Birth Announcements: New Berrybabes in March
by Linda Rosenkrantz
March proved to be one of the most fantastic months yet for brilliant berrybaby birth announcement name choices. From twins Callista Io and Orion Rigel and two boys named Atticus, to first names Keturah and Ciaran and middles Waterlily, Zinnia and Guinevere. And with many intriguing back stories!
Birth Announcements — GIRLS
“August is a family name in both paternal streams. It has significant family history and as we did for both her sisters, we used the female version instead of the male. Ursula and Geraldine are her grandmothers. We have used only family names for all 12 given names we have used for our children.”
I particularly struggled to finalize and come to terms with this choice, since she’s our last baby. Eliza has been one of my husband’s favorite names for years and it never really ‘spoke to me and it did to him. I had the upper hand in naming all of our kids and so I figured I owed him Eliza, just because he loved it more than I loved any of the names on my list. Now that baby is here and we’ve met, I have a feeling that her name couldn’t be anything but Eliza. Out of all the whimsical, compound middle names on my list Waterlily became the most meaningful after my father died at the end of last year. My dad was a big fan of Monet, and his home calendar, cards and a lot of his puzzles and posters were representations of Monet’s art. Waterlily brought him to the forefront of my mind, especially as I remembered the special father-daughter trip we took when I was 23 to France and we spent an entire day in Monet’s gardens in Giverny, which includes the lake with the water lilies…”
“This time around it was challenging to find names we liked that worked both in English and Czech as we have moved…I think we landed on a perfect one though, and Flora seems to suit her very well. We came across Evelina as we scoured the lists for names and it really intrigued me for how it looked and sounded. A short search on NB informed me that it meant “wished for child” and it felt just right…Lucie is a family name and is very, very common where we live, it is also a sweet nod to St. Lucy and the legend surrounding her.”
“12 days before our baby was here I had a dream that her name was not what we had already told family and friends but instead Keira–Faye Florence (Florence for my husband’s grandmother, whom we adore)…We decided to look up what it means, which was “dark haired one’. In that moment we decided if our daughter was born with dark hair, it was her way of naming herself. Since her older sister was born with strawberry blonde hair, we figured she would probably have the same…On March 20 our little girl came into the world with brown hair and named herself!”
Keturah “Tutu” Mallardee
“We wanted a unique name from the Bible and Keturah fit the bill. Mallardee (rhymes with Mallory) was the name of a quaint bed and breakfast where we stayed on our honeymoon. Needless to say, her name has a lot of special meaning to us.”
“The name Louisa was not only a favorite of ours, but it is also the name of my great-great-grandmother, whose story is near and dear to my heart. Bea was chosen because of the meaning “she who brings happiness” as well as a nod to my husband’s and my names, which both start with B, as well as a grandmother (name is Debi—which means “queen bee”) and a great grandfather just had a middle initial “B”. I love how connected her name makes all of us.”
“We had agreed on Mabel early on, and I had posted in the forum for middle name suggestions—thanks to all those who gave their feedback but whenever I discussed potential options with my husband he always came back to preferring Zinnia…and this name for our ‘lovable flower’ fits her perfectly!”
“We are in love with her name, which is a bit outside of our comfort zone, especially Guinevere, and have been receiving many compliments.”
“We chose the name Phoebe because we love the mix of sweetness and gravity it has. Phoebe has so much history (goddess/titan of the moon in Greek mythology, a Shakespeare name, a bird name) and we could picture the name suiting a little girl as well as a grown woman. I really love the moon connection, and before we settled on Phoebe as a first name I was really considering moon as a middle, so finding Phoebe ended up being perfect. Iris was the very first middle name we thought of, but over the months of brainstorming, we came up with so many that we loved…For a few days leading up to her birth, we had settled on Winter, but then she was born on the first spring-like day, and it just felt wrong….What I love about Iris is that it’s also a Greek name and in Greek mythology Iris was a messenger goddess who delivered messages via rainbow. I also love that it’s a nature name…With an I as her middle initial, her initials spell Pip which we think is so sweet as a nickname. Lastly…she was born on 3.14, which is “pi” day. It seemed meant to be that she was born on Pi day and serendipitously has the initials P.I. I’d been looking for the perfect name for so long, and it really seems that it found us in the end.”
Birth Announcements – BOYS
“Asher has been my favorite name since I read The Giver as a child and (thankfully!) my husband loved the name too. The meaning is beautiful, and we love the nickname Ash. Daniel is to honor my father, who also passed his name on to me (Danielle).”
“In the weeks leading up to the due date we decided we would go with Theodore, despite my daughter’s insistence that his name was Atticus. He was Theodore on the way to the hospital and he was Theodore when I was in labor, but when he came out he just didn’t look like a Theodore! My husband turned to me and said, ‘That’s Atticus.’…We have gotten lots of compliments on his name and a few raised eyebrows from the older generations but their voices have been lost in the crowd.”
