I had a moment of feeling rather old, because until that moment, Madison was always a child.
Except that the first wave of Madisons was born in the late 1980s and early 1990s – certainly old enough to be out in the working world and even having children of their own.
It might take us by surprise, but it’s true. Names catch up.
Once upon a time, I’m sure someone called Gary and Cynthia and Doris and Kevin names that were “too cute” for adulthood.
But all names age, as all people do.
Onto the name news:
- Wishing a happy Easter and Passover to all who are celebrating today! Time for so many seasonal posts, from saints’ names to names of famous rabbits to Passover-inspired choices.
- Namespotting: Railey. I’m certain it’s meant to rhyme with Bailey and Hailey. Only I see it and want to say it more like rail, as in railroad. Raylee, on the other hand, I’d happily rhyme with Kaylee. Curious how our brains read things …
- Charlotte Mabel Ellesmere – that’s the kind of name that starts out quietly, but turns it up to eleven. Spotted in my weekly box of chocolates, the British Baby Names birth announcements.
- I’m reading the Flavia de Luce mystery novels – I think I mentioned this on Twitter/Facebook a while back. But thanks to everyone who recommended them! They’re so much fun, and a fascinating look at a different world. And oh, yes, the names!
- Anna explains Bunty! And lots of other rare names from the 1940s.
- Now this is interesting. Did you see the tweets from Lara Bingle defending her son’s name? Bingle and husband Worthington named their son Rocket Zot, which is really different. And … well, you’ll need to read the story. I’m surprised the couple commented at all. But wow, it must be incredibly hurtful to have the media rip your child’s name to shreds.
- I may have shared this before, but I’m fascinated by the idea of a baby naming ceremony. There is a Jewish ceremony, mainly for girls. (And it seems to be relatively modern – is that correct?) Kveller has tons of information on the practice, including this piece from an interfaith perspective. Our children were baptized – we’re Catholic – but the ceremony was religious, and not all of our friends and loved ones share our faith. So I’m really drawn to the idea of an inclusive ceremony to welcome a new baby to the community, however we define it.
- Back to the idea of naming across cultures – there were some interesting tidbits in this name help post from Elea at British Baby Names. Interesting to know that Scandinavian names are trendy in Germany right now.
- While I’m sharing random finds from the past – this list of the most beautiful words in English includes some daring baby name possibilities: Felicity, Dulcet, Talisman, Summery, Halcyon. Maybe some of those are better as middle names, but I love the sounds.
- Speaking of Halcyon, what would you name a sister for Harvest?
- Twig as a nickname for Thomas? I love it! Another great find from Nancy.
- Kelli’s predictions for the US Top 100. Getting so close to the May data release … probably just about six weeks now!
- Shalimar is all about the fragrance counter to me, but I didn’t know it had so much backstory. Does it work as a child’s name?
- Are you planning to watch American Odyssey, the new NBC drama about an American soldier presumed dead who has to work her way to freedom? Or so I gleaned from the trailer I’ve seen twice. What intrigued me: the character, played by Anna Friel, is called Odelle. Is that a play on Odysseus? It’s not really my kind of series, but I’m curious to read more about the character.
- Let’s end with the March Madness 2015 winners! Congratulations to Finn and Cora, and thanks to each and every person who voted. And, based on the poll results, I do think I’ll be retiring the winning names going forward.
- During this upcoming week, all of the names featured will be choices that are either new to the US Top 1000 or returned to the US Top 1000 in 2013. There are some interesting names to ponder!
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!