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Thank you, Jimmy Fallon, for naming your new daughter Winnie Rose, and proving our point— which is that we’re into a whole new era of nickname names.  These are worlds away from midcentury short forms like Cindy and Mindy and Marci and Lori, but go further back in time to faded Victorian favorites. It’s a trend that started in the UK, where 10% of the current Top 100 girls’ names fit this description, and several of the boys— Alfie, Archie, Freddie, Ollie—rank high as well.  Here are some of the vintage girls’ nickname names, with their uniquely charming combo of sentiment and sass, which illustrate the trend.

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There’s no sweeter pleasure than serenading your baby with a lullaby, which can even be nicer if the song’s title references the sweetness of your daughter’s (or son’s) name.  An amazing number of songs fit this bill, dating from the early days of the republic to the Golden Age of jazz and swing, right through to contemporary rock— from the barbershop quartet harmonies of Sweet Adeline to the Rolling Stones’ rendition of Sweet Virginia. Most of these songs have lyrics you can actually croon, while just a few are instrumentals you can set your own words to.

Here they are:

ADELINESweet Adeline is an old standard that was a favorite of barbershop quartets.  JFK’s grandfather John F. Fitzgerald, mayor of Boston, made it his theme song, and Mickey Mouse serenaded Minnie with it in a 1929 cartoon.  Sweet name Adeline reappeared on the pop list in 1999, and is now Number 288.

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Let’s all take a deep whiff as we join Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel as she explores the perfume counter to  find some fragrant name inspiration.

Perfume is nearly as old as civilization itself, a luxury found among many an ancient tribe.  It has evolved into a billion-dollar industry, with certain scents tied to famous figures or specific eras.

There’s a science of scent, with a complex system to characterize each perfume, a system that owes something to music (floral notes) and something to taxonomy (the aquatic family).

Little wonder that many fragrance names are simply botanicals or other names borrowed from the natural world.  Yet for every Bluebell, Iris, or Cool Water, there’s an intriguing name with a story to tell.

Giovanni Farina left Italy for Germany in the 1700s, where he would establish Europe’s first dedicated perfumery, and launched a revolutionary fragrance: Eau de Cologne, named after his new hometown.

Of course, no matter how much you love Poison, it isn’t an option for your child – though Yves or Laurent might be.  Britney and Paris have their signature scents, but their names don’t make you think of perfume.

Most of these are better suited for a daughter.  If you’re determined to find an unexpected option for a son, there’s always Creed.  Before he was a character on The Office and a rock band, Creed was – and still is – a storied perfume house established in London in the 1700s.

Here are some of the best choices from the world of fragrance:

Amaranthine – From Penhaligon’s, an English perfume house that once served Queen Victoria.

Ambra

Anaïs

Artemisia

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