If your first name is, say, Winter or maybe even May, you’re likely to get the occasional question about your date of birth. The more common a name becomes, the less this happens – no one really assumes that Nicholas and Holly must be December babies. But the opposite is true, too. We’re pretty certain that Snow arrived during a blizzard.
But middle names – the spot I contend is meant for bold and intriguing choices – can strike the perfect balance. And now that we live in an age of double middles, there’s ample opportunity for both. You can choose a first name you love, hand down an honor name, and still have one more choice that’s just flat-out creative.
If you did give your child a seasonal name – or one related to their birth – I’d love to hear the story!
And I think Zaia might be a modern invention that catches on. Dancers Allison Holker and Stephen “tWitch” Boss named their new daughter Zaia. A handful of possible origins and meanings attach to the name, but it strikes me as Maya-with-a-Z. And we really do love a fresh Z name, right?
This 2012 list is all about naming fictional characters, but the advice resonates for real-world people, too. At least the parts about how alliteration makes names memorable. And variation helps distinguish names – a good point when thinking about siblings. Oh, and I like the part about checking meanings and origins, too, even though that doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker.
I really hope this couple sticks with their favorite name. Because cousins can certainly be named Charlotte and Caroline. Right? Or am I missing something?
Sancta Nomina explores babies named for battles. I’ve heard of it in passing, but I didn’t realize just how widespread a phenomenon it, at least – it appears – during the first World War. Do you know anyone named for a battle? Was it to honor a loved one?