And it can be helpful, right? If you’re stuck, then starting anywhere is better than hoping your kiddo comes out wearing a name tag.
But it can also be supremely unhelpful.
It can make us doubt our instincts. We might reject exactly the right name, because it doesn’t seem “like us” or doesn’t “complete the sibset” very well.
On a forum the other day, a couple had narrowed their list to Celeste, Miriam, and Clover.
I mean … one of these things is not like the other, right? It feels like two traditional, graceful but tailored feminine choices versus one modern, almost unisex and certainly quite rare word name.
Except that who knows? If I’d listened to the family talk about the how of narrowing their list, maybe those three names would feel exactly right. Maybe Clover would stand out as the obvious choice. Or maybe it would, indeed, feel like the outlier.
Few of us like a perfectly matched set of names. And that’s perfectly fine! Over time, Liam and Arabella can sound exactly like sibling names.
Your list is a mess, when judged by some arbitrary outside standard. But your family? It’s just fine.
In all things onomastic:
How gorgeous is India Louisa Elizabeth Echo? Also, is three middles the new two middles? It seems like they’re showing up more + more often in the British Baby Names birth announcements.
Nancy has some amazing name quotes rounded up. My favorite from this batch? The Seth Godin note on middles. So true.
No sooner do I compile my best celebrity baby names list and some more great BAs come out! A baby Bartholomew! And then a baby boy called Patch. Those are both pretty fabulous … and I’ll admit I’m also a fan of the new Duggar granddaughter name, Maryella.
Spelling questions like this one fascinate me: Zoe or Zoey? It’s one of the reasons that it’s best to open to different spellings. And why sometimes the spelling that seems most obvious isn’t my favorite – or the best for you.
Are you watching Watchmen? We don’t have HBO, so I’ve yet to see it, but I’m intrigued by this analysis of the character names at Ava to Zeke. Note: LOTS of spoilers! Does it seem far-fetched? Maybe. But then again, there’s Game of Thrones …
That’s all for this now. As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!