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:
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:
“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 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.
“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?”
“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.”
“We call him Cal for short.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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?
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on February 4th, 2014 at 12:21 am
I like a lot of these very much, too many to name.
I was especially struck by Cal as a nickname for Charles. Divine inspiration as I love Cal, am not keen on Charlie, and utterly loathe and detest Chuck. Though Charleston is cool too.
on February 4th, 2014 at 12:53 am
What fun to see our middle name of Loyal mentioned in the write up. I realize I should have included Pip’s siblings middle names as well. We have Mercy Kyrie, Gilead Honor, Abel Valor, and Philip Loyal. Yes, we’re big fans of virtue names!
on February 4th, 2014 at 2:13 am
Some very pretty names this month! I’m pretty sure Blade’s baby announcement has been publicised plenty (I think she announced her daughter’s birth back in December).
on February 4th, 2014 at 3:05 am
Neko David baby brother of Shiloh! (My grandchildren.)
on February 4th, 2014 at 3:21 am
Correction: the name is
Niko (not Neko).
on February 4th, 2014 at 7:56 am
I love that Linnea is used outside of Sweden! Maybe people will learn how to pronounce and spell my name soon, haha?
on February 4th, 2014 at 8:25 am
Wow! These names are gorgeous, and there are too many to list that I love. I can tell for sure that Nameberry has affected parents everywhere, in an amazing way! I only wish that this website had been around when my parents had me – then maybe I would be named something as good as Azula Rosemary or Cassia Viviane Noor!
on February 4th, 2014 at 9:06 am
My middle name is Harmony! I’ll be 39 in March. It’s not often heard. 🙂 How about Minnie for a nn for Harmony?
on February 4th, 2014 at 9:22 am
Matilda, Eloise, Walter, Ramona, Bernadette, and Arthur! What a wonderful sib-set! So gloriously old-fashioned, beautiful, and dignified. Congratulations to all!
on February 4th, 2014 at 9:26 am
I absolutely LOVE all four of the twins’ names – stunning. Arthur and Frederick have both long been favourites of mine, and Arlo and Ezra are so fabulously quirky and well-matched!
What a fantastic list this month – too many favourites to mention!
on February 4th, 2014 at 9:27 am
Also, @pamjsg99 – I’m pretty sure Nameberry only reports on Berries’ children. You have wonderfully-named grandchildren, however!
on February 4th, 2014 at 9:35 am
Wow, so many beautiful names! I ADORE both sets of B/B twins’ names! Perfection! I also love Cal as a NN for Charles (brilliant) and the addition of Arthur to Eloise, Matilda, Walter, Ramona, and Bernadette!
Most of all, I love seeing Harmony being used! Harmony is my sister’s name. She never went by a nickname, at least not officially. She has always been the full and lovely “Harmony.” However, around the house and by close friends she was (and is) frequently called “Harm.” My mom always hated this because, well, its the word “harm.” But it happened so naturally and it’s obviously an intuitive NN. But again, nothing she actually went by (she was always Harmony with teachers, when introduce, etc). Other goofy NNs she acquired during childhood include: “Harm Alarm,” “Big Money,” “Harmony Marmony Moo,” and, thanks to my father “The Schnuge” and “The Munchkin from PooPoo Ville.” 🙂
on February 4th, 2014 at 9:40 am
I was waiting for the bus in Vancouver with my two kids and a young man asked me to repeat their names for him. I said my daughter was Caitlin and my son Thomas. “Wow,” he said, “you must be a MAJOR Dylan Thomas fan.” Even though I am an English major and a writer — I hadn’t realised that relationship until he pointed it out — and my kids were twelve and six, lol.
on February 4th, 2014 at 10:04 am
Reuben and Naomi as a sibset – BEAUTIFUL!
on February 4th, 2014 at 10:51 am
What beautiful names! Love the subsets too, and I can’t tell you how cool it is to see a Bernadette! My all-time guilty pleasure name!
on February 4th, 2014 at 11:18 am
I love Cassia Viviane Noor.
on February 4th, 2014 at 11:24 am
Another shipment of gorgeous names for January! Congratulations to all the proud parents.
My personal favorites for girls, boys, sibling sets, and nicknames —
Linnea Noelle – this combo is so completely flowy and yet isn’t overdone. Beautiful.
Indira Coral – the way all the sounds “turn” around the repeated Rs fascinates me.
Maren Annalise – understated and classy!
Marguerite Davis – vintage yet modern, and what a nickname!
Tessa Katherine – spunky and feminine without any frou-frou. Love it.
Philip Loyal – such a handsome name, and I really like the virtue name in the middle (and all the virtue names in the sibset).
Frederick Robin Jude – it’s tricky balancing two middle names, but the classic, the soft, the strong all contrast beautifully.
Arthur Florian Edward – again, two middles, and I feel like Florian is a really difficult name to actually use, but THIS is how it’s done!
James Paul – I find this one striking for its understated simplicity and 1-1 punch.
Maple & Bay – the pair of nouveau nature names for the old-fashioned formals! It’s wonderful!
Harmony & Eden – amazing because both sisters have names alluding to peace and paradise.
Azula & Indira – completely unexpected names and yet absolutely complimentary – no “trying too hard” here!
Arlo & Ezra – perfectly quirky twin names!
Arthur & Frederick – old-fashioned knights!
Aaron, Levi & Eva – classic in an understated kind of way – I like these.
Maple for Marguerite – genius.
Cal for Charles Alastair – very cool!
Pip for Philip – adorable and traditional!
on February 4th, 2014 at 4:41 pm
Such beauty here! I am especially pleased to see the name Arthur gaining ground — such a strong classic.
on February 4th, 2014 at 6:07 pm
There are some lovely combos in there!
Reuben stuck out for me – dear friends of mine just named their son Reuben, so it already has a place in my heart.
on February 4th, 2014 at 8:37 pm
I love so many of these names!
And I absolutely ADORE the names of those sets of darling twin boys 🙂
on February 4th, 2014 at 11:13 pm
There are definitely some goodies in this report!
Arlo Sebastian & Ezra Valentine are SO handsome. I couldn’t love a twin set more than this, I don’t think!
Eloise Matilda is oh so sweet! So child friendly and literary!
Reeve Lauren and Calla Mae make such wonderful sister names! Reeve has always felt more masculine to me, but now, it just seem tomboyish and cute. I love that it was paired with Lauren!
Charles Alistair is absolutely stunning.
While I am not fond of the name, I love the story behind Grant Leonard. He will appreciate that name for years to come!
Also, I love the middles Robin Jude. I have always had a soft spot for the use of Robin on a boy!
Nicknames for Harmony? I can only think of Mo and Mona.
on February 5th, 2014 at 6:36 pm
I think “Mon,” like the nickname for Monica, would be a good nickname for Harmony. It’s much better than “Harm,” no offense to pp’s sister.
on February 7th, 2014 at 5:25 pm
I loved too many to name them all!
Harry, Minnie, Mona and Mo are all possible nicknames for Harmony.
on February 9th, 2014 at 4:19 pm
I adore Cassia Viviane Noor!!
on July 4th, 2014 at 2:13 am
These are my top five favourites for boys and girls…
Cassia Viviane Noor
Arthur Florian Edward
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