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If you’ve spent anytime on a message board, doubtless you’ve heard cautions about a long name.  “He’ll never be able to spell it!” or “She’ll never say her name correctly.”  Want proof that it just isn’t so?  My not-quite-4 year old daughter telling me about a little boy in her class.  His name?  Shivarama.

Did I mention how much I love living in a place where names are wildly eclectic?  The young guy at the take-out counter at a local restaurant is named Perfecto.  Really.

Onto other name news:

  • Edith Adelaide is definitely one of the best name combinations I’ve seen in a while, over at Names for Real last Sunday.
  • A Swistle reader asked if Cohen was a problem, and ending up deciding to name her son Callum instead.  I really like the honest and diplomatic way Swistle handled the issue.
  • Ren mentioned Hobson this week.  It fits in with current trends, doesn’t it?  But it reminds me of the phrase Hobson’s Choice – the rough equivalent of “take it or leave it.”  What do you think – would Hobson fit in with Huxley and Harrison?
  • While we’re on surnames that start with H, how ’bout Hooper?  He’s huge on my family tree, but I don’t see him as a great choice, even though I can’t figure out why.  FWIW, Swistle’s readers seem to agree, based on the poll results so far.
  • Congrats to Brandi on the arrival of her twins!  Gorgeous, gorgeous names.
  • I love Gulliver, but it seems like a lot of name to pull off.  Elea’s list of families who dared to embrace the name has me charmed.  I think Elliott Barnaby, Cicely Eden, and Gulliver James is my favorite family.
  • Lou’s post on Mungo is pure fun.
  • Worried Grace is overexposed?  Then why not Praise?  Instead of Jake, consider Hale, Vale, or Twain.  Yup, I’m all about Blue Juniper’s list of one-syllable ay names.
  • Speaking of ay, this essay at Nameberry in defense of Jayden has got to be the best thing I’ve read in a while.

That’s all for this week – as always, thank you for reading and have a great week!


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  1. I’m a very faithful Swistle reader, and voted that I like Hooper! It has almost the same sound as Cooper – which I also like – and I’d like to see it used! If you like Cooper, it seems like you should like Hooper. And I l-o-v-e Harper too, which is similar. 🙂

  2. I’m glad they went with Callum instead; apart from the all the controversy, I just think it’s a nicer-sounding name for a first name.

    Hooper just sounds a bit oddball for some reason; like Cohen, it doesn’t sound like a first name to me. On the other hand, it is memorable, and would make a cool middle name, imo.

  3. Love Callum — NotD?
    Hooper does seem a little wilder than Cooper or such. There’s Mr. Hooper, Hula hoops, etc. Just my 2 cents!

  4. I like the nickname “Hobs.” I’ve never heard that phrase before. I also enjoyed the Nameberry article. It’s too easy to get trapped in name nerd snobbery. That sibset with Gulliver is gorgeous!