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The spirit of Francis Scott Fitzgerald  is alive and well.  In the baby name world, Gatsby is one of the new attention-grabbing names on the block.  In the world of entertainment, there is the theater piece Gatz, and now there’s eager anticipation for the latest version of The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Lurmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Isla Fisher,which is  scheduled to open at the end of the year.  A propitious time, then, to look at the author’s approach to literary  names.

Fitzgerald’s novels and stories are populated with people with ordinary names like Nick and Dick, with typical Jazz Age period choices such as Bernice and Rosalind and Marjorie for girls, Chester and Percy for men, and a number of sophisticated Princetonesque surnames.  He played with name changes reflecting shifting identities as well—Jay Gatsby having been born James Gatz.

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It’s all-boy week in Abby (Appellation Mountain) Sandel’s latest round-up of the most recent interesting baby names.

Happy Halloween, berries!  Let’s start off with a very important piece of business.  The winner of the bookplate give-away from Etsy shop My Kids Eat Off the Floor is Emily (emily.m******@*****.com).  You should have already received an email with details about how to claim your prize.

Last week’s chatter about Gatsby – literary or pretentious?  Just different enough or downright bizarre? – got me thinking about boys’ names in general.  Conventional wisdom holds that we can be creative with our daughters’ names, but choices for sons should be a little more conservative.  Whether you personally agree or not, statistics suggest that parents do hold back when considering boys’ namesJust under 67% of US-born girls receive Top 1000 names, while nearly 79% of boys do.

A comment from last week’s post mentioned Evangeline Lily’s son is named Kahekili – and since dad is Norman Kali, his full name Kahekili Kali.  According to mom, Kahekili is a Hawaiian name means thunder. (Kahekili shown in illustration)

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