December Berrybabies: Auden Gray and Nina May
by Linda Rosenkrantz
Most unusual girl baby name: Faralith Garnet. Interesting inspirations include one of the Karamazov brothers, Jasper National Park, the Scottish Isle of Skye, historic NYC Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, the TV show Fresh Off the Boat, Ferris wheels, and Ferris Bueller.
Here’s the full list of Berry December baby names:
“We fell in love with Evelyn and the nickname Evie because it is classic, strong and lends itself to a spunky nickname. After we decided on Evelyn, we realized it is a combination of my favorite set of grandparents’ names (StEVE and LYNda). That happy coincidence made us even more sure of our choice! My husband let me pick her middle name, so I chose Amelia because it subtly honors several of our relatives, who have names beginning with A. And I just love the way it flows with Amelia.”
“I simply wanted a name that would be as unique as mine was when I was born. It’s an old Scottish name I found on this website. The original version on here is spelled Ferelith, but my husband liked the spelling better with a’s. Middle name Garnet is for the month of January when she was supposed to be born. I have loved that name since I was in high school.”
“She has a big name for a tiny baby and is going by “Margot” for short.”
“With our little Auden, we didn’t have any idea what name we wanted, although I decided I wanted an A name in honor of my mom, Anne. We sifted through name books up until our final day in the hospital, and honestly, I was concerned our second little boy would remain nameless his entire life. However, when we found Auden, and saw that it meant “old friend,” we realized it was perfect, because from the time he was born, our little Auden radiated a calm, old soul.”
“We had already decided we wanted Scott and Gray as the boys’ middle names, in honor of my maternal grandfather and my husband, who is named Graham…Like with our eldest boys’, we wanted strong, yet gentle names for our twin sons. I had actually heard the name Emery for a little boy when I was watching the show “Fresh Off the Boat,” but hadn’t really thought about it until I discovered we were having more sons. When I brought it up to my husband, he loved it a lot, and as I looked at Emery, I fell in love with the name and realized how much he suited it.”
“Ferris is actually a family name as my husband is distantly related to the guy who invented the Ferris wheel, and both my husband and I love the laid-back, mischievous, and overall charming feel that Ferris Bueller gave the name. It also felt like the perfect combination of aa name that he was unlikely to share with anyone else at school while being familiar enough to not be completely whack-a-doodle or difficult to say or spell. As for Edison, we like the inventor and the way it sounds with Edison.”
“We chose the name Fox William (Fox, a family surname and William for my father who passed away when I was young) all the way back to our honeymoon 5 years ago. But I got indecision as I got closer to the due date and I really appreciated people here talking me through the pros and cons of other names we were considering, and helping me realize we had already found the name we most loved.”
“Ivan has always been our top contender but we were second guessing a lot during the pregnancy and went in thinking we’d pick either Basil or Ariel. However, the moment we first looked at him we just knew he was an Ivan! We love that Ivan is a Russian name because we have some ties to Russia and love Russian Literature—Ivan Karamazov actually happens to be one of my favorite characters! Melchior we chose at my Christian husband’s suggestion and it seemed very fitting for a Christmas baby.”
“I initially found Jasper because I was looking for a “J” middle name to honor a family member. Both my name and Jasper are Persian, so it had a (very) subtle connection to my own name. However, as we searched and failed to find a first name we liked, Jasper gradually rose to the forefront. We love the nature connection both with the gem and Jasper National Park. Theodore was another frontrunner over the past several weeks (and months), but I was held back by its popularity. My husband is a professor. He solicited his students’ opinions one day and they all said Theo. He’s been sold on the name since. I feel calmed that if Jasper somehow doesn’t feel right in the weeks and months to come, we can switch to Theo. Now may I never have another boy, for the simple reason that naming a boy may kill me. Alternatively, a fourth will be John or Jane. Done and done.”
“Both middles are family names and, it turns out, so is Lachlan. It’s unsurprising since we both have Scottish ancestry. I like how both boys get a strong “animal“ in the middle.”
“Archie and Finch call him “Wywy”, which I think is sweet. Charlie honors my brother whose middle name is Charles as well as a great-great-grandparent named Lee. The other names are just ones that we love.”
CONGRATS TO ALL!
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on January 7th, 2019 at 6:02 am
Fiorello is such a great middle! Love it.
And Rose Quinlan and Fox William make the coolest, sweetest pair.
Congratulations to all the new parents!
on January 7th, 2019 at 6:48 am
I wonder if the people who named their son Fox William are also X Files fans; Fox William is Mulder’s first and second name 🙂 Great choice either way!
on January 7th, 2019 at 3:43 pm
Bryn, Wren, Emery, and Auden are gorgeous together!
Rose Quinlan and Fox William is also an amazing sibset.
I also love Noel Abraham and Wilder Charlie Phoenix
on January 7th, 2019 at 7:37 pm
Marguerite Rosamund Alice
I love these sibsets: Auden Gray, Emery Scott, Wren Calvin, and Bryn Elliott, and Fox William and Rose Quinlan.
Also, I certainly hope Archer Cohen Bear’s parents are Jewish — if not, sticking your son with an egregiously appropriative middle name is just cruel.
on January 7th, 2019 at 10:15 pm
Auden Gray is poetic and I love Marguerite Rosamund Alice, three superlative names combined.
And Ferris Edison is one of the jauntiest names I’ve ever heard and jauntiness is a quality I highly value. Life is tough enough that a cheerful name helps.
on January 8th, 2019 at 9:13 am
@lee_august Why would you assume they’re not Jewish?
on January 9th, 2019 at 2:57 pm
@clairels — I didn’t assume they aren’t Jewish; I also don’t assume they *are* Jewish. All I said was that I certainly HOPE they are.
on January 9th, 2019 at 3:39 pm
@lee_augusta Cohen honors a loved one who is Jewish, yes. She was happy for me to use it to honor her. Her first name doesn’t really work as well in a masculine form. 🙂
on January 9th, 2019 at 10:35 pm
@lee_augusta do you receive an alert every time the name Cohen is mentioned?
on April 13th, 2019 at 6:17 pm
Just saw this article today. Made me smile to see my baby Faralith mentioned as Decembers most unusual girl name. Maybe it’s silly, but proud Mama here! Thank you nameberry for being the place I found my little girls name, and also fulfilling my name history addiction.
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