Category: baby name Blue
Few subjects are as divisive as gender neutral baby names, and yet I canâ€™t stop talking about them. Â Some of us deny their very existence.Â Others are willing to call a daughter James, but hesitate to name a son Avery or Madison.Â Many of us are discovering nature names or other novel appellations, ones that donâ€™t easily declare themselves pink or blue.
Not every culture splits names into such neat categories, and names certainly shift over time.Â Plenty of ends-in-a options, like Noah and Joshua have become favorites for boys, even though theyâ€™re very different from the once-dominant Bob, Tom, and Bill – proof that we can reconsider names every generation, if not more often.
Though its current associations might run more to barbecues, picnics and parades, Memorial Day conjures up a load of historic references dating back to its post-Civil War origins, as well as some more contemporary traditions.
There are several blogs-worth of noteworthy Civil War generalsâ€™ names aloneâ€”Alpheus, Americus, Cassius, Gustavus, Lafayette, Napoleon, Pleasant, Romeyn, for starters– but for now weâ€™ve included just a few of the most intriguing, as well as some less obvious Memorial Day names associated with the holiday.
BLUE and GREYâ€”The colors of the Â uniforms of the Union and Confederate soldiers fighting the Civil War (the Confederate soldiers sometimes referred to the Yankees disparagingly as â€˜bluebelliesâ€™), Â Blue and Gray are the current coolest of the unisex color names. Blue Ivy is the much-discussed name picked by BeyoncÃ© and Jay-Z for their daughter; actress Jenna von Oy recently named her daughter Gray.
CATHAYâ€”Cathay Williamsâ€”aka William Cathayâ€”was one of many women who passed as men to serve as Civil War soldiers.Â A former slave, she was the first African-American woman to enlist. Cathay is an evocative old term for China used by Marco Polo that could make an interesting choiceâ€”if it werenâ€™t in danger of being constantly confused with Cathy.