Let’s begin with some smash-up, right-on quotes from the almighty Swistle:
It becomes increasingly difficult to call a name “a boy name” when it is given to more female babies than male babies. Clearly names are not black and white in that way, and insisting that they SHOULD BE or ARE that way doesn’t change anything. We could also claim that Ashley and Evelyn and Lesley are “BOY names!!”—but where would that get us, now that they are used mostly for girls? Names, like colors and toys, are given to male/female babies according to fashion, not according to stone tablets.
One hard lesson of baby-naming is this: No matter what name you choose, someone else is going to hate it. REALLY hate it. And a whole lot of people are going to think it’s lame or boring or weird. You will not find a name that will make every single person, upon hearing it, think, “Wow! That is THE perfect name!” We all have different tastes in baby names—and there tend to be particularly large rifts between generations. Discussing names with a few trusted friends or relatives can be helpful; discussing them with someone who would call a name “horrible” is unhelpful, and I think it would be safe to exclude that family member from future discussions.
Well said, especially that part about excluding the family member who dismisses names as horrible. Not helpful, indeed.
- Loved British Baby Name’s contemporary combos for Maud post. Apricot Maude Daphne is just deliciously daffy and seems very English to my American ears.
- Let’s linger in the British Isles just a minute longer, as Elea has also posted her July Names round-up. Me? I’m partial to July as a name, maybe short for Julissa.
- Have you read this article? Deeply judgmental, and not entirely accurate (pssst … the other Moore-Willis girl is Rumer, like the poet, not Rumor), but funny and with more than a glimmer of truth.
- Random Broadway-related baby name thought: if they really make a musical out of The Exorcist, and it really has a successful run, will Reagan make the US Top 100 for girls? Technically, the character is Regan, but the ea spelling has been dominant.
- What a story behind Mafalda! She sounds like the name of a villain, but actually she’s the Portuguese form of Matilda. The Beauty of Names tells the tale of a twentieth century princess who wore the name.
- Denver Anton and Zelda Gypsy Jane – quite a pair!
- For the final name in Hated Names Week, I’m thinking of Mackenzie. There were so many great suggestions, but I think this one is the most intriguing.
- Love, love, love Edie, but I’m not sure about the spelling Eadie, spotted in a celebrity birth announcement at Waltzing More than Matilda.
- Baseball fanatic? Here’s a list of baseball-inspired names for girls. Not sure I can get behind Diamond, but there are a few very wearable ideas here.
- At the Nameberry forums: is Suri wearable?
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!