Notable New Year’s Babies’ Names: Mercury, Micah & Saffron
Ewell Doak Walker, Jr., always known by his middle name, was a big, handsome midcentury Football Hall of Famer, featured on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1948. He gets extra points for marrying an Olympic skier named Skeeter. Doak is a Scottish surname.
- Ewell Doak Walker, Jr., always known by his middle name, was a big, handsome midcentury Football Hall of Famer, featured on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1948. He gets extra points for marrying an Olympic skier named Skeeter. Doak is a Scottish surname." >
- Florence Lawrence has gone down in history as “The First Movie Star,” as she was the first silent screen actor to be known publicly by name. Florence is a long neglected classic that was once in the Top 10; it has been revived in the UK and shows promise of rediscovery here." >
- Rye author stands for Jerome David, though Salinger was known to friends as Jerry and to family as Sonny. The saintly appellation Jerome is the birth name of many Jerrys, including Seinfeld; it hit the Top 100 in the late 1930’s but has been declining ever since." >
- Lorenzo de’ Medici was a towering figure in the Italian Renaissance, a politician and great patron of the arts, known as Lorenzo the Magnificent. Lorenzo is an Italian import on the rise, now at Number 237, chosen by Jersey Shore’s ‘Snooki” Polizzi for her son, and boasts the cool Renzo as its nickname." >
- Mercury Hayes was actually given that appropriate name at birth. The name of a Roman god—the messenger of the gods,-- a planet, and a metallic element, Mercury has yet to be discovered by baby namers, unlike other Roman deities Apollo, Venus and Juno." >
- Micah Hawkins, an early American poet, playwright and composer of the first opera on an American theme, was born on January 1, 1777. Micah is the name of a biblical prophet that is becoming more and more appealing as a fresher Michael alternative. Micah now ranks at Number 107; 92 on Nameberry." >
- Maria Louise Ramé, whose pseudonym derived from her own childish pronunciation of Louise. Is it a nickname name that could possibly be adopted by others?" >
- Saffron Burrows has appeared in numerous films as well as on Boston Legal and Law & Order: Criminal Intent—and she also bears the great middle name Domini. Saffron is a pungent orange-scented spice and color name that’s never been on the Social Security list, but is Number 368 on Nameberry." >
- Shalom, means peace, and is rarely heard outside the Jewish community." >
- Saga, Soames Forsyte." >
- Sophie Okonedo received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work in Hotel Rowanda—and is the mother of a daughter named Aoife. Sophie is the spunky French version of Sophia that ranks at Number 6 in England, 76 in the US." >
- Born Francisco de Asis Javier Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deulofeu, the bandleader known as Xavier Cugat was instrumental in popularizing Latin music in the US. Xavier is a name that is definitely on the rise—it was chosen by both Tilda Swinton and Donnie Wahlberg for their sons, and is now in the Top 100, at Number 83." >
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on December 26th, 2014 at 11:36 am
I’m a fan of Lorenzo and Micah. I’m a nn kind of person and I would use nns for both of these. Enzo, Renny, or Renly for Lorenzo and Ike for Micah.
on December 27th, 2014 at 11:41 pm
I adore the name Saffron, and have so since I was about 12. It’s still on my “I’m not ballsy enough yet” list. This article gives me a little more confidence to use it!
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