Sunday Summary 12.19.21Every year, my retired librarian aunt wishes to buy my children books. I, too, would like to buy my children books. If it isn’t obvious, I read constantly. Alas, my children are not really readers.

I was thinking about that tension when I read an update to this Swistle article.

In brief: we are happiest when we acknowledge what we truly love and want, even when it’s not necessarily what others in our lives might choose.

So this year for my daughter, it’s nail polish instead of a novel. And for the family in the Swistle post, it’s choosing Lane rather than Rose.

And I keep wondering to myself: why is it so easy to get talked out of the names we like best?


Laura looks at the data and discovers that everything changed in about five years. No, really. There’s a before and after mark, and names haven’t been the same since.

I wrote my last Name Sage column for Nameberry. I’m sure it’s not my last article of all time, but it’s definitely the end of an era for me. I’m working on some new projects for 2022, and trying to find space for them has been challenging. So … farewell to the Name Sage. It’s been a privilege!

This line in a recent Living with Kids made me laugh out loud: “All our kids’ names start with the letter ‘S” for no good reason.” I think that happens to so many families. They don’t go into parenthood imagining they’ll have three kids with A names, but after two, it seems like it just fits for their family. Also: Koseli seems to come from a Nepali word meaning gift or souvenir. Fascinating!

So glad Caroline asked me to weigh in on the names I’m watching for 2022. And every bit as fascinating to hear the names others think will be big. Especially interested in Pam’s suggestion of Knowledge, and completely agree with Sherri that Franklin is one to consider.

An interesting look at reclaiming Māori names for a new generation in New Zealand. It’s especially interesting to note that not every Māori name is captured by the data. (Either because it’s too rare or perhaps because it’s not listed as an official Māori name by the commission that helps define the language.) Found via the marvelous Clare’s page, Name News.

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That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading – thinking of you!

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