September Babyberry Crop: Cleo Evangeline and Hugo Prosperity

September Babyberry Crop: Cleo Evangeline and Hugo Prosperity

By Linda Rosenkrantz

In the past month we’ve seen some stunning first, middle and also sibling name choices made by Berries for their September babes.

In boys’ middle names alone, there were the creative picks of Galahad, Prosperity and Thyme.  Two boys were given the name Hugo, and name inspiration included The Handmaid’s Tale, the Knights of the Round Table, philosopher Immanuel Kant and singer June Carter Cash.

Here are the September baby names chosen by Berries last month:


Beatrix Hazel June

“I have always loved the meaning of Beatrix: she who brings happiness.  And our little Bea certainly has done that! Beatrix is the perfect blend of classic, quirky and strong and the nickname Bea is spunky and sweet. I wanted a middle name that would bring Beatrix down to earth a bit and would reflect my love of vintage, ‘old lady’ names, We couldn’t decide on just one so gave her Hazel and June! Hazel is a family name—after my feisty great aunt.  And I love the sweet sunny quality of June and its associations to strong women (June Carter Cash and the heroine of The Handmaid’s Tale).”

Celia Violet, sister of Viviana Rose and Carina Iris

Together our trio of girls are: life, love, and all things heavenly. I couldn’t think of a better way to complete our family.”

Cleo Evangeline, sister of Nova Elise

“Cleo means glory and in her room at the hospital is a little sign the nurses made that says ‘Cleo, full of glory.’ Evangeline means “bearer of good news: and we feel that’s very accurate.  She has such a strong spirit and we know she’ll grow and thrive until it’s time to bring her home.”

Dorothy Britt (Dottie), sister of Elizabeth Sharon “Betsy”

Britt after my twin sister Brittany and Dorothy after my husband’s great-aunt—a wonderful woman who was never able to have children of her own. Plus we love the meaning!”

Emelia Rose

“It came down to my husband saying different names to her while he held her for skin to skin.  He said she reacted to Emilia and I liked the idea of the nickname Emmy so it was decided, she would be Emilia Rose.”

Ondine Rohana, sister of Cosima Edeline May

We were stuck between a few names, Ondine was my favorite, but my husband favored another.  The first thing my husband said to her when she was born and he got a good look at her face, was “Welcome to the world, Ondine.” Rohana is a nod to my husband’s grandpa Ron, but also just a name we really love.”

Villemo Claire, sister of Emerson Rose (‘Emme’) and Wilder James

“Villemo goes by Vivi or Liv.”


Fergus Galahad Locke, brother of Mairead Kallista Isolde

“Fergus has long been a contender for a boy because I love the strength it has.  Galahad because he was the purest of the knights of the round table, and Locke after philosopher John Locke.”

Haytham Dorian

Hugo Frederick, brother of Eli Anthony and Oscar Nicholas

Hugo Prosperity

“Hugo was chosen because I liked how dignified it sounds. My husband likes it for its bouncy qualities and quiet charm.  What really sealed the deal with Hugo is that my mother’s maiden name is Hughes so it just felt perfect for us. His middle name is something that took us a while to settle on but eventually we just decided that the most important thing to us is that he prospers in anything he might want to do. We just think it’s a nice objective to have for oneself and we hope that it’s something he is able to achieve.”

Leo Freddie, brother of Finn Henry and Remy James

“It was a very hard decision and we are still questioning whether we made the right choice, but Leo Freddie seems to suit his spunky little personality already. There are just so many beautiful names out there so picking just one, especially for your final child, is so tricky!”

Miles Immanuel

“Miles is named for his great-great grandfather…Immanuel was a late dark-horse choice.  My husband studies ethics, and I’m a historian of early Christianity, so we wanted a name that was biblical, a saint’s, or otherwise rooted in the Christian tradition.  My husband suggested Immanuel out of the blue one day, and it just sounded right! We chose the Immanuel spelling as a nod to Kant and the fact that we first met in a Hebrew language course.”

Patrick Lazarus, brother of Peter Athanasius

Vincent Thyme, brother of Frida Tulip, Pomeline Bluebell (‘Polly’), James Heather, Rosemary Gwen (‘Romy’, and Hemlock Otto (‘Huck”)

“Vincent is a family name for my husband and the name of my favorite painter, Vincent van Gogh, plus my older children love the connection to the beautiful Loving Vincent.  Thyme is a nature name that we both adore.  Thyme is sometimes called the ‘herb of courage’, and we think bravery is an admirable quality to have.”

Plus, we’ve had an adoption announcement of a beautiful little 2-year-old named Harlow Isabelle.

About the Author

Linda Rosenkrantz

Linda Rosenkrantz

Linda Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pamela Redmond of the ten baby naming books acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. You can follow her personally at InstagramTwitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of other books.