I overheard a mom calling a kid Semaj yesterday – my first proof that yes, people really are naming their kids James-spelled-backwards. On some level, I get it. I know how hard it is to incorporate family names and honor loved ones, especially if the name is a common one.
On another level, I simply do not think that children should be called Semaj.
Elsewhere in the world of names:
- Yes, I’m still reading Bringing up Bébé, and pausing to note French names. Eliette caught my eye. She’s a French feminine form of Eli, which makes her a possible sister for Vivienne and Cecile. Except in the US, she’d likely be misunderstood as a respelling of Elliot. Still, Eliette feels like an inevitable discovery for American parents.
- File Aveline in the same category. Thetxbelle has an exhaustive bit of research on Aveline posted in the Nameberry forums. Of course, if she catches on in the US, that’s probably more about a smoosh of Ava and Adeline than anything else. Proof? Avalyn, Avalynn, and Avalynne combined were given to nearly 250 girls in 2010, with over 50 more answering to Avelyn or Avelynn. Could Av- be the new Kay-?
- I share Rowan’s love of the mini-name Dot. If you weren’t keen on Dorothy, is there another long form to put on a birth certificate?
- Speaking of mini names, I’ve long admiredIo.
- Funny how we perceive things. I find Felix, Lucy, Basil, Titus, and Jane pretty compatible, but this blended family does not.
- Thanks to Zeffy for sharing her family trees. With masculine names like Anastor and Nicolau and feminine choices like Sidalia and Ivonete, I suspect Zeffy comes from a long line of talented namers!
- Blanchefleur is enchanting – but maybe best left to the middle.
- Speaking of the middle, Samantha Swan is my favorite from Name Soiree’s Friday Favorites.
- Isadora makes the case for borrowing names from nursery rhymes. Bo and Blue, anyone?
- Cleo, Colette, and Delia Blue in one Names4Real post? Be still my heart.
- Lou rounded up ends-in-o names from recent Marginamia posts. I’m still fascinated by Hallow.
- NameFancier is all about Louella these days.
Lastly, I really want to link to this post and say it is brilliant, but I feel like there’s some logic missing. I haven’t had time to puzzle through the subtleties, but the longer I spend thinking about given names, the more I’m convinced they’re terribly easy to oversimplify. The Social Security data looks straightforward, but any data set creates its own challenges. More on that in a future post …
For now, thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!