New Babyberry Report for December: Carrigan, Cillian and Clyde

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Ah, my favorite time of the month, when I get to put together the menu of newborn babyberries and to savor all the delicious entries and combinations. This time, the selections are as rich as ever, with not a single repetition of December baby names—unless you count Sylvia/Silvia and Theodor/Theodore.

Lots of C-starting girls in December, and a noticeable diminishing of names beginning with vowels. We’ll see as 2014 progresses whether that proves to be fashion or fluke.

In November, we had no multiples at all; this month brought three sets of twins, one all-boy and two boy-girl:

Levi Dominic and Wyatt Graham

Samuel Robert and Sadie Kate

Theodor George and Maeve Anne

And now for the singletons and their siblings, along with a selection of parental comments.


Amelia Joelle

Apolline Ever, sister of Senia Hero

Carrigan Leigh, sister of Logan Jay

“I have loved the nn Carey for the longest time, but knew I wanted a formal name to go with it… I did not want super traditional Caroline…and nothing else worked.  Someone on nameberry (thanks!!!) mentioned Carrigan in passing.  It sounded cute but I knew my DH would NOT go for it.  He did, though, and the rest is history!!”

Cassia Viviane Noor, sister of Antoine Raphael

Cassia was named for St Cassia(ne), a brilliant Byzantine musical scholar and theologian…Viviane was chosen as the French form of Viviana, who is the patron saint of Los AngelesNoor is an Arabic name we have long loved; it means “light”.  (For more of this name story, see

Ceridwen Louise, sister of Stewart, Gilbert, Adaline and John

Clara Jane, sister of Derek Steven and Bryce William

Clementine Amelia, sister of Liesl Anne

Eliza June

Ellsie Lauren

Flynn Islay

“We love tomboy names for girls and have this vision of her as a woman in her twenties, traveling the world, capable and strong. We both have Scottish grandparents and in our travels to ScotlandIslay has been one of our favorite places to be, so it was a nice feminine counterbalance to Flynn, along with being a place close to our hearts. We also knew that the pronunciation would confuse most people, so it was a good middle name option, rather than a first.”

Francesca Bee

Francine Rose Leah

“After hearing that Pope Francis was the TimePerson of the Year” we are absolutely sure that we made the right decision!”

Hazel Lou, sister of Vada Marie and Thatcher Benjamin

Hazel came to me because my daughter Vada has hazel eyes.”

Isadora Joanna Noelle, sister of Matias Eric Charles and Quentin John Daniel

Ivy Esmé Evangeline

Jocelyn Brenneman, sister of Janelle Brenneman and Aislinn Shea

Juliet Sylvia Perrine, sister of Léonard Cyrille

“Honouring her English/French blood, one marvellous woman, a love of literature and it’s beautiful to boot – what else does a girl need in a name?”

Julietta Grace

June Caroline

Leighton Violet

Mabel Juniper

Maeve Anne, twin sister of Theodor George and sister of Harper Patrick

Magnolia Irene

“I tend to be the one who likes old-fashioned, classic, vintage, funkier, and/or German names, and had mentioned a few M names like Margot, Margaret, Maisie, Mathilda, Mirabel, Miriam.  DH was more or less open to some of those, but would always just say “I like Magnolia” when the name topic came up…DH loves the magnolia trees that grow here, both the classic white ones and the ornamental pink/purple Japanese magnolias. (See more of the story at!?highlight=magnolia+irene)

Marguerite “Maple” Davis, sister of Bayard “Bay” McConnell

Maria Julietta Grace

MatildaTillieJune, sister of SylviaSylvieThomas and JosephineJosieMay

Ondine Allison, sister of Vesper Elizabeth

Sadie Kate, twin of Samuel Robert, sister of Ruby June and Lucy Pearl

Saffron Venetia

Silvia Josephine, sister of Carmela Irene

Susannah Eugenie, sister of Phoebe Jane

“She is as sweet and sunny as her name.”


“Her middle name is for my MIL Joyce and for the blessing and Joy that she has been to our family.”

