Number 25, Bisceglie
Number 25, Bisceglie by Jolyon Russ via Flickr

Merry Christmas! If you’re celebrating today, here’s wishing you a happy, peaceful holiday.

But just in case you’re not … or let’s say you are, but you’ve officially overdosed on reindeer-shaped cookies and sparkly gift wrap … I thought I’d focus on non-holiday name news this morning.

Yes, there’s plenty!

  • Oh, I do like Landry.
  • How about Emblem? It sounds like a modern word name, but Zeffy spotted her in Cornwall between the seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries.
  • Reality television influence alert: For Real spotted a baby girl Sutton Rose.
  • Oh, I do hope this couple goes with Andromeda instead of shortening it to Andi.
  • The Adventures in Babywearing blogger, Stephanie, has a daughter called Ivy LaRue. Love the combination!
  • Speaking of girls’ names, there’s a rumor floating around that Lily Allen has named her daughter Ethel Mary. It inspired Nomes e mais nomes to mention a few similar names from Portugal: Etel, the direct translation, as well as Etelca and Elca. I’m fascinated by Etelca, which is related to Attila via a German medieval epic.
  • Kio for a boy – I kind of love the idea from Waltzing More than Matilda’s post on star names.
  • Nancy Friedman’s article on The Wrong Names gets it exactly right. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been horribly distracted by a poorly-named character.
  • Speaking of characters, Dolly Parton returns to the big screen in January’s Joyful Noise, a feel-good tale of a little choir that could. Her character’s name? G.G. Sparrow.
  • How ’bout this happy word for a middle name?

That’s all for this week! As always, thanks for reading. I’m off to bake more cookies!

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  1. Oh an Andromeda, how lovely! Can you believe she has a husband so awesome as to demand Andromeda, while most of us have to bludgeon ours (uh, with words!) to consider anything more exotic than Sienna?

    I do love the way she says that Andromeda is an unusual name where they live … I wonder where in the world it is a usual name? 🙂

  2. Mirth is absolutely fantastic! I really love that -th ending. I like Landry too. There is a hilarious episode of Party Down called “Cole Landry’s Draft Day Party” so that’s my first association, but I do like it.

    The link to Nancy Friedman’s article on the wrong names isn’t working…

    Merry Christmas!

  3. I would love to spot a Mirth in the middle. That’s fabulous.

    I don’t watch a lot of reality TV so I didn’t realize that about Sutton. I always think of Broadway actress Sutton Foster, when I spot a girl named Sutton.

    Merry Christmas!

  4. There’s also Ask and Embla, the first humans beings in Norse mythology. I almost mentioned them during the “So Lovely as a Tree” post, since the names mean “Ash” and “Elm. Since there are plenty of other names influenced by the Normans, I could see a connection… or at the least maybe Embla could help Emblem seem “namey”.

    From Christmas newsletters I learned I have new little relatives named Lincoln and Meadow. Plus a friend from college is engaged to Cardiff. That one threw me for a loop, but as far as sources go it isn’t any stranger than Kingston or Bristol.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Emblyn is the Cornish form of Emmeline. In this case it’s most likely one of the many spelling errors clerics used to make.

    Have a lovely Christmas!