New Babyberry Announcements for June
By Linda Rosenkrantz
What a bountiful crop of beautifully named new babyberries this month! This is a lovely group of June baby names.
First of all, one pair of girl-boy twins:
The trend for nature-referenced middle names continues, with Fern, Iris, Bee, Rose, Snow, Fox (twice) and River all on board. A preponderance of vowel-starting names for girls, but only one—Oake—among the boys. And, as always lots of inventive and appealing first and middle name combos and sibsets. As well as some great backstories.
“We ultimately decided on the name Anais because when we met her we knew she needed a fun and upbeat name but very pretty at the same time so hence Anais. We are trying out the nicknames Ana, Annie and Issy and seeing what feels right over time, I just love all the possibility of nicknames.”
“We love the similar vintage feel to both girls’ names as well as the fact that they are popular but not too popular.”
“We originally had 2 names: Violet Moriah and Briony Mariah and we were going to decide when she arrived. But when she was born, my husband kept pushing for Elizabeth, and when I insisted that it was too popular to go with her brothers’ names, he suggested we shorten it to Eliza. I eventually fell in love with how in love he was with the name…This is his first and probably only daughter, and I love that they will have that connection. Since Eliza Moriah wouldn’t work, he let me have my guilty pleasure name that I’ve loved since I was a child: Fern.”
“We call our daughter Frankie and it suits her perfectly.”
“We picked Freyja because it works perfectly in both Iceland and England, so practically it will be a great name for her to have, with family in both countries. Also because it is beautiful, of course. I’ve loved the name ever since I was a Norse mythology nerd.”
“She chose her first name in utero, after I told her “okay, baby, if you are a girl, show me your name” and then blindly felt my way through a baby book, stopping first at a page, and then feeling for the spot on the page that felt ‘right’.”
“We loved the name Susannah from the beginning—it is familiar but not common, classic, upbeat, and has a bunch of great nickname options. It also honors family as my mother-in-law and I share the middle name Sue and my mother’s middle name is Ann. So far we’re calling our little gal Zuzu, which fits her spunky personality.”
“Her first name is a nod to Tennessee Williams. His first name was Tom, which is also my father’s name, so I feel like we’re honoring him in a quiet way too. We wanted to give her a very feminine middle name to balance the boyish first name, and we also loved the musicality and alliteration that Cecilia provided.”
“John is after his daddy (Giovanni) and Patrick is for my grandfather…at the beginning we thought we would name him Luke Elliot which I still do love, however in the end the strong family ties and biblical meanings combined with saints names and the classic feel that I feel John–Patrick has, won out for me.”
The first two have been settled for a long time—my favorite boy’s name since I was a teen, and my partner’s middle name. Our love of fantasy (and the undeniably cool sound) led to Excalibur, and Crow is a nice short, bold way to finish it up. Excalibur was a last minute addition. Now he and our girls all have a bit of mythology in their names.”
“Reveling in Revell and so happy to use this family name.”
“We live in Ireland where the name is a definite boys name, but used the anglicised spelling. His middle name was undecided until the last week before he was born, when my husband handed me a list of my Old Testament guilty pleasures and said these were ones he would accept! I have some lovely names like Boaz and Elias on the list but went with Josiah for its meaning, ‘God heals’ as my husband was very ill over the past few months and it felt very special.”
“Along with just liking the sound and underused quality of the name, we chose Viggo since it meant “battle, war” and my husband’s name Marcus means “warlike” which tied it together without being an obvious Jr. It’s also Scandinavian, which is a big part of my husband’s ancestry. The middle name River was to continue the natural element that is found in our daughter’s name, Eve Ember.”
“West is for the west coast, the home we’ve chosen for ourselves, but also because my inner ultra-nerd loved that in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, the West is the place where good things come from…Harlow is an old family name and my dad’s middle name, and sure enough my son and my dad have shared an almost mystical connection from the first hours…Evan is my husband’s middle name, and West also seems to have a special connection with his daddy…”
Do you have a favorite name or sibset from this month’s crop of new babyberries?
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on July 2nd, 2015 at 12:30 am
My favourites this month…
Bonus favourite: Eliza Fern
Bonus favourite: Viggo River
on July 2nd, 2015 at 7:17 am
My faves this month are:
Tennessee Cecilia- awesome! I love Tennessee, it’s such a bold choice, and so lovely with Cecelia
Nikolai William Excalibur Crow- *swoons* Perfection!
West Harlow Evan
on July 2nd, 2015 at 8:28 am
and our niece Scarlet Ivy
on July 2nd, 2015 at 10:16 am
I literally kept stopping to say, “Goodness, these are amazing!” as I read this list. They are all stellar. Congrats to all parents!
I love the sibling sets of Adelaide and Matilda, Lulu and Zadie, Phoebe and Juno, and Roscoe and Sadie in particular – so charming and well-matched, but striking!
