By Linda Rosenkrantz
Yes, four—count ‘em, four!—sets of twinberries born in the short month of February! There were two beautifully named girl pairs and two girl/boys:
The one name chosen twice is the growing in popularity Eloise.
Here’s the complete list of February baby names chosen by Berries, with their often compelling backstories.
“Anniston fit our surname trend and gave way to my favorite nickname Annie. Izetta is the first name of my husband’s grandma who passed away just before we conceived and whose house on the family farm we live in now.”
“We chose her name simply because we loved the combination, and like that it essentially means “golden sun,”
“Evangeline is pronounced with a –lynn ending, homage to my grandmother Evelyn whom I was very close to. Mabel means “lovable.” We dug it up from my father’s family tree when he passed away this fall. Wren is for me, that’s my name. Though she has many lovely names with significance, she is known as Evie, a name all her own.”
“Naming Georgia took months for me—every response to a post or poll helped me process my thoughts from various perspectives to get to the grateful name place I did. She is not a Margaret or Esme or Emmeline or Cressida. She’s such a peach, and we couldn’t be more over the moon with choosing Georgia.”
“The names are meaningful to us in several different ways: Paz for its mutual intelligibility in our respective ancestral languages—me Arabic, her Spanish, both Hebrew—and after Raquel’s grandfather Pablo, Efraim for is Jewish connection and for its lovely meaning (“fruitful, fertile”) which paid homage to our incredible difficulties becoming pregnant, Marah to honor my late mother, and finally Calypso as a nod to Raquel’s family’s musical heritage.”
Mary Eloise, sister of Henry Hiram and Joseph Magnus
“After a lot of deliberation, we settled on a name with the help of Abby the Name Sage! Mary because we try to give our children a scriptural character in each of their names, and Eloise just because we liked the name and thought it added some spunk to Mary…We have received some negative comments about having a Joseph and a Mary, but our little boy usually goes by his initials JM…which has evolved into the nickname JEM.”
“…her middle name represents how lucky we are to have her.”
“I’ve always loved the name Veronica, which I actually chose as my confirmation name due to my admiration of the saint’s compassion, and luckily my husband really liked it, too. As for Seraphine, like our other daughter’s middle name Ophelia, I think Seraphina is one of the most gorgeous names in the world, but we preferred the way the French Seraphine sounded with Veronica. I also enjoy the fact that the combo could be loosely translated to mean “true image of an angel,” which certainly matches her description!”
“We decided on Nikolas quite early on, but had trouble deciding between spellings (Nicolaas/Nikolaos/Nikolas). I originally wanted to use a Dutch middle name, as our children are of Dutch/Italian/Greek origin. Needless to say, the Greek part of the family is quite happy with his name.”
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