New Berrybaby Arrivals: Georgia Geraldine and Jethro Valor

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Some especially gorgeous name choices were announced by berries in March.

I don’t like to play favorites, but I just have to single out twins Pomeline Fay and Perseus Robin, and singletons Jethro Valor and Iolanthe Zelda Irene (sister of Caspian, Zephan, Eve, Peregrine, Dulcinea and Georgia.) Wowie!

There were two other really nicely-named sets of twins:

Josephine Adair and Rosamund Margot and

Ina Reese and Micah St. Leo

Here’s the complete list, together with snippets of their stories:


Adell Margaretsister of Arthur Wendell

“We spent a few days calling baby Freya, but it never felt right.  It’s lovely, but it’s not our daughter’s name. It took us calling her by the wrong name to realize she really is an Adell.”

Anna Josephine, sister of Jane Darling

Cordelia Avery, sister of Riley Oliver

“We chose her name because we really like the nickname Cora, and my husband loves that one possible meaning of Cordelia is “Daughter of the sea” since his family loves fishing and being on the water.”

Georgia Geraldine, sister of Simon Kelly and Henrietta (Hattie) Jane

Georgia’s named in honor of her great-grandfather George and great-great-grandmother Geraldine—a strong-willed Irishwoman born in 1880 and lived to be 101 and to hold her first great-grandchild (me) in the last year of her life…We love how sweet and spunky and old-fashioned Georgia is, just like Hattie. We also love how traditional and elegant it is, like Simon and Henrietta.”

Ina Reese, twin of Micah St. Leo and sister to Ross

Iolanthe Zelda Irene, sister of Caspian, Zephan, Eve, Peregrine, Dulcinea and Georgia

Iolanthe is a Greek name of Gilbert & Sullivan fame, being the name of the title character in their 1882 operetta. My husband and I are pretty big G&S fans, and musical nerds in general. This pick gives our three-daughters in a row each a song bearing their name, as well as a floral reference….” To read lots more from saracita00 on her wonderful pick, go to the forum here.

JosephineEffieAdair, twin of Rosamund Margot, sister of Matilda Kate

“…shares her middle name with her grandma, great-grandma, and great-great-grandma on her father’s side.”

Josette Eloise, sister of Lilla Clare, Vivienne Grace and Tess Magnolia

We wanted another double letter name like her big sisters and I wanted a double tt as a nod to my maiden name that ended in tt as well.”

PomelineAppleFay, twin of Perseus Robin and sister of Viviane Iris and Althea River

“…husband suggested Avalon because he knows I’ve been obsessed with Arthurian legends since I was little…etymologically Avalon means “the isle of the apple trees” and that got me thinking of going maybe Gwyneth Paltrow-y and naming my daughter Apple…but decided we couldn’t pull it off, it wasn’t substantial enough and we’re not Hollywood celebrities….researching names related to Apples we came across Pomona and then Pomeline which completely won our hearts. Fay, obviously inspired by Morgan Le Fay who is perhaps alongside Merlin the greatest link to Avalon and that beautiful pre-Christian mystical place of the adoration of the Goddess.”

RosamundRosieMargot, twin of Josephine Adair and sister of Matilda Kate

“My grandma hates her name, so I had to get creative and chose Margot as both names are considered nicknames for Margaret.”


Freddie John Gregory

We had not even thought of this name at all and were looking at completely different sounding names, but this was out of the blue and just felt right.”

Gibson Michael

JethroJettValor, brother to William Ray, Verity Sakura and Alastair Ingram

Lee Sorrel, brother of Gabriel Jody

“I like a lot of real-life Lees (Bruce Lee, Lee Hazelwood, Lee Krasner),…but more importantly it’s the name of a river I swam in as a child. We like how simple the name is, its sound, and that it’s easily unisex.”

Micah St. Leo, twin of Ina Reese and brother to Ross

“We got married in the church of St. Leo and that’s where Micah’s middle name comes from. After we settled on that, we found out that St. Leo is also Usain Bolt’s middle name, and I find that such a cool association!”

Perseus (“Percy”) Robin, twin of Pomeline Fay, brother of Viviane Iris and Althea River

Perseus was along with Theseus and Lysander favorites of my husband, but won out in the end because Percy completely conquered my heart. Robin is literary, sweet and is the name of an adorable little bird, but most of all it feels adventurous (because of Robin Hood), boyish and also carries a lot of mythology and old world charm.

Rufus (‘Rue’) Henry Jonathan

Rufus is a name that I have liked for years and it was one of the first to get hubby’s stamp of approval…I never thought I’d choose a name as popular as Henry, but near the end of my pregnancy I felt drawn to more popular classic names.”

Thatcher Emmett Wilder, brother of Beckett Wyndham Kincaide, Adelaide Waverly Evangeline and Charlotte Windsor Beatrice

“We chose Thatcher because we both love surnames…Emmett is from a children’s book I loved when I was a child and we chose Wilder because I “Little House on the Prairie” and we needed another W name, like his brother and sisters.”

Walter Everett, brother to Effie Mae and Conner James

And here are this week’s best Forum findings, thanks to Katinka.

