By Linda Rosenkrantz
Ah, my favorite time of the month, when I get to put together the menu of newborn babyberries and to savor all the delicious entries and combinations. This time, the selections are as rich as ever, with not a single repetition—unless you count Sylvia/Silvia and Theodor/Theodore.
Lots of C-starting girls in December, and a noticeable diminishing of names beginning with vowels. We’ll see as 2014 progresses whether that proves to be fashion or fluke.
In November, we had no multiples at all; this month brought three sets of twins, one all-boy and two boy-girl:
And now for the singletons and their siblings, along with a selection of parental comments.
“I have loved the nn Carey for the longest time, but knew I wanted a formal name to go with it… I did not want super traditional Caroline…and nothing else worked. Someone on nameberry (thanks!!!) mentioned Carrigan in passing. It sounded cute but I knew my DH would NOT go for it. He did, though, and the rest is history!!”
“Cassia was named for St Cassia(ne), a brilliant Byzantine musical scholar and theologian…Viviane was chosen as the French form of Viviana, who is the patron saint of Los Angeles…Noor is an Arabic name we have long loved; it means “light”. (For more of this name story, see http://nameberry.com/nametalk/threads/142299-Welcome-baby-bladette?highlight=cassia+viviane+noor)
“We love tomboy names for girls and have this vision of her as a woman in her twenties, traveling the world, capable and strong. We both have Scottish grandparents and in our travels to Scotland, Islay has been one of our favorite places to be, so it was a nice feminine counterbalance to Flynn, along with being a place close to our hearts. We also knew that the pronunciation would confuse most people, so it was a good middle name option, rather than a first.”
“Honouring her English/French blood, one marvellous woman, a love of literature and it’s beautiful to boot – what else does a girl need in a name?”
“I tend to be the one who likes old-fashioned, classic, vintage, funkier, and/or German names, and had mentioned a few M names like Margot, Margaret, Maisie, Mathilda, Mirabel, Miriam. DH was more or less open to some of those, but would always just say “I like Magnolia” when the name topic came up…DH loves the magnolia trees that grow here, both the classic white ones and the ornamental pink/purple Japanese magnolias. (See more of the story at http://nameberry.com/nametalk/threads/143793-Our-firstborn-daughter-has-arrived!?highlight=magnolia+irene)
Marguerite “Maple” Davis, sister of Bayard “Bay” McConnell
“She is as sweet and sunny as her name.”
Tyler Phoenix Ana, sister of Autumn and Sophie
“His name suits him well as he is sweet and somewhat serious… almost decided to get my husband on board with Victor Wolfgang, but now that I’ve been getting to know him, Victor seems much too severe for this little love.”
“We loved the idea of having a name with some river symbolism in it based on something my husband had written to me before we were ever married… and the name Clyde comes from the River Clyde in Scotland (where one side of my mom’s family is from)…We also loved the idea that the name can’t be shortened, did not end with an EN, AN, IN or ON (as most boys names do right now), had a great old school hipster vibe, and we don’t think it will be used as a girls name anytime soon.”
Leo Robert Christian, brother of Iona, Alice, Peter and Juliette
“While inspiration for names seems to come from everywhere, I’d have to admit that Walden’s older sister, Fern Terise, had a little hand in naming him. She was persistent on naming him “Wally,” and it melted our hearts each time she’d talk to him or tell people about her brother Wally… And as much as my grandmother thinks we named him Francis after the pope, it is my dad’s middle name. He’s been waiting for a boy for 26+ years in a family full of girls.”
“I waffled on Zeller for a long time as I was afraid to choose too unusual of a name, but I always came back to it. Zeller is my paternal grandmother’s maiden name…Baird we chose for the meaning of “poet” and to honor the bears that are the mascots for the school where my husband and I fell in love and studied poetry in our tenure as English majors.”
CONGRATS to all of you!!!