Category: baby name Penelope
By Lauren Apfel
As both a classicist and a lover of names, I find myself in a unique position. On the one hand, I have been exposed, from a relatively young age, to a swathe of wonderful monikers that wouldn’t otherwise be on my radar: Achilles, Antigone, Andromache (to mention a few off the top of my head that all happen to start with A). On the other hand, I have spent many years studying and internalizing the tales of woe that accompany these names. Achilles, for instance, is not just an interesting three-syllable option to me with the benefit of a double letter. He is an angry man, with a delicate ego, who spent a long time sulking in his tent before embarking on a brutal killing spree. Not exactly the connotation I was looking for, you can imagine, when it came to naming my sons.
Okay, to be fair, I was never really tempted to call any of my sons Achilles. But there are some ancient Greek names that make me swoon, names I might even have considered using for my own modern offspring had their backstories not been so utterly problematic. Here are five:
The Australian birth data is generally released by each state and territory between New Year and Easter, culminating in the national Top 100. Below are the names which rose the most in 2013, and some possible reasons why they might be doing so well at present. People from other countries may be interested to compare this to their own fastest-rising names, when all the data is in. I have also written an article on my site on those Top 100 names that rose significantly in several states, which has slightly different information.
His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge is just a week old. We’ve discussed his name – and the names the royals didn’t choose, or might be holding in reserve for future princes and princesses – for months.
But while Will and Kate were welcoming their firstborn, plenty of other babies made their debuts. Many of them are baby girls, girls with bold, brave names. Some are retro, some are inventive, and others are just plain great choices.
One name remains unknown. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem welcomed a daughter on the very day George Alexander Louis was born. The famously private Cruz-Bardem family has yet to share the name of Leo’s little sister.
There’s no shortage of names that we do know. Let’s take a look at the great girls’ names that we have heard on new arrivals this month: