I’m a little late, but nonetheless, let me offer each and every one of you best wishes for a very happy New Year!
Some things in human existence feel truly universal. One is the practice of bestowing names on our new arrivals. The process varies, and fascinates us. The names make for an endless source of stories.
The other is celebrating the possibilities of a new year ahead. Our calendars may vary, and our traditions, too, but there’s something very human about looking forward.
Both acts, of course, come down to one essential human quality: the capacity for hope.
And so however you mark the ending of the old and the coming of 2017, I wish you hope and joy and glad tidings.
My recent blogging break was mostly unplanned – in fact, I’d just started to find my groove, identified an awesome new tech support team, and was in the middle of several draft posts when …
… I got the flu.
The kind of flu that the flu shot does not prevent, which is, apparently, a thing. Except it has been so long since I had the flu that I didn’t recognize it until I was Not Functional in a way I did not realize was possible. (My doctor’s advice when I finally crawled my way into her office? “You’re going to feel like you’ve been hit by a bus for about another week.” Diagnosis correct.)
While I was on the mend – thanks to the best husband ever – there was no practical way to celebrate the holiday with my family and catch up.
So I chose the celebration this time. I missed you all terribly, and post fragments kept popping into my mind.
I’m mostly recovered, and slowly digging out of a mountain of what wasn’t done over the last few weeks. (Like our Christmas cards – yikes!) I’ll be sharing a few posts I had planned for late December this month.
Speaking of this month, the posting schedule will look like this, at least for a while:
- Monday: List Post
- Wednesday: Baby Name of the Day
- Friday: Name Help
- Sunday: The Summary!
Now, the round-up of all things onomastic:
- Olivia is the new #1 name in Scotland. Do you think it could take the top spot in the US? I’m thinking maybe …
- Elea sees it trending across the UK, too. Read all of her predictions and wise comments here. (And her category “cheery retro” has me quite intrigued.)
- Quadruplets named Ginger, Brodie, Trixie, and Keiko – all girls! – make quite the eclectic sibset, as Jennie put it. I can’t figure out what I’d name quadruplet girls … after three names I get stuck!
- While we’re talking multiples, I think this comes up an awful lot – if you’re having twins, suddenly it’s much harder to use one grandparent’s name, but not the other. A singleton doesn’t present quite the same dilemma, right?
- Do you think Z names will be big next year? I feel like they’ve already been trending, but maybe there are more to come?
- I think Laura nailed it with Aviana.
- A look at African naming customs – fascinating!
- Nomes e mais Nomes has named Clara the Name of the Year for 2016. Interesting!
That’s all for today! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!