By Linda Rosenkrantz
What an absolute bonanza of berrybaby names were announced in March—I think it’s the largest number we’ve had in a single month yet! And with all that, not one fabulous first name was repeated! Though Theodore did make his presence seen in both first and middle place, and there were two sunny Soleils (an up-and-comer) as middle names. We love seeing some of our more unusual faves being used, as in Delta, Amoret, Lysander and Cedar.
Here the full list, with some of their intriguing backstories:
“Soleil was a last minute addition, because she just reminds me of sunshine so much”
“Although I didn’t know if I was brave enough to use the name as it is so unusual (we are surrounded by very common names) I am so glad we did….I love the story and history behind it, and above all, love that our little Amoret represents (to us) the beauty of our own married love.”
“Our initial thought was that Sóley would be too out there for us to use, but we decided in the end that it didn’t matter all that much,”
“We picked Annabel because it felt like such a happy, bouncy, sprightly name. We also liked that it is a Scottish name as my husband’s family is Scottish in heritage….Sofia is a family name from a Danish several greats-grandmother….Since this is our last baby, we liked that she tied it all together.
“We chose Iris in part because it means “rainbow.” My father passed away during the early part of my pregnancy and I came to view Iris as my little rainbow after the storm. My husband initially wasn’t sure about the name because he loves nicknames and Irish did not have an obvious nickname, but he was won over when he decided that he can nickname her Izzy.”
“…we ended up giving her two middle names because I adore Astrid’s meaning “Divinely Beautiful” so very much. I also love that my engagement ring was a pearl. Drake chose her first name as he adores Kaylee in all forms and it was his turn to choose a name, I chose Gideon’s first name, he chose his middle, he chose Elysia’s first name I chose her middle, I chose Lola’s first name, he chose her middle….We plan on using Kiki as a nickname.
“A big name which suits her feisty personality.”
“Louisa is the name of the street I grew up on, so it brings back great memories for me, and Marie, though seen as a “filler” name, has been used in my family as a middle for generations and honors several important women to me, especially my mom and both grandmothers.”
“We first thought of Olympia when we’d gone past the due date and thought we might have a leapling; it seemed a good way to acknowledge something that happened only every four years. Leap day came and went but we couldn’t shift the baby from its comfy spot or the name from out minds…The speedy nature of her eventual arrival confirmed what we already knew: Vivien and Elisabetta weren’t right for her and she could be nothing but Olympia.”
“We love our Zuzu, and we love the strong, classic name she will grow into.”
“Vivienne is one of the few names my husband and I could agree on. We liked how it was classy and vintage yet familiar. For some reason we both prefer this spelling and easily agreed on it. Elise is a variant of my MIL’s first name.”
“We went in with 10+ boy names, but ended up sticking with the name I just couldn’t get out of my heart—especially when he came out with a head of beautiful dark hair. I love that we now have an A, B, and C too.”
“We named him Carl after my husband’s grandfather and Jonathan has been one of my favorite names since I was a teenager. We love that he has a recognizable name but not one that he’ll share with a bunch of his friends, a problem that both his father and I had growing up with our common names.”
“Heath is my mother’s maiden name.”
“Finley was chosen because DH likes the NN Finn and it has a Y in it. All 4 of my boys have a Y in their name as a connection to me. Being an Irish and Scottish name it fit perfectly for a St. Pattie’s baby (St. Patrick was born in Scotland). Miles is a family name.”
“Just as Cal’s name has a lot of family significance and personal meaning behind it, Jem’s name honors his father, Russell James, our family’s origin around the James River, and my husband’s and my passion for English literature and the ancient classics. We also love that Charles and Lysander both mean “free man.”
“…I have to give credit to Nameberry as I found Lachlan on the blog…My husband liked it best of my suggestions as it is a nod to his Scottish and Norwegian roots, and we paired it with an old family name, Fraser, for a middle.”
“Wallace is my husband’s stepdad’s last name. He has been his main father figure and we wanted to honour him by using his last name as both our children’s second middle name. Ari is Hebrew for Lion of God, which we loved for its biblical meaning and as a nod to my husband’s Jamaican roots (lion is a big figure in Jamaican culture). We also like that both boys have a Hebrew/biblical name, a shared second middle name and a name that means leader (Derek’s meaning is gifted ruler.)”
“The name Theodore has been on our list for a few years now and we initially chose it for the nickname Teddy. Saige is my middle name (minus the “I”), we thought adding the I made it look more masculine.”
“We chose Walter as we wanted a strong first name to suit our strong boy, and being avid Disney and movie fans definitely was an impacting factor. Theodore was picked for several reasons. Little Women has always been one of my favourite books; in fact, my Mum named me Josephine after Josephine March, so I’ve always wanted to use the name Theodore. Theodore was also the first name that my husband told me he liked back when we were dating…We also used a Dr Seuss quote for both our engagement and wedding, so Theodore is our little nod to Dr Seuss.”
“He’s named after his paternal grandpa and great grandpa.
What’s your favorite of these names? Best first and middle combo? Nicest sibset?
Announcement courtesy of simplytoimpress.com.