Okay, actually more than one thing. I’ve also been catching up on Production Babies! The lists from Moana and Storks are included in this post.
One note from the Moana list: the * next to Cooper indicates that the baby passed away before filming completed. Thanks to Angel for the research confirming the reason for the asterisk. It’s a sad note, but I think it’s touching to see his life commemorated.
One more fun fact: the Sebastian on the list is the son of Lin-Manuel Miranda, who contributed to the amazing soundtrack! (Again, thanks to Angel for the sleuthing.)
In non-production babies news:
- This Tatler story about posh baby names is making the rounds. It’s crazy funny. Hello, Wigbert and Koala. Though actually? Koala is growing on me.
- Related: Why Sloanes Have Nicknames. (My family does this, too. And we’re American. And not posh.) Also, the Sloane Name Generator. I’m Ally-Pally Spiffington-Arbuthnot. Pleased to meet you!
- Sloooowwwwly climbing out of the Tatler rabbit hole, I’m fascinated by this question. If one daughter’s name is conventionally masculine, can the other sister have a traditionally feminine name?
- From the smooshed surname to the invented first, this is a fascinating name story: Indigon Rae Lucifer Holidarling. (Found via the always amazing Clare’s Name News page.)
- I’m obsessed with this list.
- The Names You Wished Your Parents Had Given You in the ’80s made me laugh out loud! Because #1 and #5? So true! Though I really would have liked to be Allison. (Of course, if I’d had a name I’d liked, my whole name obsession might never have developed, and my life might have taken another course entirely …)
- A powerful collection of name quotes from Nancy, including one from Toni Morrison on regretting her penname.
- I’m in love with this invention from @namesdaily on Instagram: Vess!
- Speaking of Instagram, have you checked out @nameberry on Instagram? Worth a follow!
- I don’t agree with all of Roses & Cellar Doors’ Modern Classics, but I share her interest in this idea. She defines it as names not heavily used before the 1960s, now familiar, but not tied to a specific decade. It’s a tough list to build!
- Duana argues for using the name you love, even if it feels more popular than you might like. And I so know what she means about Julia.
- Everything you ever wanted to know about Gascon names, complete with a list of fascinating rarities. Swooning over Mathive.
Lastly, one housekeeping note: it looks like the comments form is broken for at least some users. We’ve been doing some behind the scenes fixes to make the site run better, and, well, inevitably you break some things as you fix others! It should be fixed soon. Thanks for your patience!
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading. And have a great week!