Baby Name News: March Babyberry Report–Elsbeth, Ernest & Escher
By Linda Rosenkrantz
The month of March has brought a real bonanza of beauteous Berrybaby names—including two sets of twins, some gorgeous sibsets, and several highly creative middles. And we’re lucky enough to be able to share the stories behind many of the choices. (Remember: these were babies announced on the Forums in March, even if they were born earlier.) Congrats to everyone for the wonderful crop of March baby names!
There was one set of girl twins and one of boys:
The first-initial E definitely seems to be pulling ahead of the long-running A, for both girls and boys
Most distinctive first—Escher; most unusual middle: Tesla
And here’s the full list:
“Dulcinea was inspired by the delightful song from the musical, “Man of La Mancha,” which is based on Cervantes’ Don Quixote. My husband and I are quite musical so this seems like a fully appropriate name for our girl. ..We chose Daisy in honor of my mom: a pro florist, gardening enthusiast, and long-time daisy lover—who declared her own given name ”too horrible” to pass down to grandchildren. She seems pretty thrilled with this roundabout approach to an honor name….The middle name was negotiated and reconsidered for weeks, and we finally settled on Tesla because of the meaning. The first and middle name together mean “sweet carpenter,” which we love because we are Christians. My techy husband is all about the bonus nod to the inventor.” For more of the story, look here.
“Florence and Georgiana suit them beautifully and both have deep meanings to my husband and me—we got married in Florence and George is my grandfather’s name and Georgina and Georgia just seemed a little dull.”
Francine Celestia Estrella
Gwendolyn Alice Rose, sister of Madeline Grace Marie and Norah Jane Amelia
“Her middle name is tribute to her Cretan heritage.”
“We loved the name Maggie from the beginning, and we couldn’t find a more formal version that we liked as much, so we just went with Maggie. Aveline was another name we stumbled upon on Nameberry that we loved the sound and meaning of (it’s French for hazelnut) and we thought it flowed well with Maggie….Truthfully, it was terrifying to decide on a name after decades of being a name enthusiast…But I think her name suits her and we’re very happy with our choices.”
“We were never able to just lay down a name for him before birth like most parents do—I felt we needed to meet him and see his little face first. Fortunately, the name we liked most (Archer) seemed like a good fit…Strong, classic, uncommon, and a tiny bit quirky. Archer is easy to spell and pronounce and has a great built-in nickname. He is already Archie to almost everyone except his Yaya who hated “All in the Family”… We chose Fox as his middle name because we wanted something fun and zippy, and one-syllable words sounded best…and his adorable elfin ears are decidedly “foxy.” To make it even cooler, it’s (sort of) a family name, dating back to my husband’s Choctaw ancestors…To top it off, my favorite movie in childhood was Disney’s “Robin Hood.”
Crusoe Scott Morgan
“We chose Gentry because it was a name that my husband and I had heard growing up from a guy he played basketball against in high school and loved it! Have never heard of another Gentry. We wanted something unique but not too out there.””
Here is the link to their birth story: http:/inthelandoferin.blogspot.com/
Of all these beauties, do you have a favorite sibset?
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on March 31st, 2014 at 11:23 pm
Middle names seem to reoccur much more than the firsts! For this month the Frans (two -ces and one -cis) are popular. Anything to do with the anniversary of a certain pope?
Also two Isabel variations and two Theodores. And, of course, a couple of Janes and Roses.
on April 1st, 2014 at 12:02 am
Escher is very cool! Also, I think there are too many great sibsets to choose a favorite this time.
on April 1st, 2014 at 12:17 am
I really just love the name Elsbeth…. I think it’s so much more hip, unique, and cooler than Elizabeth!
on April 1st, 2014 at 1:58 am
Shortly after we had Elijah and long before we had Felicity, we were talking about naming our next son Escher. We both really liked it until our friend let us know about an unfortunate medical condition called Escher. Now I can’t get rid of the association even though I still like the name.
on April 1st, 2014 at 2:47 am
Although I love the name Bennett, Spencer James is just Spencer James. Typo I’m afraid.
on April 1st, 2014 at 4:01 am
Oh my goodness… Elsbeth Mattea! Such a gorgeous name! I’m so in love.
Dulcinea Tesla (nn Daisy), sister of Caspian Jonathan, Zephan James Myron, Eve Anastasia, and Peregrine Wesley Donald: I ADORE this sibset! Absolutely fantastic!
I also love the sibset Rosalie, Emmeline and Felicity. So beautiful and feminine!
Vivienne, Matilda and Simon are all so sweet and spunky. Love!
Individual names I love:
Archer Fox Martin
Fiona Isobel Rose
on April 1st, 2014 at 6:37 am
gorgeous names! Was there a february announcement by any chance? Is this a monthly thing?
on April 1st, 2014 at 6:42 am
Jack William and Callum Rhys <3 that is exactly my name style, especially Cal's name!
on April 1st, 2014 at 8:26 am
Won’t my daughter be proud when she gets older and finds out her name was labeled “interesting gender-bender of the month”
on April 1st, 2014 at 8:40 am
Individual names I love: Adelaide Winifred, Estella Ruby, and Theodora Plum.
