Let’s start with a quote from the quirky Where’d You Go, Bernadette? Have you read it? I’m not finished, so no spoilers, please. But it is strangely engaging. Bernadette’s daughter answers to Bee, and sometimes Buzzy. But early on, we learn what her full name is:
You’ll see on Bee’s passport that her given name is Balakrishna Branch. (Let’s just say I was under a lot of stress, and it seemed like a good idea at the time.)
I haven’t unraveled all of the name’s significance in the novel, but Bala Krishna means divine child – it refers to the worship of the child form of the god Krishna. (Do I have that right? I’m a little rusty on Hinduism.) There are legends and temples aplenty.
It’s been a week for intriguing names covered in the blogosphere:
- My favorite from this list of five: Music. It’s not for me – I am not a shred musical – but can’t you imagine it as a great middle for the right family?
- I’m not a huge fan of two-syllable, ends-with-a names for girls, but Petra is one that makes me swoon.
- Loving Millie McGregor. There are great ways to get to Millie, many of which I would use. But I do love alliteration, and Millie McGregor sounds straight out of a storybook.
- This couple ended up with a great name for their son, despite some debate. And some fanciful suggestions from dad.
- Welsh names can have so much appeal: Seren, Indie, Cai, Vaughan, Taliesin. Bonus points if you’re an architecture buff with that last one, as Taliesin is also the name of a Frank Lloyd Wright home in Wisconsin.
- These rare royal names for girls are dazzling. Loving Sigrid the Haughty.
- It’s been way too long since I checked in on Kristin Rushowy’s baby name stories at The Toronto Star. She does not disappoint. Here’s a little girl called Arwynn Geneva Sari Valentina and another named Beatrix Strawberry. Better still, Arwynn has a big sis called Tanys Aurora Alexandra Piia.
- Can another season of Teen Mom launch more names? Gannon is interesting, as is Nova.
- Townes for a boy – it’s an ends-with-s preppy surname name I hadn’t thought of, but I kind of love it.
- Philippine, Gaspard, Isaure, Sixtine, Augustin, Côme, all from a birth announcement round-up at Jolis Prénoms. How delighted am I that Clare at Scoop.it has discovered French baby name blogs? Le Figaro publishes online birth announcements, but you can only see a few in their style section without a subscription. I did spot a Capucine while I was visting.
- Atlas is really growing on me. It once might have seemed like too much of a name, but now I think he would wear well.
- Eir. Rhymes with rare. Or maybe it doesn’t, but I can’t imagine another pronunciation sticking in the US.
- While we’re at The Art of Naming, I’ve enjoyed voting in the polls. This one – where Isadora beats out the heard-everywhere Isabella and the super-obscure Isabeau is interesting. Kara’s conclusion matches something we’ve talked about before. We like unusual, but a relatively small number of parents are comfortable with totally-out-there choices.
- And oh, isn’t Rosamund lovely?
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!