Tyler Phoenix Ana, sister of Autumn and Sophie

Zoe Elise, sister of Ezra James


Anselm  ‘AnselJoseph, brother of Mara Kathryn, Audra Neel and ElizabethElizaMarguerite

Benjamin Dale

“His name suits him well as he is sweet and somewhat serious… almost decided to get my husband on board with Victor Wolfgang, but now that I’ve been getting to know him, Victor seems much too severe for this little love.”

Caspar Carson Jude, brother of  Friedrich (Fritz) William Percy

Cillian Wolf

Clyde Thomas

“We loved the idea of having a name with some river symbolism in it based on something my husband had written to me before we were ever married… and the name Clyde comes from the River Clyde in Scotland (where one side of my mom’s family is from)…We also loved the idea that the name can’t be shortened, did not end with an EN, AN, IN  or ON (as most boys names do right now), had a great old school hipster vibe, and we don’t think it will be used as a girls name anytime soon.”

Everett James

Finley Brecken, brother of Bryton Denali

Gabriel Leo

Grant Nathan

Kai Joseph

Leo Robert Christian, brother of Iona, Alice, Peter and Juliette

Levi Dominic, twin of Wyatt Graham, brother of Emma Nicole, Caden James and Jaycee Elizabeth

Miller Thompson

Samuel Robert, twin of Sadie Kate, brother of Ruby June and Lucy Pearl

Theodor George, twin of Maeve Anne, brother of Harper Patrick

Theo was named after Dr. Seuss, Theodor Geisel. And Maeve is a family name on my Irish side. Both their middles are long running family names as well.”

TheodoreTeddyLewis, brother of Cole Matthew

Viggo Wolfebrother of Azalea and Griffyn

Vince Hollis

Walden Francis, brother of Fern Terise

“While inspiration for names seems to come from everywhere, I’d have to admit that Walden’s older sister, Fern Terise, had a little hand in naming him.  She was persistent on naming him “Wally,” and it melted our hearts each time she’d talk to him or tell people about her brother Wally…  And as much as my grandmother thinks we named him Francis after the pope, it is my dad’s middle name. He’s been waiting for a boy for 26+ years in a family full of girls.”

Wesley Solon

Wyatt Graham, twin of Levi Dominic, brother of Emma Nicole, Caden James and Jaycee Elizabeth

Yves Nahum Jack, brother of Wren, Blair and Estella

Zeller Baird

I waffled on Zeller for a long time as I was afraid to choose too unusual of a name, but I always came back to it.  Zeller is my paternal grandmother’s maiden name…Baird we chose for the meaning of “poet” and to honor the bears that are the mascots for the school where my husband and I fell in love and studied poetry in our tenure as English majors.”

CONGRATS  to all of you!!!

Heartfelt thanks to Denise Potter for all her help on this!

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32 Responses to “New Babyberry Report for December: Carrigan, Cillian and Clyde”

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jem Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 1:05 am

What a bunch of perfectly-named babies! My absolute favourites would be:
Clementine Amelia
Eliza June
Ivy Esmé Evangeline
Juliet Sylvia Perrine
Matilda June

Caspar Carson Jude
Gabriel Leo
Theodore ‘Teddy’ Lewis

acawood Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 1:23 am

Magnolia Irene is amazing! Swoon!!!!

sarahmezz Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 1:29 am

Some amazing names this month! I hope you don’t mind me adding a few corrections, although I haven’t gone back to check on all of these, so I may be wrong.

I think you’ve missed a couple of babies announced this month – Maya Noelle (sister of Niamh Bridget, Mairead Sarah and Annabel Blake) and Tyler Phoenix Ana (sister of Autumn and Sophie).

Matilda June’s sister is Josephine May (not Josephine Mary)
Casper Carson Jude’s brother is Friedrich William Percy (nn Fritz)
Samuel Robert’s sisters are Ruby Kate and Lucy Pearl (not Harper Patrick)
Viggo Wolfe’s siblings are Azalea and Griffyn

The following babies listed were either announced in previous months or were announced as the babies of cousins or friends:

Caroline Augusta Jane
Francesca Bee
Julietta Grace
Kaylie Paige
Mabel Juniper
Sylvia Joy
Asher Jackson

Again, some of these may be wrong since I haven’t double checked. Thanks!

alphabetdem Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 6:15 am

As always, what beautifully named babies! I would never guess that Silvia would be so popular.

