I was walking through a kite shop at the oceanfront a few days ago, the kind of shop that also sells tons of personalized gear. A girl of maybe 8 or 9 was flipping through a rack, hopefully, when her mother said, “Honey, forget it. If you want something with your name on it, you know we have to order it online.”
Everything in me wanted to ask about her name, but I couldn’t. The girl was nearly in tears, for one. For two, instinct told me that there was good chance it was more along the lines of Syrenitee than, say, Beatrix.
Speaking of unusual names:
- Elestren is officially one of my new favorites. Elea at British Baby Names recently featured sibling sets of a far much more recent vintage than many of her collections. Elestren sounds a little bit like an American name for a drug, but it is actually a Cornish word meaning iris – and a completely novel way to get to Ellie.
- Another old-new obsession: Persephone, prompted by this post at Swistle. The sound is too prissy and the figure too tragic for me to outright love, and yet I’ve been fascinated by her for years.
- While we’re elsewhere in the English-speaking world, did you see Anna’s analysis of American influence on Australian names? It’s an interesting question, one that I can imagine dominating mom’s group conversations … though Anna concludes that there’s really more to the picture.
- The Baby Name Wizard asks why American parents have yet to embrace Louise. I agree. I know a kid called Louisa, who answers to Lulu, and it is pretty much perfection.
- I poured over this Nameberry post on starbaby names. Hard to believe that Zoe Isabella was once a surprising choice.
- Another surprise: there’s a character named Harvey on USA Network’s legal drama Suits. He’s not a cuddly adorable kid, but neither is he a large, imaginary rabbit. Could this name make a comeback? I’m hearing more and more once solidly unfashionable grandpa names revived for television characters – a sometimes-signal that we’re ready to rethink them for our sons.
- I’ve stalked Queen Bee Creations for ages, and missed my chance to buy one of their Edith totes last fall. They have plans to bring it back in a few weeks – this time, I won’t hesitate. Plus, they’re also introducing a LittleEdiebag. Seriously, Edith and Edie are overdue for rediscovery by American parents.
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading, and have a great week!