Babyberry Report for May: Hetty, Sullivan and Moon

By Linda Rosenkrantz

At the risk of repeating myself, May was once again a fantastic month for babyberry naming, with yet another wide variety of creative choices. The girls included a poetic Poet and vintage revivals Elsie and Hetty, a boyish Wylie, novel nickname Livvy, and floral middles Blossom and Bluebell. Among the many cool sibsets are Magnolia and Moon; and Ivan, Vivienne and Evelyn (love those v’s!).  And so nice to see the prevalence of family homages.

There was one set of twins this month, the beautifully named boy-girl pair Casper William Carnegie and Ramona Elizabeth Islay, each with one particularly meaningful middle.

So here they are, with the raisons d’etre behind some of the choice choices.



Allegra is named to reflect my favorite girl’s name (I first encountered from a children’s show 20 years ago) and shares a middle name with one of her paternal great great grandfathers.”



“We were searching for a French name, one preferably with the nickname “Ana” and after a long, long time finally fell in love with Arianne.   Roselle is after my SO’s grandmother and it all just fell into place for us.”

CLEMENTINE BLUEBELL, sister of Elijah James

We agonized over her middle (Clementine was an easy choice!) and I think a little bit of me also felt it was a bit ‘out there’ and I secretly worried people may be mean. Finally we decided—actually it’s as beautiful and delicate as she is, seasonal and has a nice rhythm with our one syllable surname.”



ELODIE LEORA, sister of Sylvie Arabella


FIONA EMMANUELLE, sister of Miriam Elodie

We chose Fiona in part because of a family tradition of F names and Emmanuelle because we wanted a French name (with the added bonus of sharing an initial with DD1 and mom).”

HETTY JOSEPHINE, sister of Thea Fae

“We only had to look at Hetty and know she was never meant to be an Elsa (no matter what the nameberry poll said! Lol)”


“We love the simple spelling, pronunciation and meaning (Shining Light).  We love Eleanor, but as a teacher I see way too many “El-“ names and wanted something different.  Rose is my middle name and I have always loved it.  We may shorten her name to Nora as she grows, but I love saying Lenora in full right now!  We were inspired after seeing “Lenore” on a suggested list.  Do you know any little Lenoras?  We feel like we might have hit the balance between recognizable, traditional, and yet uncommon.



“Her first name has been my favorite name since I was a little girl–the first time I heard it I knew that if I ever had a daughter, she would be called Maeve.  The tentative middle name was Aurora based on berry feedback–but then hubby, as we were in hospital about to do the social security form, suggested Opal–name of a distant aunt and his favorite stone,  I fell in love immediately,

MARGUERITE ADAIR, sister of Conrad James

“Down the road we may call her Maggie or Margo, but right now we are keeping it Marguerite in full.”

McKINZLEY GRACE, sister of Madelynn Marie

I really wanted to name her McKinley or Kinsley, but hubby liked McKenzie better.  We decided to name her McKinzley because it was the perfect compromise!  We also looked it up and it’s a real last name surprisingly!

MOON AAILYAH NERIDA ROSEsister of Magnolia +?

“DH and I fretted over name for months…Middle names were almost as hard as first names–so she ended up with 3!  Moon shares the middle name Rose with big sister Magnolia, who turns 1 next week.” Her other sibs are Magdelayne, Melisande, Mordakai and Moses.

ODETTE MARY, sister of Atticus Henry and Finley Harper


Petra has been an uncommon name I have always adored.  My husband and I read the Ender’s Game series together a few years ago, which is what endeared the name to him. Kay is named for my mom, who died when I was 18.  Her real name was Katherine, but she was known as Kay.  I had originally planned to use Katherine, but my husband started calling her baby Kay (my fn is Kaylyn) before we had even chosen a first name, and it just stuck.”


RAMONA ELIZABETH ISLAY, twin sister of Casper William Carnegie and sister of Quentin

Elizabeth is both our grandmothers’ names and Islay is a place special to us both.”


Ruby was a name we found and loved from an old family genealogy book.  Ann is after my grandmother and Saint Ann.  Also it turns out to be a pretty fun song from the 60s but we did not know that till after we named her.”

WYLIE BEA, sister of Augustus J.

“We liked the unisex, uncommon name of Wylie.  While we know several Rileys (and Rylees), this had a more western ring to it.  And Bea pays homage to my maiden name “Brandon.”





CASPER WILLIAM CARNEGIE, twin of Ramona Elizabeth Islay and brother of Quentin

William is Mark’s dad and Carnegie honours Andrew Carnegie.”

