And yet it seems like there’s always another high-profile birth just around the corner, doesn’t it? I can’t decide if all of this talk of baby names makes it harder to choose names for our non-celebrity off-spring … or if it increases our feeling that we really are free to choose any name we love.
- I didn’t know that Captain Crunch’s name was Horatio! Lots of other fun factoids here at Mental Floss, via Baby Name Pondering.
- This list of names ending with -w names ranges from staples like Andrew to would-you-dare names like Shadow. It’s always interesting to filter names this way, isn’t it?
- The comments on this post at Nameberry are fascinating: Would you name your baby after a celebrity? I often come across people who insist that they aren’t named after a fictional character/celebrity/song or didn’t take that as inspiration for naming a child. And yet, the timing suggests that they wouldn’t have been familiar with the name otherwise. For example, there’s someone in the comments who says that Miley isn’t associated with a celebrity for her. I suppose that’s possible, but it isn’t likely, is it?
- Alison gets it exactly right in her piece for The Daily Mail. As the mom of a 10 year old George, pondering the increasing popularity of her son’s name, she writes: “I guess we all think we are individuals, but perhaps as a herd, we humans were unwittingly prompted in the direction of the name George at the same time.”
- We’ve been talking about Jimmy Fallon’s new daughter’s sassy, retro name, too. All the chatter about Winnie reminded me of this post from The Land of Nod’s blog, featuring a family with four girls: Francie, Maisie, Janie, and Tessa. What a great quartet!
- Which reminds me … we headed to a popular Mexican restaurant in Cathedral Heights for lunch yesterday. (Cactus Cantina, for any DC residents/visitors.)
- Oh, how I love Elea’s UK birth announcement round-ups. Sisters called Ida and Isobel? My day is complete.
- One of my favorite combos ever – Adaire Adeline Frances, from North Dakota. Funny how they aren’t individual names that I would consider at all, and yet together, I think it is perfection.
- Cavalia – wearable?
- Another reason to love the name Susannah – so many nicknames. My favorites are Suki, Sosie, and Zuzu. I’d probably use Zuzu. I’d save Sosie for Sophia.
- This essay on renaming yourself as an adult, by Robbie Blair, is stirring.
One other important note for this week – if you haven’t entered to win a week’s worth of names, head here and comment! I’ll announce the winner on August 3rd – and I’m very much looking forward to the list.