A few days ago, my husband texted me a photo of a Share a Coke label.
Him: Araceli??? Guess it’s Spanish?
Him: Huh. Thought it was a type of pasta.
He knew I’d know it immediately. I mean – if it’s common enough to make a Share a Coke bottle, it’s almost certainly on my radar. But for him? He’d never heard the name before.
And that’s something to remember: when you’re wild about names, searching high and low for The One, it’s easy to forget that others won’t share your interest. The name that strikes you as instantly familiar, rich with history, and just different enough?
To someone else, it’s pasta.
So do you use the unusual name, or not?
I think the question you have to ask yourself is this: will you mind explaining your child’s name to other people? Will it bother you to tell others that Araceli is Spanish, from a Latin phrase that means “altar of the sky,” and that it refers to Our Lady of Araceli, the Patron Saint of Lucena, Spain? Or will it thrill you to share a little about the name you so lovingly chose, and what it means to you and your family?
I’m Team Thrill.
Ask me about my kids’ names, and I can talk. But if that thought makes you squirm? Save the bold name for the middle spot, and proudly embrace a more mainstream first. Because Katherine Araceli is all kinds of crazy gorgeous and meaningful, too.
- First Koala, now Bruin! Brandi Redmond of The Real Housewives of Dallas recently welcomed son Bruin, who joins sisters Brooklyn and Brinkley. Brandi’s husband is Bryan, so I guess it pretty much had to be a Br- name for their youngest. They balanced the wild first with a traditional middle: Charles.
- Confession: I’ve been mentally trying to name twenty-one children ever since I read about the Radford family’s new baby. Britain’s largest family had promised that their twentieth child, baby Archie, was their last. But not so! Their children are Chris, Sophie, Jack, Chloe, Daniel, Luke, Millie, Katie, Ellie, James, Aimee, Josh, Max, Tillie, Oscar, Casper, Hallie, Phoebe, and Archie, as well as son Alfie, who was stillborn. As for my list? Things start to get hazy after daughter number eight or so … and son number two!
- This year’s Class Superlatives are awesome, from Aaban to Zyva.
- Swistle gives sound advice in this post: … it looks to me as if you are in general asking too much from this name. I wonder if it would be helpful to completely shift the focus and look for a name that would be solid and useful to him, without tying it so strongly to his parents’ identities/priorities/backgrounds/interests?
- Isn’t Esther a gorgeous name?
- This question is thought-provoking: have name nerds triumphed? Are we naming babies better these days? Duana ponders.
- I love a good post about reinventing grandma names.
- Thinking about Wonder Woman baby names today, because it’s a year since the blockbuster movie was released. As for the sequel? We’ll be waiting until December 2019.
- A graceful and generous look at Utah baby names, from a native daughter of the state. I know many of you have probably seen the series of tweets from a Utah mom dissing the names of her kids’ classmates. I cringed. All I could think was this: don’t they live in this town? Isn’t she going to see the parents of these kids at the grocery store, back-to-school night, her kids’ soccer games? Church? While mowing the lawn? Loving the names you love does not require bashing the names others choose – a lesson I’ve learned the hard way over the years.
One last note: thanks to my fantastic tech support team, we’ve made some small changes to the site to make it compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. But I’m still puzzling out how to make my newsletter match up with the new regulations. So it’s on hiatus for a few weeks until I get caught up. Apologies to anyone who is missing their weekly extra dose.
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!