Category: baby name Clover
Nameberry’s Olympic baby names coverage continues, this time with a look back to Games of the past. We perused the records going back to 1896, in search of the most unusual and interesting of past Gold Medalists’ names.
With such a wide-ranging international roster, we were able to mine some pretty exotic (in our culture, anyway) nuggets.
Did our great-grandparents struggle to choose baby names?
Berries know that inventive baby naming has a surprisingly long history. Earlier generations may have had access to fewer resources – no baby name books, no internet, no nameberry.com – but our family trees are proof that parents still managed to come up with more creative baby names than just Mary and John.
As I look at baby name news every week, it is often overwhelming. Fictional characters, famous figures, obscure names featured on websites, newsworthy places and words that would just plain make great names – there are acres of great ideas, with new ones every week. Coupled with a greater awareness of the most popular names, no wonder we hear so many parents wondering if Sophia is too common, Seraphina too Hollywood, Sariah too hard to spell.
This undiscovered beauty, which means ‘sparkling,’ was named for the shepherdess heroine of a pastoral epic by Virgil. A bulb-grown bloom also known as the Winter Lily or Jersey Lily, the name Amaryllis was revived in the eighteenth century. One namesake Amaryllis--cellist Amaryllis Fleming-- was both the daughter of painter Augustus John and half-sister of James Bond-creator Ian Fleming.
I’m always hoping celebrities will surprise and delight us with the cool names they choose. (January Jones, I’m looking at you!) A kid who is going to grow up in Hollywood can rock a name like Ptolemy or Apple more easily than one who has to navigate a typical suburban playground. Plus, somehow I doubt being named Suri is the strangest thing about growing up with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes as your parents.
My preferences aside, it was refreshing to hear veteran rocker Paul Stanley – father of the normally-named Evan, Colin, Sarah, and new arrival Emily Grace – comment “I guess we’re not cool enough for names like Peach or Astro Girl.” Pretty down to earth for a guy who made his name in sequins and platform boots.
Nonetheless, Emily did not make my list the week she was born – and she still doesn’t. There’s a huge category of names that are more intriguing than Emily, but not as tough to wear as Astro Girl. (January, don’t rule out Peach. She has potential, especially in the middle spot.)
There has been plenty of baby name news this past week, and here are nine of my favorite names from the headlines:
Clover – The fourth child of actor Neal McDonough and wife Ruvé Robertson wears this lucky nature name. Clover Elizabeth joins sisters London Jane and Catherine Maggie, and big brother Morgan Patrick. Clover combines the fashionable –er ending of Piper and Harper with the botanical appeal of Lily and Violet. She sounds something like the chart-topping Chloe, and makes for an Irish heritage choice more exciting than Erin.
Ezra – Children’s classic A Snowy Day celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2012, prompting a recent piece in the New York Times about the author – Ezra Jack Keats. Jack is epidemic, and Keats could catch on, but I have my eye on Ezra. Since Joshua and Noah have proved that boys’ names can end in a, too, I can imagine tons of parents discovering Ezra.
Haven – It sounds like a conundrum for the Nameberry forums: my husband is named Cash and we called our first daughter Honor. What can we possibly name her little sister? Jessica Alba managed to solve the puzzle on her own, announcing the birth of second daughter Haven Garner last week. I’m a big fan of the letter H, and the girls’ names share a modern virtue name vibe that fits with choices like Journey and Harmony.
Hopestill – Did you catch Leslie Owen’s Nameberry guest post on family names last Friday? There’s Consider and Mahala and Dwell, but I was most captivated by Hopestill and Truelove. Word names are huge, opening the door for daring parents to embrace phrase names. Truelove is a bit much, but Hopestill has a lovely quality that might appeal to parents seeking an optimistic choice for the middle spot.
Mabel – Someone sent me a YouTube clip of the world’s first robot with knees, which means that the robot can run – probably faster than me. The technology is fascinating, but I had to go digging for an explanation of her name. A few articles suggested that it was just Mabel, not MBL-3P0 or anything equally geektastic. Could the biggest innovators in robot technology also be closet name nerds? Then I stumbled on a reference to the Michigan Anthropomorphic Biped with Electric Legs. Still, it is nice to know that when machines take over the world they might have names as appealing as Hal.