Latest Berry Birth Announcements
By Linda Rosenkrantz
It’s always so interesting to see not only the variety of wonderful names picked by Berries each month, but to read their inspiration stories.
In July there was a great deal of family history honored, and also a helpful nurse, a shared vocation, beloved book and movie characters, an esteemed artist and—my personal favorite—the island on which an immigrant great-grandfather father first set foot on US soil. Not to mention Syrian, German, Spanish, French, Swiss, Armenian and Israeli roots!
“We actually toyed with Amelia at first because we are both pilots…It ended up sticking despite its popularity! We chose Eden as a middle to honor my husband’s mother, Edith. We love that her name means “hardworking paradise”—We take it as work hard, play hard.”
“My daughter was named after a nurse who helped me through IVF. Ann is also my middle name, so it felt right. Her middle name is my mother’s first name.”
“Both are family names—Beatrice from my husband’s side, though we opted for the original Roman spelling, and Rosina from my side with plenty of German relatives named Rosina throughout the generations.”
“Berjouhi…means ‘elegant lady’ which I think she is already. Eva means life and represents a void in my life that is being filled with her arrival and the promise of lots of love, many years and a long family life ahead of us….big brother Tobias weighed in and ended up choosing the perfect name…Of course inspired by that cute and feisty robot from the Wall-e movie!”
She is the fourth Jane Darling over many generations in my family, the most recent Jane being my grandmother. This side of the family has reached 124 years and five generations of only girls being born. We thought this history was pretty special and wanted to honor it.”
“Right when we saw her, we just knew her name was Ophelia Lavender…After all the name drama we went through with naming her, we are so happy we went with our guts instead of worrying about others’ opinions and now everyone loves her name…Lavender is after the character in Matilda, because it was a childhood memory for me as well as a movie my husband and I love watching together.”
“Wednesday was a guilty pleasure of mine that we decided last minute to use since she was born on a Wednesday and I’m so happy we did. I’ve always loved Tess and it is perfect for our beautiful pixie-faced strong little girl.”
“Ellis entered this world 5 years to the day and hour our family patriarch, his great grandfather, peacefully passed on. The name honors his arrival to Ellis Island, as an immigrant, 70 years earlier. Edel pays homage to our Swiss heritage (aka edelweiss), Oz to Ellis’ growing strength, greatness and imagination.”
“Jules was named for St. Julian of Homs, a doctor who treated the poor and refused to accept payment for his services, which is a model for my own medical practice. He is the patron of the city of Homs, Syria, which is his grandfather’s home town and which has been devastated by the civil war. His name is, for us, a reminder of all that Syria has to lose. In addition I just really liked Julian’s sleek, elegant style and love the cheeky (and international) nickname Jules. Victor was quite adamantly selected by both of his older siblings…Having a hand-picked and fiercely loved name was too good to pass over, especially given that it fits our Franco-Byzantine” style so well.”
Tell us your favorite names, favorite first and middle combos and sibsets!