By Linda Rosenkrantz
So, after all the discussion and deliberating, what names have your fellow Berries finally picked for their babes this month? Some lovely choices in July, as always.
Here they are:
“Her first name comes from her maternal great-grandmother, a woman of great strength who mothered twelve children while sharing hospitality liberally with travelers, even in the heart of the Great Depression…her second name honours another woman of great strength, my maternal aunt Lucrecia Beatriz Milani. With tireless compassion for people and animals, she has spent a lifetime giving of herself to sacrificially care for others…We’ve chosen the simple English name Truth as her virtue name.”
“Louisa was a name we just liked, as well as a subtle nod to adventurer and scientist Meriwether Lewis and author CS Lewis, who in addition to being a great author of fiction was also a great theologian who wrote prolifically in favor of the Christian faith using logic and heart. We hope she has all these qualities. Lior is a Hebrew name that means “I have a light”. We chose it to represent her Jewish heritage…We thought it fitting to give her an everlasting reminder of hope in these dark times.”
“We chose Rayna for its Hebrew origins (like her sister’s name)…Our family is French-American and Nameberry helped us land on Maelys as her French middle, to honor a childhood friend of my husband’s, Mael.”
“Wilhelmina was the name of an admirable Dutch queen that I was inspired to add to my list because I myself was named after Queen Juliana (Wilhelmina’s daughter) upon my Dutch grandfather’s request. However, the moment Wilhelmina truly clicked was when my husband pointed out that it was a family name for Vincent Van Gogh, who is one of my greatest loves in terms of art and human being…Willem was Vincent van Gogh’s middle name and Wilhelmina the name of his youngest sister.”
“We didn’t intend to go with Winslet (our top choice before meeting her was a suggestion from one of you, Juno Violet), but she’s our Winnie and we can’t picture her as anything else. We chose her middle name partly because we still love Juno and wanted to incorporate it in her name and partly because we liked how it matched our older daughter’s middle name.”
“Callan is a name we stumbled on about three days before. It is Gaelic and not a name found in the top 500. We loved the meaning of little warrior/battle…we knew it was his name when our other top names didn’t seem to suit him upon meeting him.”
“Casper has been my top boy name for several years, and my husband liked it as well. We had been considering Julius for a first name, and when he was born in July we liked the idea of having it as one of his middle names. Casper means treasurer, and my heart melted a little when my husband called Casper our “July Treasure.”…My husband is Swedish, and Casper will grow up in Sweden and the US, so we wanted names that worked in both languages.”
“We chose Leo to honor my late Grandfather—a man who was kind, wise, and a veteran who fought in World War II…We struggled to find a middle name that we both loved and could agree on but in the end Caspian won over our hearts. We love how it is uncommon, yet classic, feels adventurous and has some old-world charm.”
“He is half Korean (father) and German (mother). His Korean name is Seo-Joon.”
“Bear is a name that Mommy (a wildlife biologist working as a zoo keeper) loved and wanted to use before she was even expecting and it keeps the nature name theme.”
“He is named after a great grandfather and Walt Disney and his middle name is a family maiden name.”
Of these, which is your favorite name, favorite first-middle combo and sibset?