Sunday Summary: 12.9.21For many of us, ’tis the season to give gifts.

Gift giving isn’t really my thing. I handle it – every year – with a spreadsheet, budget, and dose of ruthless efficiency. (If I finish up in November then I can spend time doing holiday things I truly enjoy during December.)

But I do love those moments when gift-giving feels right. When a mix of generosity and love and awareness of what matters informs a gift.

That’s not exactly going to happen with the LOL dolls I sent my nieces.

It might happen with your child’s name, though.

Think of a name as the first gift you give your child. It’s not a baby name; it’s meant for a lifetime’s worth of wear.

And, like the best gifts, it reflects what matters most. Your child is a stranger, so it’s not possible to reflect on their specific interests and qualities. But it’s helpful to think about your values and priorities. The right name isn’t necessarily this year’s hottest, must-have item. It’s chosen for different reasons, for significance that will endure.

That’s something that can translate to a truly unforgettable gift, and a great name for your child, too!


Of course, there are some amazing names that mean gift. If you want to be literal about it.

Wishing every joy to Filipa of Nomes e mais nomes on the birth of Caetana! Caetana joins big sister Frederica. And if you’re not already following Nomes e mais nomes, well, what are you waiting for? It’s a great chance to brush up your Portuguese!

Bree profiled Carrick this week. Proof that there are always new names to discover. I’ve never heard it used as a first, but I think it works so well. Maybe because I’m wild about the idea of names that shorten to Cary for our boys. (Carter, Carson, Carsten … maybe even Caradoc?)

On a similar note, I agree with Clare. Corran would be a great choice for a son.

Everything about this story is amazing. Names like Elvia and Veva and such are only the smallest part!

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That’s all for this week. Thank you for reading + thinking of you!

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