The Nameberry 9: Princesses, Politicians and Fashionistas

The latest edition of Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel’s weekly report features nine+ eye-catching new names from around the world.

Jennifer Garner is due any second.  Do you find yourself scanning the headlines, eagerly awaiting a baby name announcement, pondering possible sibling names for Violet and Seraphina?  I’ll admit that I’m on high alert, a little jittery when I can’t keep an eyeball on Twitter.  Celebrity baby names are like Christmas morning, only we get to unwrap the surprise dozens of times a year.

Pregnancy rumors, on the other hand, feel more like the morning after St. Patrick’s DayKate Middleton, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore – it is always a little bit of a let-down when the rumor isn’t true, and I feel like I shouldn’t have wasted my energy scanning speculation on gossip sites.

I need that time to dream up possible names for Jessica Simpson’s daughter.

This week’s summary focuses on nine names that are no longer under wraps.  The newsworthiest baby names last week were:

Estelle – A princess and future queen for Sweden has arrived, the daughter of Crown Princess Victoria and her husband, Daniel.  The choice of a French appellation for the Swedish heir took the nation by surprise, though Victoria’s full name includes the français Désirée, a name occasionally used by royals ever since a nineteenth century king married a Marseille-born bride.  Estelle isn’t a popular pick in Sweden – though that could quickly change.  The new princess is the first grandchild for King Carl XVI Gustaf and his wife, which leads us to the next name.

SilviaThe Swedish monarch-to-be’s full name is Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary.  Last week we had Maple Sylvie on the baby names news roster.  When a Hollywood actor and Swedish royalty both use a variation of Sylvia in the same month, this could signal a name on the rise.  Remember when Michelle Duggar and Rebecca Woolf both chose Shalom for a middle name within a few weeks of each other?  As it happens, the Swedish princess is named after grandma, Queen Silvia

Laut – While we’re visiting Europe, here’s one that caught my eye.  Dutch singer Roel van Velzen and wife Marloes have welcomed a son named Laut Pepijn.  The singer is a mega-star in his the Netherlands, but I can’t tell if their child’s name is a rock-star rarity or perfectly on trend.  Let it be said that I am dazzled by Dutch names.  I suspect that Laut is related to Louisand so possibly to mom’s name, which is a smoosh of Marie and Louise.  Any Dutch-speaking Berries reading?  If so, I’d love to know more.

PixieRoseThere were also two great birth announcements from Australia this week: PixieRose, a daughter for fashion publicist Roxy Jacenko, and Knox Rocket, a son for fashion stylist and Vogue blogger Yasmin Sewell.  Let’s just say that the letter x is thriving.

KingstonWhen Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale named their firstborn Kingston James McGregor in 2006, (shown in illustration), the usual headlines about crazy celeb kid names were everywhere.  Just six years later, Kingston is perfectly mainstream, having surged from obscurity to #214 last year.  American Idol alum Michael Lynche and wife Christa have called their new son Kingston Michael, a little brother for Laila Rose.

Jenico – If Kingston is ordinary, here’s one that would knock the socks off of everyone.  Nook of Name’s pick-of-the-week is a medieval form of Ignatius, first heard in Provence.  He’s quirky and classic all at once, and offers the great nickname Nico.

Clive Angus LeeSpeaking of quirky and classic, did you catch The New York Times’ photo essay about kids attending shows at New York Fashion Week?  Some were designers’ kids, while others just accompanied mom or dad to the runway shows.  Nearly all of them had names appropriate for pint-sized fashionistas, from Clive Angus Lee to a girl named Bechet, plus another called Penelope Beaux, and siblings Ray Coco and Wiley June.

DejahYes, the Academy Awards are this weekend.  But I’m looking forward to a new Disney release slated for early MarchDejah, Sola, Tars, and Sal are all character names from the Edgar Rice Burroughs series about John Carter of Mars, a Virginia-born Civil War veteran who is transported to the planet.  Burroughs is far better known for his Tarzan adventures, but the names he invented for this series are far more intriguing – and while they would’ve been wildly weird in 1912, today they feel surprisingly wearable.  Dejah is the lovely and capable princess John Carter marries.

Maclane – Any chance you read the Duluth News Tribune?  If you’re not from Minnesota or Wisconsin, you might have missed the news that Wisconsin State Assembly member Nick Milroy (who was born in the Minnesota city of Duluth) and wife Julie are new parents to son Maclane River.  The sound is vaguely geographic, but it is also that most rare of names – a Mac/Mc pick that feels decidedly masculine.

Spotted any interesting names this week?


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18 Responses to “The Nameberry 9: Princesses, Politicians and Fashionistas”

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Dove14 Says:

February 27th, 2012 at 12:55 am

You might want to say “If you’re not from Minnesota or Wisconsin” seeing as The Duluth New Tribune is based in Duluth, Minnesota. 🙂 Sorry, being a Minnesotan, I had to interject!

