It’s been a quiet week here at AppMtn as we all enjoy the last sweltering days of summer. The stores are filling up with sweaters (and Halloween candy – already!) and television is premiering brand new can’t-miss-shows.
Which brings me to a trio of Project Runway related thoughts:
- Contestant Qristyl squeaked by for another week. With every second she spends on the small screen, I expect another mom-to-be to consider swapping out her kreativ K for a qreat’yff Q. Bring on Qaden, Qonor, Qaylee and Qadynz – Shudder;
- Then there’s the talented Shirin, who told us in her intro that her name means sweet in Farsi. There’s also an appealing legend about a seventh-century Persian Queen by the same name;
- She’s not showing on this season (yet) but Heidi Klum says that she has no name picked out for her fourth starbaby, little sister to Leni, Henry and Johan. In an interview with USA Today, Klum says she and Seal are “waiting for the lightbulb to come on” this time.
Off the Runway:
- Once again, the Toronto Star reports on a surprisingly lovely name – Phillipa Skye, nn Pippa. But there’s a catch – her last name is Walker;
- Legit Baby Names brings us Adelind, a nice alternative to Adalyn and the intriguing Korbinian;
- Nancy’s Baby Names has a list of interesting choices culled from Tropical Cyclone names. Call me shallow, but I’d rather be menaced by weather named Aletta or Zoelle than the boring Bill;
- Bewildertrix reports on a bumper crop of babies with unusual spellings, including some serious h-abuse: Khiara, Jhett Baiden, Zoeigh and Caleyb caught my eye. She also reported the rise of Nash;
- And then there’s this sibset: Harriette Pop, Archie Falcon, Jarvis Jello and Astrid Bean;
- True Blood’s Stephen Moyer has a daughter named Lilac – I can’t decide if I love it or find it completely over the top.
On a more scholarly note:
- A new article from Ancestry.com reports that 49% of all Americans are named after a family member;
- Then there’s the Menachem Mystery on Baby Name Wizard. First, I’ll admit I didn’t realize that the US Top 1000 stats were revised. But Laura Wattenberg spotted one more unusual quirk in the latest revision – Menachem appeared in the rankings, when he hadn’t appeared in the prior list. And this had happened year after year. In fact, a number of names popular among Orthodox Jews tend to rise during the revisions. There’s much conversation about why that might be in the comments, but here’s my second thing-I-didn’t-know. Can you actually leave the hospital in the US without naming your baby? I had no idea.
That’s all for now – thanks for reading!