I read this in a Harvard Business Review article about twenty-first century phenomena like Electric Performance Monitoring. When I tried to read up on Heisenberg, I found myself in over my head in about thirty seconds. Science fiction? Yes, please. Actual science? Not so much.
What does all of this have to do with baby names?
Does the existence of so much data and discussion on names change the names that we give our children?
I’m fascinated by this question, and while it sounds esoteric, it can have some very practical dimensions:
- Did you see this post on baby name regret in the Nameberry forums? It’s fascinating – Nayeli is a perfectly normal name to Spanish speakers, but I’ll admit that I can’t say it quite right. I have a friend who just started a bilingual press, and the first time I said (butchered) the name, he said “No, that’s okay. I have to get used to hearing it that way.” He’s right – a non-native speaker saying a name will change the name.
- Which reminds me – do you read the Lexicon blog? I like this quote: “Once a word leaves our shores, it’s out of our jurisdiction.” Will Leben is talking about what happens when English words are imported to other languages, but it works for names, too. Once a name is in use, it evolves.
- Proof that this is true at For Real this week: a girl named Asa and another called Lorily! In the age of Ava, with Ada rising fast, no wonder parents are considering Asa as a possible girls’ name. And Lorelei might be the new Mackenzie – a name with so many possible spellings that it becomes fare more popular than it seems. Yes, Asa is a case of name-napping, but on the positive side, I see a boy with the middle name Hadley in the same post.
- Hmmm … I don’t see Mayleigh as a variant of Mary, Margaret, or May/Mae. I think she’s all invented name, a nouveau coinage related to Kaylee, Hailey, and company. Great sound, yes. But not really an established name, especially with the -leigh spelling.
- I love the idea of June as a contracted nickname for Julianne! Spotted in this Living with Kids feature from Design Mom.
- Calais is a truly unusual place name For Real found in birth announcements. Then I wrote about in a Nameberry post. Now Lisa Milbrand has included it in her list of unusual place names. Are we putting Calais on the list of options for parents who wouldn’t have otherwise considered it?
- Thanks to everyone who sent me this link of truly awful Puritan names. Agreed! I can’t imagine going through life as If-Christ-had-not-died-for-thee-thou-hadst-been-damned Barebone. And you thought Nevaeh was a bit much.
- Thanks to Clare for introducing us to such great foreign language name blogs.
- Isn’t it wild how German names can be so appealing and so … well, not? From this week’s birth announcements: Edith Amalia and Matteo Anian, Sebastian Matthias, and Rosalie Floriane Marie. A quartet of gorgeousness. But then there’s Pankratius, Yona, and Irma – and I have no idea if they’re fashionable in Germany or awkward on both sides of the Atlantic.
- Autumnal names en français.
- Speaking of Fall, how about some apple names?
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading, and have a great week!
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