Introducing My Little Girl

On January 21, Cordelia Wynne entered the world at 5:11 am. Six days fashionably late, she was 8lbs 1oz, 20.5 inches of perfection. Her entire family is absolutely smitten!

Response to her name has been overwhelming. We consistently get one of two reactions: Absolute adoration (the majority) or completely blank confusion (small minority; mostly men). For those who have "never heard the name", offering the nickname Delia really makes them more comfortable. Her great grandmother can't stop raving about how her name sounds like " leaves blowing in a light breeze", which I think is a lovely image, and a friend commented that Lucy Maud Montgomery is somewhere grinning widely at a Cordelia with golden tresses. Many people have mentioned how old-fashioned the name is, and everyone agrees that it's a name that really suits our little family. And her nana was incredibly touched by her middle name, which was chosen to honour her daddy's father, Wayne, and tells me that we definitely made the right decision in using it.

A short moment after her birth, as I held her for the first time, I looked down at her little face - round, pink cheeks, giant blue-grey eyes framed by curled golden lashes, little rosebud mouth - and there was no question that Cordelia was to be her name. Luckily, her father agreed! For the first couple of days, it felt odd to call her by name, but it's now completely natural. We call her by the full Cordelia and Delia on a regular basis, and since any good nickname needs a nickname, I also call her Deelee. 

Okay, I'm off to revel in her deliciousness.

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January 27, 2014 5:57 PM

What a beautiful tribute! You need to print out this post and put it in her baby book (or baby box, which is what I did for my kids since a book was beyond my organizational skills). Her name is wonderful and I love the image of leaves blowing in a light breeze. A huge congratulations from NC.

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January 27, 2014 7:36 PM

Mazel tov on the happy, healthy addition to your family.

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January 28, 2014 4:17 AM

 A beautiful name and lovely story. Congratulations!

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January 28, 2014 2:55 PM

Congratulations and welcome to Miss Cordelia!

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January 28, 2014 4:55 PM

Karyn, I meant to tell you why Cordelia has always been a favorite of mine.  When I was a little girl I had a record of The Twelve Dancing Princesses which I lovedlovedloved.  I loved the record cover which showed the twelve princesses in ermine-trimmed gowns, each gown a different color, and I loved the part where the names of all the princesses were recited.  And of all the princess-y names my favorite was Cordelia (I wish I could remember all the others).  I myself desperately wanted a princess name, which Miriam definitely isn't (unless you count being a bas melech).

So greetings to your little bas melech with her beautiful princess name.

PS--Obviously the twelve dancing princesses long pre-dated King Lear in my personal experience.

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January 29, 2014 2:47 PM

Hmmm.... does it look like this?

http://thesecretadventuresofwritergirl.blogspot.com/2013/05/fairy-tale-art-guest-post-by-author.html

You've peaked my interest... 

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January 29, 2014 4:35 PM

Miriam's description piqued my interest, too; my searches failed to turn up any likely candidates (or any listing of names besides the dratted Barbie version from  a few years ago), but I was reminded of one of my favorite bits of storybook art, Ruth Sanderson's painting of the Twelve Dancing Princesses:

http://www.cafepress.com/+the_twelve_dancing_princesses_large_poster,575021669

In terms of records (or tapes) of the story, all I'm turning up is a "Let's Pretend" series that included a Cinderella/Twelve Dancing Princesses pairing, but the cover is Cinderella, not Princesses:

http://www.artsreformation.com/records/rg001/TG102-Cinderella-Princesses.jpg

I caught the following names listening to the mp3: Hyacinth (youngest princess), Margaret (eldest princess), Peach Blossom (another princess), Merrily (the rescuing prince), Feather (good fairy), something like Lolita (another princess), Oliver, William, Roger, Biscayne?, Denton? (dancing princes), Spin (evil fairy), and King Morely (or something like that, the father of the twelve girls).

