Natalie Babbitt described the first week of August as the top of a ferris wheel.
I love ferris wheels – irrationally, because I’m not great with heights. And I love the first week of August, for the same reasons – it’s the peak of summer, and while the ride down towards the first day of school is exciting, nothing beats this moment at the top.
On to the name news!
- This couple changed their middle names to Seamonster, and won’t share why. I find it all daffy and charming.
- Speaking of daffy, a friend of mine has a Starbucks alias: Duke. He travels a lot, and reports that it is rarely mangled or misspelled. But how does he give that name with a straight face?
- Love this one from My Name is Pabst.
- Do you use a nickname for one kiddo, but not the other? I overheard a dad calling his girls Addison and Cammie at the beach last week. Thanks to personalized tote bags, I gleaned that Cammie was actually Cameron. They’re well-matched names, the kind that imply a lot of thought was given to finding compatible names for sisters. But I was puzzled that the older girl was never called Addie … More evidence that while we choose our children’s names, the way they wear them is sometimes outside of our control.
- ForReal spotted a Rowdey in North Dakota. I don’t think the extra ‘e’ makes it feel more like a name. And while I think this one is too much, I was wrong about Maverick. Could Rowdy/Rowdey be the next mainstream power boy choice?
- Varro is officially my new favorite secret Shakespeare name.
- Octave and Ernest? Swoon!
- Midge – wearable as a given name? My instinct is no, but in our casual age, maybe she reads as retro cool …
- Do you think Circe is a likely successor to Chloe and Penelope? I love the sound, and the fact that Circe could be an avian name? Bonus!
- Love the sound of Agata, from this post at The Beauty of Names.
- This is a tremendously clever approach to finding a distinctive name. Judith, Liv, Louise, Milagros, Hattie, Harper, Iris, Paloma, Parker, Monroe – definitely something for everyone.
- Could Eleanor ever be the #1 name in the US? Piper? Violet? Sadie?
- Thoughtful words on “trendy” names – and a compelling case to stop worrying about whether the name you love is trendy or not.
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!
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