EMMETT GORDON EDWIN, brother of Connor Mark

Edwin was my grandfather’s name who passed last fall.  So glad I used it!  Gordon is my husband’s name and he always wanted to keep the family tradition.  Emmett we have loved since high school.”

FELIX ALISTAIR KNIGHT, brother of Edward, Adelaide, Isaac, Oliver and twins Sebastian and Eleanor

“And in case anyone is curious, the girl’s name we had picked out was Louisa Eyre.”

IDRIS TERRICK, brother of Adler Grace

“Terrick is a combination of his daddy’s name (Terry) and his grandfather (Rick).

IVAN JAMES, brother of Vivienne Elizabeth and Evelyn Jane

Ivan is dad’s name and James is in honor of my late father.  I think Ivan is a strong and handsome name plus I’m pretty sure he will be the only Ivan in his preschool class.”

JULIAN FREDERICK, brother of Rosalind Estelle and Vivian Lucia and (SIDS angel) Elliot Downing.

Julian means “downy” which was a form of Elliot’s middle name, and it’s also the patron saint of travelers (we love traveling).  It was also the only name my husband and I could agree on—we have vastly different naming styles. The middle names of the kids all honor (in derivative form) my side of the family since we don’t do hyphenated names and his middle name Frederick honors his grandpa who has the middle name Alfred.”

LEWIS IRWIN THOMAS, brother of twins Clara and Sebastian

Lewis is after author C. S. Lewis (we’ve been reading Chronicles of Narnia to my other kids during the pregnancy, husband is a long time Lewis fan.)  Irwin and Thomas honor dad and grandpa, respectively.  I had originally wanted to name him Louis (French pronunciation), but my husband didn’t like it, so this was or compromise as it was the ONLY name we could agree on.”



“We chose Nathan as baby’s name because it is strong and recognizable.  Where we live, it’s not as common as in other areas.  Kenneth is my father’s name.

NOAH BENEDICTbrother of Everett Jude

“We were undecided on his middle name until he was born, and because of the popularity of Noah, decided to go with something a bit more unusual.”



“His first name is one we chose and loved, and Alfred is after his paternal grandfather.




Do you have a favorite girl choice?  Boy?  Sibset?

With thanks, as always, to Denise K. Potter!

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25 Responses to “Babyberry Report for May: Hetty, Sullivan and Moon”

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MaeBear24 Says:

June 4th, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Sullivan James is simply divine! Sullivan is my top boys name and always has been- even better, my fiancee loves it as well. I can see it starting to rise in popularity though which makes me anxious…but babies are not in the too distant future for us so hopefully we beat the trend!

EmiTheDuckling Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 12:05 am

My dad’s cousin just had a little Sullivan! When I saw they named him Sullivan, I got so excited! The first *good* (in my opinion) name in out family! haha

ruolan Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 1:02 am

Well done, berries! I couldn’t pick just a few favorites…
Allegra Valentine
Elodie Leora
Fiona & Miriam
Marguerite Adair
Odette Mary
Petra Kay
Gordon Edwin
Felix Alistair Knight
Lewis Irwin Thomas
Noah Benedict
Rain Edward
Roman Alfred
Sullivan James
Thayne Ignatius Lewis

handsallover Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 1:43 am

Congratulations to all new berry mothers! You all did a fantastic job naming your newest additions.
These names I liked the best:
Elsie Willow
Ramona Elizabeth Islay
Ruby Ann

Felix Alistair Knight
Noah Benedict
Roman Alfred

freddiethepink Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 5:35 am

Some gorgeous names in May!

Here are some of my favourites:
Daphne Lane
Ebony Luna Blossom
Elsie Willow
Ramona Elizabeth Islay and Casper William Carnegie
Felix Alistair Knight
Sullivan James

larkub101 Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 7:39 am

I really like Allegra, Valentine, Daphne, Lane, Luna, Blossom, Elodie, Maeve, Opal, Marguerite Adair, Moon, Casper, Felix, Julian, Lewis, Roman, and Sullivan.

It’s really inspiring how creative yet sensible Berries are in naming their kids.

jtucker Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 7:40 am

Congrats to all the momberries who had babies! You have wonderfully named children.

Violetta_Violetta Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 8:07 am

Just to confirm (if you want to update the report) as well as sister Magnolia, Moon has sisters Magdelayne and Melisande, as well as brothers Mordakai and Moses.

And this is just be being picky- Moon’s middle name is spelt Aailiyah, not Aailyah (extra i ) !


shelly68 Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 11:18 am

My favs are Petra and Sullivan.

