New Babyberry Report for January: Moses, Maren & Matilda

New Babyberry Report for January: Moses, Maren & Matilda

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Here it is, our report on the babyberries reported in the forums in the month of January and, as we’ve come to expect, there is the usual impressive array of classic and creative individual names, great first and middle combos, and cool sibsets.

Unlike December, when there were no multiples, this month we had not one but two sets of boy twins:

Arlo Sebastian & Ezra Valentine and

Arthur Florian Edward & Frederick Robin Jude

And speaking of Arthur, that was the only name used more than once, signaling the strong return of this once gallant Camelot name. ‘A’ was also the most popular first initial for boys, while for girls, M-beginnings took the lead.

I was interested to see one of the male virtue names, Loyal, used by a Berry as a middle, the imaginative Maple as a nickname for Marguerite, a big brother named Escher, and two separate paths to the nickname Cal. And of course, in the always intriguing comments made by these new parents.

Here they are—the complete list of January baby names chosen by our Berries:


Adrienne Mikayla, sister of Livia Christine

Mikayla is after two aunties, Monique and Kayla.”

Alexis Nola

Camille Rose

Camille works well for “Daddy’s” family as most of the women also have French names.  For her middle name we decided on Rose, which is my mother’s middle name and was my Grandmother’s favorite flower (which is why my grandfather selected it when naming my mom).

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, wo is the patron saint of Los Angeles. We also quite liked the meaning: “life, lively.” Noor is an Arabic name we have long loved; it means “light,” You can see more of the story behind Blade’s choices here.

EloiseEllieMatilda, sister of Avia Nicole

“…Matilda was a late idea from my husband as we saw Matilda the musical in New York over the holidays and we both fell in love with the name because it was different and unexpected!”

Harmony Laurel, sister of Eden Willow

Harmony is something of an unusual name but my husband is a music graduate, violin teacher, ex-barbershopper (as am I) and church worship leader so we think it fits.  Only drawback so far is no obvious nicknames. Any ideas?”

Indira Coral, sister of Azula Rosemary

Linnea Noelle, sister of Emerald Grace, Scarlett Hope, Avalon Joy and Naomi Faith

Lola Sage, sister of Ivy Grace

Maren Annalise, sister of Wesley George

“Hubby wanted the middle to honor me (which I thought was very cute), and since my name is Anna Katheryn, we were pretty set on Katheryn as a middle.  That is…until a genius berry gave me the wonderful suggestion of putting a spin on my first name and using that instead, pairing my guilty pleasure name Maren with the name Annalise.”

MargueriteMapleDavis, sister of BayardBay

MatildaTillyQuinn, sister of Escher Noam

Maya Noelle, sister of Niamh Bridget, Mairead Sarah, and Annabel Blake

Natasha Louise

Rachel Christina, sister of Holly Victoria and Lucas Albert

Reeve Lauren, sister of Calla Mae

Tessa Katherine

“She was born 3 days before her great-grandmother Tessie’s 100th birthday. Katherine is after her mother’s sister and best friend.”


Aaron Steven, brother of Levi Joseph and Eva Michelle

Amitai Idris, brother of Eliana and Lila Adi

Arlo Sebastian, twin of Ezra Valentine

Arthur Florian Edward, twin of Frederick Robin Jude

Arthur Philip, brother of Matilda, Eloise, Walter, Ramona and Bernadette

Axel Christian

Axel we chose for its uniqueness without being too out there and Christian is my MIL’s maiden name.”

Calvin Frederic, brother of MargaretMaisyMilton

“Other names we considered for Cal were Arlo, Cormac and Archer for the first name and Gabriel and Lorenzo for the middle.”

Charles Alastair

“We call him Cal for short.”

Ezra Valentine, twin of Arlo Sebastian

Frederick Robin Jude, twin of Arthur Florian Edward

Grant Leonard

“He is named after a dear childhood friend who gave his life in the Marines, and his great-grandfather who he didn’t get to know but who started the family farm that he will get to grow up on.”

James Paul

Moses Von, brother of Elinor Alyce

“Before WWII my husband’s family dropped the ‘von’ from their last name as they wanted it to seem less German.  We wanted to give our son his last name back.”

PhilipPipLoyal, brother of Mercy, Gilead and Abel

Phoenix Jackson, brother of Talaria Persephone

Reuben Xavier Leon, brother of Naomi

“We loved the way that Reuben sounded with our daughter’s name, Naomi, familiar without being too popular.  Xavier is a nod to my favorite soccer player, Xavi Hernandez and Leon (Lion in Spanish) was a name I have always wanted for my son.”

Do you have a favorite name/combo/sibset?

Thanks again to Denise K. Potter for all her help.

About the Author

Linda Rosenkrantz

Linda Rosenkrantz

Linda Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pamela Redmond of the ten baby naming books acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. You can follow her personally at InstagramTwitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of other books.