We took the kids to New York this weekend, a trip that was more hectic and compressed than usual for a whole bunch of boring reasons. Aly’s only request was a trip to FAO Schwartz. (Is it me, or did the store shrink? Walking into the legendary toy emporium used to be absolutely awe-inspiring, but this time it was just … big.) After hitting the Lego and Playmobil sections, I found myself wandering past the Lalaoopsy dolls. Have you seen them? The mass-produced rag dolls don’t really have human names, but there are some retro gems tucked in: Bea, Dot, Suzette, Coral, and Rosy, plus some modern up-and-comers: Ember, Prairie, Blossom, and Jewel. I’ll have to stage an intervention, however, if you consider inking Toffee or Tippy on a daughter’s birth certificate. Unless you’re Jamie Oliver. I think he and Jools are exempt from normal baby naming constraints.
- Spotted a birth announcement for a little Iley Lanette, a little sister for Mallory and Aida. Creative naming? Inspired by text-speak ILY, for I Love You? Or just Riley without the R?
- I do like a name with an umlaut.
- Did you see this thread about Mildred? I’m fascinated by the suggestions that Millicent is wearable, and Millie is downright darling, but Mildred is just too fusty for consideration. Of course, she has her defenders, too, and I love comments like this one from Devon: ” If you are comfortable being a style leader rather than a follower, follow your heart and go with Mildred …”
- Someone is considering Ellery for a daughter on Swistle! That’s my dear, departed step-grandfather’s name, and I am delighted to see it under consideration. It made my boys’ list, and girls’ list, too, but only in the middle spot.
- From Nook’s list, I very much want to love Falco. Except I automatically think Edie, and then I hear the opening strains of “Vienna Calling” and “Rock Me Amadeus.” Never mind the nature name connection or the sixth century saint.
- Fritinancy tries to explain the puzzling persistence of Susie. She also points out that Susie is played by an actress named – wait for it – Lennon.
- Libellue is awfully cutesy for the first spot, but I appreciate Mer’s attempts to boost her. In the middle, I think she’d be perfection – far more interesting than Elizabeth.
- So if you’re born on Leap Day in the Netherlands, you’re a Schrikkelbaby. Best word ever! The names Emma rounded up are great, too: Raf, Yfke, Maud, Milou.
- I agree with Zeffy – wait, that’s no surprise. But really, can be please have a Saffron or two, along with all of these little Scarletts and Violets?
- I’m not big on parenting advice, but I might have read Soleil Moon Frye’s book just because I love her firstborn’s name so much: Poet Sienna Rose is just gorgeous. But I still can’t get over Jagger Joseph Blue on a girl. Still, if you happen to see a copy, please flip through and report if she talks about baby names!
- For Real spotted a Colette in her Dakotas round-up. This one is really growing on me!
That’s all for this week. As always, thanks for reading and have a great week!