The other week I asked about television shows with great names on the Facebook page. One leapt out at me: Midge, from Amazon original series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Not only are the names delicious, but I’ve been binge-watching the series. And it’s all kinds of fabulous.
It’s another project from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. There’s no question she’s a brilliant namer. And she’s got some great bits about names in the show, too – particularly Midge Maisel’s attempts to find a new stage name:
Midge: What do you think about my name?
Susie: Well, I wouldn’t send my parents a thank you card, but I’ve heard worse.
The lead characters are Miriam, nickname Midge, and Susie – not Susan. It’s set in 1950s Manhattan. Other names, some mentioned only briefly:
Pretty brilliant, right? Also, Lenny Bruce features in the series, though he’s a real person so Sherman-Palladino doesn’t get credit for that one.
It has its dark moments, but it’s witty and funny and downright addictive.
And have I mentioned the names?
- This category of not-quite-surnames fascinates me. They often strike me as unsophisticated. Rootless. Except then some of them will become well-established as given names, and my opinion will reverse. Daxton, for example, strikes me as handsome, though it’s mostly a recent invention.
- Speaking of surnames, would you use your maiden name as a child’s middle? What if it wasn’t an easy surname? I know someone who used two of the four syllables of her maiden name as her kids’ middle. That always struck me as pretty brilliant.
- There is now a giant stuffed turtle living in my house. Name: Maurice, inspired by Belle’s dad in Beauty and the Beast. (I think.) Funny how our children discover names. As it happens, it’s a name on our family tree, but not one that we’ve ever discussed.
- Speaking of Beauty and the Beast, I’ve been wondering about Evermore as a poetic child’s middle name. (It’s an original song from the 2017 remake.) I took a wrong turn down a street called Edenmore earlier today and found myself thinking the same thing.
- More name quotes from Nancy – I love the one about Ellen Terry. How things change!
- Duana starts out considering whether John Francis is a boring name, and ends up offering some sage wisdom on what happens when we announce our children’s names.
- French and Polish nature names – or at least words that could potentially work as given names. That’s the second time Kalina has come up this week!
- Ooh … and more nature name rarities, this time from English.
- Need some encouragement to try unusual first-middle combinations for boys? This list will inspire.
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!