If the Nameberry forums had an ambassador, Rollo (also known as Margot, or Carolyn Margot) was it. Carolyn Margot Delohery hailed from Sydney, Australia, but her goodwill, sensibility, and unmatched enthusiasm for names extended to online namers around the world. She died on June 14, 2014.
As much–or more–than any member of the Nameberry community, Rollo was especially passionate about certain names—ardent, romantic girls like Dorothea and Zoraide; new masculine classics like Christian and Hunter. She joined when the site was in its infancy, in 2008. But her contributions weren’t just about name choices; in discussion posts public and private she followed William Penn’s old dictum to carry out “any good thing I can do to any fellow being.” The doting grandmother-of-five and mom-of-two often chimed in with gentle and relevant words of encouragement for her fellow name folk, earning her a well-loved place here.
In remembrance of Rollo, here are a few of the names she loved best.
Noah: Biblical righteous man and current top boy name in the U.S. (#4 in Australia).
Gilliana: (“I like the flow and frilliness of it and that it is so unusual.”) An ultra-feminine extension of Gillian (the name of her beloved sister) and form of Julian (Roman, related to Jupiter of mythology).
Dorothea: From Greek and meaning “gift of God”, this deeply spiritual name seems especially fitting for a favorite of our late friend, who kept a nod to the 23rd Psalm in her signature.
Ethel: An underused English “noble maiden”.