September Babyberries: Harriet Harper and Julian James
By Linda Rosenkrantz
It’s time for the always gratifying task of gathering up the birth announcements of the month, and September’s harvest did not disappoint, with an abundance of great September baby names, creative first and middle combos and interesting sibsets.
Outstanding among the girls, there is the floral first name Zinnia and both Darling and Lova (based on a typo for Love) as middles. The boys’ list includes the imposing Ignatius and the hero-name Beckham, as well as distinctive middle names Wellington and Adair. And one girl inherited her dad’s name, while a boy got his father’s name in reverse.
“We chose Ophelia as the middle partly in honor of my husband’s love of Hamlet, but mainly because I think it’s one of the most beautiful names in the world—even more so, now that it is attached to our precious little girl.”
“I fell in love with the name Elsie long before I was pregnant and I couldn’t find any names I liked more…Lillian was named after her Great great grandma and my family loved the tribute. Also turns out DH’s side of the family has 2 Elsie, so she’s the third.”
“I really struggled to find the perfect name for this fourth baby, and make sure it ‘matched’ her siblings. We came up with Ivy for IV (or fourth) and I loved that it flowed with Edith so well. Edith was for my grandmother who was very special to me.”
“Her second name derives from a typo. My husband once typed “lova” instead of love and that’s how he’s ended all text-messages to me ever since. Once we found out “Lova” actually is a name, it was set. That “lova” means “promise” in Swedish is just the icing on the cake.”
“We gave my daughter the same name as her daddy.. She’s called “Junie”–short for Junior. We love nicknames but wanted to give her a less cute-sy name with meaning for when she is older. We both love the nickname Junie…A slight twist on the more classic Julie, Janie, or Joanie. We avoided June for being too plain with our last name and Juniper for being too trendy.”
“Phoebe means shining and she is the light after a very dark journey to have our last baby; Eliza is her great, great, great, great grandma on DH’s side; Grace was after my dad’s mum who had Amazing Grace played at her funeral…her initials are PEGY—after my maternal grandma Peggy, who was like a second mother to me. Her nickname is Bee and she often gets Honeybee.”
“Her middle name, Whitney, is for The Whitney—an old mansion in Michigan where my husband & I were married. Reed’s middle name, Townsend, is for The Townsend Hotel—an old, upscale, boutique hotel where our wedding reception was held.”
“Willa is a name that I have been rooting for for months. I think it is simple yet unique, classic yet has a modern feel. My husband was not sold at first so I let him pick her middle name if we decided to go with Willa. He chose Marcella after his grandmother. When we saw her we knew she was a Willa Marcella.”
…”is quite the little firecracker already, so she lives up to her name!”
August Owen, brother of Sebastian Dee, Oliver Lee, and Elliott Wilford
“With Daddy and Mommy each having one Hebrew and one Greek name, we were looking for a handsome combination rich in meaning from those origins. Evan is the Welsh version of John meaning “God is gracious” and Theodore is Greek meaning “Gift of God.”
“I love mythology so I wanted a name that expressed the enduring power of lore. The noble mythical creature griffin is symbolic of equal strength and intelligence, both of which are qualities I want my son to have. It is also a myth that is broad and crosses over many different cultures.”
“After spending copious amounts of time on Nameberry, we decided we preferred classic names that honour family; we named our darling boy after all four of his great grandfathers, two of whom were Thomas, one whose middle name was Wellington, and the fourth an Arnold.”
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on October 1st, 2014 at 1:07 pm
Some fantastic names this month! My favourites are Phoebe Eliza Grace and Thomas Wellington Arnold!
I also love Ivy and Ignatius 🙂
on October 1st, 2014 at 1:08 pm
I’m Zinnia’s mom. She actually has 2 middle names. The second one was left off.. It’s Zinnia Rhiannon Rook. (Rook’s not our last name.) 🙂 But glad everyone likes our choice!
on October 1st, 2014 at 1:12 pm
Congrats to all who had babies in September! 🙂
The kiddos have lovely names.
on October 1st, 2014 at 1:35 pm
I love Margot Darling! The story with Mila Lova is really sweet.
on October 1st, 2014 at 11:07 pm
As usual, some lovely names.
Phoebe Eliza Grace
Thomas Wellington Arnold
*Best Sibsets* (so many!!)
