A curious thing: even though my daughter is the only Clio in her class, and in her entire school, she still signs her school work Clio S. I can’t remember if it happened before first grade, and it may be because this year there are two girls with almost the same name in their class: Madi and Maddie.
In my experience as a parent, it’s rare for names to repeat. My son’s name is super popular: Alexander. And he very much prefers the most common short form, Alex. But he’s never had another Alex in his class. In fact, no name has ever repeated in his class, including classics like Matthew and current favorites like Chloe.
It’s a very different world than my elementary school experience, where it felt like we were all named Jenny and Amy and Mike and Matt, and I longed for a different name.
We tend to think about our experiences when naming our children, but it isn’t always relevant. Our kids will simply grow up in a very different world, and it’s a world that’s more diverse and accepting – in terms of names, certainly, but in many other ways as well.
Now, on to the baby name chatter from elsewhere:
- I think the Name Lady answers this question about non-standard spellings very well, but the comments? They are scathing. This is a part of the name-verse that gives me pause. If we want to live in a world where we can consider calling our kids Marguerite and Rufus and Eglantine, then why are we so bothered by the possibility that others might exercise the same freedom to name their children Avri and Arynn and Devanné?
- Or Thia. Because I love the idea of using Thia to honor a beloved Cynthia, as this post at Swistle discusses. Can’t wait to hear what they name this baby!
- Anna has a great analysis of possible names for the next Windsor baby. She nailed her predictions the first time around, so it’s definitely worth looking at her coronet rating system for a little brother for Prince George.
- Song Genevieve is one of those names that seems simple, elegant – and yet utterly surprising. Great find!
- Bree has a list of names she thinks she should be ready for wear by boys. I agree! Here’s my list, and glad we both agree on Cary. Happily, plenty of Bree’s names remain in use for boys – I know a school-aged Rowan, and I would say that Rory, Phoenix, Amory, Quinn, Emerson, Emery, Sage, and Monroe still feel gender neutral to me.
- Hugo and Agnes are big in Sweden. And Elsa is #1. Nancy calmly parses the numbers and points out that Elsa was on the rise before that Disney movie that you just might have heard of became a world-wide sensation.
- Clare’s Scoop.it often includes posts from The Best Gift of Life, including this sibset: Hadassah Life, Judah David, Levi Paul, and Zion Arielle Revival. Wow!
- My favorite list of Valentine names – in Dutch! How sweet is Anne-Lief? And Truelove could make for a really unexpected word name middle.
- Here’s another interesting list – Serenade caught my eye.
- Amoret still wins my favorite Valentine baby name trophy.
- This thread at Nameberry – the makeover baby name game! – had me slightly obsessed yesterday. Please makeover my current ten – I’d love to see how these get whispered even farther down the alley.
- In honor of the 65th anniversary of the release of Disney’s animated movie, Cinderella, let’s revisit this post – Gorgeous Girls: Names for Wicked Stepsisters. Hattie, Odette, Isobella, Della, Britt, Clothilde – it’s quite an assortment of lovely, interesting names.
- If you’re on Pinterest, I’ve created a Baby Names of the Day board – a great way to keep up with all of the new names posted here. As the number of names grows, I’m really enjoying being able to look at them all with a glance.
That’s all for this week – as always, thank you for reading, and have a great week!