Our one and only car is most likely at the end of its days. While we wait for the final verdict from the mechanic, we’ve been relying on ZipCars. And ZipCars? They all have names.
My go-to for this past week was Poseidon, a name that thrilled our seven year-old. “Are you picking up Poseidon today?” Not a car or the car. Poseidon. One rather grand name transformed an ordinary silver Nissan Sentra into a familiar, friendly part of our day. More like a horse than a car.
On Thursday we realized that our weekend plans made a conventional rental car a better choice than a ZipCar, so we picked one up Friday afternoon. The car – another Nissan Sentra, this time color black – did not have a name. On a whim, my husband and I decided it should be Morpheus.
It’s funny how much more I like driving a car with an identity. Obviously, I’m a big fan of such things. But ZipCar officially says that one of the reasons they name the cars is because “it humanizes the service.”
I’m sort of inspired to go name our blender and our toaster oven now.
Elsewhere in name news:
- There’s been a flurry of celebrity births, all coming after my Best of Celebrity Baby Names 2015 post! I’m tempted to publish the 2016 edition on December 31st instead. I’m not sure if any of the latest arrivals would displace Qirin Love, Elsie Otter, or Calder Allan William, but it’s an interesting question to consider.
- Funny, I was just thinking about Rosebud, and now here it is, as a middle name for Violet in this British Baby Names birth announcements post.
- Are Ellison and Emerson too close for cousins? I agree with the Name Lady – probably not, but let’s look at the specifics. Are these cousins with the same last name growing up down the street from each other? Or is the cousin in question halfway across the country? And so on.
- I’m a sucker for Design Mom’s Living with Kids series for so many reasons. But one of them? The names, obviously. Whimsy and Glory aren’t my style, and yet I find them swoonworthy.
- The most popular baby names in Edinburgh are different from the most popular names across Scotland. I suspect this headline is probably true for nearly every very large city. I’d guess that the top names in St. Louis are different than the top names across Missouri. But why is that? It seems like the havens of really creative baby naming tend to be either urban or really rural. Living in a densely-packed Brooklyn neighborhood or the middle of nowhere Alaska probably changes the way that we do lots of things, and naming our kids is one of them.
- I so love this article, from the headline right down to this: The lesson of Emma is that it’s okay. It’s okay to embrace nice things that everybody else does, even while maintaining the notion that they’re yours alone. Though I do quibble with the idea that your Emma will be one of six in her preschool.
- Let’s say your kiddo had a cute, affectionate nickname. And that you’d never really felt his given name fit quite right. Would you consider making that affectionate nickname his legal name? What if that name was Popcorn? Yeah … well, this family is seriously considering doing just that.
- I saw the new Star Wars movie, and can I tell you? I think some of the names are going to be huge, especially Finn. Could it be this generation’s Luke? Luke had been gaining prior to the 1977 movie’s release, but as Star Wars became part of the fabric of popular culture, the name became an absolute staple for boys – the perfect blend of traditional name and current choice.
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!