Today officially marks the first day of Spring – or so says my calendar. After weeks of warm weather, we’re bracing for chilly temperatures and a dusting of flurries.
Can I blame the weather switch on my complete cluelessness earlier this weekend? Somehow I completely failed to notice that the boys’ semi finals round of March Madness Baby Names just plain didn’t post. (This happens once in a while, but never before I have not noticed it all day!) My oversight has been corrected, and the post is now live – and ready for you to vote.
And, of course, the girls’ semi finals round of March Madness baby names is waiting for your input, too! Could it be Marigold versus Sylvie in the final round? The matches are too close to say, but I think that would be an exciting contest!
Now, on to the name news:
- If March Madness Baby Names isn’t enough to occupy you, we can soon vote for the Name of the Year. F
- This is a fun one from Cleveland Evans: Cinderella: Her real name, like her shoe, is lost. Her wicked stepsisters, on the other hand, have been named and re-named dozens of times. Here’s my list of the best names for those not-so-nice girls.
- It’s always interesting to see how politics impacts baby naming. In Scotland, names like Indie, Alba, and Caledonia were in use in Scotland in 2015, the year following the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill, which failed.
- Oh, this list! Such great daring names for girls!
- This story of name theft ending a long-standing friendship has me reeling. I’d love to hear it from Jessica’s side. And I suppose I really need to pull together a post on the topic. It’s among the most frequent questions I get from expectant parents.
- Love this list of boy/girl twins at Names for Real! A few things I find fascinating: in some pairs, it’s not immediately obvious which is the boy and which is the girl, even with middle names considered; there are more style mismatches that I’d expect – I wonder if that’s me being finicky, or if it reflects how parents often prefer different types of names for boys and girls; and lastly, wow, was I surprised to see twins with rhyming names! It’s been a long time since I spotted the equivalent of Carrie and Larry.
- Elea’s list of vibrant Russian names was just lovely. I think Agnessa and Rodion are my favorites.
- I found this discussion on surnames in medieval Europe absolutely fascinating.
- Sort of in love with Radko after reading Sophie’s post on Czech names. My husband has a cousin in Poland named Radek, and I’m just realizing how perfectly the name suits him.
- A great find via Clare’s ever-marvelous Scoop.it site, Name News: Greek names for girls. In French! If you like Sybil, you might swoon over Sybille.
- I finally watched the first episode of Netflix’s Jessica Jones and I wondered if Krysten Ritter had changed the spelling of her name for professional reasons. (Ginnifer Goodwin was born plain Jennifer. Etcetera.) But Krysten’s spelling is as her parents intended. Proof? Her middle name is Alyce.
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week.