In regard to names, I think Maclane River is wonderful! Original but with a familiar feel. Dejah and Jenico are very interesting too. As a child, I thought Jenica was a great name — a hybrid of Jennifer and Jessica. And yes, I did grow up in the 80s. 🙂

spacecow1993 Says:

February 27th, 2012 at 1:28 am

Oh dear. Silvia is one of my very favorites. I hope it doesn’t shoot up into the top one hundred.

nice_nchatty Says:

February 27th, 2012 at 2:40 am

I’m a dutch nameberry! The name Laut as chosen by Roel van Velsen really isn’t that we’ll known (or liked, but maybe that’s just me) over here. According to dutch baby naming site the name first appeared in 2009 when 1 baby was given the name Same goes for 2010,again 1 child with the name. More recent figures weren’t available but I really don’t see it being on the rise anytime soon. It kinda reminds me of the name Naut, which is more widely used as well as being the name of one of the characters in the such no 1 soap opera. Imo they really wanted a name that would stand our. The mn Pepijn is much more mainstream here, and slightly dull.

Hope this helps!

Abby Says:

February 27th, 2012 at 7:23 am

Oh, thank you nice_nchatty!

And Dove14, my apologies … I can parse locations and accents from Virginia to New York, but wow, can I confuse the Midwest!

pam Says:

February 27th, 2012 at 8:21 am

That’s okay, Abby — I went to school in Wisconsin and my husband’s from there, so I spotted the Duluth era, though turns out Milroy is from Duluth! So maybe you’re just psychic.

And thanks, nicenchatty! So tell us, how do you pronounce Laut (and Naut)? To rhyme with cow with a t at the end? Or is the t silent so it sounds like the Engish low, rhyming with no?

notsoclevername Says:

February 27th, 2012 at 9:13 am

Heh, the name Maclane immediately makes me think of John McClane from the Die Hard Movies. I wonder if that’s what they were going for…

Lola Says:

February 27th, 2012 at 9:13 am

Love, love, looooove Sylvie!

New baby neighbor: Sophie Cecylia. Mom’s Polish. Younger sister to Dylan & Eleanor. All three kids have Polish middles. I’m thrilled!

Penelope Beaux? Really? I adore Penelope but always want to pair her with flowers: Penelope Iris, Penelope Tulip, Penelope Daisy, etc. Penelope Iris is our favorite. Maybe someday! 😀
Also looking forward to “John Carter”, I read those at 9, just before I found Tarzan. Names are more intriguing but the books drove me bananas: Carter find Princess, love Princess, lose Princess, fight to get Princess back… over & over through 4 or 5 books! Augh. Give me the clean, crisp storyline of Tarzan, any day! Still, JC will be a fun watch.

Lovely list

nice_nchatty Says:

February 27th, 2012 at 9:17 am

You’re welcome! The pronunciation indeed rhymes with cow with a t at the end.

Sarah.Jane Says:

February 27th, 2012 at 9:24 am

I know a 30 something Kingston and a 20 something Kingsly. Both males. I was never really impressed with Gwens name choice.. though McGregor is one Mc I actually like.
I am starting to catch the Silvia/Silvie fever…but not Sylvia for some reason.

mindybird Says:

February 27th, 2012 at 10:05 am

Sylvia is such a great name! The 80’s child in me is thinking of the mom in “Three Men & a Baby” and one of the best scenes in “Dirty Dancing.” Anyone else remember Sylvia and her lovah boy, Mickey? Putting those two images aside, though, the name does have a mythological and musical quality.

minorbeatrice Says:

February 27th, 2012 at 10:12 am

Laut is Indonesian for “sea”. Since both nations have a very strong bond and a long history, probably it’s related?

verena Says:

February 27th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

In German, ‘Laut’ means loud or a noise

ebenezer.scrouge Says:

February 29th, 2012 at 4:01 am

I read about Pixie-Rose and Knox on waltzing more than matilda (i am aussie btw)

tavn Says:

February 29th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Welp. Jen & Ben named their little guy Samuel Garner Affleck. Perfect.

WaltzingMoreThanMatilda Says:

July 14th, 2012 at 1:09 am

I can definitely see Dejah and Carter increasing in use!

Freddy Says:

February 20th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

I know this is sort of a late response, but I stumbled upon this entry by accident.

As another Dutch berry, i would like to add that Laut is a very uncommon name, and I expect that it is a short form of Laurent. Pepijn however is a classic name, in use since the 4th century b.c. By a number of rulers and kings. Meaning is not clear, but could come from a name starting with wil-. According to Dutch Meertens Institute

morgantaylore Says:

July 7th, 2013 at 9:44 pm

This is an extra late entry, but I love Wiley June for a girl! It’s soo cute!

Eva_Karina Says:

March 19th, 2016 at 3:57 am

Not from the netherlands, but i thought ‘Laut’ could be an alternative spelling of the biblical ‘Lot’…?

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