Category: Berry Juice
Fifty years ago, a prime-time comedy launched on ABC. That show was Bewitched, and it put the name Samantha on the map. Here’s how the numbers pan out:
- The year before the show, 1963, there were fewer than 100 born in the U.S.
- By 1964, there were over 400 born
- By 1965, there almost 2,000 born
Friends of mine are expecting baby #3. After two nicely-named daughters, the dad told me, “If it’s a boy, we’re pretty set. But if it’s a girl? I’ll have to start going through my favorite song titles.”
Happily, there’s no shortage of great names for girls from popular songs.
Unlike television and movie characters, there’s not always a link between the song’s release date and the name’s heyday.
Some names are already wildly popular when the song is written. Remember Tommy Tutone’s “867-5309” from 1981? It was only a matter of time until someone scored a hit with the heard-everywhere Jenny in the lyrics.
Other names stick around long enough for more than one single.
When my husband and I found out we were expecting our first child, a girl, choosing her name was efficient and simple. We tossed around a few names that neither of us hated and within 5 minutes decided that our wee girl would be called Juliette. We never wavered or second guessed ourselves. We had no idea at the time that we’d have 5 additional children rounding out our family. I didn’t recognize that choosing the first couple of kid’s names sort of sets the tone for additional kid’s name. It certainly doesn’t have to if sibset continuity doesn’t matter to you but for me, that is something I wish I’d considered.
Butterflies will always remind me of my great-grandmother’s garden. I loved sipping lemonade with her on the back porch and watching the butterflies flutter around her yard.
Butterflies are symbolic of rebirth, perseverance, creation, freedom, love, and beauty. These lovely little winged creatures are prominent in art, folklore, mythology and many religions.
While I’m not suggesting that any of you name your next kiddo “Butterfly,” I do think that the world of butterflies has some pretty cool names to offer us. Perhaps some will serve as inspiration to you writers out there.
By K. M. Sheard, Nook of Names
Here is the second part of Kay Sheard’s extensive rundown of names from Dickens that might work best for babies.