July Birth Announcements: Hawthorne, Hector and Wren
By Linda Rosenkrantz
July was a really rich month for berrybaby name choices, with boys name Hawthorne and Wren and two girls with the middle name of Marigold. Other particularly interesting middles for girls included St. Louis and Zélie. And there was a multitude of multiples as well. Here’s the full list of this year’s July baby names, with some of the intriguing reasons behind the choices.
“Anya has been my favorite name since I first saw the animated movie Anastasia and I can’t think of it, hear it or say it without a smile on my face….I feel like it’s classy; unusual enough that she won’t have too many kids her age with the same name but not enough to be weird; easy to spell and say; sounds sweet, bubbly, lovely and warm…”
“We wanted something classic but fun at the same time. We had a lot of trouble trying to conceive and loved that Beatrix means ‘she who brings happiness’ because she’s done nothing but that. Rose because we got engaged at a picnic at the Rose Garden at our Botanic Gardens.”
“We chose Diana…because it felt like it could stand the test of time. It also felt full of girl power and strong without losing its femininity. I will not deny that the Wonder Woman film impacted this choice. Zélie is a beloved French name that we chose for being upbeat, unique and adorable sounding, especially in an English-speaking setting.”
“Eleanor was my late maternal grandmother’s name—although she went by Billie. (The story goes that her father, realizing that with 6 daughters he was never getting a son, just started calling his youngest by a boy’s name.)”
“Evelyn was a compromise with my husband between my beloved Everly name and his chosen Genevieve name, both would have had the same nickname Evie. Pearl was my great-grandma’s name and the birthstone for June when they were born.”
“The inspiration for her name came from Mexico, its people, culture, language and colors, my favorite place in the world. …arriving into the world on the death anniversary of Frida Kahlo I couldn’t not name her after one of my favorite artists and such an amazing female role model, in many ways Mexico personified.
“Like the flower she came to us early (and in spring!) and her name could not be more perfect—she is sweet and spunky, dainty and pretty but stronger than she looks and smells like heaven (well.. most of the time). We chose Eleanor for my husband’s grandma, who was so happy to find out we’d named our daughter for her. She’s an angel of a woman and I can only hope our little Nolie will be as gentle, kind, and strong as shei s. I’m so happy I went with my gut and gave her the name I loved, rather than choosing a name that everyone recognizes. Turns out, everyone loves her ‘pretty’ and ‘unique’ name.”
“We realize that in terms of name Maria Marigold could be a bit repetitive, but to us it is perfect, especially when 90% of the time she is actually called Masha and because it’s a name that is vibrant, just as she is, and we think it embodies how we feel about her adoption and arrival: an indescribably sense of warmth, fulfillment and joy.”
“…as this will be our last baby, I really felt the need to honor my best friend Emilia…She’s a wonderful, strong Latina woman and so I felt that honoring her trumped any other name chosen just because we liked it. However, as much as my husband and I loved the name Emilia, holding our baby it didn’t feel like it was her name. So, as she usually does, my friend Emilia butted in and suggested Marina, which honors her through her very Italian last name and…is a very important part of who she is.”
“Her first name is a combo of my middle and her father’s grandmother: Rose and Eileen. So it is pronounced Rosa-leen. Her middle name is after my MIL, her grandma Joyce, who passed away just after Easter. Losing her to lung cancer has broken our family’s heart but little Rosie (as she’s already being called) is helping us to heal.”
“Hector felt like a bit of an ‘out there’ choice, and we came across a fair amount of resistance to it, but when it came to it, it was still our top choice. He’s partly named after my great grandfather, Hector Augustus, who left Scotland to begin a new life halfway across the globe.”
“I wanted an old-fashioned name to compliment Grace’s sweet, traditional name, while my husband wanted the boy’s name to be strong, spunky and rockstar. George is my husband’s grandfather, but also a name we liked and thought complemented Maxwell.”
“His name is a nod to author Astrid Lindgren, whose books I’m named after as well.”
“We like the o-ending of Theo (considered Leo and Arlo too) and that Theodore is Greek like big sister Daphne. Atlas was a nod to my love of travel as well as Charles Atlas (my husband has loved weight lifting his whole life).”
“In a happy twist, we realized Wren and big brother Eero have a shared meaning! Eero means eternal ruler and we discovered (after the fact) Wren is actually a Welsh name meaning ruler, so a very funny coincidence!”
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on August 2nd, 2017 at 11:34 pm
What lovely names!
My favorites include Bram Sirius, Hawthorne Walter, Hector Christian, Wren Adler, Marina Lucille, and Nell Thea.
