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Elizabeth T: It’s interesting that you bring up the –ie ending that was common in the early 1900’s. I’ve been noticing that trend recently too. My GGGGrandma (emigrated from Wales to the States right at the turn of the century) was Jane, NN Jennie. I’ve never been fond of Jennifer (grew up with 2 in my tiny school of 100 kids K-12), but Jennie has really been growing on me. I’ve been searching for ways to get that NN without having to go the Jennifer route. I do like Jane, NN Jennie, but I’m looking for other options, too. Maybe Genevieve, NN Jennie?
Lisa Paige & Audrie: I am also in the ‘wrong generation’. I am an early ‘80s baby named Carol. My name peaked at #5 in the 1940’s so most Carols are 35-55 years older than me—and are grandparents. When I was younger, I liked having a name that no one else had. Then I realized that people DO have my name—just not any young people. That changed things for me somewhat. Also, for a while I longed to have a ‘frilly’ name like Ashley or Kaylie. Of course, in light of today’s Isabellas, Arabellas and Olivias those names no longer strike me as frilly at all...though I feel like ANYTHING is frillier than Carol.
I'm surprised at how many people have known a 'Lael'. I also grew up with a girl named Lael, and she pronounced it Lay-el. However, it would usually come out so quickly that it was closer to 1.5 syllables than 2.
I also know a guy who had 3 imaginary cows (!) as a child-each of whom he called Lael. He is quite adamant that they were male cows and even though they shared the same name, he could tell them apart. His 5yo son is named J@ckson La3l. It cracks me up every time I think about it! ;)
As for the names on Laura's list, I LOVE Milena-it seems like a nice alternative to Helena (pron. He-LAY-na), which is on my short list at the moment. And yet, in some ways I like Milena better because it has the same sound but gets rid of the 'Hel-' at the beginning. Mirren and Nika are cute, too, though they're not my style. Someone mentioned Seren as well, and that one has been on my short list for a while. Love it!
Truthfully, I've never been able to get behind Elodie, though I know it has a lot of supporters on this board, and I feel like I SHOULD like it...I think someone mentioned that it seems unfinished, and that pretty much pegs it for me. I've always felt the same way about Eloise. I love Louise/Louisa and Heloise, but I just can't help feeling that Eloise is missing something.
I came across an intersting sibset the other day:
Pal0ma Jean (15mos)
0livet Eliza (3mos)
They are the daughters of a college mate of mine. Their mother has always been known for her creativity (she is a dancer and a choreographer) and I think her choices here are lovely.
Hi all! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to access the BNW blog consistently due to living in an area of the country that doesn’t have any high speed internet options. :( However, I have finally moved back to civilization, and I now have DSL! I have been catching up on months of great posts, and I’m excited to join in once again.
I just had to jump in with my $.02 on ‘Madden’. My husband has worked for a retail giant that sells video games, and each year, the latest version of the game ‘Madden NFL’ is released. This is an (American) football game named after Pro Football Hall of Famer and sports commentator, John Madden, and every year millions buy it and play it. So for me, my immediate reaction to hearing the name 'Madden' is that the parents are either gamers or football nuts, or both.
Also, Laura, I got my copy of BNW2 at my local B&N last week, and I’ve been poring over it. Thanks for another fantastic resource!
I grew up with a girl named Anna Rose (fn mn), and to this day my mother's relatives call her Mary Lou (although she refers to herself as Mary and introduces herself that way).
In addition I have known (or know of) a Mary Bl@ir, a Mary Sc@rlett, Mary B3th, Sarab3th, M3lina Liz (M3lina 3lizabeth) and an Ashleyanne, all in the Southern US. My impression is that double names are more common in the South than in other parts of the States.
Trish, This website might explain the image of a bulldog that 'Zelda' conjures: http://www.zeldawisdom.com/index.shtml
All this talk of Harper has reminded me that the sister of one of my college friends named her daughter Harp3r L33 LN -- at least I think it was L33 and not L3igh, but I'm not positive. The little girl was born in 2003 or 2004, I think. Harper was the mother's maiden name, and Lee is the middle name of my friend. Again, NMS, but it certainly honors her family and it has the added bonus of the literary association as well.
I certainly have a liking for the more obscure Biblical names, and in theory, I really like Shadrach. However, like many others here, I get hung up on the sounds and pronunciation. I'm not sure there is a good way around that conundrum.
I do like Tarek though, especially when Tar rhymes with car. I still like it when the name is pronounced to rhyme with Derek, but the first pronunciation is my favorite.
As for Harper and Finley, neither are my style, and they do seem really matchy, but I don't hate them together. At least they are not Finley and Finlay. Or Lily and Lillian. I would much rather the parents of twins use names with matching style than that they pick alliterated names or different derivatives of the same name. That being said, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't think twice about twins named Catherine and Elizabeth, which also match in style to my ear. I just happen to like that style more. So I think that my reservations about Harper and Finley together have more to do with them being NMS than with their matchiness.
An acquaintance named her twin daughters Em!lia (Emmy) and Ed!th (Edie) about 6 months ago. I'd known that one was to be named Edith, but I didn't learn her sister's name until yesterday.
I must say, I was disappointed when I heard that they'd used Edith. It's one of my favorites, and while their mother and I are not close friends, we run in the same circles. My neighbor is one of her best friends, and while I haven't completely made up my mind, I think I am crossing Edith off my list. :(
Here are a few nn ideas for Penelope:
I know some of these are a stretch--but that's part of the fun of nicknames. You can be creative!
I just remembered that Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan, Canada is pronounced with the EYE sound. But whenever I have heard that name on a person IRL, it has been pronounced with the EE sound.
I have also known 2 Reginas who pronounce their name Re-jee-na. And one of them goes by Gina. One is from California and the other is from Virginia--opposite sides of the country but the same pronounciation.
Has anyone else noticed the 'Levi-influenced' Google ads at the top of this page? I like to check them every once in a while just to see what Google is picking up on throughout our discussions.
Eo and Rjoy, I am another fan of Enoch. I have always been fascinated by the verses in Genesis about Enoch, and I have secretly loved the name for years. I don't think my husband will take to it, but I certainly intend to propose it when the time comes.
Guest - I believe you are right about the wyn/wen endings in Welsh. I am not an expert, but I have looked into it to a degree because of my Welsh heritage. I would be happy to hear more from anyone who knows...
As for Levi, I've always thought of it as a Christian name, rather than a Jewish or Western name. Then again, I grew up in Christian community in rural Washington state, so that skewed my view of the name's demographics considerably.
I knew one L3vi growing up (b. late 80s, I think), and his brother's name was Samu3l. Their cousins were Gunn@r, T!tus and M3leah. The 5 cousins were born to brothers D@n and 3ric and they all share the same very Swedish last name. It's always interesting to see the different naming styles of siblings reflected in cousin sib sets.