By the time you read this, I might already be winging my way over the Atlantic Ocean. I’m off to England with my family for a week. It’s the longest flight that our children have ever taken, so please think positive, travel-happy, short customs-lines thoughts for us!
Blog posts are (mostly) scheduled, and my trusty MacBook is packed for the trip, so I won’t be offline. But I’m not positive just how connected I’ll be over the next week.
I will, of course, be namespotting. Because, London! And sharing any great names that I discover along the way.
Sadly, I won’t be able to make the name meet-up. Which slays me because, really, what are the odds that I’d even be on the right continent? But I’ll be miles away from Oxford in Dorset at a family celebration. But if you are anywhere near Oxford, England – go! And please take pics and tell me what you talk about!
Now, on to the name news:
- Jupiter, Linden, Sorell and more great place names from Australia, thanks to – who else? – Anna at Waltzing More than Matilda!
- Congrats to Evie and Raquel of The Name Game – you know them from Facebook and Instagram – on the launch of their new website.
- Love the name Lowenna! Names that mean happiness are great.
- Congrats to Hallie Lord on the birth of baby #7, Maximilian Joseph! And a special thanks to Kate for sharing (with permission) the names of all six of Max’s siblings. They even have a Zelie – swoon!
- Cage, Jor-el, Lyfe, Karisma, Gezebelle – some eye-popping choices from Names 4 Real’s Wisconsin round-up.
- Nancy asks what will happen to the baby name Atticus, now that a very different version of Scout’s dad was revealed in Go Set a Watchman. It seems like a good time to repeat that there’s also a saint, a philosopher, and several other historical figures by the name. There’s a Downton Abbey character and another in The 39 Clues. And yet, I do wonder if the news about Finch’s re-formulation is enough to send parents looking for another name.
- Speaking of powerful associations, Laura makes a good point about celebrity name “ownership.” It’s tough to hear Miley and not think Cyrus. But Mila, Scarlett, and Kim? Perfectly wearable.
- Interesting word names for boys, from the mainstream Victor to the well-why-not Viridian.
- Have you named your fantasy triplets? The comments on this post are completely amazing! And there were 199 when I last checked …
- From the wayback machine: this post from July 2008 on French Names for Girls is still among the most-read posts here ever.
- Names from the J. Crew catalog: Ryder, Gemma, Elsie, Peyton, Sloan, Ava, Cece, Colette, Campbell, Crosby.
- I’ve binge-watched my way through Witches of East End and Empire this summer, and loved the names in both series. The very last episode of Season One of Empire had a great naming moment – did you catch it? (Not really a spoiler!) Gabourey Sidibe plays the executive assistant to the powerful, charismatic Lucious Lyon. Her character’s name is Becky. Yup, Becky. It’s unremarkable at first, but Becky is a generic term for a white girl – and it’s not exactly nice. (What generic slang term is?!) I can’t pin down where it comes from, but I’d put my money on Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 smash hit Baby Got Back. (A Valley Girl-esque character starts the song by saying, “Oh my God, Becky. Look at her …” You know the rest.) Hakeem Lyon says, offhandedly to Becky, “What kind of a black girl (is) named Becky?” She replies, “Oh. My mom’s white.” It’s a little moment, but a fascinating one, too.
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!