January Birth Announcements: Caius, Cormac & Clementine
By Linda Rosenkrantz
January was a month when some especially unusual and creative names landed on our berrybaby birth announcements—and for their siblings as well. For girls alone we saw Ezrie, Islington, Yvaine, Oswin, Dorthea, Elia, and Salomea, while boys included Callister, Isao, Ender, Maximo, Forde and Ransom.
Here’s the full list of January baby names chosen by Berries—and don’t forget to tell us your faves in the comments and in particular how you like those you may not have heard before.
“Her name was a much loved number that we had considered for her brother if he had been a girl, and we just couldn’t get past it this time. Scout was the name I was going to be called right up until my birth, when my overbearing English grandmother weighed in and declared that I should be named after royalty, not some popular, made up name. I’ve always held it dear in my heart.”
Elia (Ellie) Judith, pronounced Ellie–Ah.
“Although generally used for males, we thought it sounded more appropriate for a girl and I believe it’s used for girls in Spain (could be wrong). We also loved the Italian connection to Elia as it honours my heritage.”
“She is named after our mothers and aunt yet her nickname perfectly suits her feisty personality.”
“Like her big brother, both of her names come from literary characters that were influential to both my husband and I in our childhoods. Lyra from The Golden Compass and Yvaine from Stardust. We also love that they both relate to the stars. Lyra is a constellation that contains the star Vega (one of the brightest in the sky!) and Yvaine means “Evening star.”
“We chose Margot because it has all the dignity of a traditional name and all the spunk of a nickname.”
“She has an alliterated name like her big sisters and her dad.”
“From the second I heard the name Oswin (in an episode of Doctor Who) I knew I wanted to use it if I ever had a daughter. My mother’s name is Dorothy and while I wasn’t in love with it I wanted my little girl to be named for her so we just changed it to Dorthea, We frequently call her Ozzy.”
“Salomea was my Great Grandmother’s name. She came across the Atlantic from Poland in 1903 with a daughter and husband who was evading life in the Polish Army. She raised seven children and lived to be 101. We liked the idea of our precious one sharing a name with such a strong and brave woman. We call her Sal and actually have been since the summer after seeing a “You pick” blueberries sign and thinking of the book “Blueberries for Sal.”
“Violeta honors my Chilean heritage which every day I am more proud of through the amazing artist, songwriter and political activist Violeta Parra. Macondo is after the village in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s book, ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ which is mine and SO’s favorite. I think we managed to choose a name that exalts positively the Latin American culture, language and roots of our family and we hope that Violeta, or Vita as we call her for short, will learn to cherish and respect it as much as we do.”
“He raced into the world in a mere 4.5 hours, so Cormac’s meaning of “Charioteer” seems to fit him perfectly.”
“We decided on Isaac (apart from it being one name we could both agree on) because of its meaning: Laughter. In the biblical account of Isaac’s life, his name means ‘Laughter’ (as Sarah, aged 90, laughed when Abraham told her that God had promised they would conceive a son). Like Sarah, we too laugh, but with joy when we found out I was pregnant, and now our precious boy brings a smile to our face every day.”
“I’ve loved the name Ransom for a long time. It went on my list sometime after I first read C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy, and it hasn’t left my Top 5 for years…..I also love the fact that it is also a word synonymous with redemption, the idea of being brought back…”
And now, once again, here are some nuggets that Katinka mined from the Forums last week:
— Scarlett called Scout, Florence called Ren, and Felicity called Fizz… We’re seeing more and more of these ingenious “best of both worlds” names on the forums and in your Babyberry announcements. What’s your favourite?
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on February 4th, 2018 at 10:35 pm
Clementine Scout and August Gray are the perfect subset! So gorgeous !
on February 5th, 2018 at 1:29 am
As always the Berries have such fantastic taste. Congrats to those who welcomed babies in January.
Girls – Lyra Yvaine (plus the reasons why you chose her name are absolutely freaking amazing) & Delilah Briar Snow
Boys – Ransom Earl and Sullivan (Sully) Eli
Sibset – Matilda Mae, Eleanor Elizabeth and Penelope Primrose (the style of all three fits so well and the alliteration is an added bonus)
on February 5th, 2018 at 4:59 am
Ezrie Grace and Oswin Dorothea are by far my favourites this month. Violeta nn Vita is amazing too, and Cormac Alexander and Fiona Mae are a perfect sibset.
on February 5th, 2018 at 5:57 am
I adore Salomea Joy with the nickname Sal. Great story, great namesake, spectacular easy-breezy nickname option!
And I love Violeta Macondo too. As always, a great story really adds to an already-good name pick!
on February 5th, 2018 at 7:22 am
Lyra Yvaine is simply gorgeous, and I’m quite fond of Grace Garvey called Gigi! What an interesting bunch altogether.
on February 5th, 2018 at 9:44 am
As always, the Berries have excellent taste. I *love* Ransom, and I’m thrilled to see it getting use–a truly underappreciated name.
on February 5th, 2018 at 11:24 am
So excited that my Lyra Yvaine made the list! And thank you to those who have said they liked it.
I love Isly, Ayla, Oswin, Orion, and Ransom! I may have to add a couple of those to our list 🙂
on February 5th, 2018 at 11:31 am
I love reading the stories behind these wonderful names! Some are so touching and memorable.
on February 5th, 2018 at 12:24 pm
I absolutely love Delilah Briar Snow and Juliette Ayla Wren! All gorgeous names that flow so nicely. I’m also really intrigued by Islington. Very fresh way to update Isla!
on February 5th, 2018 at 3:12 pm
I adore Salomea “Sal” and Violeta “Vita”! Perfect examples of “best of both worlds” naming 🙂
So many great names this month — congratulations to all the proud new parents!
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on February 5th, 2018 at 4:35 pm
Lyria Yvaine is duper cute and I like Clementine Scout with the long feminine Clementine and the short and more masculine Scout.
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on February 5th, 2018 at 4:36 pm
Sorry Super not duper! :)))
on February 5th, 2018 at 9:02 pm
Great seeing Salomea being revived! It’s an exceptionally rare name in Poland these days (only five Salomeas were born in 2017).
on February 6th, 2018 at 11:35 am
Violeta with Vita as a nickname is absolutely brilliant! I love Violeta Macondo and the story behind it. Also wild about Lyra Yvaine, Clementine Scout, and Salomea Joy.
on February 7th, 2018 at 8:13 pm
Ransom is mine. It’s pretty amazing to see him on the list! Thanks for the name love, and congratulations to the other new parents.
I’m especially liking Salomea Joy nn Sal (Blueberries for Sal is a fun reference), and twin names Caius Christian and Henry Justus work very nicely. Caius/Caian has been on my list. I also like the brother set Miles Henry Graham, Gabriel Calvin Pierce and Theo Oscar Eliot.
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