River Jameson-Dallas, Rosalyn Anastasia-Josephine, Arlo Ray-Baxter, and Wren Evangeline-Lorelei
Ignatius Frederic, Theodore Henry, and Augustus Jack
Beckham Ellis James and Jasper Allan Fox
Zinnia Rhiannon Rook and Felix Malcolm
Rosalind Eva Louise and Florence Afton Eugenia
Violet Whitney and Reed Townsend
Ivy Edith, Sebastian James, Oliver Morris, and Harriet Dawn
Harriet Harper, sister of Eloise, Beatrix and Foster
Catherine “Cate” Ophelia and William Balthazar
on October 1st, 2014 at 11:07 pm
Lola Rebecca and Ivy Edith are especially lovely.
on October 1st, 2014 at 11:15 pm
I have a Harriet. Great choice!!
on October 2nd, 2014 at 1:01 am
I’m Milla’s mom, thanks for mentioning us!
Though it’s actually “Milla” with two “ll”, hence pronounced like “Miller”.
Congrats to all other parents!
on October 2nd, 2014 at 1:05 am
Sorry, RapunzelMom–I have fixed it.
on October 2nd, 2014 at 9:01 am
Oh wow! William Balthazar and Catherine Ophelia!! I think these are stunning for siblings! I love the classic first name with the weighty middle.
on October 2nd, 2014 at 9:16 am
nms, but great sibsets!!
-Lola Rebecca w/ Oscar Alfred
-Beckham Ellis James w/ Jasper Allan Fox
-Oskar w/ Rorke strikes great balance..
I really enjoyed the stories of Elsie Lillian, Ivy Edith (so clever to use the Roman Numeral 4!), Phoebe Eliza Grace (PEGY), and using Whitney and Townsend because of mom & dad’s special wedding places 😉
My faves tend to favor the boys this round:
Thomas Wellington Arnold
Did a double take at sister Avery Jane’s name… My niece’s name is Avery June!! lol
on October 2nd, 2014 at 11:17 am
These are some well named little babies! Congrats!
on October 2nd, 2014 at 12:26 pm
A lot of pretty names here! I’m loving Beatrice Caroline and Willa Marcella especially 🙂
Catherine Ophelia I LOVE! Even though I still can’t get over that crazy Ophelia from Hamlet it still makes a strong presence in a name. Catherine is one of my favorite classics right now 😀
on October 2nd, 2014 at 4:38 pm
Great names this month!
I usually don’t love Harriet, but seeing it paired up as Harriet Harper is awesome!
How clever to use Ivy as roman numeral 4, I wish I had thought of that! Seriously cool.
I also really like:
And the story behind Lova is great. I love when names have a story.
on October 3rd, 2014 at 9:19 am
Favorites are Harriet, Margot, Rosalind for girls, and River, Beckham and Matteo.
Least favs are Thomas and Joseph, for being way too overused and common.
on October 5th, 2014 at 9:48 pm
So many pretty combinations! Here are my top five for each gender:
Boy Names for Girls & New Names for Boys – Baby Name Blog – Nameberry Said
on October 5th, 2014 at 10:43 pm
[…] Ellis James – Speaking of surname names, Beckham Ellis James appeared on the September Babyberry Report. Liam, Fordham, Beckham, Graham, Adam, Abraham, and Abram – is ‘am’ the new ‘en’? […]
on October 10th, 2014 at 10:56 pm
Oh dang, I forgot to post my announcement.. I had August Owen on the 20th, brother of Sebastian Dee, Oliver Lee, and Elliott Wilford. — All my boys have first names that we love and middle names after a family member.
Shout out to baby Ivy, whose 2 older brothers share the same first name as my boys, and our last 2 babies born the same time 🙂
on October 12th, 2014 at 12:17 pm
Will babies that were born at the end of Sept. be featured in October’s post? I didn’t get around to posting till later 🙁 This is my first and as a former teenberry I’ve been waiting years to be able to announce on Nameberry!
on October 12th, 2014 at 12:38 pm
@aahschlee: Any baby entered in the forum during the month of October will be included in the October post.
on October 13th, 2014 at 4:36 pm
on October 25th, 2014 at 3:49 pm
I had a baby in September. 🙂 Terra Gwendolyn.
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