For sibsets, I thought these two were just smashing: Rosalie Jane, Emmeline and Felicity; Vivienne Frances, Matilda Rose and Simon Patrick
What a delightful monthly report!
on April 1st, 2014 at 9:18 am
I’ve only ever heard Gable on a girl, I wouldn’t really consider it a gender bender… haha
on April 1st, 2014 at 9:54 am
@wattle: Yes, this is now a monthly feature–and here is the link to the February report:http://nameberry.com/blog/february-babyberries-the-newest-arrivals-from-arthur-and-adelaide-to-wynne
on April 1st, 2014 at 10:34 am
My favorite individual names:
Adelaide Winifred (love Winifred!)
Archer Fox Martin
Crusoe Scott Morgan (not sure about Crusoe, but this combination just works somehow)
Escher Reed Willem
Elsbeth Mattea, nn Betsy, sister of Maxwell ‘Max’ Murphy, Theodore ‘Theo’ Neal and Annika ‘Annie’ Marie
Estella Ruby, sister of Saskia Rose
Georgiana Kathleen, twin of Florence Abigail, sister of Oswald John
Rosalie Jane, sister of Emmeline and Felicity
Vivienne Frances, sister of Matilda Rose and Simon Patrick
Caspar John, brother of Vitalia and Laurel
Cassidy Nash Paul, brother of Spencer James (love Cassidy on a boy!)
Ernest Henry, nn Ernie, brother of Everett Curtis
Ira Theodore, brother of Thaddeus Carroll
Jack Britten, brother of Eleanor Faye
on April 1st, 2014 at 2:18 pm
Eleanor Faye is so close to my name I can’t help but love it.
on April 1st, 2014 at 4:11 pm
I really liked Astrid and Eleanor. Cassidy and Gentry are quite cool. Ira might be making a comeback
The only one I dont care is Jack (way too overused). I’m surprised Peter was used twice, seems a bit dated to my ears, same with Ernest.
on April 1st, 2014 at 4:51 pm
Is it just because I’m a teen from America or is Cassidy all girl to anyone else?
I loved Maeve Willow Jade and Katerina Ariadne!
on April 1st, 2014 at 9:59 pm
Somebody used Mattea! *happy dance* that’s my favorite name right now!
on April 2nd, 2014 at 2:31 pm
All of these are fantastic! I’m happy to see someone use Dulcinea because it’s a beautiful name and I always wondered if people would consider it too out there, but now that I see it on a real person it seems totally plausible.
on April 3rd, 2014 at 6:32 pm
Congratulations, new mums! They’re all gorgeous, but my very favourites are…
Alexander James David
on April 4th, 2014 at 12:08 am
“…brother of Callum Rhys” I immediately thought, “Well that’s a British name if I ever heard one!”
Such lovely names from March! I especially love Georgiana.
on April 4th, 2014 at 8:35 am
I am very glad to see Georgiana being used now. It gives me hope that, if my first is a girl, her name won’t be considered weird. Though the name I’ve decided for her is Georgianne, for a similar reason as the parents of Georgiana. Georgina (my mom’s name) and Georgia, though beautiful names, are a little too dull.
I agree with lalala_lauren… Callum Rhys has a wildly British sound to it. I do love it though. I like the name Reese/Rhys/Reece as a name, but on little boys, Rhys is definitely the front runner.
I also really like Elise and Elsbeth. I have a cousin named Elis, which has the same pronunciation as Elise/Elyse, but I think it looks more feminine with the added e at the end. And Elsbeth is a beautiful name. I am a big fan of Elizabeth and I adore Lizzie as a nickname. But recently, I think Elsa has been beating Lizzie and Elsbeth seems like a much cuter way of getting to Elsa.
I love the sibset Cato Bennet and Mila Arden. I can hear their mother shouting for them to come in and eat and they just work well together.
I’m so glad to see some of these names coming back. Winifred, Thaddeus, Peter, Ira and Frederick, yes please! More of that!
on April 7th, 2014 at 9:38 am
Soo many great names! I particularly like Fiona Isobel Rose, it’s like all my favourites in one name 🙂 Beautiful!
on April 7th, 2014 at 10:49 am
So, Jack William and Callum Rhys are mine… And I’m American, LOL!!
on April 12th, 2014 at 3:30 pm
Saranel- I think you’re thinking of eschar with an A but it’s pronounced completely differently than Escher. Spelling is kind of close, but a lot of names are like that
on July 15th, 2015 at 1:10 pm
Giorgiana and Florence. Very ladylike.
Emmeline, Felicity, and Rosalie Jane are so sweet.
Fiona Isabel Rose
All gorgeous <3
on July 15th, 2015 at 1:47 pm
I meant Georgiana
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