“I have always loved the name Atticus, and the book To Kill a Mockingbird was my favourite as a teenager. His middle names are in honour of my mother-in-law and a close family friend. It’s a big name for a baby, so he’s mostly known as Atti for now.”
“It took us the entire 9 months (plus a day after he arrived) to decide on a name, but it suits him perfectly and honors our Irish heritage!”
“Our final three names were Benjamin, Evan, and Jack, all with the middle name Robert in honor of my father. We chose Jack a couple days before my water broke, but he just didn’t look like a Jack when he was born. He is definitely an Evan! Thank you all so much for helping us find the perfect name for our little one.”
“Hunter was a first name that my husband and I decided we loved before I was even pregnant. We are nature people and Hunter green is my favorite color so we thought it was cute. Jack is an honor name for my father-in-law.”
“…they came very early and I wasn’t completely set on Orion’s middle but my sister brought it up and it fits with the astronomical theme and I loved the way it sounds.”
“While his middle names are the names of our paternal grandfathers, men who have made great impressions on our lives, his first name is my true love. Our oldest son is Bodhi, which means ‘awakening, enlightenment’ and Pax is literally the Latin word for peace. I simply can’t think of two names that complement each other more! I am beyond pleased to have my ‘peace’ and ‘enlightenment’.”
Please let us know in the comments which are your favorite names, combos and sibsets!
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on April 1st, 2019 at 11:50 pm
I especially love the girls’ picks this month: Eliza Waterlily, Mabel Zinnia and Pearl Guinevere are incredible!
Pax is a super-cool choice for a little boy, and a perfect brother to Bodhi.
Congratulations to all the new parents!
on April 2nd, 2019 at 1:10 am
So many beautiful names last mont! I am so taken with twins Callista Io and Orion Rigel are just beyond perfect!
Honestly I’m just smitten with the entire list from March. Congratulations to all of the parents!
on April 2nd, 2019 at 7:22 am
I LOVE Pearl Guinevere, Atticus Jude Llewelyn, and the whole Eliza Waterlily sibset!
on April 2nd, 2019 at 7:40 am
So many favorites this month! Mabel Zinnia and Phoebe Iris are the most in line with my personal style — I think they’re both perfection! But I also love the ethereal Eliza Waterlily, the unexpected “Tutu” Mallardee, and sweet Louisa Bea.
On the boys side, I’m particularly taken with the sibsets. Asher and Magnolia, Atticus and Rosalie, Evan and Wesley are all wonderful.
on April 2nd, 2019 at 8:24 am
Namberry name announcements don’t seem real. I never hear names like these IRL.
on April 2nd, 2019 at 9:15 am
Some gorgeous names here!
Keturah Mallardee (LOVE)
on April 2nd, 2019 at 10:25 am
@niteowl13 – check out the Telegraph (.co.uk) birth announcement section for some IRL Nameberry-esque names. The first page alone includes Rafferty Elliot, Wilbur Jacques, Isabella Iris Margaux, Harriet Jane Matilda, Rowley Jack Gavin, and Iona Everly Wren (big brother Cosmo).
on April 2nd, 2019 at 11:08 am
This month is an especially creative group of names. I especially like Mabel Zinnia, Flora Evelina Lucie, Atticus Jude Llewellyn, Ciaran Tadhg. Congrats to all the families!
on April 2nd, 2019 at 11:41 am
Eliza Waterlily and Callista Io are my favourite girls names this month! Both such pretty names with such unexpected middles! Gideon Fox sounds like a spy, it’s wonderful, and Orion Rigel is handsome and goes so well with his sister’s name.
on April 2nd, 2019 at 12:33 pm
I know a woman named Ketura who went by Katie growing up, but now uses the full name. Good find on an underused Biblical girl name!
The story of Phoebe Iris’ Name makes me happy, and I think the nickname Pip is so cute! Also Pi Day? Perfect.
on April 2nd, 2019 at 4:36 pm
I LOVE Eliza Waterlily, along with her siblings Peter Nightingale and Dorothy Wildrose. Some of my other favorites are a Louisa Bea, Atticus Jude Llewellyn, and Gideon Fox.
on April 2nd, 2019 at 7:18 pm
I love Pearl Guinevere!
on April 3rd, 2019 at 6:47 am
Phoebe nickname Pip is adorable.
on April 4th, 2019 at 5:24 pm
@MissBennet those don’t really seem like “nameberry-esque” names to me, they seem pretty regular. maybe with the exclusion of Wilbur. The names for the march birth announcements seem pretty unrealistic, especially considering that they were all in the same month.
on April 5th, 2019 at 9:34 pm
I adore Atticus!!!
on April 6th, 2019 at 3:13 pm
I didn’t get it on here in time but Jayla Ione was born at the end of March.
on April 7th, 2019 at 5:39 am
Love Phoebe Iris and the story behind it.! A pi baby 😍😍😍. I’m such a sucker for a striking floral middle name. Mabel Zinnia is beautiful, reminds me of a combo I loved for our first but the hubby kind of vetoed, Ester Azalea.
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