April Babyberries: Olin, Juniper and Effie

By Linda Rosenkrantz

April was a really interesting month on the Baby Announcement forums, including some highly unusual and intriguing choices, such as Zari and Zev.

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.

Plenty of great sibsets this month, including, among the girls, EsmeMonetMirabelle; Fleur and Cressida; and JuniperTallulahMatilda.

Here’s the list, plus some light-shedding parental comments.


Adelynn Leanne, sister of Donnie Colin, Ethan David, Rylan Thomas and Gavin Terrence.

Charlotte Josephine, sister of Trevor and Adelaide

Effie Prudence, twin of Edwin Oliver and sister of Prescott Jonathon, and of twins Theodore Patrick and Gideon Christopher

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 Lynn

“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”

Ellowyn Joy

Esme Flora Daniela, sister of Monet Elisabeth and Mirabelle Sylvie Anita

Evelyn Piper, sister of Sebastian Rhys and Kaidan Levi Blake

Fleur Eliza Mathilde, sister of Cressida Victoria Josephine

“It’s a nice nod to my French mother and family (even if they are having some difficulty coming round to the idea of a baby being called Flower).

Gemma Louise, sister of Vivienne Rose

Georgia Catherine, sister of Harry Kingston

Harmony Blossom, sister of Kaia Erin, Willow Beatrice and Imogen Joan

Imogen Hermione Louise, sister of Felix Arthur Edmund

Isobel (Belle) Yvonne

Juniper, sister of Tallulah and Matilda

Lyla Kennedy, sister of Emmet

Lyla is a name/word I’ve always thought was pretty since studying Hebrew (lilah means night).  And Kennedy is a family name (her grandfather’s middle name and her great-grandmother’s maiden name).

Martha Frances

“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.

Nina Frederika, sister of Zelda Astrid and Dashiell Roman Leif

Odette Mary, sister of Atticus Henry and Finley Harper

Phoebe June, sister of Elodie Irish

Savannah BarbaraLee, sister of Emilia Louise

Seraphina Ann, sister of Nils David

Vivienne Monroe, sister of Bryar Jordan and Scarlett Brielle

Zari PaniaRose,  sister of Ayla AlbaRose

“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.  PaniaRose 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.”


Andrew Lawrence, brother of Paul, Clare, Mark, Katharine and James

Edwin Oliver, twin of Effie Prudence and brother of Prescott Jonathon, and of twins Theodore Patrick and Gideon Christopher

ElijahEliJames, brother of Xavier Peter

FrederickFreddieRiley, brother of Jane Clayton

JamesonJemMichael Ka’ehukai

“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 BeachMy 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.

Kainoa Pax Arthur

Konrad Wolfgang

Leonardo David Brooks, brother of Maximus Samuel Jose

“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!”

Olin Thor, brother of Rowan Charles

Reed Xavier

“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.”

Stephano Julian, brother of Santos and Adriano

Tadhg Michael

“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.

Zev Dirk Victor Taylor, brother of Ruby Carla Wilhelmina

Thanks again to Denise K. Potter for her help!

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24 Responses to “April Babyberries: Olin, Juniper and Effie”

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mill1020 Says:

May 6th, 2014 at 11:29 pm

My favorites are Andrew Lawrence and Georgia Catherine. So many great names!

loislane1222 Says:

May 7th, 2014 at 3:23 am

Congratulations, everyone! There are so many gems on here. Thank you for the inspiration.

I agree with the poster above: Georgia Catherine took my breath away!

Danielleskye Says:

May 7th, 2014 at 3:37 am

The sibset Cressida and Fleur is just wonderful!

tori101 Says:

May 7th, 2014 at 5:27 am


So many lush names.

MaryKathryn Says:

May 7th, 2014 at 7:29 am

I think the most unisex name I’ve ever seen is “Finley Harper” is that a boy or a girl?

katybug Says:

May 7th, 2014 at 8:09 am

Phoebe June is so happy and spunky! I love it! Nina and Zelda are a stunning set of sisters, too!

Lucretia Says:

May 7th, 2014 at 8:14 am

I forgot to make my birth announcement for my precious April 21 baby. (Granted, I am mostly a lurker.) Her name is Daphne Lynn. 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 🙂

jtucker Says:

May 7th, 2014 at 9:06 am

Congrats to all of you berries who had babies in April, what a stunning list of names.

My favorite girl names are: Effie Prudence and Gemma Louise.

My favorite girl sibset is: Fleur Elizabeth Mathilde and Cressida Victoria Josephine, so beautiful together!

My favorite boy names are: Jameson “Jem” Michael Ka’ehukai and Edwin Oliver.

Favorite boy sibset goes to Stephano Julian and his brothers Santos and Adriano.

jtucker Says:

May 7th, 2014 at 9:09 am

@lucretia –
Daphne Lynn is a beautiful name! Congrats.

linda Says:

May 7th, 2014 at 10:21 am

I was able to add Daphne to the list. Congrats!

benjamelissa Says:

May 7th, 2014 at 11:02 am

Taylor for a boy! Yay! And Julian is just fabulous. Congratulations all!

KateMP91 Says:

May 7th, 2014 at 11:13 am

What a variety of names! I am partial to:

Georgia Catherine
Lyla Kennedy
Vivienne Monroe
Leonardo David Brooks
Tadhg Michael

Plutophelia Says:

May 7th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

I LOVE the name Effie! so cute!

DoctorWho Says:

May 7th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Felix Arthur Edmund is such a handsome name 🙂

Chateau Says:

May 7th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Baby Fleur’s full name just jumped out. Gorgeous. They’ll get over the ‘Flower’ part in no time!
Congrats, to all the parents!

KickinKay Says:

May 7th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

So many great names! Congratulations parents!

Favorite girl- Phoebe June, a fun name but so elegant and classy at the same time
Favorite boy(s)- tied between Reed Xavier and Tadhg Michael, handsome names and I love the families’ stories
Favorite sibset- Phoebe June and Elodie Irish, gorgeous names I’m sure for gorgeous girls, Irish is such an interesting middle name and it pairs beautifully with Elodie

Lucretia Says:

May 8th, 2014 at 7:52 am

Thank you. It made my day to come back to this post!

Hblock100 Says:

May 8th, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I love lots of these but Martha Frances is my favorite favorite. Beautiful! Congratulations to everyone !

arunciblespoon Says:

May 8th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Effie and Edwin work so well together. What a great list.

mckaylalove Says:

May 9th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

There are some really thoughtful, lovely names on this list. What a bunch of well named humans!

mckaylalove Says:

May 9th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

There are some really thoughtful, lovely names on this list. What a bunch of well named humans!

babybluejay Says:

May 15th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Actually, it’s Elodie Iris not Irish. 🙂

linda Says:

May 15th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Sorry for the typo–I have fixed it.

sarahmezz Says:

July 4th, 2014 at 2:37 am

These are my top five favourites for boys and girls…

Charlotte Josephine
Daphne Lynn
Fleur Eliza Mathilde
Georgia Catherine
Phoebe June

Andrew Lawrence
Edwin Oliver
Reed Xavier
Stephano Julian
Tadhg Michael

There are some fantastic sibsets, too. These are my favourites…

Charlotte, Trevor and Adelaide
Esme, Monet and Mirabelle
Fleur and Cressida
Frederick and Jane
Juniper, Tallulah and Matilda
Nina, Zelda and Dashiell
Phoebe and Elodie

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