Category: baby name Mabel
What with the movie Ted, starring an outrageously potty-mouthed teddy bear, having been a box office sensation, and celebs giving their baby boys the actual first or middle name of Bear, this seems like a perfect time to think about Teddy and other fictional bear names for possible inspiration.
So, though you might not want to name your son Paddington, Fozzie, Corduroy, Smokey, Yogi, Bobo or Baloo, here are some ursine character names you might want to consider if you’re into the idea of animal names.
Ted, Teddy, Theodore—This ultimate bear name cluster was inspired by a Theodore Roosevelt hunting trip incident that became the subject of a political cartoon which in turn inspired the making of a little stuffed bear cub toy dubbed “Teddy’s Bear”–which soon ignited a national craze. The name Theodore is currently experiencing a resurgence—it’s now at Number 231, partially sparked by love for the nickname Theo, which itself entered the Top 1000 in 2010 and is a Nameberry fave. Not so many Teds or Teddys these days, though. In addition, of course, many Edwards—as in Edward Kennedy, have also been known as Teddy.
Winnie, Winifred, Winston—Winnie the Pooh, second only to teddy as an ursine icon, was created by A. A. Milne in 1926, and named after a stuffed teddy owned by his son Christopher Robin. The boy had taken the name from a bear that he often saw at the London zoo called Winnipeg, nn Winnie. In real life most Winnies are more often formally Winston (as in Churchill) or Winifred—both of which are starting to be used again. Maybe Winnie could be the next Hattie.
Today being the first day of the merry month of May, why not consider a name that starts with that upbeat, springlike syllable for your baby born this month? Here are the most likely May names suspects.
MABEL –When Bruce Willis, who, with then-wife Demi Moore, was one of the original creative baby namers with older daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah, recently named his baby girl Mabel Ray, he brought this vintage Victorian charmer further into the modern world orbit. It had already been used by Chad Lowe, Nenah Cherry and Dermot Mulroney, as well as for the sitcom baby on Mad About You. Mabel—originally a short form of Amabel—could well join other ascending sassy showgirl names like Ruby and Sadie. Maybelle is rarely heard outside Nashville.
MACY—Macy entered the popularity list in 1990—almost a decade after it had been noticed on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful—and has been well used ever since, a much more modern sounding replacement for the dated Tracy and Stacy, and more solid than the lacy Lacey. Apart from the department store chain, the most noted bearer of the name, singer Macy Gray, was born Natalie McIntyre; Carmela Soprano/Nurse Jackie Edie Falco named her daughter Macy.
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.