Wren Adler sounds like a renowned architect!
on August 3rd, 2017 at 4:17 am
Magnolia is a beautiful name!!!
Wren Adler is cool, along with wren being a bird, Adler means eagle in German.
on August 3rd, 2017 at 9:58 am
Anya St. Louis
Abraham “Bram” Sirius
Archer Louis Warren
Wren Adler (love this name for a boy!)
Love the sibset of Hector Christian and Felix Andrew!
on August 3rd, 2017 at 1:06 pm
Magnolia called Nolie is just so precious.
on August 3rd, 2017 at 1:11 pm
Very lovely names and stories behind them, but I can’t help but feel that some of these are made up. The names are just TOO unique and Nameberry-trendy, like Wren. I don’t know anyone outside of Nameberry who is in love with that name. I feel like sometimes people will just submit their favorite names just to see it posted.
on August 3rd, 2017 at 1:23 pm
on August 3rd, 2017 at 1:30 pm
@Haids1987–Believe me, it’s a constant challenge trying to figure out which are real and which aren’t!!!
on August 3rd, 2017 at 2:06 pm
I think it’s worth acknowledging in the post that some (if not the majority of these) are fantasy birth announcements.
on August 3rd, 2017 at 2:47 pm
@southern.maple I’ve been avoiding that but I think you may be right. I did once not post one announcement that seemed totally troll-like to me, only to get an angry response.
on August 3rd, 2017 at 2:49 pm
@linda Oh, I definitely believe that; I don’t even know how you would come up with a “screening” process to begin with. 🙂 It was not a criticism, more just a musing that I think that Berries enjoy their, as southern.maple put it, “fantasy birth announcements.” (Love that term, Maple! 😀 )
on August 3rd, 2017 at 3:50 pm
To be fair, I have met an infant boy named Wren recently so it is a name trend 🙂
on August 3rd, 2017 at 4:42 pm
I hesitate to even respond because (though trolling doesn’t even make sense to me) I’m sure this makes it look even worse but I can assure you Wren Adler is a very real boy sleeping on my chest at this moment. Thanks for the sweet comments about his name, it was a very difficult process and he didn’t even have a middle name until the day we left the hospital.
on August 6th, 2017 at 4:21 am
It is an excellent game, but beware! It’s often not the ones you might think. I attend a toddler group with a mother of EIGHT, yes EIGHT real life children, all of whom have outlandish names the youngest a boy called Golden. (Even a name addict such myself couldn’t keep hold of all the other names, I will have to ask her again and take notes). This lady spent some time on nameberry when pregnant but was hounded off for being a fraud when like @vintagesparkle with her adorable Wren Adler every one of those eight babes was a living breathing bundle of joy.
It is often the name addicts who never grow out of being teenagers in our tastes and grow up to name our children quirky names and haunt the internet and even dare I say it have more than the usual number of children just so we can name them. I confess am guilty as charged.
on August 8th, 2017 at 12:55 pm
I’m late to comment on this post but I just wanted to say that while I’m sure some of these birth announcements are fake, singling out Wren is a bit weird. It’s not THAT unique (87 male Wrens were born in the US last year and I’m sure that number will be higher on 2017’s list, and it was the name of a male character on a popular TV show for the last 7 years.) and it’s not strange that someone interested enough in names to be on here would choose it.
It is also unfair to say a birth announcement is fake or suspicious based on its uniqueness or not knowing anyone outside of this site who loves the name(s). The people who post their birth announcements ARE on this website, so I just don’t think it’s an automatic red flag that a Nameberry user would give their child a name that is well-liked on Nameberry but not necessarily on the radar of the general public. The reason I chose to join here in the first place is because a lot of users have less mainstream, more interesting taste compared to the other popular baby name sites/apps.
on August 10th, 2017 at 10:13 am
Just spotted these comments… Whilst I’m sure there are some people making babies up, can it really be the majority?! Without wanting to seem to protest too much, Baby Hector is very definitely lying next to me right now!
I suppose if it IS rife then it’ll be a nigh on impossible task to determine who is posting fictional names. I do feel a bit for Wren’s mum though! It’s a fantastic name choice – congratulations on your little man 🙂
on August 10th, 2017 at 10:57 am
@CrystalTips Like you, I refuse to believe that many of these announcements are false, and unless there is any real reason for doubt, I will continue to include them–rather than risk excluding any authentic ones. (We do have monitors looking into any red flags every month.) So apologies to the moms of Wren and Hector for any aspersions cast!
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