By Linda Rosenkrantz
Some particularly delicious babyberry names last month–the doubly golden Aurelia Marigold, a Juniper and a Juno, an Atlas and an Axel, two middle-place Magnolias, first and middle name Shepherds, and a new critter name– Owl.
“We called her Arden due to my daughter Tate finding a gymnast online called Arden and suggesting it as her pick. I definitely think this baby has been the hardest to name as we didn’t want to repeat initials.”
“We chose Aurelia because of the golden meaning (and our daughter is fair as we expected), its timeless nature, and the fact that it wouldn’t be easily nicknamable, which is a consideration when you live in Australia! Marigold is special because our daughter is born in spring, my great-grandmother was called Goldie all her life, and my favourite book as a little girl was Marigold in ‘Grandmother’s House’.
“The new baby was referred to as “the Duck” by her big brother all the way through pregnancy and we live on a duck farm so we have gone the whole duck with Daphne “Daffy” Jemima “Puddleduck” but also together the names imply the triumph of peace, much-needed in our world today and Rose because she is a Rose by another name.”
“Edith, as it turns out, was my great-great-grandmother’s name, so our goal of an honor name was met.”
“Her older sister was named Aksara Safiyya, and we wanted to get a name with similar meaning. Aksara means alphabet in Sanskrit, and to us it symbolizes knowledge. Safiyya (I found this gem from nameberry, thanks), is Arabic for friend…In the end we went with Inara—Arabic for enlightenment, bringing light into the dark…Raisa—Arabic for leader.”
“Our favorite tree and bird name and Owendell is the Celtic variation of the German Wendell, which was my great-grandmother Mildred’s maiden name…we wanted her to always have a little piece of her grandmother with her.”
“My husband and I were looking for something distinct, that could be shortened and had meaning for us. We love Vermont. We love cheese. The nickname Wim is a short form for William which honors both my late father and my husband’s. Mere is also the Maori tribe’s form of Mary which honors my mother.”
“We decided on Zelda for a girl because it’s a strong name which works well considering our English and German heritage. We went with Nadine because we love its meaning ‘hope’ together with Zelda’s meaning happiness.”
“After a serious case of cold feet we weren’t able to decide on one final name, and we took multiple names with us to the hospital. Anders, an old love of ours, turned out to be his name.”
“Bram we decided on early in our TTC journey. We both love horror and reading so we loved the literary/horror connection. Because my name is Brooke though I wasn’t super keen on a Br name as his first name. Atlas grew on me after I wrote a blog post on it…I love that it is a strong name, especially now that our boy will need to be strong to keep growing…and that together the initials of our little family is A (him) B (me) and C (DH).
“Lewis is an old family name that had been converted to Lewise (pronounced Louise) several generations ago and passed down to the female members of my family. Lewise is my middle name, so we re-converted it back to Lewis for our baby boy!
“We chose Jasper because we adore the name and the vintage feel it exudes. We went with Augustine for his middle name because when my husband and I were dating we would discuss names for fun. He and I both happened to love August, but we did not really like the flow of Jasper August. We ended up looking at other forms of August on Nameberry and when we came across Augustine we knew it was perfect.”
“When my husband and I first started dating, we took a trip to Scotland. Both of our paternal grandfathers were Scottish and so, in the tried and true fashion of all visitors to Scotland with Scottish blood, we looked up our respective clans. We were delighted to discover that my clan was a subset of his clan. We’ve always joked that we are kissing cousins, which we find amusing as I am a white Canadian Jew and he is a mixed race Church of England Brit. We wanted to honour our shared Scottish heritage, and so settled on Lachlan—a name with strong history.”
“We were down to Bartholomew or Shepherd…but as soon as we met baby boy I knew he wasn’t a Bartholomew. The feeling I got from that name was more active and moody, like a stormy sea. Shepherd gave me a sense of peace and guidance, which I felt from him…Artemis was a name we had discussed for him but didn’t like enough to use as a first name.”
“I’m the first to say it doesn’t classically fit with his siblings’ names, but to me they are all fun and laid-back kind of names which are perfect for our little beach babes.”
“Walt is named after our paternal grandfathers and already living up to their legacies by coming out tough, quick and handsome.”
Please don’t forget to enter your names on the Birth Announcement forum–even if they occurred earlier in the year. We love hearing your choices!!