I love the fact that people used my not-at-all-guilty pleasure names Anais, Selah (Selah Bee is the epitome of quirky vintage wow!), and Thea.
I am cheering for the parents who used Tennessee for a girl (with gorgeous classic melodious Cecilia) and Excalibur in their son’s name! And Viggo, such a cool sound.
And I have to shout out to Eliza Fern! Your other two options were lovely, but I’m so glad you found Eliza, and that you were able to sub in oh-so-charming vintage Fern, like delicate Faye with a perky nature-y punch, for Moriah/Mariah.
Since my favorite of all time is Eliza Wren, I’ll call Eliza Fern my fave of this batch of BabyBerries, but they are ALL SO GREAT!
on July 2nd, 2015 at 1:20 pm
I love, love, love the twinset!
Sadie & Roscoe has to be one of the cutest sibsets ever.
Tennessee is a bold choice and I love it paired with Cecilia.
on July 2nd, 2015 at 3:31 pm
Eliza Fern is top of my list! I’m the fourth Elizabeth in my family and I would love to continue that tradition. Fern is a special name for my partner and me.
on July 2nd, 2015 at 4:46 pm
My favorite is Tennessee, but I only like it for a boy. On a girl its quite underwhelming
on July 2nd, 2015 at 4:47 pm
John-Patrick Thomas is my least favorite, too plain and common.
on July 2nd, 2015 at 5:04 pm
It’s actually Lula Adelaide, not Lulu. Check the original post!
on July 2nd, 2015 at 5:18 pm
Apologies, leighmiller–it has been fixed.
on July 2nd, 2015 at 6:46 pm
Phoebe Iris Margaret (love Phoebe Iris!!)
on July 2nd, 2015 at 6:53 pm
I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE ROSCOE ON THIS LIST. (So happy I capslocked, even!) Roscoe is possibly my all-time favorite boy’s name — the first I truly fell in love with, in fact — and probably the only favorite name I would like to see used more often. Roscoe William? Sheer perfection. Roscoe and Sadie? Heaven.
Anais Margot Clarke
Francesca Diana (especially with the nn Frankie!)
Phoebe Iris Margaret
Roscoe William and Sadie Eloise (of course!)
Phoebe Iris Margaret and Juno Opal Yvonne
Silas Matthew and Peter James
Zadok Alexander and Jerusha Rose
on July 2nd, 2015 at 10:29 pm
Eliza Fern is perfection
on July 2nd, 2015 at 10:31 pm
My standout favourite is Roscoe William and I love it even more with sibling Sadie Eloise.
on July 3rd, 2015 at 12:17 am
As always, beautiful names from the new moms. Everly Bliss is my idea of perfect! 🙂 simple as that
Tennessee Cecilia intrigues me!
on July 3rd, 2015 at 1:05 pm
I’m so happy to see Iris on this list– twice! I love that name, and it deserves more attention.
I love the sibset of Clara Victoria and Lydia Katherine.
Selah Bee is beautiful, and when I say it aloud I think of “C’est la vie!” which makes me happy.
I also really like Genevieve, Phoebe, Thea, Judah, Silas, and Theodore.
on July 4th, 2015 at 8:21 am
Thea Snow is by far my favourite on the list. So pretty :).
on July 4th, 2015 at 8:38 am
So many lovely names! Some of my favorites…
Anais Margot Clarke
Phoebe Iris Margaret
West Harlow Evan
Oakes Philip Moore
Sibset: Lula & Zadie
on July 4th, 2015 at 10:52 am
So many great names! Favorites:
Anais Margot Clarke
Pheobe Iris Margaret
Oake Phillip Moore
Also great sibling names:
Dashiell, August, Jedi, Lincoln
Poet Wildflower Hecate
on July 5th, 2015 at 10:31 pm
Willow Felicity is SO dreamy!
Viggo is so cool!
on July 5th, 2015 at 10:39 pm
My favorite names are Audrey Lila, Susannah Rose, Rory Josiah, Viggo River, and Judah Theodore. My favorite sibsets are Rory Josiah & Daniel Isaac and Judah Theodore & Seren Beatrix.
on July 6th, 2015 at 10:29 am
The sibset of Sloane, Rhys, Greer and Oake is sheer perfection, all such elegant and stylish understated names. Simple yet stylish makes a perfect name in my book!
on July 6th, 2015 at 4:26 pm
Ira is another vowel-starting name on the boys side : )
on July 7th, 2015 at 9:34 pm
So many great names in June! Big sister Poet Wildflower Hecate made my jaw drop.. in a good way! What a gutsy choice! I love it!
on August 8th, 2015 at 6:27 am
Holliday and Hayes! So gorgeous!
Eliza Fern (Eliza is adorable and Fern is unique and cute!)
Wyatt Jerry (I’m obsessed with the name Wyatt now!)
Tennessee Cecilia (the rhythm, the “s” sound, it’s gorgeous!)
Thea Snow (short and sweet!)
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