— From Sofia to Sydney, Dakota to Dallasplace names are all the rage right now. Here are dozens of great uncharted options from around the world.
— Beautiful, unusual boys’ names that are both elaborate and easy to pronounce… Oh, and no nature names. Easy peasy.
— What would you choose for Finnick’s twin brother? Lots of lovely ideas for “sweet spot” boy names here: strong, uncommon, unfussy, and with great nickname potential.
— And some more suggestions in a similar vein for girls, inspired by Atlas for a boy. Artemis, Astrid and Zelda seem spot on — what else would you add?
 Lastly, here’s an interesting question for you: can positive associations be problematic too, if not intended?

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Annilee Says:

April 2nd, 2018 at 1:10 am

Sometimes i wonder if these announcements are genuine.

You’ve posted the same announcement twice. Adell Margaret and Freya Margaret are the same birth

Bassilly Says:

April 2nd, 2018 at 1:46 am

I adore the middle St. Leo! Such cool associations too.

IslandMoon Says:

April 2nd, 2018 at 1:47 am

I love Pomeline Far, Cordelia Avery, Perseus Robin and Jethro Valor this month.

I think that Freya Margaret Adell and Adell Margaret are the same person though.

Gia.berry Says:

April 2nd, 2018 at 3:33 am

Did they end up going with Adell Margaret or Freya Margaret Adell?

I love Rosamund Margot, Pomeline Fay, Perseus Robin and Rufus ‘Rue’.

jessiemay Says:

April 2nd, 2018 at 5:40 am

I find it very hard to believe that there are two Arthur Wendells with new sisters, one named Adell who was almost called Freya, and one named Freya who was almost called Adell.

Selkit Says:

April 2nd, 2018 at 8:01 am

I love Cordelia Avery and Pomeline Fay, especially the story behind the latter. And Josette Eloise is part of an amazing sibset!

frobskottle Says:

April 2nd, 2018 at 8:46 am

Another Pomeline 🙂 makes me feel better that mine is not alone! Congratulations

wandsworth Says:

April 2nd, 2018 at 8:48 am

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

That said, I do love Perseus Robin and Jethro Valor.

Selkit Says:

April 2nd, 2018 at 8:52 am

Am I the only one who doesn’t really care if these announcements are “real” or not? Cool names are cool names; it makes no difference to me if there are actual kids running around with them or not. Heck, I don’t even have kids myself. I’m just an aspiring novelist here getting name inspiration for my characters.

CaitlinBrittin Says:

April 2nd, 2018 at 9:03 am

Love twins named Rosamund and Josephine! and with a sister named Matilda too, such a great sibset!

AD10 Says:

April 2nd, 2018 at 9:03 am

Maybe instead of accusing a birth announcement of being fake you should go read it first. In Adell Margaret’s announcement she is first announced as Freya and then reannounced as Adell since Freya just wasn’t meant to be. It’s a real announcement; it just got posted twice in this article.

benjamelissa Says:

April 2nd, 2018 at 9:12 am

I really like Connor James.

linda Says:

April 2nd, 2018 at 9:17 am

Sorry about the double listing for Adell Margaret–it’s just as @AD10 wrote– but I neglected to delete the Freya announcement–which I have now done!
As for the announcements being “real,” we look into them as far as we can and eliminate any obvious trolls, but in the end we have to put our trust in the honesty of the posterberry.

tfzolghadr Says:

April 2nd, 2018 at 12:14 pm

Rosamund Margot and Rufus Henry Jonathan would be my picks for the month. What great combos!

josephinedagnall Says:

April 2nd, 2018 at 2:11 pm

Such beautifully named children, as always! I especially love Josephine Adair, Georgia Geraldine and Rufus Henry Jonathan.

ceruleanstardust Says:

April 2nd, 2018 at 2:35 pm

Pomeline Fay is beautiful and makes a lovely twin name for Perseus.

Eu Says:

April 3rd, 2018 at 7:47 am

I do kind of care if announcements are real or not (although I agree it’s impossible to police) as there’s a big difference between liking a name in the abstract and actually bestowing it on a baby.

katinka Says:

April 3rd, 2018 at 10:35 am

I thought there were some lovely arrivals this month!

Jane Darling and Anna Josephine make for such an adorable sister set, and I agree that Pomeline Fay and Perseus Robin are beyond fabulous for twins.

I also love the unique-yet-familiarness of Adell (which, I believe, was a family surname – clever!) and I was pleased to see Sorrel used – it’s a recent crush of mine, for either sex.

Congratulations to all!

linda Says:

April 3rd, 2018 at 2:01 pm

@Eu We care too!

thefairophelia Says:

April 4th, 2018 at 2:02 pm

I don’t like that you’re playing favorites – it seems unfair to other parents who put just as much effort into naming their babies.

Anyway, I think that Iolanthe, Effie, Valor and Sorrel are super cool.

Congrats to all!

lnxn09 Says:

April 4th, 2018 at 8:27 pm

One of the sibling names is Jane Darling. Darling is actually a family name for me. If I ever have a girl her middle name will be Darling as well.

greygrove Says:

April 4th, 2018 at 9:57 pm

I think most of the announcements would be real. I’m the mother of the Lee Sorrel here!
I love the two ‘G’s with Georgia Geraldine, Reese for a girl’s middle, Freddie, and Micah St. Leo, & Rue is a lovely nn for Rufus.

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