I had a fun conversation recently with a little 4 year old girl about whether or not Clio was a girl’s name. There’s a little boy namedLeoin the same circle, so naturally she insisted that Clio had to be a boy.
It reminded me that we make gender assumptions based on what’s familiar to us – and at 4, this little girl has yet to encounter the Muses or, I suspect, Cleopatra. I ended the conversation by pointing to Clio and saying, well, she’s a girl, so Clio is a girl’s name. Ultimately, all assumptions about gender have to be dismissed when there’s a girl called Jack or a boy named Allisson in front of you.
Other random name thoughts from this week:
- My kids’ school has a classical curriculum, which means they learn Latin starting in kindergarten. This year, the second grade chose Latin names, too. Aly is now Gregorius. I love it because it sounds like gregarious, which seems like a positive attribute to me.
- Speaking of ancient appellations, check out this family discovered in nineteenth century London by British Baby Names. Horace, Virgil, Julius, and more.
- What do you think of these Fall baby names? I love Sorrell, Rowan, and Saffron, but not all of these seem exclusively autumnal to me.
- I really appreciated Isadora’s post about Jabari. We tend to be so dismissive of African American naming traditions, but it really is an incredible challenge. What do you do if you want to celebrate your heritage, but you’re generations removed from knowing anything about your family’s past? Names like Tyree, Tanesha, Deondre, and Hakeem may not have the long, unbroken histories of use that James and Elizabeth boast, but there’s a valid attempt to reclaim the past with these choices. It’s no different than me shortlisting Dante and Giacomo, even though my ancestors left Italy decades back.
- I know exactly how Nicknameless feels!
- Want to be a girl detective? Start with a great name. Thursday, anyone?
- Aletha was profiled at Upswing Baby Names this week. Truly a great name …
- Or maybe your literary tastes run towards Tolkein? Nancy’s round-up of Middle-Earth Baby Names suggest that quite a few of us are finding inspiration in his works.
- Lots of delightful choices in this post at For Real Baby Names, from Mae Frances to Reece Arthur to Zoe Violet Skye. Finn Hudson is great, too, but somehow I think the parents will be surprised when they’re asked if they’re big fans of Glee.
This week’s posts are courtesy of Lurker Week, and I’m really excited about them. They’re just a great bunch!
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading and have a great week!