Happy Mother’s Day!
First up, an announcement: if you somehow missed the post pinned to the top of this site, Sarah of For Real Baby Names has a new eBook – and it is up for grabs to one lucky reader! Hurry off to the original post to enter – I’ll wait right here.
Now, back to the baby name news. Let’s start with the whole hitchhiking-cygnet theme. Am I the last person to know this factoid about mama swans and their young? All of a sudden the photos are everywhere. And I’m wondering about Swan as a whimsical middle. It’s a nature name, nods to Swan Lake, and I’m rather fond of swans – they’re beautiful and brutal all at once. Except there’s the whole Twilight connection, thanks to Bella Swan Cullen, and that gives me pause.
Speaking of the Twilight connection, finally – the graph I’ve been waiting for! Visual demonstration that Jacob and Isabella may be wildly popular names, but they’re not linked to the wildly popular novels. Thank you, Jay Livingston. It’s a little something to savor as we prepare for headlines about the new US Top 1000 data, headlines which will mostly get it wrong.
Regardless of which name hit #1, there are plenty of intriguing possibilities out there:
- Beyonce’s baby name is taking top honors in the PopCrush poll so far. Blue Ivy is way ahead of other outlandish starbaby appellations. My guess? Ivy will climb for girls, while Blue will become a go-to middle name for parents who already used Ray for their firstborn.
- Hmmm … I do think of Laila as a very international name, but I had no idea she was Norwegian.
- I really like Wallis, Upswing’s latest Failure to Launch name.
- This surname sibset at Swistle is fascinating – and I agree that naming a daughter after five boys is going to be tough!
- Chrysanthe – along with Jacinta, one of my favorite elaborate-yet-subtle botanicals – is profiled at Waltzing More than Matilda. Is she wearable?
- Boys named Buck, Coy, Oakes, and Roy in a single ForReal post. Kind of reads like the cast of a rebooted Dukes of Hazzard, doesn’t it?
- Lastly, I’m on Pinterest, with boards filled with lovely names. The button above doesn’t work just yet, but if you follow this link, you’ll be there.
That’s all for now. Can’t wait to see the promised data on the Top 1000 names tomorrow! I’ll probably confine most of my remarks to Facebook, and then I’ll have something up at Nameberry on Tuesday.
Have a great week – and thank you for reading!