My favorites:
Clementine Amelia
Hazel Lou
Magnolia Irene
Matilda June
Silvia Josephine

Asher Jackson
Benjamin Dale
Theodore Lewis (Though I love that Theodor George was named after Dr. Seuss! OMG amazing)
Wyatt Graham


Abby Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 6:45 am

Ondine, Saffron, Viggo, June, Walden … so many great choices here.

Welcome to the world, you fabulously named babies!

spotlightstarlit Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 8:08 am

Magnolia Irene is a gem of a name!

pkbabies Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 10:22 am

So many perfectly beautiful names! Some of my favorites are:

Apolline Ever
Flynn Islay
Ivy Esme Evangeline
Saffron Venetia
Susannah Eugenie

Anselm Joseph
Caspar Carson Jude
Walden Francis
Wesley Solon

littlewren Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 10:56 am

Such lovely named babies, as always.
Some of my favorites:
Apolline Ever
Cassia Viviane Noor
Ceridwen Louise
Flynn Islay
Isadora Joanna Noelle
Ondine Allison
Silvia Josephine (I love seeing this spelling of Silvia used!)
Cillian Wolf
Clyde Thomas
Finley Brecken
Miller Thompson
Theodore Lewis
Viggo Wolfe
Vince Thomas
Wyatt Graham

PetraPlum Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Please add my December born son to the list: Leo Robert Christian, a beloved new brother for Iona, Alice, Peter and Juliette. Congratulations to all the December families on their darling babies, and so beautifully named!

linda Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

@PetraPlum–happy to do so.

MerMaiden6 Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

My best friend had a beautiful little girl in December, Eleanora Juliette. The middle name is after her beloved great-aunt, who was French-Canadian. Right now they’re calling her Nora, though sometimes Ellie or Ella slips out, too. We’re all waiting to see which nickname she grows into!

KickinKay Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

What a wonderful month in naming! The names with interesting back stories really caught my attention.
Zeller sounded handsome and mysterious to me, but I like it even more knowing it was a family name.
Carrigan Leigh just sounds like such a happy girl to me, I love it.

Finally, let us all have a moment of praise for the family that chose Thatcher, Vada, and Hazel as a sibset. That is absolutely perfect in my opinion.

ashraee Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

I’m absolutely in love with the girl name Tyler Phoenix Ana! I love masculine names on girls, and Phoenix is one of my favorite names. It’s 100% perfect!

Meyers2408 Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Great names this quarter! I am pleased to not see any George’s because I have been nervous about rising popularity. And no Henry’s?! Also only one Hazel! Hazel Lou adorable!!
My fav boys:
Miller Thompson
Casper Carson Jude

Hazel Lou
Matilda June
Carriagan Leigh

Babtr1ll Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Great selection of names this month. I particularly like Leo Robert Christian – such a handsomely crafted name! And I’ve noticed a few Viggos the past few months too – I like it 🙂

P.S. My cousin also had a little girl in December. I announced her birth that month, but it may have been missed. Here are the details: Nancy Caitlin, born on 7th December. She has two older siblings, named Annika Joan and Brandon Levi.!

linda Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

@Babtr1ll–Sorry, but we’re just listing children of berries, not other family or friends.

domestikated Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I really like this format with some parental comments on the name choice! Great report this month!

EmmaF Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

I love Theodor and Hazel, and Levi and Wyatt, as twin names.

EmmaF Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Sorry- Theodor and Maeve.

indiefendi Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 8:58 pm

I love Leighton Violet

sdsurfmama Says:

January 7th, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Love Sylvia Joy and Francesca Bee. Gorgeous.

Also a fan of Everett James and Walden Francis.

KateMP91 Says:

January 8th, 2014 at 1:13 am

Our number one pick for a girl is Magnolia, so, I love that one, although I would never pair it with Irene!

Walden is just great.

Some of my other favs would be:
Clementine Amelia
Eliza June
June Caroline
Matilda June (all these June names, why?!)

