Sunday Summary 10.31.21Happy Halloween!

Confession: Halloween is my favorite holiday, by far. I liked it before I had kids and could dress up. And I love it now that I have kids who are ending their trick-or-treat/pumpkin patch years. (Happily, I still get to choose the dog’s costume.)

Anyway, this Halloween I have Alucard on my mind.

Yes, that’s Dracula, spelled backwards.

In 2006, seven boys received the name. As of 2020, that number reached 19.

You’re far more likely to meet a Lucifer.

Alucard might qualify as a Goth name, but not exactly.

Goth baby names offer a sort of dark beauty, and yet they’re really ordinary names. I can imagine Vesper, Onyx, or Annabel playing outside on a sunny summer day. They’re only Goth if you look at them right.

But Alucard? It’s sort of all haunted castle and cobwebbed crypt, all of the time.

While it was used for a vampire movie as far back as 1943, the name wasn’t used for children until the Castlevania video games and the Hellsing manga introduced it to more recent generations.

Still, I find the sound of Alucard appealing, so I completely understand the temptation to consider it a name for a child. I just couldn’t do it!

What do you think – is Alucard wearable?


Are you at risk of becoming a werewolf? I barked with laughter at this post from Laura at Namerology. Thankfully, I’m safe.

I’m not wild about the name this quiz generated, but it was so much fun to take. Maybe I’ll just do this a few more times until I get something more exciting than Sir Morgan Spookmonger.

Nell, Polly, and new baby Cosmo? Sometimes the British Baby Names birth announcements are like candy.

Speaking of candy, a surprising number of sweet names could work for a child. Ruth, Reese, or Dulce, anyone?

I’m usually not a big fan of long lists without context, but this MotherMag rundown of Halloween names appeals. Maybe because I got a kick of seeing familiar Halloween-inspired names – Wednesday! Elvira! Casper! – but also because it took some thinking to figure out a bunch of these.

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That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading. Thinking of you!

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