March Baby Names Announcements
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 of Nameberry’s March Baby Names, 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.
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on April 4th, 2016 at 11:23 pm
I love Leonora Winter. Leonora is such a rich, luxurious name and Winter adds a fresh jolt.
Zoe Rosemary is wonderful too — again the modern sound of Zoe with the more old-fashioned and aromatic Rosemary.
Felix Tobias is nice — I like the “x” and “s” endings.
James Lysander is lovely, well, Lysander is always lovely.
And Walter Theodore is strong and old-fashioned sounding without being archaic.
on April 5th, 2016 at 1:32 am
Zoe Rosemary and Liam Matthew were proven to be fake, unfortunately (lovely though the names are!)
on April 5th, 2016 at 1:38 am
Such a great crop of babyberries this month! My favourites are:
Amelia Lily Soleil
Arwen Ruth Margaret
Evangeline Soleil (loved the meaning behind this one)
James “Jem” Lysander
Shepherd Ari Wallace
on April 5th, 2016 at 2:20 am
FYI: The “mothers” of twins Liam Matthew & Zoe Rosemary and Felix Tobias are trolls.
on April 5th, 2016 at 2:26 am
My favourites for this month…
Anna, Eve and Oscar
Charles and James
Leopold and Evangeline
Nora and Vivienne
on April 5th, 2016 at 3:26 am
Ah, such a shame about Felix Tobias! I remember that post now you mention it, though – d’oh!
There’s another one on here that I was (and remain) highly sceptical about, but I’ll leave it alone…
on April 5th, 2016 at 5:23 am
Annabel Sofia – This one is pure perfection in my eyes.
Carl Jonathan – Love Carl! So refreshing to see one here.
Vivienne Elise and Nora Cathleen
Louisa Marie and Konrad Wolfgang
on April 5th, 2016 at 8:59 am
Wow. People pretend to have and name babies simply to post on nameberry. It had not occurred to me before. There is something very sad about that.
Name Sage: A Brother for Charles Alasdair – Baby Name Blog – Nameberry Said
on April 5th, 2016 at 9:37 am
[…] UPDATE: Welcome, James “Jem” Lysander! You can read about his handsome name in the March 2016 Baby Names Announcements. […]
on April 5th, 2016 at 2:05 pm
Brecken James is my favorite
I also love Solomon Teddy I think it goes so well with his brother Levi!
on April 5th, 2016 at 2:15 pm
Congrats to all the baby berries born in March. They have some lovely names.
Girls- Annabel Sofia, Iris Juliet & Susannah “Zuzu” Louise
Boys- Declan Heath, Lucas Elliott & James “Jem” Lysander
Favorite sibsets –
Jane Katherine & Malcolm Arthur
Louisa Marie & Konrad Wolfgang
Levi Cedar & Brynn Aspen
Lachlan Fraser, Roxanne Rosemunde & Vivienne Elaine
on April 5th, 2016 at 3:34 pm
I adore Iris Juliet. The parents of Kaelie Astrid Pearl, Gideon Royal, Elysia June and Lolita Rain should have a dozen kids–I want to see all the names they would pick. Great names! All the names were just lovely–Soleil is really growing on me and I hope to see lots more of Cedar.
on April 5th, 2016 at 4:36 pm
Wonderful names this month. My favorite names are classic/vintage so of course I adore the sibset of Anna, Eva, and Jane, and the timeless Jane Katherine and Susannah Louise. Arwen Ruth Margaret, Olympia, and Vasilia are divine.
Solomon Teddy and Walter Theodore are so handsome. I also loved seeing Tobias and Fraser getting use.
on April 5th, 2016 at 4:38 pm
Also Louisa Marie and Konrad Wolfgang – so handsome! Louisa is probably my favorite name.
on April 5th, 2016 at 8:59 pm
I like Iris, Louisa, Vivienne, Susannah, Theodore, Franklin, and Walter. Iris Juliet is a great combination.
on April 6th, 2016 at 7:46 am
My favourite is Vasilia Nephele, but all the names are so beautiful. Arwen Ruth Margaret sounds so regal, Declan Heath is so rugged, and Solomon Teddy is ADORABLE!
on April 10th, 2016 at 10:40 pm
All wonderful names!
Fav girl: Leonora Winter & Olympia (I adore this name!)
Fav boy: Finley Miles
Fav sibset: Levi Cedar and Brynn Aspen (how could you not love the Cedar/Aspen combo?!)
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