Walden is the only boy name I find remarkable!

cristinamariane Says:

January 8th, 2014 at 1:34 am

Oh, Ceridwen and Cillian! What amazing taste

Coll Says:

January 8th, 2014 at 11:25 am

Gorgeous names! I love the meaning behind Flynn Islay and all the Theodores and Sylvias and Juliets, whatever the spelling and whether first or middle. Other standouts for me are:

Clementine with sister Liesl
Ondine and Vesper
Magnolia Irene
Susannah Eugenie
Caspar Carson Jude (with brother Fritz, swoon)
Leo Robert Christian
Walden Francis– Wally is adorable in the extreme

iwillpraise Says:

January 8th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Wow! I have so much to say about this report!!

1.) I LOVE “C” names so much – *Clyde is just too cool!
2.) June Caroline/ Hazel Lou…
My brother and his wife, Caroline, just named their 3rd daughter Avery June the week before Thanksgiving; June after my mom’s middle name. My brother wanted her first name to either be June or Hazel (he’s loved Hazel ever since naming his first daughter after my late grandma, Ruby), but SIL didn’t like either for first and thought that June wasn’t appropriate bc LO wasn’t born in the month of June…. I’ll have to tell them of these two birth announcements (esp since June Caroline put both my SIL and niece’s names together)!!!
3.) Magnolia Irene’s story was the most enjoyable I’ve read in a while <3 There is SOO much more awesomeness in the original than what is stated above….!
4.) Walden Francis's story is adorable too!! I really like Walden as opposed to Walter to get to the nn Wally.
5.) Sadie Kate, twin of Samuel Robert, sister of Ruby June and Lucy Pearl is the sweetest pairing of twins and sibset!!!!! (again, as stated above, I have a soft spot for Ruby June as it combines two of my nieces' names 🙂

tct1219 Says:

January 8th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I think I posted it too late but my 2nd daughter MargueriteDavis “Maple” was born on the 31st. Her big sister is Bayard McConnell “Bay” 🙂

tori101 Says:

January 9th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Congrats to all the new parents!

I love nearly all these choices, they are all brilliant naming combinations. However my absolute favourites are…
Amelia Joelle
Cassia Viviane Noor
Clara June
Clementine Amelia
Eliza June
Francesca Bee
Isadora Joanna Noelle
Julie Sylvia Perrine
June Caroline
Benjamin Dale
Finley Brecken
Kai Joseph
Clyde Thomas
Theodore Lewis

: )

Saracita00 Says:

January 11th, 2014 at 9:15 am

I so enjoy seeing the birth announcements every month! I finally had a chance to pick my favorites!

On the girls side, my favorite is Magnolia Irene. In spite of the names ending-and-beginning with vowels, which I usually don’t like, both of these names are so strong and striking that I really like it!

These combos are outstanding too:
Juliet Sylvia Perrine – such a beautiful, interesting and intricate combination of names.

Leighton Violet – the first name is NMS but what a charming combination!

Ivy Esme Evangeline – the repeating vowels, and the V and Z sounds!

Eliza June – spunky, smart, and to the point. Lovely.

Julietta Grace – the middle name is pretty common, but Julietta is so unexpected that the names are the perfect balance.

And can I say just how excited I am to see THESE as first names!

For boys, my favorites are:
Caspar Carson Jude – the alliteration and repeating sounds make me swoon!

Leo Robert Christian – simply outstanding combination of interesting sounds.

Viggo Wolfe – so Norse, so wild and free.

Everett James – straightforward and handsome.

Wyatt Graham – he sounds like an adventurous fellow!

And I have some favorite sibling sets this time too!
Viggo, Azalea & Griffyn
Ondine & Vesper
Cassia & Antoine
Zoe & Ezra
Maple & Bay
Sylvie, Josie & Tillie
Quentin, Matias & Isadora
Hazel, Vada & Thatcher
Samuel, Sadie, Ruby & Lucy

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February 5th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

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sarahmezz Says:

July 4th, 2014 at 2:19 am

These are my top five favourites for boys and girls…

Apolline Ever
Ceridwen Louise
June Caroline
Silvia Josephine
Susannah Eugenie

Clyde Thomas
Everett James
Finley Brecken
Theodore Lewis
Viggo Wolfe

Honourable mentions to Clara Jane and Eliza June. So cute and sweet.

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