Huxley, Wolf, Ezra, August, Lochlan, Elsa, Emilia, Petra, Eleni, and Juniper all have something in common â€“ theyâ€™re all names that Iâ€™ve come across on blogs, names that are unusual in real life, but familiar because I read what their parents write.
Move over supermodels and rock stars.Â Lately bloggers are among the most daring of baby namers.
Then thereâ€™s Rebecca Woolf, the blogger behind Girlâ€™s Gone Child and the memoir Rockabye.Â I love her sonâ€™s name â€“ Archer Sage â€“ and was blown away when she and husband Hal chose Fable Luella for their daughter.Â Speculation about names for their twins had reached a fever pitch when the girls made their debut last week.
Rebeccasâ€™s not the only high profile mom blogger to welcome a new member to her family this week, and so this Nameberry Nine is dedicated to a new category of tastemakers â€“ blogbabies.
Azure â€“ Blogger Katy of No Big Dill has welcomed a son.Â No, his name isnâ€™t Azure â€“ in fact, theyâ€™re still puzzling over the name.Â (Elisabeth at You Canâ€™t Call It â€śItâ€ť has a post up to solicit suggestions.Â The couple is sure to choose something inventive â€“ big sisters are Divine, Pearl, Olive, Azure, and Clover. Iâ€™ve always found Azure under-used.Â If boys can be Indigo, this must be the perfect shade of blue for a daughter.
Glow â€“ Rubyellen of Cakies had three little girls: True, Brave, and Soul.Â Now she and husband Ben have welcomed a fourth, Glow Amorette.Â The parents admit that their choices are wildly over-the-top â€“ the first question in her blogâ€™s F.A.Q. is â€śAre your daughterâ€™s names really True, Brave, and Soul?â€ťÂ If Rubyellen were a television actress, this one would be all over the headlines.
Boheme â€“ The tragic heroine of Pucciniâ€™s opera was called Mimi, but the newest babe in the blogosphere is named Boheme Shalom, daughter of Girls Gone Childâ€™s Rebecca Woolf. Just like big sis Fable, this one was virtually unheard of until her arrival.Â Boyish nickname Bo is wearable, plus she sounds like Poem, a word name that wouldnâ€™t be a huge stretch.
Lux â€“ Jeffrey Eugenides used the name for a character in his 1993 novel The Virgini Suicides. Now this is the middle name of one of the Girls Gone Child twins, Reverie Lux. The whole category â€“ punchy Latin words that end with x â€“ seems primed for attention: Pax, Lux, Vox, Rex.Â They strike me as more masculine, while Paz and Luz seem like their feminine counterparts.
Reverie â€“ Bohemeâ€™s twin, and a name that feels certain to attract more attention.Â Sheâ€™s not completely unknown â€“ five girls received the name in the US in 2010, and blogger Kristen at Marginamia has a daughter called Valo June Reverie.Â While thatâ€™s still pretty rare, she reminds me of popular picks like Avery and Valerie, suggesting that you might meet a little Rev before too long.
Lillian â€“ In the meantime, some Hollywood types are choosing names that sound downright tame.Â Actress Mary McCormack welcomed a third daughter, a little sister for Margaret and Rose.Â Their new addition is called Lillian.Â Lily names are epidemic, but theyâ€™re still easy to love.
Walden â€“ Letâ€™s not count out the influence of the small screen just yet.Â Ashton Kutcherâ€™s character in Two and a Half Men moves into the Malibu residence tonight.Â Will he be able to replace Charlie?Â Thatâ€™s tough to say, but if he succeeds, his characterâ€™s name could be the big winner.Â Waldo is so hipster it hurts, but Walden conjures up Thoreau.Â Heâ€™s just vaguely literary, a male counterpart to Harper.
Xander â€“ Itâ€™s not as classic a choice as Lillian or Oliver, but January Jonesâ€™s new son wears a mainstream moniker, too.Â Pop culture references run in the family.Â Januaryâ€™s parents got her name from a Jacqueline Susann novel.Â Jones may not have found Xander on television, but his big boost came from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffyâ€™s BFF was an ordinary Joe called Alexander Harris, but he always answered to Xander. It also seems a very fitting name for an actress who recently starred as a member of the X-Men.