And that’s it, folks. In just a few days, we’ll bid farewell to 2014.
Nothing left to do but pop the champagne, right?
Not quite! After all, babies are born every day, and names make headlines at the most unexpected times. I’ll be watching out for the first babies of 2015, and, of course, high profile parents like Blake Lively, Keira Knightley, Carrie Underwood, and Ashlee Simpson are all due in the new year. And let’s not forget royal baby #2, sure to have the world’s press focused on London this spring.
So much to look forward to in the new year!
Plus plenty of interesting name notes from last week:
- Suppose your name is Jack Daniels. And you and your wife have just welcomed a son. What do you name him? Why, Jim Beam of course. May I suggest for his future siblings: Basil Hayden, Booker Noe, Elijah Craig, and Ezra Brooks. Actually, I kind of love Ezra Brooks …
- Names from a friend’s family tree, all from Missouri and Tennessee circa 1800-something and maybe a few from the early part of the twentieth century: Myrtle, Leland, Lola, Gladys, Easter, Hasting, Lucrettia Clementine, May Nona, Ed Franklin, Amy Lou, Groover, Sophie, Hasten, Edley, Lavisa, Lucetta, Tennie.
- Oh, this is frustrating! Parents chose a relatively uncommon name, only to find that everyone else who chose the name lives in their neighborhood. Swistle gives sage advice, as usual. I particularly like this bit: I do think it works fine to openly regret the POPULARITY of her name, without regretting the name itself—and you may find dividing it like that gives you some comfort and helps you resolve some of the mental conflict.
- Abundanceofnames says that Teva means nature in Hebrew. To me, Teva means sandals. (Though they now make all manner of footwear.) It’s a fascinating word, but I’m not clear if it is used as a given name in Israel. In our age of Ava and Eva, it is easy to imagine parents considering Teva – but maybe not if they’ve ever been to REI.
- Herbert’s daughter wants to hand down his name, but wonders why no one else in her family has embraced it. I think the NameLady’s advice is quite right: … don’t worry about the naming choices your siblings have made. Follow your own heart as you make your decision, and use your dad’s name with pride. And yet, I’m also in love with one of the comments, suggesting that she reimagine Herbert for a girl as herb + bright and use something like Lavender Bright in the middle spot. Not what the original poster asked, but oh – lovely thought!
- A really thoughtful post from Meagan – a must read!
- While we’re thinking, is it problematic for non-Hawaiians to choose Hawaiian names? Nancy points out that early Hollywood star Mary Astor chose a Hawaiian name for her daughter, more than eighty years before Jersey Shore alum Jenni Farley called her daughter Meilani. It’s a question that comes up with Native American names, and seems just as appropriate to ask in this case.
- The Art of Naming has a great round-up of names in case you’re expecting a baby right about now. I’m adding Janviere to my guilty pleasures list.
- I’m quite fond of this name featured at British Baby Names.
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading. Have a fabulous week – and a happy new year!