Category: Sibling and Multiple Names
by Tiana Putric
It’s official, portmanteaus – words created by combining parts and meanings of two or more words – have slipped into almost every part of our lives. We have become expert word blenders joining words (chocoholic), couples (Brangelina), foods (Cronut), meals (brunch), languages (Spanglish), labels (screenager), tech terms (vlog), recreational activities (glamping), clothing (skort), countries (Tanzania), baby names (Gracelynn), and dogs (Labradoodle); the list is endless.
Word mashups have definitely changed the way we communicate: they’re catchy, creative, and convenient. I wonder, have we name nerds overlooked this linguistic art? Most parents do not utilize portmanteaus when referring to their brood, but I think parents and children could have a lot of fun creating solo and sibset name blends.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
The first month of 2016 brought the usual bountiful bunch of beautifully named babies to the Nameberry community, including creative first and middle combos and sibsets and, this month, some particularly interesting backstories.
Most innovative names: Tessamine and Edelweiss
And here’s the full list:
We recently posted the list of names that our Berries were most interested in over the past year– headed by Ezra and Asher, Charlotte and Amelia—but what names did they actually choose at that crucial moment when the name had to be inscribed onto the birth certificate, when all the hypotheticals were winnowed down to one single reality?
Of course we know that only a small percentage of arrivals were actually recorded in the Birth Announcement Forum, which is our only available source—(Strong hint to those expecting new arrivals in 2016!), but still more than three hundred Berries did enter there picks. The diversity and originality of the Nameberry community is reflected in the fact that most of the names were unique choices.
Having said that, which names were the most popular?
On the girls’ side, Pearl and Rose tied for top place for those used as both first and middle names, tying at 8 each, with Pearl the leading middle. Classic William was in top place for boys in the combined categories, tying with James as favorite middle.
The most frequently used first initial vowel was E for girls and A for boys. For consonant beginnings, M girls won by a landside; for boys it was the letter C—a gendered contrast in soft and harder sounds.
The holiday month just past brought a big bounty of celebrity baby name announcements.
The most highly anticipated was that of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s second child, a boy named Saint, reputedly because they considered him “a blessing.” Another aspirational choice was Cam Newton and Kia Proctor’s boy Chosen Sebastian.
Other A-listers made more traditional pics, such as Dwayne Johnson’s Jasmine Tom Arnold’s Quinn Sophie and Kelis’s Shepherd. Bristol Palin joined the new Sailor/Saylor trend with daughter Sailor Grace.
Here’s the complete list.
We are expecting our second child on February 16th, exactly two years after we welcomed our daughter, Evelina Viti. She goes by Lina. We chose not to find out the gender again this time, but it is making choosing a name that much harder!
Evelina’s middle name is from my husband’s family, which is very Italian. Our last name is Italian, too, and ends in ‘o’.
If this baby is a girl, we are equally stumped. I have suggested Lorelei, a nod to my German heritage. My husband is not totally opposed, but he doesn’t like that it means temptress. The middle name will be Magdalena, after my grandmother.
We both love traditional names that are somewhat unusual now. The meaning of the name is also important to us. We had a difficult pregnancy, so the fact that Evelina meant “wished for child” made it even more perfect.
So basically, I am afraid I won’t be able to find a name I love as much as my firstborn’s name!
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