My five name-spotting tales from this week are:
- My mother, calling to tell me that my cousin had her baby. “His name is Atticus. I’ve never heard it before!” “Mom, like To Kill a Mockingbird?” “I don’t remember that.” “Gregory Peck, mom?” “I guess so. Now don’t tell me it’s popular.” “Not common, mom, but very stylish.” I adore my mom beyond reason, but she is definitely of the school that there are normal names, and they are the ones she liked for her own children in the 1970s.
- Watching the Tour de France, hearing Cadel, and remembering how much I like that name. Remember WaltzingMoreThanMatilda’s great post on the name?
- I just finishing reading Glitch, a dystopian young adult novel set many years in the future. The names are fascinating: Zoel, Maximin, Molla, Daavd, Markam. When they rebel, they become Zoe and Max. It’s an interesting look at how names might change and evolve – just a little bit.
- Running into (another) cousin, who lives in a super small town. (My dad’s hometown – the kind of place that is completely down on its luck, and yet, incredibly resilient. My dad’s cousin B. really says things like “You’re family, and family is always welcome here.” And completely means it. As a jaded urbanite who fears deer and darkness, I completely love every minute here.) Her daughter is Emerson – “I know, we chose a weird name. But we’re both teachers, and wanted to use something that we hadn’t heard before.” Then I got to introduce her to my daughter, Clio. Too bad we didn’t have more time to visit – I think we could have talked about names for hours.
- I’m also reading a historical novel involving the Tudors, and remembering how great some of their names were – Jasper, Owen. That’s a family tree I need to dig into sometime soon …
Spotted any interesting names?
Even if you’ve been locked in a closet, there are plenty online:
- This sibset at For Real is astonishing! Baby Virgil joins Wilma, Delbert, Margaret, Lewis, Martin, and Edith.
- Nameberry’s data on their site’s top names led to headlines about Django and Katniss being the hot new baby names. I like this analysis from Lisa: “viewed doesn’t necessarily mean used.” Seems like the disclaimer the world needs to hear.
- While we’re talking Nameberry, I loved their list of Blue Jean Baby Names. Ellie, Matthew, Alex – they are comfortable, wearable choices that “are suited to real modern life.”
- The Shirley Club, and other name clubs, profiled in The Wall Street Journal. Will there be clubs for kids with -aiden names in a few more decades? (Found via the sharp-eyed Clare at scoop.it!)
- I haven’t been following the talk about new Star Wars movies closely, but Histornamia has. She points out that Jaina – daughter of Han and Leia – could potentially be a major character. And, yes, a popular given name, a mix of Jane, Jada, and all of those popular picks with the bright ay sound, a sister for Kayden.
- Baby Name Wizard speculates on the next wave of retro revivals. Bruno, Jules, Estelle, Corinne, and Reva, anyone?
- British Baby Names rounds up the Slim Softies – boys’ names that are “masculine but not butch.” Rory, Finn, Willem, Asa, Beau, Jude, Lloyd, Levi. Yup, I could happily name a houseful of boys from her list.
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading. And have a great week.