December Babyberries: Auburn, Atlas & Ember
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Our final roundup of babyberries announced in 2016 includes some wonderful choices of December baby names.
Inspirations included beloved ancestors and friends, songs, astrology, and a painting. I love the constellation-themed sibset of Orion, Cassiopeia, Lyra and Caelum paired with nature-world middles Bay, Willow, Maple and Ocean. Another great sibset: Atlas and Archer.Congrats to all!
We finally chose 3 honour names and all concerned are so touched I would not change it for the world. I feel as if she will have so many godmother figures.”
“Bea is named after her 94-year-old great grandmother, who is tickled pink about her namesake…Her middle name was chosen by our 5-year-old son Nolan, who needed a special job to help him adjust to the idea of three sisters. He loves that it starts with the same letters as his name and he loves the song “The First Noel” so it’s perfect for our December baby.”
“Both girls share “A” middle names that are French in origin which I think ties their names together perfectly.”
“Amy was the easy part: named after my best friend and other soulmate. Ingrid was trickier. We wanted a Swedish name to represent my heritage but, having grown up with a Swedish name that always requires an explanation of pronunciation, I wanted something that Americans can easily figure out. That ruled out our favorite name Inga….So, after spending the post-partum time in the hospital filling a dry-erase board with name options and soliciting opinions from ever person who walked by, we went with Ingrid.”
“We like the possibility of the nickname Quinn for her. Crew was the name that my husband had his heart set on for a boy. Since there will be no more babies for us, we decided to go ahead and use if for our baby girl.”
“Sloane was my husband’s favorite name and it soon grew on me too. Shaefer is a name that I saw on a painting in an ice cream parlor when I was a little girl. I’ve loved it since then. We considered it for a first name, but felt like it was a little too harsh for the first spot, so decided on it for a middle instead.
“His first name follows our constellation theme, and his middle our nature theme.”
“Named for a grandfather and brother on one side and an uncle on the other (thank you, Catholic naming traditions, for making naming after family an efficient business)…we love watching him respond when we call him the name we so carefully chose.”
What are your favorite names, first-middle combos and sibsets?