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January 29, 2014 6:30 PM

I tried looking up my version of the Twelve Dancing Princesses a while ago, also to no avail. Remember, my parents got this for me about 65 years ago, long before the Disney/Barbie mass marketing days. And it was an old school 78. Best I can remember the princesses had real names that rhymed on the order of Melinda and Belinda and Cornelia and Cordelia, but for the life of me the only one I am sure of is Cordelia.

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January 29, 2014 6:40 PM

Adding "78 rpm" to the search came up with this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/RCA-Alb-Set-Y-330-The-Twelve-Dancing-Princesses-w-Cast-Orch-E-N-O-S-/321279603790?pt=Music_on_Vinyl&hash=item4acdc1b44e&nma=true&si=9NLnVwbMWgdIvEZK9O9AeGP2k4s%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

(Scroll down a bit for pictures of the actual item, which sold for about $10 + shipping this past December.)

According to the fifth photo, the eldest sister was Laura in this one.

Edited to add: I think this one's it! Here's a site with audio available ("launch stream" only, but it worked fine for me): http://www.kiddierecords.com/2006/

The list of names goes *very* quickly, starting at about 0:26; I only caught Laura, Cornelia, and Jenny (I think), but they definitely come in rhyming sets.

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January 29, 2014 7:29 PM

Nice work!

I caught:

Laura, Dora, Agnes Cora (and Miss Cora?)
Delia, Celia, and Cornelia
Anna, Hannah, and Susannah
Henny, Penny, Jenny 

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January 30, 2014 11:41 AM

Thank you, thank you.  I had a good nostalgic wallow on that vintage kiddie record webpage.  That is indeed "my" Twelve Dancing Princesses.  But either my memory after 65 years is playing tricks on me (well, it does that a fair amount these days) or my kiddie ears heard Cornelia as Cordelia (entirely likely), but the princess is definitely Cornelia now that my adult ears hear it in the present.  Here I had been thinking of the lovely Princess Cordelia all these years when it was really  Princess Cornelai, but no matter--Cordelia is still a wonderful name for a new princess who will likely be dancing in a very short time. BTW I also had the edition of Peter and the Wolf shown on that page, but it was not my fave--no princesses.  I guess I was born before my time.  Once Disney started cranking it up, I could have completely surrounded myself with princesses of every sort.

If I had seen that eBay listing I might have bought the princesses even though I have no means of playing 78s.  Just for the artwork.

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September 27, 2014 11:29 PM

this was such a wonderful thread to read! I love all the names, but the support to find the record is nothing short of refreshing. Just one more reason that I love these boards. 

 

 

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January 29, 2014 6:41 PM

Sanderson's painting is beautiful. OTOH my princesses sure weren't Peach Blossom and Hyacinth. If I were guessing, I would say that Peach Blossom is a fairy, not a princess. :-)

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January 29, 2014 6:42 PM

Sharalyns, this isn't "my" princesses, but thanks for posting it because it's also lovely. The dresses on my princesses were medieval in style (think Elsa's dress when she starts singing "Let It Go," not what she's wearing when she finishes the song). The dresses are trimmed with ermine and the colors were softer than the ones you linked to. I have a strong interest in book illustration--even published a bit on the topic.

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January 29, 2014 7:35 PM

This one is a Little Golden Book that is for sale on Amazon (I must admit that I fell in love with the illustrations too and put it in my Wish List). :-)

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January 28, 2014 4:20 PM

May she always bring you at least as much joy as the story of her birth and naming brought to me!

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By EVie
January 29, 2014 10:59 AM

Congratulations!! I'm so glad someone finally took the plunge with Cordelia, and that you got the opportunity to use your absolute favorite name. She sounds lovely. :) Hope you're enjoying the first few weeks and that everyone is sleeping well!

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By Coll
May 10, 2014 12:39 PM

Congrats! I've been away a while dealing with the babies and missed this. I'm so glad everyone has responded so well to her name and that she is here and lovely!