Hard-core name obsessed.
For me, names are like birds or stamps or rare coins. I mean – they’re also the names of real people that I love. But sometimes … I’m collecting.
And this was one of those moments.
Years ago, I read a series of mysteries, starting with The Hangman’s Daughter. At some point in the series, there’s a character named Nepomuk. Presumably, he’s named for Saint John of Nepomuk, from fourteenth century Bohemia.
Because the books are well-researched, I figured the name must be historically authentic – or at least plausible. It lodged in my brain, a curiosity I always wondered about.
And then, The Beauty of Names shared this list: The Children of Duchess Maria Antonia of Bavaria. And whoa! All but her youngest child have Nepomuk (or the feminine Nepomucena) included in their (long) names!
Oh, what a thrill! Now I know how birders feel they spot a black-throated thrush …
Spotted any rare names in the wild lately?
I love a good feminine nickname for a masculine name. But maybe I’m biased because my son has one.
Duana talks about embracing the clonk. Also, she suggests Agatha. My day is made!
Swistle has some great, down-to-Earth advice in this post: “A name can be a delightful, meaningful, beautiful thing, but it is at its heart a PRACTICAL thing, and so as long as you are making a good faith effort to give him a good, useful name, everything is going to be fine.” Nicely said!
Wilfred, Cosima … so many great names in the British Baby Names birth announcements this week. Also, Cosima’s sisters’ names? Swoon!
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!