There was a scene in an episode of this season’s Girls in which a guy asks Lena Dunham‘s character her name, and she commands him to guess.
“Uh….Daisy?” he says.
“Daisy?!? I WISH my name was Daisy!” replies the much-less-fancifully-named Hannah.
Which made us think, as many things do, of Nameberry and our Question of the Week.
What do you wish your name was?
It may not be your favorite name, the one you’d choose for a child. Â But for whatever reason — and I hope you’ll tell us what that reason is — the name conveys how you’d like to be seen, who you wish others thought you were.
Looking for a name for a red-haired baby? The most common method is to go through the long list of names that mean, well, red-haired, from Rory
. An alternative is to find yourself a worthy titian-tressed namesake, either from the pages of history or a current celeb. So, at the risk of offending by omission such ordinary-named notables as Helen
, Emily Dickinson
, Mark Twain
, James Joyce
, and Margaret
Sangerâ€”here are our nominations for best-named redheads of all time. Oh â€” and where is the most famous redhead of all? Turns out Lucille
Ballâ€™s natural hair color was mousey brown.
I was looking this morning through the list of baby names that have entered the US Top 1000 since the turn of the decade — more, much more, on that later — and I was struck by how many of them overstate the case.
I mean that they are baby names that are too much, in one way or another, for any human being to live up to. Â Names like the infamous Precious. Â Or Legend. Â Well, we’ll detail the specifics below.
In early editions of our first bookÂ Beyond Jennifer & Jason, we included a list called Names That Are Too Much, or Not Enough, To Live Up To. Â Then somewhere along the way, we dropped it. Â But clearly it’s time to bring it back.
If thereâ€™s anything we crave at this time of year, itâ€™s light: Sunlight, daylight, the light at the end of the long dark winter tunnel.Light
is also an inspiring meaning for a baby name, appropriate for a midwinter baby â€“ or one due to arrive in spring or summer. Â Our favorite baby names with meanings relating to light include:
Winter baby names
are, quite literally, cool. While summer names can be sultry, spring names fresh and autumn names colorful, the increasingly trendy wintry names have an image that is crisp and clear, white and snowy. Some of these cold-climate names are fairly obviousâ€”Winter
being the extreme example– while others are a bit more subtle, ranging from calendar months to ski resorts to weather conditions to international twists.