Babyberry Report for March: Elowen, Ezra & Ezra
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Some wonderful March baby names from the berries, including interesting first and middle combos, and some great sibsets (I think may favorite has to be Lilith, joining the imaginative Kodiak, Lace, Willow and Jude.)
Two pretty incredible late-listed pairs of twins, one for each gender:
Also of special interest is the fact of two Ezras on the list. This biblical boy name is getting a lot of buzz—it jumped 40+ places this year to its highest point ever, Number 143. And several girls with middle names from nature–Iris, Violet, Dove, Ivy, Pearl and Rose.
“Louisa’s name came to be when we went through all the great feedback given to us, by you. And made us decide that the more classic Louisa would be a better fit than Eloisa, which we originally had in mind for her”
“Her first name had been decided months ago, but we went with a different middle name off our list than we thought we would. She came out fighting, so Rhiannon seemed to fit—a strong name for a strong girl. It also incorporates Ann, which is a family name on my husband’s side.
“We chose the name Marina because of its Latin meaning, “from the sea.” My husband & I have deep personal love for the sea. We also love the name because it is common in Italian & Russian (pieces of our heritage) but not too common here in the United States.
“I chose her name for several reasons, the main reason being its meaning. In Spanish Paloma is “dove,” a symbol of peace, hope, and truth.”
“In the end, we went with a family name that was similar to one of our old favorites for her first and a middle name which my husband and I have loved for a long time. She already earned herself a bunch of nicknames which include Darly (derived from darling) given by my parents and Teddy, which we gave to her and derived from her name.
“We went back and forth on a middle name, but we eventually decided on two…They both honor, Dean being especially meaningful to my husband as he lost a dear friend a couple months ago when he was hit by a drunk driver, and his name was Dean. Francis honors a hero of mine, and I love the way its softness balances the strength of Elijah and Dean.”
“I’ve loved the name Ezra but was hesitant to use it because of its popularity (and looking like it will just become more popular) but we went through all the names that we had on our list and it fit him the best. We love the Biblical story of Ezra rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem.”
“Simon was my husband’s great-grandfather’s name. We just liked the name Peter and we liked the connection to the apostle Peter, but after he was born and we announced the name my mother-in-law told us her grandfather’s middle name had been Peter as well! Whitcomb is a family name; my grandfather’s middle name and his mother’s maiden name.”
“We chose his name for its strong feel to match up with his big brother Moses Von. The two of them can protect their older sister…He will go by Wolfgang, Wolf, or Wolfie. The middle name is a tribute to the dropped ‘von’ from our family’s heritage.”