By Linda Rosenkrantz
May was an extraordinary month in the Nameberry Birth Announcement forums. We had a girl named Tully, boys called Godric and Endymion and Ignatius, middle names Lilac and Nickleby, brothers Atlas and Apollo, and nicely paired twins August Matthias and Thomas Nathaniel.
Parents drew inspiration from sources as varied as the Old Testament, Simon & Garfunkel songs, The Nutcracker ballet, Robert Plant, The X-Files, and, (you can’t say the Nameberry community isn’t literary)—Charles Dickens, the poet Keats, Truman Capote, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Harry Potter
Here’s the complete list for May.
“I chose her middle name, Louise, in honor of a Lou in my family and felt like the meaning, “warrior,” fit her tiny personality already. The rest of the first names on our list just didn’t feel right, so Adelaide she was. Then I remembered that I had posted the nameberry poll and hadn’t checked it… I went back and checked it and Adelaide was also the berry winner (by a hair!). I also love the meaning of Adelaide (Noble, kind) and the heritage and history that it holds. We plan to call her Daisy but also love her full name so that may stick!”
“We chose Cecilia with Nameberry’s help and Lilac was something that caught my fancy as I pored over lists and other members’ signatures for inspiration. I thought they paired beautifully and I love lilac flowers and color, my husband even just bought two lilac trees that we will plant in our yard in baby’s honor…The deal breaker for Cecilia was definitely the Simon & Garfunkel song and its link to music and religion. A lot of people get turned off by the meaning of “blind” but with such excellent other associations we didn’t even care.”
“I have loved the name Clara since I was a kid watching The Nutcracker and thankfully my husband liked it as well. Linda is after my MIL who is just smitten with her new granddaughter, I struggled with the sing-songy sound of her full name for a while, but now I just love how sweet it sounds.”
“We love that her name means “lioness who is a compassionate friend”! For us, it brings to mind Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia.”
“We were drawn to the strength and beauty of the name Miriam, as well as its biblical connection. And the sweetness of its nicknames makes it feel just right for a little girl.”
“Atlas was a name that we both liked and agreed on, and we felt went well with his big brother’s name.”
“Endymion is a Greek name of John Keats fame. In the original myth he was a young hunter considered to be the most beautiful of all mortals…Endymion is the subject of several poems (my favorite being the one by Oscar Wilde), as well as paintings and books. Since our son is a May Day baby, we wanted a Robert Plant name as I can’t help but associate him with the May King, and Endymion is definitely the most Robert Plant name in the world…Faramir was my husband’s pick, as The Lord of the Rings was the book his mother would often read to him and his brother when they were children …Endymion Atlas Farmer is a whole lotta name and probably a bit over the top, but we love it and it suits our son to a T.”
“As a nickname we mostly call him Freddie, which is what drew my husband to the name.”
“Harbor is a nature and word name my husband and I loved and is also a nod to my maiden name. Alister acknowledges our British Isle heritage and my husband chose the spelling after Alister McKenzie, the golf course designer. It was fun looking up how many Harbors were born last year on the SSN list that came out the week he was born. 27 boys and 53 girls. He’ll be one of the few on next year’s list!”
“Ignatius Cy is named for the fiery boy we hope he grows to be, and after his paternal grandfather. I’d also like to announce his older sister, Philomena Eloise, who was stillborn last year in February.”
“Louis (pronounced Lou-EE) won out in the end because it honors New Orleans where I’m from (because of Louisiana, because it’s French and because of the jazz legend Louis Armstrong). Barnaby was a name crush I had for the longest time and just had to use and my husband had fun choosing his middle name of Fox.”
“Oscar is a name that my husband suggested with our first child, but I wasn’t feeling it. Then, I suggested it for our second child, but husband wasn’t feeling it. This time around, we both loved it, so Oscar was on our leaderboard the whole pregnancy. For the middle, I wanted a spunky nature name. And as two X-files fans, Fox Mulder is a legend.”
“Samuel is after my husband’s paternal grandfather. We also just love the meaning behind the name. His first middle name, Robin, is after my maternal uncle who passed away when I was a child. Sharing with my mother, aunt, and grandmother that we would be using Robin’s name for our son was one of the most meaningful moments of my pregnancy. His second middle name, Hall, is my maiden name. My dad was more honored than I expected…and it has turned out to be an apt choice because our boy came out looking just like my dad!”
Check out olsen’s expanded explanation here.
Thank you SO much to those of you who suggested the name Sullivan when I was looking for an alternative to the name Griffin after my husband changed his mind…I would never have had it on my radar if it wasn’t for you guys!”
“Like his siblings, he has a middle name after a loved family member. He is named for an artist we admire (Truman Capote, other kids named after Lucille Ball and John Lennon.) We love that his name represents truth and honesty, whereas Lucille has always represented happiness to us and Lennon, love. So now we have a trifecta of names representing the 3 virtues we find most precious.”
So what’s your favorite from this fantastic assortment?
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