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:
Plus two Margots and a Margo!
The complete list of berry May baby names:
“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.’”
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Bessette is a family name that I found cute for a middle name.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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 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.)”
“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.”
“Named after her great-great-great grandmother…Pronounced See-nah.”
“My husband and I visited the Italian town a few years ago and decided to name our daughter, provided we had one, Siena.”
“Oscar was always a name we had on our list with the first two children and we finally decided to go for it.”
“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.”
**And as always, we’re eager to hear your favorite names, first and middle combos, and sibsets!
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on 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 Said
on 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!
on 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!
on 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!
on June 6th, 2017 at 9:15 am
So many names to love this month!
Mabel Sally Eliza
Margot Iris and Evadne Lily (WOW)
Pérola Emilia, sister of Áurea Helena and Otto Valentim
Dov Yehuda (ADORE Dov, and so happy to see such a fantastic Jewish sibset!)
I also really like the sibset of Helena Coral, Ondine Mary, and Eudora Luna.
on 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.
on 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
but none really seemed to go well with our last name and in French society/pronunciation.
on 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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on June 8th, 2017 at 1:11 am
I love Jemima, I’m so glad to see it on this list!
on 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!
on June 8th, 2017 at 9:47 am
I agree with you all–this was a really great month!
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