I happened to be shopping for kids’ books this morning when I stumbled across the Sophie series by Laura Bergen. Do you know the books? This is a line from the early pages of the first installment:
She couldn’t even be the only Sophie in Ms. Moffly’s third grade class, thanks to Sophie Aarons. Or Sophie A., as everyone called her. That was another reason Sophie needed a special name. Being called Sophie M. was just plain silly.
It strikes me that only a few years after we’ve stopped thinking about the names we’ve chosen for our children, our kids pick up where we left off. It happened with my son, and I’ll be very curious to see what happens with my daughter and her very complicated name.
- Via Marginamia, a birth announcement for a lovely little girl called Phoebe Sue Irene, and called Bee. I should do a Getting to Bee-Bea-Bebe–Bibi post one of these Fridays. Congrats to Katie on her nicely-named arrival!
- Okay, I kind of love Boone for a boy, recently spotted at Small Words blog, and sported by the sons of Dennis Quaid and Eric Church.
- I’m watching Craft Wars on TLC and imagining what Tori Spelling will name baby #4. Any guesses as to what goes with Liam, Stella, and Hattie?
- Eponymia’s rarities series is rich with fascinating possibilities. My favorites from this installment include Evienne, Aberdeen, Devery, Theda, and Poetry.
- Babble’s post from Danielle Sullivan started out on an interesting note. But Are Unisex Baby Names The Best Idea Ever? missed a crucial point. In order to be unisex, the names have to be used in similar numbers for boys and girls. From their list, Harper and Avery are, origins aside, solidly established as feminine. Others on their list, like Dylan and Rory, may occasionally be given to girls, but are solidly established as masculine. What’s more interesting – and far more rare – are cases where parents choose name without regard for the child’s gender. I know a couple who passed on a family surname to their (almost certainly) one and only child. That’s true unisex naming – and I find it rather admirable.
- Freya and Magnus – great combination, once again courtesy of Design Mom’s Living with Kids series.
- This might be the most insightful article in a long while – Laura Wattenberg on The Rise of Liquid Names. I’ll admit, this is a category I just don’t enjoy, though some of the names have appeal. I’d be more likely to name a daughter Lorna.
- If not Lorna, then any of the names from British Baby Name’s 1858 finds … I love Ada Atlanta Mary, Dinah Claradia, Egypt Charles, Meadows Henry, and really just about every clunky curiosity on her list.
- Australian readers – is Maree pronounced like Mary or Marie? I keep seeing her in birth announcements at Waltzing More than Matilda.
- Zeffy mentioned Lucilia – a great way to get toLucy.
- This post officially made me takeDiamondoff my whiff-of-stripper name list and put it on my Great Gem Names for Girls list.
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading and have a great Sunday!