TS Elliott called April the cruelest month, but my votes goes to February. It’s still cold and dark, and the excitement of the holidays is behind us. Happily, we had a few warmer-than-average days in Washington DC this past week, but I’m still longing for spring!
Now, a serious question: do you believe in the resume test? As in, you should name your son William instead of Wiley or Wyclef, because he’ll have an easier time getting a job?
I just don’t see it. My husband works in a conservative field, and his colleagues have had all sorts of names – a consequence of a global work environment. And when I hired – in government, universities, and nonprofits – diversity was always an imperative. Throwing out a resume because of a weird name? I never saw it happen.
And yet, I hear parents refer to it all the time.
So let’s have a poll.
On a lighter note:
- Oh my goodness – they were in the middle of trying to name a boy, when their second ultrasound revealed they were expecting a girl! Happily, they still managed to make their family name work. Welcome, Anne Tatum!
- Names inspired by Girl Scouting – one of the reasons I’ve always been drawn to Juliette.
- Now this is fascinating: Names for Real spotted a Juriet Evexy. I can’t pin down Juriet, though I’m wondering if it developed from a mispronunciation of Juliet? Evexy led me to A Way with Words, which suggests that evexy is a portmanteau of evil and sexy. That seems an unlikely inspiration for a child’s name. Is there something I’m missing? I do love a good name mystery!
- Another intriguing name: Waltzing More than Matilda covers Iden.
- Mom named their first daughter. Now it’s dad’s turn, but she’s not crazy about his top choice. I think this is why I don’t like the you-choose, I-choose approach to naming children, though I know it works well for some families.
- Look! A Castle in 1871 England! Along with boys named Worthy, Wolf, Winter, King, Kindness, Tulip, and Morning.
- More rare word names, including Clarion, Sonnet, and True.
- I love this list of Year of the Monkey baby names.
- A long list of rock names for boys from the Art of Naming. There’s also Rock, Roch, Rocco, Rocky, and Rockwell.
- LOVE Clare’s comment on this post from Sancta Nomina: I swear my heart beat a bit faster when I read Parsifal Hubertus. And I agree – it’s too bad Amalswintha was not allowed in Austria! Amalswintha is the grandmother of Amelia, Melisande, and Millicent – great names, all.
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!