Sunday Summary

It finally feels like summer!

Maybe it’s because my kids had their last day of school on Wednesday.

Or maybe it’s because we’ve front-loaded all sorts of summery stuff into our June: a quick trip to the beach, an outing to an amusement park. (Note to self: next time check and make sure the roller coaster you’ve just agreed to ride with your ten year old does not dangle you upside down with only harness between you and the earth below before you are strapped in.)

So let’s start with a round-up of summery baby name posts. I’m guessing we’ll see more new ones around the official start of summer, but there are plenty in the archives:

How cool is it that Thalassa makes all three posts? And how crazy is it that I’ve never written about Thalassa as a Baby Name of the Day? Especially given my love for names starting with Th! We’ll fix that in July.

Which reminds me, I’m a little short on July feature names, so please feel free to leave suggestions in the comments of this post!

Now, on to the general baby name news:

  • Ooh … this is a toughie! Can you back on a namesake promise? I like this quote: “A child’s name should never be a reminder of conflict and discord.”
  • Thanks to Jennie for pointing out the birth announcement for Hallie Alphia Beau Radford, of the UK’s 16 Kids and Counting. Hallie joins sixteen older siblings at home. Last year, mama Sue miscarried baby #17, Alfie. Hallie’s middle is a nod to her late brother. Their other kids are Chris, Sophie, Chloe, Jack, Daniel, Luke, Millie, Katie, James, Ellie, Aimee, Josh, Max, Tillie, Oscar, and Caspar.
  • That other mega-family – well, that other other mega-family – also have kids called Katie and Ellie, too. Also, one of the Bates kids is called Isaiah Courage. What a great middle name!
  • Speaking of cool middles, how great is Hector Michael Neptune? The family is expecting another boy soon; Elea has some good advice for them.
  • How do you feel about nicknames derived from initials? This list includes one of my favorites – C.C. – but omits another great possibility, L.C., pronounced like Elsie. Oh, and Ivy from I.V. – I think that works nicely, too.
  • Oh, how I love reading Cleveland Evans’ name features. This time, he talks about Adelaide, a name he says could crack the Top 100 by 2025.
  • CharlieMagnolia! And more great names for fans of the Grateful Dead.
  • Or, if you’re more into Star Wars, there are names for that, too. Can you imagine Leia and Lando going mainstream? I love both names.
  • There’s a ferris wheel pic in this post – it’s from Virginia Beach, taken a year or two ago – and Ferris just came up as a possible baby name at Swistle. I know a family who chose Ferris for their son about a year ago, so I was really delighted to read all of the positive comments. Yeah, okay – I wrote the first one.
  • How do you feel about double middles? I’m a fan.
  • There’s a new Netflix original series called Between. It starts Jennette McCurdy as a pregnant teenager called Wiley. It’s dark – very dark – but I’ll admit I’m intrigued by the character’s name. It’s cooler as less expected than Kylee/Riley/Mylie, but I do think of it as a boys’ name. Maybe because Wilder and other W surname names feel so stylish right now.
  • A Penelope called Poppy! I do like an unusual nickname for Penelope.
  • Kim says that she won’t name her second child South. No word on the names they are considering, but I have a list for her and Kanye to consider.

That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading – and have a fabulous week!

About Abby Sandel

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  1. Hi Abby,

    Longtime lurker here. I have a few NotD suggestions:

    Rosalind–seconding this suggestion


    Have a lovely week!

    1. Yay for lurkers!

      I’ll choose three: Marisol is up on July 30. Phineas is August 4th – during Disney Week! (Did you know that Phineas & Ferb just ran their last episode? It’s been on the air since 2007!) And Andromeda will be August 13th. I knew the loveliest Andromeda – she’s close to 40 now, and wasn’t a huge fan of her unusual name. She preferred Andi. But I think it’s gorgeous …

  2. Ah, Sunday Summary. The highlight of my weekend!

    The first Wiley is Richard Dean Anderson’s daughter Wylie. Her full name is Wylie Quinn Annarose Anderson but I believe they called her Wylie-Rose as a child.

    (I was a MASSIVE Stargate fan as a teenager…)

  3. Referencing your love of girls names starting with Th, do you think Thankful is usable? Or trying too hard?

  4. Name suggestions – Eskel (m), Sandless (f), Sefert (f) – not positive of the spelling of any of these – also Persis (f).

  5. Name suggestions:


    1. Ooh – great list! I’ll choose three.

      Booker is up on July 29th.

      Mercedes is August 12th.

      And Gretchen is August 18th.