I heard the most fabulous name for a girl yesterday: Cimarron, like the Edna Ferber novel adapted for the big screen in 1931. The word ultimately traces back to an old Spanish word cimarra – thicket, and so cimarron implies the wilds. It’s been used for plenty of place names. Cimarron also means something along the lines of runaway, and is the name a group of runaway slaves adopted for themselves when they escaped to the wilds of Florida. I wasn’t able to ask the parents for the story behind the name, but surely there must be one.
- My guess for Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue’s kid? Max. Maybe Maxwell.
- From Marginamia’s latest round-up of names from The Glow, how great are the names Stellan and Leif for brothers?
- Petra, Opal, and plenty of other great ideas from British Baby Names if you’re expecting a baby in October.
- A sibset spotted at DIY blog extraordinaire, Young House Love: Edison and Elsa. You really couldn’t call a kid Einstein, but Edison works, doesn’t it?
- I’m fascinated by this Swistle post on Lucy versus Lucie. I like both spellings, but I can be quite irrational about others. To me, Tilly is correct, and Mollie is just wrong. Wait, maybe I’m just partial to the letter y …
- Could Semper be a really cool modern virtue name that ends-in-r? It’s such a rich category.
- Speaking of ends-in-r, did you see this sibset at For Real Baby Names? Alec, Pepper, Ginger, and Anouk. Intriguing …
- If you had to choose between London, Eden, and Brooklyn, which would you use?
- A confession: I’m not fond of the name Benjamin. Nothing against it. But he’s so universally appealing to everyone except, I think, me. Benedict, on the other hand, seems like a real possibility. There’s Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and now there’s Benedict Cumberbatch – isn’t that a deliciously English name? – as Sherlock Holmes.
- This is a great thread at ParentsConnect: I loved the name _______ until ____________.
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!