Berry Juice is a collection of the best blogs on baby names, pregnancy, and parenting from around the web, including everything from personal naming stories to the academic study of names, pregnancy information to tips on decorating the nursery.
Being a new mom is hard. With the lack of sleep, body issues and lactation problems, it’s hard for your old friends to understand everything you’re dealing with in your new role as a mom. One of the best ways to make that transition easier is by connecting with other ladies going through the same joy (and pain) at the same time.
We owe Stevenson a lot. In his best-known book, Treasure Island, he gave us the classic elements of a pirate story: the mysterious map, the buried treasure, the pirate with a parrot and a missing leg. He also gave us the concept of a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ personality, and he was one of the first modern travel writers, recounting his journeys through France and later across America and the Pacific.
Stevenson was something of a name changer himself. Born in Scotland as Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson, as an adult he dropped Balfour, his mother’s maiden name, and changed the spelling of his middle name to Louis (still pronounced like Lewis).
Here’s a treasure trove of names inspired by Stevenson’s tales, from old favourites to stylish unisex surnames.
By Eleanor Nickerson
I was lucky enough recently to visit Bath for a weekend break to celebrate a good friend’s birthday.
Among many other treasures there I noticed a carved block bearing the name “Cornelianus.” The impact and permanence of the stone struck me for a moment; how one name, carved centuries ago indelibly into rock, has survived and is still seen today. Cornelianus may no longer be used as a given name, but for this particular Cornelianus, his name endures.
Sol – Back when the Roman baths were at their apex, the great temple courtyard featured two buildings facing each other across the altar dedicated to the moon goddess Luna and the sun god Sol. Lovely Luna is at #146 in England and Wales, 110 in the US and on the rise. Sol, in contrast, languishes down at #988 over here and is not even in the Top 1000 in America. In many ways this is surprising. It’s a short and punchy name – a style which is fashionable at the moment but isn’t so entirely unheard of as to make it weird.
If you live under a rock, or in a dark cave away from civilization, you probably haven’t noticed the hordes of Pokémon Go players who’ve flooded the streets in the past weeks. This virtual reality game has gotten virtually everyone playing – 100 million downloads, last I heard – and it’s hard not to get into it once you start playing. I myself am a level 19 on Team Mystic, and I’m not sure where I found the time.
There are a few hundred Pokémon types currently, with names ranging from Squirtle to Charmander to Bulbasaur. It got me thinking – are there any kids with Pokémon names?
Based on the original 150 Pokémon – I found the list here – I’m going through to see which Pokémon names have been deemed worthy enough to bestow on children. Of course, not all of these names were chosen for their connection to the franchise!
By Lauren Der
Carrying their country’s flag into the Olympics opening ceremony is a great honor for any athlete. Many of the bearers have won medals in previous Olympics and are hopefuls this time around again. Most are big stars in their home countries, some internationally—representing the US this year, for example, is swimming champ Michael Phelps.
Here are some of the more interestingly named flag bearers from other countries.