It seemed like the news this week was chock full of family drama:
- Is it okay for friends and family to give your child nicknames? The Sun picked up a story about a mom upset that her loved ones were calling her daughter Meg, Meggy, and Megs instead of Megan. I’m divided on this one. The nicknames seem pretty innocent, affectionate, and even automatic. I doubt a grandmother imagines that Meggy or Megs subverts the parents’ authority to choose a name. And yet … well, I do think it’s fair to want your child to be called what you would like your child to be called.
- This, on the other hand? It clearly crosses the line when a mother-in-law insists on calling her grandchild by the name she would have preferred – NOT the one her children chose for her grandchild. That’s just plain not okay.
- But how ’bout this one: she’s part of a blended family, and the name she’s chosen for her unborn child conflicts with her half-sibling’s name. Without knowing the exact names in question, it’s tough to think about precisely how close the two names might be. And yet, this might be a place to tread lightly, right?
- I’ve been waiting for some version of the name Vida/Vita to take off for years. Now that Catelynn Baltierra welcomed a daughter named Vaeda, maybe that’s the one to watch?
- Kaitlin Doubleday named her son Franklin. I think it’s a great choice, and an appealing compromise between surname names and old school nickname names, a mix of Carter and Frank.
- Isn’t Ghislaine gorgeous?
- Whoa! Some real-life baby names from Australia, all wildly bold.
- Speaking of wild, these finds from 1877 are dazzling. Arabella Snowdrop, Vere Henry, Vashti Victoria …
- Top baby name rises over the years – so interesting.
That’s all for now. As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!