The names Mary
were once so ubiquitous (there sometimes would be two in one family) that it was inevitable that a ton of nicknames and variations would evolve, not to mention international versions. Running a close third to those ultimate girls’ classics is Margaret
, which means ‘pearl’ and which in fact shares a number of Mary
’s pet forms. Here are just a few of Margaret
’s offspring, and their recent bearers.
There have been some colorful baby names–if not wacky ones–in the Nameberry 9 this week, as reported by Appellation Mountain’s Abby Sandel.
It has been a great week for gutsy, even wacky girls’ names, led by Girl Next Door alum, Holly Madison.
Before we get to her new daughter’s colorful moniker, let’s pause and consider the other issue Madison raised: to share or not to share your baby’s name in advance?
Madison split the difference.
She hinted throughout her pregnancy that she was going to choose something different, even comparing it to that much-maligned celeb kid choice, Apple.
And then, just a few weeks before giving birth, she tweeted a snapshot of Rainbow Brite’s Colour Buggy with a one-word caption – need.
I’d been pouring over her Twitter feed looking for clues to her baby’s name, and completely missed that one.
So the choices for expectant parents in 2013 are: tell the world your name before the arrival, keep mum until you’ve already made it official, or use social media to drop broad hints to all of your faithful followers.