Baby Name Announcements in May: Mabel, Maris, Margo and Margot

By Linda Rosenkrantz

A particularly international list of babyberry arrivals this month, including such names as Etain, Iseult, Mairead, Pérola, and Evadne in first place and, as middles, Gearóidín, Kallista, Emilia and Yehuda.

Two pairs of all-girl twins:

Etain Theresa and Iseult Eileen and

Evadne Lily and Margot Iris

Plus two Margots and a Margo!

The complete list of berry May baby names:


Daisy Seraphina Pearl, sister of Robin Alexander, Bernard Otis Leo and Celia Violet Irene

“As many berries have come to know, my husband Paul passed away last year…Her middle name is to honor Paul and for that I would like to say a special thanks to @katinka for helping me to decide on Pearl…’Pearl for its close resemblance to your husband’s name and its symbolism as a rare, beautiful and precious thing that comes unexpectedly from the darkest depths.’”

Dolores EveLola”, sister of Harry Quentin

We chose her name out of our love for movies and film history and wanted her name to carry a special film noir, old Hollywood feel, greatly inspired by the talented and incomparable Bette Davis and Dolores del Rio. We chose the middle name Eve over Moon and May/Mae because of its meaning of “life,” which is profound and beautiful.”

Etain Theresa, twin of Iseult Eileen and sister of Naoise Gwyn and Sadhbh Catherine

“The first names are from Irish mythology (we’re Irish and live in Ireland). The second names are their great-grandmothers’ names, one from each side.”

Evadne Lily, twin of Margot Iris

“Despite some of the controversy we heard about this combo, my husband and I simply LOVED it…we went with our instincts and what we adored.”

Fallon Bessette

“Bessette is a family name that I found cute for a middle name.”

Helena Coral, sister of Ondine Mary and Eudora Luna

Helena honors her grandaunt Elaine and Coral honors grandaunt Colleen who raised my husband and have always been his shelters and guiding lights. We wanted to honor my mother so much and it was a challenge because she doesn’t like her name and I wanted the essence of her in my daughter’s name. Nell did that for us—short, simple, gentle like a summer’s breeze and cornflower blue like my mother’s eyes. Perfect.”

Iseult Eileen, twin of Etain Theresa and sister of Naoise Gwyn and Sadhbh Catherine

Jane Gearóidín, sister of Ralph Patrick and Carr William

Jane felt feminine and classic, but also bold and underused. It was also my beloved grandmother’s middle name. Jane’s Celtic middle name, Gearóidín, means “she who rules with a spear.” It’s a nod to our Irish background…and an attempt at giving her some street-cred with her bruising big brothers. We’re using the British/English pronunciation: GEAR-uh=-din.”

Jemima Milly

“After Job lost his children, health, home, everything, he had a little girl and named her Jemima. She is a daughter of hope. Milly is my husband’s beloved grandmother’s name. We call her Mima for short.”

Mabel Sally Eliza, sister of Beatrix Mary Kathryn

“…big sister Bea is already calling her Marble which I think is a brilliant nickname.”

Mae Keller, sister of Lucia and Maxwell

Mairead Kallista Isolde

Mairead was a name I chose a long time ago—I found it in a book series I loved as a kid. It just happened that our Mairead was conceived in Bar Harbor, where the author of the series lived. Her middle names she chose herself. We had a list of names we liked and while I was pregnant we asked her which she liked. She kicked when my husband read these two so we figured these must be the ones she wanted!”

Margo Elizabeth

“We decided to go without the “t” as we were keen to avoid mispronunciation as we have family all over Europe, some in places that pronounce Margot with a hard t.”

Margot Catherine

Margot fit all our criteria in terms of being a name that works well for a little girl or adult, isn’t necessarily in or out of style, looks good on a resume someday no matter what she chooses to do, pronounced the same in multiple countries, and isn’t common but not so unusual that nobody has ever heard it. (It also pays tribute to Maya Angelou…a friend of ours named their daughter Maya, so that wasn’t an option…but Maya Angelou’s real name was Marguerite, and we went with a derivative of that.)”

Margot Iris, twin of Evadne Lily

Maris Jan, sister of Remy Aurora, Maeve Carolyn, Zara Addis and Wynne Ellis

Pérola Emilia, sister of Áurea Helena and Otto Valentim

Choosing Pérola’s name was very hard as I had already used up my all-time favorite with my first daughter in the 90’s. Even though word-names are not common in Brazil, Pérola has been rising in popularity and was recently used as a child character’s name in a telenova, which made it more familiar and well-accepted as a name.”

