November Babyberries: Jubilee, Elowen & Elowen
By Linda Rosenkrantz
There was a wide variety in the babyberry November baby name choices of the past month, from classics like Arthur and Alfred and Louisa to the adventurous Sequoia, Arrow and Jubilee. And there were some especially captivating name stories, such as those behind Scout (another shout-out to To Kill a Mockingbird), Arthur Genki, and Fawn, as well as the many cool first and middle combos and sibsets we’ve come to expect.
A record four sets of twins was comprised of two girl-girl and two girl-boys:
And now here’s the complete list of reported November births:
“Our baby girl arrived at dawn and has an ethereal beauty which fits her name perfectly.”
“I LOVED the name Ellie. My husband wouldn’t consider using a nickname as a first or middle though. So I went on a mission to find a name that wasn’t Elizabeth, Eleanor, Eliza, Ella, etc…My husband wasn’t sold on Elowen though, and it didn’t make the cut in our girl name option for our first pregnancy. So imagine my surprise when he told me that I could use it…since he works with trees, I think he like that it also means Elm.”
“The name Fawn was decided years before my husband and I got married. In fact, he whipped that name out in the first few months of us dating, and I wasn’t keen on it. But after we started camping and going on hikes together, he talked about what he pictured a little girl named Fawn being like. After his description, I fell in love with the name too. We wanted strong, normal, yet not too common middle names for them in case they didn’t like their first names. My husband chose Rosalind after reading it in a novel during my pregnancy.”
“Her first name we chose for her a name I have loved ever since I found it while writing an essay during high school.”
Our only hesitation in using (Rosalie) is that my mother’s name is Rosemary and goes by “Rosie” to many and I was worried about name confusion. We are calling her Rosalie and occasionally “Rosie” or “Rosebud.” No confusion so far! Rosalie was also the name of her great-grandmother on my side and her great-aunt on my husband’s side. Now I cherish all the family connections! I love the meaning of her middle name, Gabrielle: “God is my strength” and the association with Gabriel the archangel since her father also carries the name of an archangel: Michael.
Arthur was chosen because of my love and sentiment for anything from days past. Also around the time I found out I was pregnant, there were many Bear references coming up for me, and Arthur means ‘man like a bear’…As Arthur is half Japanese (Dad), we decided t choose a Japanese middle. A Japanese name can have a variety of meanings depending on which Kanji (characters) you use, so it’s fun to create your own meanings to a name sound you like. The character Gen…means a bow string…, this was chosen as a reference to my maiden name—Murdoch, whose history dates back to some famous archers in Scotland. Also when Arthur would hear ‘Gen’ being spoken, he went wild in my tummy every time, so couldn’t say no to that!
“It’s the Greek form of Elijah, so has biblical roots (we are both United Methodist pastors) and I like that the full name is a little different, but has a very mainstream nn (Eli) if that’s what Elias chooses later.”
“Early on we loved the name Henry, but were torn on the perfect middle name. When we met this little boy, we were impressed with his incredible strength for a newborn, and Everett was the perfect match. It also gives both of my sons ‘E’ middle names to match their father.”
Have a favorite first and middle combo? Sibset?