Category: Baby name news
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Hot off the press–here’s our round-up of the newest babyberries who were entered on the Nameberry Birth Announcement forum in the month of November, 2013– along with some of the more illuminating comments by their parents.
No multiples this month, and no repeated names, but more than the usual quota of imaginative choices, awesome first and middle name combos, and great sibsets.
Do you celebrate your name day?
While the idea is little known in the US, many cultures prefer name days to birthdays. The idea is simple: instead of celebrating your day of birth, you and every other Margaret or Joseph or Andrew are feted on the same day.
The custom has its origins in saints’ feast days, but plenty of non-saintly names exist on national calendars. Wanda is a legendary figure in Poland, so no surprise she has a name day there, along with other Slavic staples like Bogdan, Dobromir, and Grazyna.
Word is that Facebook is now encouraging users to add their name day celebrations to their profiles. Americans love a holiday, from Halloween to Cinco de Mayo. Could name days catch on here?
I’m in favor. Double the reasons for cupcakes!
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Since our last Quarterly Report grew to be so huge and unwieldy, with its unfortunate share of troll challenges, we’ve decided to try sectioning it into more manageable monthly reports instead. Remember that these are the names reported on the Nameberry Birth Announcement forum–not necessarily born–during the month of October, and only to Berries–not including nephews, nieces or neighbors–no matter how adorably named they might be.
This time around we’ve added some comments by the original poster and other berries that we thought you would find interesting.
“We stayed with the tradition of family middle names and couldn’t be happier”
Comment: “I have a hunch she’s going to be full of spunk.”
“Salem means peace; I hope her life will be filled with both peace and joy. This year for Halloween she will naturally be a little baby witch.”
Comment: “Such a bold and daring choice!”
“Gray is my mother’s maiden name”
“…Florin continued to grow on me for reasons outside of its Princess Bride (my favourite book & film) connections… I love the meaning (flower; flourishing) and loved that the Florin was a coin minted in Australia…my dad did his apprenticeship at the Australian Mint so I remember him telling me stories about coins as a child. Frederick was my grandfather’s name and I wanted to honour him and my mum and Nana…He actually reminds me of my grandfather too with a big round face and dimples. The meaning ‘peaceful ruler’ also added to its appeal.”
MANY MANY THANKS TO DENISE POTTER FOR ALL HER HELP ON THIS!
Which are your favorites of all these? Do you like the addition of the comments?
Gaiman did say this: “We must not attempt to freeze language, or to pretend it is a dead thing that must be revered, but we should use it as a living thing, that flows, that borrows words, that allows meaning and pronunciations to change with time.”
If language is a living thing, doesn’t the same hold true for names?
Some words endure with minimal alteration, and some names do, too. But for every Elizabeth, there’s a Samantha – a name that feels rich with history, but is actually almost unknown until the nineteenth century. Or Brooke, a name that feels established and sophisticated, but would have been out of place a hundred years ago.
What makes a name a true classic?
Very few names have been in constant use, and those few evergreen choices differ across cultures and languages.
A definition is elusive. A classic should be universally recognized and long established. It should possess either a measure of elegance or another distinguishing characteristic. But classic isn’t a black and white line. In baby name discussions, classic sometimes translates as “a name I like.”
Are Adelaide and Charlotte as classic as Mary? How do Walter and Jeremy compare to William and James? How about names like Samantha or Brooke – seldom heard before the twentieth century, but now solidly established? How many years does it take to make a classic, bearing in mind that classic rock is sometimes as young as five decades old.