Scarlet Anne, sister of Oliver, Beatrice and Greta

Sena Jean

“Named after her great-great-great grandmother…Pronounced See-nah.”

Siena Rose, sister of Maximilian Jake

“My husband and I visited the Italian town a few years ago and decided to name our daughter, provided we had one, Siena.”

Sophie Ruth, sister of Isla Mae

Vera Catherine

Vera is an old family name that we fell in love with, and Catherine is a well loved, and well used name on both sides of our family.”


Desmond James

“Our last name is Spanish, so we went with an Irish name to represent my background. Plus love the nicknames Des and Desi.”

Dov Yehuda, brother of Meir Nachum, Sagi Tuvya, and Noam Binyamin

Eero James Twilight, brother of Levi Wilder

Fitzgerald Rooney, brother of Evangeline Louise, Casimir John and Ignatius Hayes

Harry Otis

Oscar Robert, brother of Benjamin Alan and Eleanor Catherine

Oscar was always a name we had on our list with the first two children and we finally decided to go for it.”

River Hendrix, brother of Halle Blossom, Edie Zale, Lila Marym Willow Ivy and Jude Donovan

Rowan Daniel, brother of Emery Franklin, Olive Georgina and Bonnie Lenora

Thaddeus Gough

“We wanted names with strong histories to thm. Thaddeus is mostly in honour of Thaddeus Stevens, a radical 19th century politician who was at the forefront not only of abolitionism, but equal rights across the board. Indeed he was one of the first politicians in the world to bring forward a petition for women’s rights…Gough is for Gough Whitlam, a progressive Australian Prime Minister.”

Truett Boone, brother of Grady Blake

**And as always, we’re eager to hear your favorite names, first and middle combos, and sibsets!

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13 Responses to “Baby Name Announcements in May: Mabel, Maris, Margo and Margot”

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mill1020 Says:

June 6th, 2017 at 12:08 am

Vera Catherine and Desmond James are my favorites. I’m also crushing on the name Margot lately but my husband doesn’t like it.

Emilie Cecilia Says:

June 6th, 2017 at 12:46 am

Although sadly enough not completely my style right now, I really appreciated River Hendrix. I think that has just the perfect feeling and vibe to it. Not to mention it sounds lovely and is truely an amazing name!

MGK Says:

June 6th, 2017 at 5:48 am

Maris, Remy, Maeve, Zara and Wynne!
I seriously don’t think I could have come up with that sibset of sisters in a million years. AMAZING!

the_handfuls Says:

June 6th, 2017 at 6:44 am

Wow, so many gorgeous names it’s hard to pick any particular favorites. I really thought Helena Coral was the epitome of beauty and elegance though. Kudos to the parents!

lee_augusta Says:

June 6th, 2017 at 9:15 am

So many names to love this month!

Fallon Bessette
Iseult Eileen
Mabel Sally Eliza
Margot Iris and Evadne Lily (WOW)
Maris Jan
Pérola Emilia, sister of Áurea Helena and Otto Valentim

Desmond James
Dov Yehuda (ADORE Dov, and so happy to see such a fantastic Jewish sibset!)
River Hendrix
Thaddeus Gough

I also really like the sibset of Helena Coral, Ondine Mary, and Eudora Luna.

steerthestars Says:

June 6th, 2017 at 9:53 pm

I am unbelievably impressed by this month’s crop of babyberries. All of the names were original, beautiful and fantastic. I felt like some of these names were stolen off my favourites list! Also, the sibling berries were gorgeously named as well. Top marks for the month of May.

megank4 Says:

June 7th, 2017 at 1:26 am

Each month I try and pick which one of the names I would use for my own kids.
For a daughter, it would probably be
Margo Elizabeth, as Margo is a variation of my name, and Elizabeth is my mother’s middle name, also I prefer the version without t at the end, or else ending -aux
For a son, it would probably be
Oscar Robert
but none really seemed to go well with our last name and in French society/pronunciation.

LiLDoe Says:

June 7th, 2017 at 6:42 pm

I just wanted to add our new baby to the list! Scout Mae was born last month, sister to brothers Roman Blair and Mercer Valor!

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June 7th, 2017 at 10:48 pm

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Kate4hisglory Says:

June 8th, 2017 at 1:11 am

I love Jemima, I’m so glad to see it on this list!

harvest Says:

June 8th, 2017 at 8:57 am

Thank you so much for including Daisy on this list. Will definitely print this page out to put in her baby book! There are so many lovely names this month, I love all of the Margo(t)s and especially love Jemima and Helena!

linda Says:

June 8th, 2017 at 9:47 am

I agree with you all–this was a really great month!

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June 28th, 2017 at 10:44 pm

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