Rollo’s Favorite Names: A memorial tribute
If the Nameberry forums had an ambassador, Rollo (also known as Margot, or Carolyn Margot) was it. Carolyn Margot Delohery hailed from Sydney, Australia, but her goodwill, sensibility, and unmatched enthusiasm for names extended to online namers around the world. She died on June 14, 2014.
As much–or more–than any member of the Nameberry community, Rollo was especially passionate about certain names—ardent, romantic girls like Dorothea and Zoraide; new masculine classics like Christian and Hunter. She joined when the site was in its infancy, in 2008. But her contributions weren’t just about name choices; in discussion posts public and private she followed William Penn’s old dictum to carry out “any good thing I can do to any fellow being.” The doting grandmother-of-five and mom-of-two often chimed in with gentle and relevant words of encouragement for her fellow name folk, earning her a well-loved place here.
In remembrance of Rollo, here are a few of the names she loved best.
Noah: Biblical righteous man and current top boy name in the U.S. (#4 in Australia).
Gilliana: (“I like the flow and frilliness of it and that it is so unusual.”) An ultra-feminine extension of Gillian (the name of her beloved sister) and form of Julian (Roman, related to Jupiter of mythology).
Dorothea: From Greek and meaning “gift of God”, this deeply spiritual name seems especially fitting for a favorite of our late friend, who kept a nod to the 23rd Psalm in her signature.
Ethel: An underused English “noble maiden”.
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on July 3rd, 2014 at 4:05 am
I hadn’t heard of Rollo’s passing – I’m so sorry to hear it, she will be a dearly missed member of the Nameberry community. Thank you for putting this list together in her honour
on July 3rd, 2014 at 4:54 am
Thank you, Laura, for writing this! I feel closer to Rollo just seeing her picture and reading about the names she so passionately lobbied for.
on July 3rd, 2014 at 6:02 am
Thank you for writing this- I did not know Rollo well, but she always brought such a joy and light to the forum, and she will be very sadly missed.
on July 3rd, 2014 at 7:10 am
Thank you so much, Laura, for writing this beautiful and very appropriate tribute.
on July 3rd, 2014 at 9:01 am
Oh! I had no idea! Rest in peace
Thank you for the tribute. What a wonderful list of names!
on July 3rd, 2014 at 9:51 am
What a lovely tribute for the lady named Rollo. Thank you Laura for remembering this special Berry who shared our love of names. Her death hit me very hard and I have to admit that I teared up when I read this post. Rest in peace, dear Margot.
on July 3rd, 2014 at 3:25 pm
She will be greatly missed here and in her “real” life- I’m so glad you wrote this post up in her honor!
on July 3rd, 2014 at 6:35 pm
What a lovely tribute. I agree, Rollo will be missed around the forums for sure!
on July 3rd, 2014 at 8:49 pm
Thank you for writing this, Laura. A lovely tribute for a lovely lady. May she rest in peace.
on July 3rd, 2014 at 10:39 pm
Thank you for this beautiful tribute. Rollo will be missed.
on April 2nd, 2019 at 8:36 am
It has been extremely hard to come back to Nameberry after Rollo’s passing. I have been in continual contact with her sister Gillian since that time, who is now working through her own health challenges… pray for her if you will. It is a miracle to run into this beautiful post once again! It means so very much to me, especially since I’ve just discovered I am pregnant after a 9 yr infertility battle with PCOS that Margot encouraged me through. It will be hard to go through this name-journey without our dear friend, but happy that she remains here in comment and heart <3 Thanks again for this sweet memorial.
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