Thanksgiving Baby Names: Sur la Table
Calling the turkey Tom is not a question of anthropomorphizing—it’s the official term defining maleness, also used for a tomcat. In humans, Tom has been a diminutive of Thomas since time immemorial and has long been used on its own, a Top 100 name through the 1940s, and still in the Top 50 in Germany and the Netherlands.
- Tom is not a question of anthropomorphizing—it’s the official term defining maleness, also used for a tomcat. In humans, Tom has been a diminutive of Thomas since time immemorial and has long been used on its own, a Top 100 name through the 1940s, and still in the Top 50 in Germany and the Netherlands." >
- Maizie. We’ve never heard it used as a baby name, but we’re putting it out there as a unique middle-name possibility." >
- Kale popped onto the boys’ list in 1985 and grew in popularity along with that of the veggie, reaching Number 500 in 2008, but it has now started to slide. The Berries prefer the homophone Cale." >
- Toni Collette named her daughter Sage Florence, and it’s a male vampire on Vampire Diaries." >
- Berry (as in Berry Gordy, Berry Berenson) is not a recent arrival—it was actually Number 305 in 1880." >
- Ginger is one of the spices that often makes the apple and pumpkin pie so delicious. Long a nickname for Virginia (it was Ginger Rogers’ full name) and for redheads, Gingers have featured in pop culture, from Gilligan’s Island to True Blood, and also appeared on the Social Security list from 1933 to 1989, peaking at Number 187 in 1971." >
- Cinnamon works with ginger and the other spices making those pies and sweet potato puddings such holiday treats. Cinnamon comes from the fragrant bark of the laurel tree, and might be remembered as a femme fatale on the old Mission: Impossible TV series." >
- Jonathan is one species of apple often found inside the piecrust. But the Old Testament name Jonathan, though it still ranks at Number 42 nationally, does not seem quite so fresh. Both Jon Stewart and Jon Hamm were born Jonathan." >
- Crispin is another wintry apple—also called Mutsu-- that’s a frequent choice for that yummy pie filling. As crisp as an autumn day, the attractive Crispin is the name of a venerated saint and a wizard in the Harry Potter books." >
- Maple Sylvie was the name chosen for their daughter by the Jason Batemans." >
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on November 21st, 2014 at 7:08 am
Lovely names here! I love Crispin, Ginger, and Berry, and Maize is very interesting too.
on November 21st, 2014 at 8:48 am
Love the attention to Maple. It would make a great mn.
on November 21st, 2014 at 9:01 am
Crispin, of course, is a saint’s name, and Jonathan Brewster was oldest son of Elder William Brewster and a member of that first Thanksgiving. To my mind, Thanksgiving names — Miles (Myles), Priscilla, Brewster, Bradford, Allerton, Francis, Prence, Alden — would perhaps have made more interesting choices than naming your child Corn. Really?
on November 21st, 2014 at 12:04 pm
I know a Ginger. She’s about 10. It’s a cool name, but I honestly don’t think it suits her that well. Ginger is the sort of name that only some kids can actually pull off. I think the Ginger I know is more of a Hannah, Zoe or Ella. Or Ginny.
on November 21st, 2014 at 1:26 pm
Kale, Berry, Sage, Ginger, and Maple are my faves. Knowing that Maize is corn would deter me, though Maisy of course is a cute name.
on November 21st, 2014 at 3:30 pm
I have a Ginger! And love Sage as a middle. And Jonathan Kale is great! Enjoyed this.
on November 23rd, 2014 at 2:01 pm
I agree with miloowen, as most of these are a bit of a stretch or, in my opinion, are just plain silly as names. I do love Crispin, but I can’t imagine being able to get someone else on board with it.
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