Forget Washington DC, every time I read one of For Real’s London posts, I have the urge to trade one city for another, if only so I could stalk expectant mums and ask if they which extra middle names they were considering for their little Horatio or Faris.
- I kind of like Ryu, one I’d never considered until I read this profile from Isadora.
- J’adore Jette and Jetta, Volkswagon reference aside …
- What’s your favorite from Nook’s Artistic Names of Artists list? I’m partial to Cassatt, but there are some really wearable options here.
- I’m endlessly fascinated by how we classify names. This comment at Swistle is a great example: “For first names we tend to like longer, three syllable names, kind of old fashioned or elegant but not REALLY out-there old fashioned (i.e. I like Meredith but would probably not consider anything like Gertrude or Winifred).” On the one hand, the comment reflects Meredith’s slight edge in the popularity contest. She ranked #603 in 2010, while the other names were unranked in recent years. And yet Meredith is falling, while the other names might be closer to making a comeback. Just like Beatrice or Eleanor felt hopelessly fusty a few years back and are now rather stylish, popularity rankings aren’t fixed conditions – but we treat them as if they are.
- Did you see this study? I agree. Riley re-spelled Rhylea is more of a problem than Pilot, and plenty of names have multiple valid spellings.
- Design Mom’s series Living With Kids continues to inspire – not only are the houses always gorgeous and often DIY’d, the kids have such great names. This week’s entry includes brothers named Henry and Conrad. I am irrationally happy to see a Conrad!
- Did you see Waltzing More than Matilda’s list of Girls Names of Australian Aboriginal Origin? Fascinating list.
- Let’s end with a name Swistle mentioned: Patton. She’s right – he should be going gangbusters. He’s a modern spin on classic Patrick, and Patton Oswalt – named after General Patton – keeps the name in the spotlight.
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading and have a great week!