By Linda Rosenkrantz
A remarkably rich roster of new babyberries in this month’s report. First among this group of September baby names, three sets of gorgeously named twins, two girl pairs and one boy:
And we can’t help noting the even greater than usual profusion of floral and other nature names among these newbies and their sibs—Amaryllis, Marigold, Willow, Posey, Juniper…also nice to see the return of Jemima and Jethro.
Here is the full list of announcements posted on the forum in September.
“We were stuck between Amora and Aurora, but upon seeing the color of her eyes and hair (lots of it), we decided on Amora which is the Portuguese word for the blackberry fruit –but not the cellphone! My children all carry my last name and against tradition don’t carry their dad’s. Because of that, I thought it was only fair to honor my DH, Felipe, with her middle name, Felipa.”
“We planned on naming her Frances Pearl, after an aunt and Pearl was a name we liked, but after seeing the reply the amazing Abby Sandel gave, we fell in love with Birdie at the last minute… we felt that Eleanor would be better than just Birdie, 1. More nicknames, 2. A bit more “serious” than Birdie.”
“We were nearly sold on Cerys Emily or Phoebe Quinn, but Emmeline really stole our hearts…Beatrix was suggested by my husband out of the blue one afternoon. I think it really gives a liveliness to her name, and it suits her quite well.”
“I wanted something classic, strong yet feminine, not too trendy, with nickname opportunities…Husband wanted to honour his Danish heritage and agreed on wanting nickname options. Independently we both came up with Margaret. He liked the 14th century Danish queen, and I like the English royalty connections.”
“Her name was formed very much like her sister’s. Olive is just a name that we loved. We were going to go with Alice, which is a family name, but Olive was a tad bit spunkier. Her two middle names are family names. Faye is after my paternal grandmother…Nemudrova was a hard one. My husband doesn’t know his paternal side, so we went back to his mother’s Russian side. We only really knew the name Valentine, but we had already used it for Holland…we went ahead and just used his family’s last name.”
“Romilly was one of our top names from the beginning, but a deciding factor for us was her six year old brother Cashel, insisting to us that other names were nice, but “my sister’s name is Romilly” and telling us it was the best and most beautiful name.”
“We…decided on spelling it this way instead of traditional Rosalie so it would match our daughter’s flower inspired name, Azilee (variation of Azalea). I chose honor because I love a serious middle name to offset the flower and frills of Rosalee, but it is still old fashioned.”
“Her middle name was chosen as it is the month my husband and I were born. We also thought the idea of January being the beginning and fresh start of every year and this being new life had a lovely association.”
“We chose the name Christopher because it is a strong, classic name with staying power; also, it’s not used quite as much anymore so it has a fresh feel (to me).”
“Damien we had picked out…just because we love the way it sounds. Has Damien/Damian “sidestepped its demonic horror movie overtones?” No, it has not, many people we’ve told mentioning that the “Omen” was their first thought. But my husband and I are so glad we kept it anyway, We love him and his name!”
“We chose the names Dexter and Lennox simply because we liked them. We wanted something that wasn’t too popular, but not too out there either. It was also important to us that the first names weren’t too difficult for all our friends and family to pronounce in other parts of the world. The names also needed to go well together and fit as twins, but not be too twins-y. I think we met our criteria pretty well.”
“Ellington is after jazz great Duke Ellington and also honors family members Ellen and Elinor. Jasper was chosen for many of the same reasons as Juniper: it begins with the letter “J” like the mother’s maiden name, is a nature name, and has biblical significance.”
“At first, we had settled on Thomas as a first name, but after some time I felt that there’s only one “Tom–my dad. So Thomas was bumped to the middle spot….After we named him, we found out he shares a first and middle name with Joe’s boss’s boss; it’s the ultimate (unintentional) brown-nosing.”
So what are your favorite names, first and middle combos and sibsets?