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By Laura Miller Brennan

If the Nameberry forums had an ambassador, Rollo (also known as Margot, or Carolyn Margot) was it. Carolyn Margot Delohery hailed from Sydney, Australia, but her goodwill, sensibility, and unmatched enthusiasm for names extended to online namers around the world. She died on June 14, 2014.

As much–or more–than any member of the Nameberry community, Rollo was especially passionate about certain names—ardent, romantic girls like Dorothea and Zoraide; new masculine classics like Christian and Hunter. She joined when the site was in its infancy, in 2008. But her contributions weren’t just about name choices; in discussion posts public and private she followed William Penn’s old dictum to carry out “any good thing I can do to any fellow being.” The doting grandmother-of-five and mom-of-two often chimed in with gentle and relevant words of encouragement for her fellow name folk, earning her a well-loved place here.

In remembrance of Rollo, here are a few of the names she loved best.

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sibling names

This Question of the Week is inspired by a tweet from one of our berries, who said that Pearl and Rome were her two favorite June-inspired baby names.  Both great names, I commented, but would she use them together, for a brother and a sister?  (And in case you’re wondering, her answer was: Of course!)

Which got me thinking about brother and sister names.  Families with two children, one boy and one girl, are the most common configuration in the U.S., so choosing names for one brother and one sister is the naming challenge the greatest number of us will have to face.

So let’s hear your picks for brother and sister names.  If you had to choose names for one boy and one girl, which would you pick…..or which did you pick?  And why?

What are the best brother and sister names you’ve heard?  The not-so-best?  What advice would you give about brother and sister names?

 

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What’s your newest name love?

new baby names

There are names I loved when I was a kid: Sandy and Lisa, Michael and David (yes, really).

And then there were names I loved when I was naming my babies: Eliza and Henry, Ned and Daisy.

Now there are names that I’ve only come to love recently, for a range of reasons.  Leonora, for instance, and Ozias.  Raymond, and Rosamund.

What are your newfound baby name loves?

I mean names that you either didn’t like or that weren’t even on your radar before.  Names that sound better (much better) to you now than they used to, either because styles have changed or your tastes have.

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girl-boy

One thing we’re finding really mesmerizing about our gorgeous new Top 1000 U.S. names page is how easy it is to read across each line and compare the names of each gender that have the same rank.  Some of the pairs seems perfectly matched — Sarah and Henry at Number 43, for instance, or Cadence and Skyler at Number 290 — whereas other equally-ranked pairs feel discordant.

We can’t help thinking, as we survey the list, which pair we’d pick if we had a baby girl and a baby boy and had to choose their names from the same line.

Annabella and Lorenzo sound pretty great together, we think.   Or maybe Lilah and Beau, or Camilla and Zachariah.

But we’re really more interested in finding out which pair you’d pick, if you had to choose names for your only daughter and only son from the same popularity rank?  And why?  Do you really like both names equally, or do you simply think they make the most balanced set?

Here’s the link again to the new Top 1000 page: http://nameberry.com/search/popular_names

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A Few of Our Favorite Names

flora by frances pelzman

We try not to play favorites around here, but the truth is that, just like anybody, we have them.  And the reasons we love the names we do are as idiosyncratic, irrational, and deeply felt as those of the average citizen.  In honor of Nameberry’s new look, we thought it might be time to reveal a few of our personal favorite names and why we adore them.  (Floral photo collage by Frances Pelzman)

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