July Babyberries: Asa & Augusta & Atticus
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Yes, yes, yet another bonanza of great names this month—fabulous firsts, interesting middles, harmonious sibsets! And, once again, the intriguing stories behind these July baby names. First of all, three lovely pairs of twin girls:
Giselle Victoria and Tatiana Louisa
The name Margot got a lot of love this month, used once as a first name and twice in the middle. The one name that was chosen twice: Isaac. And there were two exotic blooms: Magnolia and Primrose. Some interesting middles: Matisse, July, Somerset, Appleby and Eryx. And some fascinating comments to explain it all…
“Her first name pays homage to my maternal grandmother, Anne, and the actress and director for whom Broadway’s Tony awards are named, Antoinette Perry. DH and I met working on a musical and continue to direct and teach theatre with high school students, so it pays tribute to one of our shared passions. Her nickname will be Annie. July is a month of milestones in our relationshuip, including our wedding anniversary.”
‘She shares her name with the youngest daughter of Shakespeare’s King Lear, known for her loyalty and honesty. These are qualities we hope both girls will have. Her nickname is Cora. Somerset Village is an area of Bermuda where we spent our honeymoon, and that island is our favorite vacation spot. I went there with my parents growing up and we can’t wait to someday show it to our girls.”
“We were particularly inspired by Edith “Little Edie” Beale of the classic documentary “Grey Gardens’ and the “All About Eve” character Margo Channing, portrayed famously by Bette Davis. Interestingly, we’ve also learned that both Edith and Margot are characters (sisters, in fact) in the film “Despicable Me,” which neither my husband nor I have seen.”
“We chose Emiliana to honor my Italian heritage, and Pari to honor DH’s Persian heritage. We specifically tried to find a middle name that had no Arabic roots and historical meaning. Pari were faeries in ancient Persian mythology, and Pari Satis was both the wife of an emperor and a female general. And she really does look like a little Pari!”
“It was important to both of us that the girls’ names were very individual, but I wanted something more somber to balance Scarlett. Eventually Estelle seemed perfect…elegant and classy, with a beautiful meaning and lovely nn options…After much waffling, I went with my favorite “guilty pleasure” name, Ophelia, for Estelle. I love the way the names sound together, and I’ve always loved the big, romantic, slightly tragic names. If she grows up to hate it, at least she won’t have to ever use it. But it’s my secret hope that as she grows up it will make her feel a little exotic and special.”
“Giselle is named after the ballet and the other after a prima ballerina.”
“Nettie: my late father was supposed to be called Henrietta if he were a girl, so this seemed like a lovely way to honour him….We decided to go with Appleby as a middle name because my great-granny only had sisters so the name Appleby was never passed on and I really wanted her to have strong ties to her past and heritage.”
“I came across the first name Penta when I was three months pregnant and vowed to use it ever since. I just thought it was a gorgeous Italian gem. I also love the futuristic feel along with the connection to geometry. Her middle name, Matisse, is inspired by DH’s favorite artist; I also like the glossy, polished feel to it. To make matters better: this is very similar to the German name Mathis, a variation of Matthew, which was my grandfather’s name!”
“I had always wanted to name a girl Scarlett, but my husband was “eh” on it. He confessed he had always thought his first girl would be named Carly…which I kinda hated. Then some research turned up that Carly is a nn for Scarlett, and we figured it was meant to be…The DH chose Allison…One day he came to me with stars in his eyes and asked, “What about Allison, doesn’t that sound perfect?” and that was it.”
His name is in honor of St. Augustine of Hippo. His middle name is in honor of St. Basil the Great and it’s also my paternal grandfather’s name. If I had had a girl, the name would have been Agnes Jane Frances.”
“We chose Drew because we wanted something not too common yet familiar.”
“ He has been named after the main character in Catcher in the Rye, his uncle’s favorite book. Uncle T. passed away last year and would have loved to know we used his favorite name from his favorite book for his newest nephew.”
“We didn’t have a final name picked out when we arrived at the hospital, even though I’ve spent my entire pregnancy studying Nameberry…but luckily once our little one was here it was obvious…We chose the “in” spelling of Ronin because we wanted a name that overall signified strength, and we have ties to Japanese culture. Eryx was chosen as a middle name because of our Greek heritage (and we love names with X’s).”
“We chose Simon because we felt like it was a classic, underused name with history and we love the meaning (the listener; he who listens). I have loved the name ever since I was a young girl watching the TV show 7th Heaven. Alexander was my grandfather’s name and my husband loves that it means ‘defender’.”
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on August 5th, 2014 at 2:31 am
Seriously loving Antoinette July & Cordelia Somerset, Nettie Claudia Appleby, and the sibset Linus Theodore, Polly Bloom & Augustine Basil!
on August 5th, 2014 at 5:06 am
In the write-up at the top, I think you forgot the third lovely set of twin girls: Giselle Victoria & Tatiana Louisa.
Lots of beautiful names this month! My favorites are Cecily Faye Patrice and Tate Matthew. Congrats to all!
on August 5th, 2014 at 5:53 am
Love seeing my daughter’s name here, Cecily Faye Patrice. 🙂 lots of other beautiful names as well! I love Fiona Rosalie.
on August 5th, 2014 at 10:11 am
Such beautiful choices. Love Cordelia Somerset, Pippa , Primrose, & Polly Bloom & Augustine Basil!
BTW, I think Indie Margot & Magnolia Seraphine are two babies. And Atticus James needs to be separated from Asa Callum. 🙂
on August 5th, 2014 at 10:47 am
I love Zora Jade & Isaac Roman Alexander.
on August 5th, 2014 at 7:48 pm
So many fantastic names on this list!
Individually, I love Augusta Cecile, Estelle Ophelia, Zora Jade, Quentin Charles, and Theodore Jack. Simon Alexander is PERFECTION.
As for pairs, Cordelia Somerset/Antoinette July and Tatiana Louisa/Giselle Victoria are absolutely divine — all regal, wearable, timeless, elegant, and versatile choices. I’m thrilled to see Avery, Augustine, and especially Whitney on boys.
Another name that caught my eye: Polly Bloom. Adore. Polly doesn’t get enough love.
on August 6th, 2014 at 2:09 am
So many lovely names!
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on August 7th, 2014 at 9:25 am
Congrats all! Especially love Edith Margot, Asa Callum and Quentin Charles.
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on August 8th, 2014 at 4:04 pm
Augusta Cecile is the most beautiful name I’ve seen in years. SWOON!
I wish I could convince my husband to let us use it one day … We shall see!
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