Hello, we have snow! After a winter that’s felt more like an extended autumn, something like two feet of snow dropped in a mere 24 hours. I am beyond grateful that we’re all safe and warm, and that my husband likes going outside in the snow. (He’s from Michigan, and can speak with authority on what makes a good snow shovel.)
The winter storm responsible for all this loveliness that’s soon to be slushiness is semi-officially called Jonas. Storm names haven’t really caught on in DC, but then, the practice is pretty new. Still, it had me curious about the process of choosing the names, and I found this explanation on The Weather Channel. Turns out that the 2015-2016 list was submitted by Bozeman High School’s Latin class, which explains the classical bent of the names (Ajax, Hera), as well as the nods to pop culture (Yolo, and, yes, Jonas.)
- How gorgeous are the top names in Portugal? Nancy has the list here. If you’re as addicted as I am, you might want to read Filipa’s fabulous blog. It’s fun just reading which names have been added to the official list of approved baby names in Portugal. (Yup, it’s one of those countries with a list!)
- Love Z names, but think that Zoe and Zachary are too common? Alternatives galore at Baby Name Wizard. Though Raz just makes me think raspberry, so I have a hard time with that suggestion.
- This is an incredibly powerful piece on unisex baby names. At first glance, I agree with so much of what the author says. And yet, I do think the way we name boys is changing – slowly. Creativity is encouraged, softer sounds are allowed. Is there more freedom in naming a daughter? I would say yes. But our ideas about what makes an acceptable name for a son are less rigid than ever, and that reflects broader cultural changes. Also, I am watching a small number of names cross back from all-girl to acceptable for boys, like Kelly. (Incidentally, in the poll on that post more than 83% of respondents expected Kelly to make a comeback for boys.)
- On a much lighter note: Joy left this comment on a Facebook Q way back in December. I’d asked if Jessica would ever make a comeback, and this was her so funny response. Love!
- And another quote that is so very, very true: The low number on the popularity list that ‘Arlo’ hits is no guarantee that there won’t be three Arlos at your Whole Foods. Beautifully said by Duana in this post.
- A Top Ten list that includes Beatrice, Arthur, Wilfred, and Matilda? British Baby Names makes my day again!
- Holly Madison is pregnant with her second child, and I may have to Twitter-stalk her between now and her August due date. Why? She posted clues to her daughter’s name via the social media site. And really, with a firstborn called Rainbow Aurora, I cannot wait to hear what she names her second. And I honestly think that some of these suggestions are pure genius.
- These Saturday Jams posts always make me smile. Nothing Like a Name takes on the musical riffs on Michelle this week.
- Olivine is just gorgeous! I saw a list of getting to Liv names the other day, but now I can’t find it! Maybe on Instagram? It also included Olivet and Lively, and I’m really crushing on Lively lately.
- A good poll from Kate: Ann or Anne? I default to Anne, but I cannot say why.
- Double middles? Yes, please! Loving Milo Chase Everdean and Santana Stella Lou.
- Let’s end as we began, by talking about the season! I love Janvier and cannot wait for the next eleven installments of this series from Bree. (No pressure!)
That’s all for this week! As always, have a great week – and thank you so very much for reading!