I’m reading Lisa Napoli’s Radio Shangri-La: What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth, and wouldn’t you know it? Chapter Five starts with an account of baby naming customs in Bhutan:
If you walked into any village in all of Bhutan and shouted “Karma,” a quarter of the heads would turn. There are only about fifty names in the whole country … As Bhutan becomes more modern, some of the more daring Bhutanese parents break tradition in order to distinguish themselves, altering the spelling of familiar names or abbreviating them.
Napoli also explains that monks traditionally choose children’s names, but some of the boldest parents are also changing that custom. I have a feeling that there’s enough there for a book in itself!
- Sebastiane featured one of my favorites: Hanae. Such a pretty sound, but would it ever be pronounced correctly?
- Do I really care what Giuliana and Bill name their baby? Okay, I do. In this interview, Bill says that he likes Edward Duke for a boy. “It’s a strong name.”
- I’m really enjoying Eponymia’s walk through the 2011 rarities. What is the story behind Escarleth?
- Love the story Lisa tells about choosing a spelling for their daughter’s name.
- Isn’t Winton an interesting possibility?
- Congrats to Jennifer K. on her victory in the Baby Name Wizard’s 2011 Baby Name Pool – and goodness, her son has a thoughtful, gorgeous name of his own!
- This list of purple names at Nameberry has some real appeal: Mauve, Orchid, or Iolanthe, anyone?
- From Babynamelover’s round-up of Christchurch birth announcements: Esther Helena, a little sister for Olive – wow, love their style!
- Have you played the name games on the Nameberry forums? I find myself obsessively responding to the quintuplet game for girls.
- We finally saw The Avengers, and seriously – I wanted to sit through it again, immediately. There’s been some speculation in the name ‘verse that all of these superheros could help bring back some all American staples for boys, like Steve – aka Captain America. But the name that strikes me as the likeliest take-away? Hawk. He’s on trend – more than two dozen boys were called Hawk in 2011 alone. But I’m also fascinated by the shortening of the character’s name – in the comic boys he’s Hawkeye, but in the flick, he was usually just plain Hawk. With Joss Whedon, that master namer, involved in the project, I wonder if it was a deliberate decision or something that evolved. As for whether it will work on a child, well … I do like a bird name, but is Hawk too apex predator?
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading and have a great week!