Ginafrances Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

My jaw dropped with all those girls names. They’re all so gorgeous. They’re all favorites for me

MsBrandiLion Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

How awesome, I just had my daughter May 31 and named her Clementine Rosalie 🙂

owensthename Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Love sullivan. Definitely a great month for berries.

JossieChris Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Your my hero!

LaraJames Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Wow, how exciting to have our twins’ names in the Nameberry blog, thanks so much!

Casper and Ramona are charming everyone they meet apart from big brother Quentin! Mark has had a couple of incredulous ‘you named them what?!’ questions but I’ve had nothing but compliments on their names. They’re so tiny and beautiful and already I can’t imagine them named anything else. Thanks Nameberry, you’re inspirational!


iwillpraise Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Allegra Valentine – this combo flows so beautifully (I really like the Valentine/a names just for the use of the nn Val 🙂
Maeve Opal – oh my goodness! I. JUST. ADORE. (and I said just that on the actual announcement! hehe)
Wylie Bea – this one is so fun!
Ebony – I love Ebony and don’t think it’s used often enough

Ramona Elizabeth Islay & Casper William Carnegie – perfect pairing: Ramona & Casper (LOVE both these so much!!!!), then the classics: Elizabeth/William, followed up with the unexpected: Islay/Carnegie –> so so awesome!

Ivan James – so handsome!
Emmett Gordon Edwin – I love love the name Gordon!!
Felix, Edward, Adelaide, Isaac, Oliver and twins Sebastian and Eleanor with possible girl choice Louisa Eyre – wow, total swoon at this sibset!!!!

laurakatex Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

My niece was born in May and her name isn’t on this list. I put a post in the birth announcement forum. Can anyone tell me why this is?

Her name is Carly, she is a new little sister to Tyler. Carly was born on the 22nd of May. Her name honours her Gran Carol who sadly passed away a last summer.

linda Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 6:33 pm

@laurakatex–sorry, but we make it a practice to only list children of actual berries–no nieces, grandkids, neighbors or friends–otherwise the list would get far too unwieldy. But congrats to all your family!

2ndtimemommy2014 Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

My daughter was born march 28 but I posted in the birth announcements forum on may 1. She is not on this list 🙁

CsprsSassyHrly Says:

June 6th, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Congrats, Berries! These are some absolutely great names!

I am glad to see there is someone who ignored the medicine connection and went with Allegra (a name I also fell in love with when Allegra’s Window used to come on!). I think this combination is stunning.

2ndtimemommy2014 Says:

June 7th, 2014 at 1:31 am

@linda, ok..if you still can then thank you 🙂

VegasCountryQueen Says:

June 7th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

My favorite of the girls names is Clementine Bluebell — I love the name Clementine (nickname Emmy), it has a sweet, southern sound to it that makes me like it. And Bluebell is cool. It’s not common, like Isabelle, but still has -belle in it and it combines Blue and Belle, both of which are cool middle names.

My favorite of the boys names is Felix Alistair Knight — because it’s just awesome. It sounds vampiric, lol, which I love.

I also really like Ivan (pronounced eye-vin, right?)… I think it’s a sporty name that will age well and I really like it. I also love Vivienne and Evelyn as sisters.

loislane1222 Says:

June 10th, 2014 at 5:05 am

Maeve Opal — It just doesn’t get any better than this! I am in love!

I have a 2-year-old godchild named Mavis. I actually tried gently to convince her parents to name her Maeve, but she was named Mavis to honor Mavis Staples.

I think both names are going to make a comeback.

Congratulations, Berry parents!!!

Raffle Says:

July 3rd, 2014 at 8:37 am

My favourites are Lenora Rose, Ivan James and Sullivan James. So many lovely names! Ebony is also very nice.

sarahmezz Says:

July 4th, 2014 at 2:29 am

These are my top five favourites for boys and girls…

Clementine Bluebell
Daphne Lane
Elodie Leora
Hetty Josephine
Odette Mary

Ari Benjamin
Emmett Gordon Edwin
Felix Alistair Knight
Julian Frederick
Lewis Irwin Thomas

There were some outstanding sibsets. My favourites are…

Elodie and Sylvie
Felix, Edward, Adelaide, Isaac, Oliver, Sebastian and Eleanor
Fiona and Miriam
Hetty and Thea
Julian, Rosalind, Vivian and Elliot
Lewis, Clara and Sebastian
Odette, Atticus and Finley

Some of them probably aren’t real, but they’re fabulous nonetheless.

LoonyLunaLovegood Says:

June 21st, 2016 at 12:56 am

All wonderful names! But here are my favorites: Ebony Luna Blossom, Sullivan James and Elsie Willow.

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