The leaves are off the trees, and the Christmas lights are up, but since this is Washington DC, we haven’t really had a cold snap yet.
I had such a good time putting together my second unconventional Best Celebrity Baby Names of the Year post, and I’m thoroughly enjoying pulling together my trends posts, too. I’m getting a little stuck on exactly how to break up all of the information, though – I might still be writing trends posts into January 2016 at the rate I’m going!
For the first time ever, I shared the Best of Celebrity Baby Names images on Instagram. Appellation Mountain has only been on Instagram for a year, and it was such a delight to discover the active community of baby name fans there. I’m planning to do something similar for the March Madness Baby Names contest coming up in just a few months, too.
Enough about me. On to the name news:
- Time for the Pop Culture Baby Name Game! I think Denali will definitely see a boost.
- Ever since I first saw Four Weddings and a Funeral, I’ve had the sense that “toff” isn’t exactly a good thing. But I’m kind of in love with this list of names from Tatler, and would cheerfully use Caradoc for a son, if only my husband wouldn’t mind. (But I bet he would.) Hat tip to my London correspondent for the link.
- It’s nicknames month for the Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, and I’m SO excited. Doubtless they will be myth-busting and light-shedding for all the 31 days.
- Sophie has some great Italian names for girls on this list. How gorgeous is Domenica?
- By now, you’ve probably read the stories about Oprah naming the son she lost while just a teenager. It’s heartbreaking to think of what she went through. The name she gave her son many years later is Canaan, chosen because it means “new land, new life.” It’s another example of how naming is a powerful act.
- I tend to watch a lot of television. (I feel like this might be obvious.) At the moment, I’m binge-watching Lie to Me, and I find it interesting that the main character’s name appears to be Cal. Just Cal.
- And sometimes an act of protest, too. I’ll be curious to hear how many children are really named Sveta and Generator in response to the crisis in Crimea.
- Oh, how I hope this family goes with Consuelo, nickname Coco, for Harriet and Hugo’s little sister!
- What a sweet way to reveal the name of a baby due around Christmas!
- A man named Bud Weisser was arrested for trespassing at the Budweiser Brewery. It makes North West look like a perfectly reasonable name!
That’s all for this week! Thank you so much for reading, and have a great week!