December Babyberries: Apollo Alan and Penny-Lane Brenda
By Linda Rosenkrantz
More boys than girls this month and just one set of multiples, who carry on the family tradition of double first names (two of the more unusual names reported):
The other girls:
“Adleigh means ‘my ornament’ –a cute meaning for our Dec snowflake. It was important for us to find a mostly uncommon name that still felt familiar and had the option of a common nickname”
“It was an open adoption and I learned upon meeting the family that the big sister had been calling the baby Aaliyah throughout the pregnancy. I liked the sound of the name but it wasn’t quite my style for a given name…I realized that the spelling Alea could work as a nickname for Alexandra, which I’ve always loved, Joan is in honor of my mother.”
“As much as I loved the name Eleanor, we let the strength she had shown throughout my pregnancy (she surprised me with definitive kicks at only 11 weeks and things only increased from there) as well as her older brother’s opinion influence our ultimate choice in favor of Audrey.”
“All of the kids have family middles. Mildred is my grandmother’s name, a name that I think is worth dusting off. It has solidity and history.”
When I got pregnant …we knew if a girl Hope would be part of her name. We thought at first a middle name. After months of trying to find the perfect first name my husband looked at me and said, “Why not Hope? It is the only name we can agree on and love.” From that moment we knew she was going to be called Hope…I like that all my girls names have five letters or less.
“ We love Matilda (nn Tillie) and chose Clementine as putting Clementines in a Christmas stocking is an old tradition back home (UK) and Eira as a second Christmassy name. Eira is a Welsh name meaning ‘snow’ and baby’s granddad is Welsh.”
“Bélen is the Spanish name of the city Bethlehem, where my dad once travelled to. That trip is still his favorite, so Bélen seemed like a great name to give her.”
“We call her Poppy most of the time, but I think Penelope will be so lovely for her to grow into…Her middle name, Annabelle, is after my husband’s mother, which turned out to be perfect as Poppy is the first grandchild to inherit her gorgeous red hair. Veda’s middle name, Lorraine, is after my mother and I love that small connection their names share as sisters and that two of the most important and involved women in their lives are both represented.”
“It was lovely being able to use some girls names after naming three beautiful boys.”
“We liked Ruby because it’s a gem stone just like mine, only more sassy and timeless. So she’s named after her mom in a roundabout way.”
“We took one look at her and knew her name,”
“We wanted a name that was strong yet romantic and Apollo fit perfectly for us. Allan is his father and grandfather’s middle name so we decided to keep the tradition going; it’s a bonus that the name means handsome.”
“After very mixed feedback from nameberry on the name Gatsby we are happy and confident with our decision. DH is a literature major and wrote his thesis on The Great Gatsby and Mason has the same meaning as my maiden name.”
“My husband picked out the name from a list of first and middles that I chose through nameberry.”
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on January 1st, 2015 at 12:01 am
I love Anne Marcella and Celeste Barbara.
on January 1st, 2015 at 12:41 am
Lovely names once again. I’ve posted my five favourite girls, but only three favourite boys, as we’re a little light on boys for last month!
on January 1st, 2015 at 3:46 am
All lovely names 🙂
But the announcement is missing a couple names 🙁 Such as Bonnie Adelaide and Leona Maryse.
on January 1st, 2015 at 5:53 am
Congrats to all the new parents! What lovely named babies. 🙂
on January 1st, 2015 at 10:59 am
Rhodes Samuel Grant is just perfect! So handsome so strong : )
on January 1st, 2015 at 1:23 pm
Congratulations to all new parents to these beautifully named babies : )
on January 1st, 2015 at 3:28 pm
(Vendica is right, this list is incomplete.)
Congratulations to all! Lovely names. Best wishes.
on January 1st, 2015 at 9:21 pm
Our Dec. 31st announcement didn’t make the list. Findley Samuel was born at 5:31 am December 31, 2014.
on January 2nd, 2015 at 11:08 am
I love Rhodes. I used it for my boy in 2008. Great choice! It’s Greek for “where the roses grow.”
on January 2nd, 2015 at 6:57 pm
I’m so happy to see gatsby!! I love the name but I agree – mixed feedback.
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