by Linda Rosenkrantz
Though there weren’t as many Berry baby name announcements in November as their usually are, there were still some beauts—great names, first and middle combos, and sibsets, as in Bennett and Lennox for girls, Eliza Kit and Lou Magdalena, and sibset Seraphina, Casper and Pomeline. Also lots of interesting and unique nicknames in this crop of November baby names chosen by our Berries.
“Helen is an honor name for my maternal grandmother, Sue was the name my paternal grandmother went by,…Helen means “clear” or “bright and I love the idea of our girls out in the world bringing light to darkness with one another by their side. I’ve mostly been calling her Nell.”
“Lou is simply a name we love. Magdalena is after my husband’s grandmother Maggie as well as my aunt, who was Mary Magdalene in one of the first stage adaptations of Jesus Christ Superstar. We are so glad we were able to honor not one but two wonderful women with our daughter’s name.”
“Mercy for its meaning (“God’s mercy to us in Jesus as well as His mercies which are “new every morning.” ) We also just loved the sound and how uncommon it is. Gale because this is my middle name, as well as my mother’s maiden name and was thrilled to be able to use it on my first daughter!”
“I liked the name Raphi but my husband only liked it for a girl, so I started looking for a full name other than Raphael. Since having her home we’ve actually started calling her Saphi!”
“Willa is a reference to my maiden name, Wilson, and the many strong Wilson women in our lives. Edith was my husband’s beloved grandmother, who was actually given a Yiddish name at birth and legally changed it to Edith when she was about 10, because she wanted something more chic. We loved the sound, resonance, and “just right” familiarity of Willa and the spunky yet classic combination of Willa Edith.”
“We both fell in love with the name Dimitri literally the night before he was born! It may not be the style we typically go for, but I have a Greek name (Chloe) and loved the mythological connection between Chloe (another name sometimes used for Demeter) and Dimitri (follower of Demeter).”