A reader was kind enough to share a list of names from her neighborhood. They’re quite the extraordinary set. And yet, if I suspect that if I gathered up the names of our local kids into one list, it would be just as tremendous.
In lieu of an Easter basket, here’s a brightly colored collection of names from one place:
- Retro stylish girls: Abigail, Amelia, Clara, Eloise, Luella, Ruby, Violet
- Surnames: Catcher, Channing, Collins, Cruz, Manning, Nash, Nolan, Travers
- The modern innovations: Galix, Jax, Kessney, Nyelle, Parxx, Tayver
- The boyish girls: Beau, Blayke, Franklynn, Monroe, Rian, Theo
- From the map: Berlin, Camden, Memphis
- Modern spiritual names: Trinity, Tao
- The all-boy boys: Trip, Trig, Rowdy
- The jet set: Manon, Ottavia, Romeo
Quite the assortment!
- The Real Housewives of New York is getting three new castmembers, so of course I had to Google their kids’ names. Heather Thomson has Jax and Ella Rae. Aviva Drescher has four: stepdaughter Veronica, sons Harrison and Hudson, and daughter Sienna. That’s right – a New York City kid named Hudson …
- It is no wonder that design blog mamas tend to have stylishly-named kiddos, but will travel blog babies have daringly exotic appellations? The three kids on DeliciousBaby are brothers Eilan and Everest and sister Darya, so maybe so.
- This is very good advice about so-called baby name stealing, and I love this quote: “Two boys named Jupiter might be a bigger deal than two boys named James.”
- Swistle tackles the question of how to get to the nickname Scout. I like lots of the solutions, and can’t wait to hear what the parents choose.
- I’m fascinated by the impact of popular culture on baby names through the ages, so this post at the Etsy blog has me wondering: did Fern catch on as a baby name due to the 1800s fern craze? Maybe. The American Fern Society was established in 1893, and the given name peaked in the US in the 1910s – though Fern Fever was more of a British phenomenon.
- From Name Soiree’s Whimsical Wednesday, I do like Prairie, and if Story and Fable work, why not Novella?
- Are you all about Downton Abbey? Check out British Baby Names’ 7 Ways to Create An Edwardian Baby Name. I went searching the family trees of those related to Almina, Countess of Carnarvon, the inspiration for much of the Downton story, and found lots of creations – though many were bestowed decades later: Annabel Lilian Elfrida, Elaine Letitia Algitha … I could go on and on.
- Angela has given the first Unfairly Dated Baby Name award to Beverly. What do you think – due for an early revival, or eclipsed by nouveau coinage Everly for the moment?
- Based on Angela’s criteria, a few readers guessed Vera – and then I spotted Vera Annarose in ForReal’s Sunday post. Nope, Vera isn’t dated at all … I find her completely current and as wearable as Ava.
- Lou is right to ask: Why aren’t we using Thomasina? Far more intriguing than the fading Samantha.
- Voornamelijk asks if Ravi is the new Sem? Dutch names continue to fascinate me.
- Nancy’s list of name quotes is great – it is worth clicking through to the stories, especially the one on Mormon baby names.
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading. And if you’re celebrating Easter, have a wonderful, marshmallow-Peep filled holiday!