Cue the confetti cannons: Anna has reached 1,000 posts! Let’s kick off this weekend’s summary with a link to her post What I Know About Australian Names.
And if that wasn’t enough wonderful for one week, lets’ hear it for Laura’s post on Creativity or Mistake? at Baby Name Wizard. “You can’t assume that an unexpected spelling you come across is “wrong,” even when the name is traditional or based on a common English word.” Yes, I think Steffany and Kristapher are probably going to introduce themselves as “let me spell it for you” and I agree that Autunm might just be a typo. But we shouldn’t assume. And variant spellings are not a sign of the apocalypse.
- Oh, Miro! And Cassatt! And the rest of these inventive names on this list from Nook at Nameberry. Still no Kahlo, though – am I the only one who thinks it works?
- I mentioned Australian names earlier, and this list showcases some truly lovely finds: Koa Indigo, Mae Dorothy, Rory Quinn – though I was surprised to realize that Koa is a girl.
- While we’re on birth announcements – and artist names! – let’s go to Indiana with For Real. There’s Margot Christine Monet, Blythe Adelaide, Cora Monroe and Julian Duran.
- Hmmm … I like Duran. Like Dante, it could read as a spin on Durante. Or is too 80s pop star?
- More name-spotting, with unusual names in the Netherlands. Is Nuance too dramatic? Praise Chica makes me smile, but I wonder what the parents were going for with that combination … And a boy called Rover? Maybe it isn’t a go-to dog name in Dutch.
- A nice description of types of nature names is up at Baby Name Pondering. I like ’em all!
- Mythological names for girls at The Art of Naming. Love the way she has suggested middles as well as sibling names.
- This post isn’t about names necessarily – Laura’s toddler daughter wears glasses, which makes her rather memorable – but it makes me think about what it means to have a stand-out name in a part of the world where no one else does.
- Stumped for a middle name? I feel like I’m writing about middles a lot lately. More inspiration here. Meet my children, James Ocean Ridley and Elizabeth Ella Sage.
- Supermodel Doutzen Kroes and her DJ husband Sunnery James are expecting baby #2. Their son is Phyllon Joy. It goes without saying that I am eagerly anticipating a name announcement for the happy family. Can’t you just see their names scrawled on the bottom of a Christmas card? “Happy Holidays from Doutzen, Sunnery, Phyllon, and …”
- What do you think of Sochi as a baby name? I’m tempted on sound, but with all of the chatter about Sochi’s inadequacies as a destination, I have my doubts. Still, thanks to Sophie for calling out Atlanta as a possible given name. Love that suggestion!
- Duana suggested Djuna in this post – swoon! But I wonder – am I alone in my affection for Wallis? Incidentally, while we tend to think of Wallis as the feminine version, that’s not exactly so. Wallace and Wallis are both valid surname spellings, given to someone of Welsh descent. (The Anglo-Norman French word for Welsh was waleis.) We think of Wallis as feminine thanks to Bessie Wallis Warfield, later known as Wallis Simpson, and eventually the woman who caused a king to abdicate his throne. Still, I like Wallis – Anthony Edwards has daughters named Esme, Poppy, and Wallis, plus a son called Bailey.
- Via Clare at Scoop.it, a static sticker for a Teodora Mila. I do love an unexpected middle – whether it is longer than the first name, ends with a, ends with y, or just takes you by surprise.
- Two friends welcomed sons this week: Spencer and Duncan. Can’t wait to meet them both!
That’s all from me for this week. As always, thank you for reading! And tell us – have you spotted any great names this week?