I think New Year’s Day is my favorite holiday. All of that possibility. Like many of us, I tend to arrive at the last day of the old year wiped out from all the merriment and travel, with a little bit of a sugar cookie hangover.
But on New Year’s Day? It all starts over. And this is a joyful thing.
It’s been a while since Alex and Clio made an appearance on the blog, I think – so here they are. We’re all wishing you glad tidings and good things in the coming year.
Speaking of good things, I’m so pleased to announce that we’ve helped name another baby! Clover Mildred is here. Yes, it’s a very different direction than the family was originally considering – but sometimes the right choice for a family isn’t the one that seems like an obvious choice. It’s kind of lovely when we set out all sorts of rules and then realize that the best name is actually one that doesn’t fit!
Now, on to the name news:
- My daughter is mad for the Nickelodeon sitcom Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn. The names are driving me crazy! The show is about ten year old quadruplets, which means they were born around 2003 or 2004, right? And yet their names are straight out of the Bobbsey Twins era, or at least the 1960s. Plus, a Google search suggests that Ricky and Dicky are both named Richard. I feel like the Nickelodeon writers are good candidates for a Name Help post.
- While we’re talking about quadruplets, did you hear that the nicely-named Gardner quadruplets are here? Welcome to Indie, Esme, Scarlett, and Evangeline. According to their Facebook page, the girls are doing well – though oh my goodness, they’re tiny!
- While we’re thinking about January arrivals, isn’t Blake Lively due very soon? I think her lifestyle website is quite gorgeous – surely the baby name she and Ryan Reynolds choose will be equally inspiring, right? A friend of mine in a very stylish part of San Francisco knows a girl named Blake born in 2014. While this one is still all-boy, the minority of girls named Blake is growing, thanks to Ms. Lively.
- If ‘o’ ending names are hot, and we’re into nature names and hero names, too, then doesn’t Thoreau hit all the right notes? Names for Real found a birth announcement for Thoreau Elliot not too long ago.
- Great girls’ names starting with the letter P, courtesy of Sophie. I completely agree on Prairie – the logical successor to Meadow.
- Aderyn – another of my favorite under-the-radar nature names. Here’s my post on the name.
- Telegraph birth announcements, all tallied up and with their own popularity list, courtesy of Elea. It doesn’t get any better than this!
- The Best New Year Baby Name goes to a couple from Edmonton, and their new daughter, Echo Frejya Grey. Nancy has the details.
- Courtesy of Clare, a look at crazy baby names in France. Two great things about this: first, they’ve been keeping these lists for years, so you can get lost for quite some time. Second, I have to look at every name and try to gauge if it strikes me as a crazy, as a non-native speaker. Clearly, Eugene-Batman is going to raise some eyebrows. But I wouldn’t know if Adève is wildly weird, or the newest Top Ten favorite.
- Duana makes a good point in this post about potential name reservations within a family. It’s easy to say “no one gets to reserve a name,” and in theory, I agree. But if your family believes that reserving names is possible, and a family member of child-bearing age has called dibs on your #1 favorite family name, and therefore, you’re just plain not eligible to use it, well … do you really want to go there? Which brings me to a quick poll:
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week.