She’s yet to crack the Top 1000, but could she be the next Isabella? Friends of friends recently welcomed their second child – a daughter called Esme, 2008’s most popular search name at AppMtn. What’s more, their firstborn is called Finn, 2008’s second most popular search name for boys here.
In Namespotting News:
- My mother recently dropped me an email about a colleague’s new son. His middle name is Hades. And no, it isn’t a family name that just happens to sound like the dark lord of the underworld. The colleague informed my mother that they chose the middle name because it means dark lord of the underworld. Wonder if they’ll want to reconsider their choice during the terrible twos?
- Photoquilty reports coming across a girl called Asher, another girl called Morrissey and a third named Brennan, plus a boy named Bey.
- The cover story for this issue of Washington Parent is all about baby names, and included an interview with a mom who named her four girls Tse Iris, Sloane Ivy, Blake Ocean and Chase Blossom. I love Sloane Ivy. Chase Blossom sounds like a command. Tse Iris seems unnecessarily complicated – Tse is pronounced “Say” – and yet strangely appealing. The mom goes on to note that “On paper – with the middle initial – my girls can be any American. Their names give them the choice to say if they are female.”
Each snippet is really about the same thing – the urge to give our children distinctive names. It’s obviously something I think about, too, and yet I can’t help but notice that we so fall short – Tse, Blake and Chase, with that “ay” vowel sound – don’t really stand out too far from Grace, Kate and Jayden. Now that Chloe is in the Top Ten, Clio sounds downright ordinary, too.
A few other thoughtful posts:
- Check out Lola’s article on popular names in Massachussetts – Maeve, Tessa and Jacoby all fare far better near Beantown;
- Nameberry dissected which unisex names are trending female and male. A cluster of names is rising for both genders, including Harper, Rory and Micah;
- Laura Wattenberg compiled a list of the names that left the US Top 1000 in 2008 – including surprises like Brad and Carrie.
A few celeb notes:
- Actor James Gaffigan and wife Jeannie welcomed daughter Katie Louise. He’s already the proud papa to son Jack and daughter Marre. Anyone know anything about Marre? It’s an interesting pick – I don’t think I’ve heard it before;
- Comedian Wanda Sykes and her wife Alex welcomed twins Olivia Lou and Lucas Claude;
- I’m fairly certain that I heard an interview with Charlie Sheen about his twin boys, in which he noted that his sons are named Max and Bob – not Maxwell and Robert or Robinson and Maximillian or … you get the idea.
It’s not exactly name news, but I recently spotted an obituary for Venetia Phair – the only woman to ever name a planet. Hearkening back to my earlier mention of Hades, she’s the person who christened Pluto.
Thanks for reading!