April Babyberries: Olin, Juniper and Effie
By Linda Rosenkrantz
This crop of April baby names included one set of twins, the vintage Effie (love!) and Edwin, once again highlighting the trend-point that E-beginnings are continuing to surpass A’s in the vowel department.
Here’s the list, plus some light-shedding parental comments.
“The whole E beginnings was not planned however we love the names too much to just not use them because they both start with the same letter. Both of them have names that somehow relate to my grandfathers: Edward is my paternal grandfather but we just like Edwin a little more and Ephraim was my maternal grandfather who was normally called Ef for short. The middle names are after siblings: Oliver is my husband’s brother and Prudence is my big sister.”
“Daphne works in both English and Hebrew, which is what DH and I wanted, and she shares her middle name with me since many Israelis don’t really “do” middle names”
“She’s named for my mother and grandfather, though the name didn’t come to us till the very end of my pregnancy—my husband and I had a good sit-down and talked through what we really wanted in our child’s name, and unfussy underused classic saint’s name it was. We’ve been playing her all the great songs about Marthas by Tom Waits, Loudon Wainwright, the Beatles, Jefferson Airplane, etc, and collecting the George and Martha children’s books.
“We had originally decided on Zara but felt it didn’t suit her. DH chose Zari, another Sara variation with Sara being my mum and my own mn. Pania–Rose was my choice. My maternal family have a farm in New Zealand that is named something very similar, and Pania is a water nymph. I have always had an affinity with water and the sea….I love that both girls have the shared Rose element, linking them even if they eventually have different surnames.”
“I definitely knew I wanted a name chocked full of meaning. His name had to be special, strong but ‘chill’ and versatile. Jameson ended up striking both of us as something we really liked…Michael is a special family name with a lot of meaning to me. And a solid classic, which I love. My family has the tradition of using Hawaiian middle names. My aunt suggested Ka’ehukai, which means ‘sea mist’ and is also the Hawaiian given name for Pipeline Beach. My husband is a surfer, so he was sold on that from the minute I mentioned it. We call him Jem for short, which is from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’—one of my favorite books.
“Middle name is after Daddy and Brooks is mommy’s maiden name. We love that both our boys have these grandiose names that are both shortened to snappy little nicknames. Leo and Max are sure to be best friends!”
“We had kept the name a secret, telling a few it started with an R and having fun listening to their guesses!…My husband gave my mom three hints about the meaning of his first name and she guessed it, but we didn’t tell her until he was born.”
“We happened across Gaelic names and Tadhg stuck! We discussed changing the spelling but that would also mean compromising the Gaelic background and meaning which we didn’t want to do. Tadhg is Gaelic for poet/philosopher. Pronounces like Tiger without the r at the end. Or Tyy-g.