Happy Easter! If you observe the holiday, I hope your day was full of celebration.
We’re in Michigan for the weekend, where it is cold. I’d say unseasonably cold, but that’s not quite true. Chilly Easters here are pretty normal, or so I’m told. But we’ve still had a lovely celebration, and a bunny even hopped through my in-laws yard on Friday afternoon, which made it seem like spring really is almost-just-about-finally-here.
On our travels, I spotted a great set of sister names: Nadia and Agatha.
And I also found myself pondering this: why do we use feminine names as insults? We went to see the Detroit Red Wings play the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens’ captain is the enormously txinted Sidney Crosby. He’s also controversial, in the way that major sports figures can be, and his critics call him Cindy Crysby. I don’t pay enough attention to know exactly why he’s controversial, but I do wonder about calling a man by a woman’s name as an insult. It seems deeply problematic – the kind of thing that ought to be absolutely unacceptable.
On a lighter note, I always enjoy going to the stadium where the Red Wings play. It’s Joe Louis Arena, and it’s on a first name basis with everyone. It”s “The Joe.” I can’t think of another major stadium that’s known by a given name, but maybe I’m missing something. Are there any?
Now, on to the name news:
- A girl named Tybee in Tennessee! That’s the second time I’ve heard the name. Author Bruce Feiler is dad to twin daughters Eden and Tybee, and has shared that the unusual name came from Tybee Island, where his family has vacationed for years. I love a personally meaningful place name.
- Nancy demonstrates that borrowing the creative names chosen by celebrities is absolutely nothing new.
- This HuffPo piece from Rhiannon Giles was lovely, because we’ve all been the Mom Who is Totally Screwing Up. I mention it here because her daughter’s name is Lorelei. When I first heard Lorelei, I thought it was too romantic, too extravagant, just plain too much for anyone other than a Gilmore Girl. But it’s gone mainstream in recent years, proving to me (again) that I really shouldn’t dismiss names as unwearable. It’s a mistake I’m trying not to make, especially because Lorelei now sounds all kinds of gorgeous to me, a sister for Juliet.
- Of course, that also makes me think that I can continue to champion names that might seem way too outdated to ever make a comeback. Because if novel names eventually feel ordinary, then antiques can once again seem like obvious choices. Which is a long way of saying that British Baby Names covered Roscoe this week, and my heart skipped a beat. Roscoe!
- And while I love the name Mavis and think it’s definitely making a comeback, I agree with Duana here (as usual!) – it’s just a style mismatch with Emilia as a sister name. (Except maybe the lovely Nadia-Agatha combination I cited earlier would also strike some as a style mismatch? Hmmm …)
- X, Y, and Z rarities from the bottom of the Social Security list at Baby Name Obsessed. Zella is my favorite, and I agree – shouldn’t the name be more popular?
- Speaking of the letter Z, Kara made it to the end of the alphabet! I’ve so enjoyed this series. (My apologies – I misattributed this one when I first published the post. It’s the fabulous Kara at the Art of Naming who has just taken us through the alphabet in such style!)
- Love those wacky, what! That cannot possibly be his real name stories? Then you need to check out this website.
- Vowels are huge in baby naming nowadays, and Laura has the numbers to prove it.
- Can’t get enough Scandinavian names? Here’s another list, this time from a German site, found via the marvelous Name News on Scoop.it. Oh, how I love the internet!
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!