Category: Sibling and Multiple Names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Since our last Quarterly Report grew to be so huge and unwieldy, with its unfortunate share of troll challenges, we’ve decided to try sectioning it into more manageable monthly reports instead. Remember that these are the names reported on the Nameberry Birth Announcement forum–not necessarily born–during the month of October, and only to Berries–not including nephews, nieces or neighbors–no matter how adorably named they might be.
This time around we’ve added some comments by the original poster and other berries that we thought you would find interesting.
“We stayed with the tradition of family middle names and couldn’t be happier”
Comment: “I have a hunch she’s going to be full of spunk.”
“Salem means peace; I hope her life will be filled with both peace and joy. This year for Halloween she will naturally be a little baby witch.”
Comment: “Such a bold and daring choice!”
“Gray is my mother’s maiden name”
“…Florin continued to grow on me for reasons outside of its Princess Bride (my favourite book & film) connections… I love the meaning (flower; flourishing) and loved that the Florin was a coin minted in Australia…my dad did his apprenticeship at the Australian Mint so I remember him telling me stories about coins as a child. Frederick was my grandfather’s name and I wanted to honour him and my mum and Nana…He actually reminds me of my grandfather too with a big round face and dimples. The meaning ‘peaceful ruler’ also added to its appeal.”
MANY MANY THANKS TO DENISE POTTER FOR ALL HER HELP ON THIS!
Which are your favorites of all these? Do you like the addition of the comments?
An interesting discussion is going on in our forums about the real influence of a name.
If you’re on Nameberry, whether you’re looking for baby names or are simply a name lover, you probably think a name has quite a lot of influence, at least in theory.
But how has that played out with your own name, in your own life?
by Linda Rosenkrantz
I was completely overwhelmed by the sheer quantity, gorgeousness and wild originality of the names reported in the Birth Announcement forums for this third quarter of the year, from July through the end of September. So overwhelmed, in fact, that I’m dividing the results into two separate blogs—one for the girls and one for the boys.
Not surprisingly, with this large number of names, there were more duplicates than ever. Perennial NB fave Charlotte along with Phoebe were chosen three times, while the girls’ names picked twice were Alice, Annabel, Arabella, Daisy, Daphne, Elodie, Francine, Ivy, Luna, Nora, Penelope, Rory and Vivienne.
Most popular initial: A (surprise, surprise); most popular consonant initial: M
Most unusual middle name: Wildflower
I do love a birth announcement, for so many reasons. But I’m especially interested when the birth announcement includes the name of a sibling or two.
I think that’s just perfection.
If a recent New York Times article is to be believed, naming a baby is more anxiety-inducing than ever before. So much pressure to find the one. perfect. name. But what happens when you need two perfect names and I don’t mean in succession. Like virtually everything else to do with having twins, is naming them double the trouble?
There is a real sense in which choosing a pair of twins’ names is just like choosing a sibling set. For me, the same basic rules applied. The names had to be complementary and of a comparable level of originality. They had to roll off the tongue together, because, lord knows, they will be spoken in tandem more often than you can imagine. It would be a bonus if they shared some common, but not overwhelming, feature: a group of letters perhaps or a vague significance of meaning. Better yet, a sense of style. I have seen, for instance, all of my children’s names described as “Antique Charm.” This was a happy coincidence for the first two. For the twins, as numbers three and four, it felt almost like a necessity.