By Linda Rosenkrantz
At the risk of repeating myself, May was once again a fantastic month for babyberry naming, with yet another wide variety of creative choices. The girls included a poetic Poet and vintage revivals Elsie and Hetty, a boyish Wylie, novel nickname Livvy, and floral middles Blossom and Bluebell. Among the many cool sibsets are Magnolia and Moon; and Ivan, Vivienne and Evelyn (love those v’s!). And so nice to see the prevalence of family homages.
So here they are, with the raisons d’etre behind some of the choice choices.
“Allegra is named to reflect my favorite girl’s name (I first encountered from a children’s show 20 years ago) and shares a middle name with one of her paternal great great grandfathers.”
“We were searching for a French name, one preferably with the nickname “Ana” and after a long, long time finally fell in love with Arianne. Roselle is after my SO’s grandmother and it all just fell into place for us.”
“We agonized over her middle (Clementine was an easy choice!) and I think a little bit of me also felt it was a bit ‘out there’ and I secretly worried people may be mean. Finally we decided—actually it’s as beautiful and delicate as she is, seasonal and has a nice rhythm with our one syllable surname.”
“We love the simple spelling, pronunciation and meaning (Shining Light). We love Eleanor, but as a teacher I see way too many “El-“ names and wanted something different. Rose is my middle name and I have always loved it. We may shorten her name to Nora as she grows, but I love saying Lenora in full right now! We were inspired after seeing “Lenore” on a suggested list. Do you know any little Lenoras? We feel like we might have hit the balance between recognizable, traditional, and yet uncommon.
“Her first name has been my favorite name since I was a little girl–the first time I heard it I knew that if I ever had a daughter, she would be called Maeve. The tentative middle name was Aurora based on berry feedback–but then hubby, as we were in hospital about to do the social security form, suggested Opal–name of a distant aunt and his favorite stone, I fell in love immediately,
McKINZLEY GRACE, sister of Madelynn Marie
“I really wanted to name her McKinley or Kinsley, but hubby liked McKenzie better. We decided to name her McKinzley because it was the perfect compromise! We also looked it up and it’s a real last name surprisingly!
“DH and I fretted over name for months…Middle names were almost as hard as first names–so she ended up with 3! Moon shares the middle name Rose with big sister Magnolia, who turns 1 next week.” Her other sibs are Magdelayne, Melisande, Mordakai and Moses.
“Petra has been an uncommon name I have always adored. My husband and I read the Ender’s Game series together a few years ago, which is what endeared the name to him. Kay is named for my mom, who died when I was 18. Her real name was Katherine, but she was known as Kay. I had originally planned to use Katherine, but my husband started calling her baby Kay (my fn is Kaylyn) before we had even chosen a first name, and it just stuck.”
“Ruby was a name we found and loved from an old family genealogy book. Ann is after my grandmother and Saint Ann. Also it turns out to be a pretty fun song from the 60s but we did not know that till after we named her.”
“Julian means “downy” which was a form of Elliot’s middle name, and it’s also the patron saint of travelers (we love traveling). It was also the only name my husband and I could agree on—we have vastly different naming styles. The middle names of the kids all honor (in derivative form) my side of the family since we don’t do hyphenated names and his middle name Frederick honors his grandpa who has the middle name Alfred.”
“Lewis is after author C. S. Lewis (we’ve been reading Chronicles of Narnia to my other kids during the pregnancy, husband is a long time Lewis fan.) Irwin and Thomas honor dad and grandpa, respectively. I had originally wanted to name him Louis (French pronunciation), but my husband didn’t like it, so this was or compromise as it was the ONLY name we could agree on.”
“We were undecided on his middle name until he was born, and because of the popularity of Noah, decided to go with something a bit more unusual.”
“His first name is one we chose and loved, and Alfred is after his paternal grandfather.
Do you have a favorite girl choice? Boy? Sibset?