Category: Angela Mastrodonato
Finding the perfect seasoning blend for this recipe was challenging. The goal was to find names that not only ranked mostly outside the Top 1000 on the U.S. Social Security list, but also seem under the radar on the inter-webs.
The big challenge was finding spice and herb names that were both surprising and appealing. Therefore I widened the “surprising” filter to include some names that might seem less surprising to name fanatics, but are still considered surprising among the general population because, considering their style, we aren’t hearing them as often as we should in real-life.
Nickname-names have taken hold in the U.K., and the U.S. hasn’t been completely immune to this trend. The two countries may favor different nicknames, and the trend may be more popular in the U.K., but the trend is evident in both countries.
Shortly after my son was born, I remember telling a friend that we chose his middle name, Robert, because it is my husband’s name. I told her that I would have liked to pass on my name, Angela, as my daughter’s middle name, but couldn’t get it to work. Her response was:
Some names just aren’t middle names.
But why is Angela not a middle name? Why are some names seen as first names only?
By keeping my eyes and ears open, I have found name inspiration from many sources. One of these sources has been the Kilcher family, a prominent homesteading family from Alaska.
In recent years, this family has been featured in the Discovery Channel reality show, Alaska: The Last Frontier. This family’s notoriety doesn’t begin with a reality TV show, however. This family happens to be the family of folk/pop/country singer, Jewel.
Fifty years ago, a prime-time comedy launched on ABC. That show was Bewitched, and it put the name Samantha on the map. Here’s how the numbers pan out:
- The year before the show, 1963, there were fewer than 100 born in the U.S.
- By 1964, there were over 400 born
- By 1965, there almost 2,000 born