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Whether a contributing factor or just an indicator of the trend, the popular TV show, Weeds, features a Silas. It premiered in 2005.
Had my October 2011 baby been a girl, we were going to use the name Rosalind in honor of Rosalind Franklin.
Add me to the long list of those who love Laura’s scientific approach to naming trends and who can no longer have normal conversations about names with less obsessed others.
I hope no one will mind if I drag on the discussion of Rosalind a bit longer. It’s at the top of our list of girl names for the baby I’m expecting in October. Our interest in the name is heavily influenced by Rosalind Franklin (back to the hero name post again). As others have mentioned, I do anticipate some pronunciation issues and would greatly appreciate any additional feedback. I expect we’d frequently hear Rose-a-lind rather than the Roz- pronunciation, and I’m afraid that we might cause further trouble by using a nickname. I really like Rosa. Would it be odd to use the Roz- pronunciation for the full name and a Rose nickname? In other words, will people be confused if “Rosa” = Roz-ah when part of Rosalind, but “Rosa” = Rose-a when said alone? My partner likes Roz and Rozie as nicknames, but I worry that substituting the Z in the nickname might lead to misspellings of the full name. Do you think these are likely problems or am I over-thinking things? Thanks in advance for any help.
Eustace - The two Andrews I know are both oldest sons. Also relevant to you, one of the Andrews has a younger brother named Samuel. He's the only Samuel/Sam I know, so the name doesn't feel at all ubiquitous to me despite its SSA ranking.
Along the same line as Tyrannie, I know a little boy named Envehu$ (pronounced "envious").
dsutton1977: I'm also expecting my second child in late September/early October and we seem to have similar taste in names. My almost six-year-old is named Genevieve. Interestingly enough, she has been lobbying to name our new baby Iris. We also have Maeve and Gwendolyn on our list. Here are the other girl names we’ve considered. Several of these have already been suggested to you, but I’ll second them.
I have a friend whose middle name is two initials. His parents wanted to honor two relatives, but didn't think they would be permitted to bestow two middle names. Thus they used only the first initial of each relative's name, making my friend's middle name C.Y. He says that people sometimes assume the name is Cy and try to pronounce it as such, but otherwise it hasn't been a problem. He seems to like his name and the significance of the initials. It's interesting to me that so far all of the examples of initials as middle names have been males.
rocster – My partner and I have considered using Rory as a nickname for Gregory. I think Gregory would provide some good fallback options for a son if Rory ended up feeling too feminine or informal.
I thought people here might be interested in a list of new babies I’ve encountered recently:
0liver August (Seeing hyz’s latest post reminded me of this baby. I love both of these names!)
Myles Th0mas, brother to Mason
Ka3b Wi11iam – First name is his mom’s maiden name
Jaymen - brother to Lauren and Aubrey (g) – I had to hear the mom say this name several times before I was sure she wasn’t saying “Jayden.”
Adelynne, sister to Rebecca
Sophie, sister to Sydney (g)
K1eran, brother to Camer0n (b) and Ryleigh (g)
Stetson, brother to Jayden (g) and Morgan (g) – This is the first Stetson I’ve come across.
R0egan Michael, brother to Finn
Jackson and Max – twin brothers to Jaycee (g) and Charlie (g) - I'm not sure of the full names here.
Ly1a and N0ra, twin sisters to R0bert (nn Ro)
Grays0n St0ne and Land0n R33d – twins – My understanding is that the middle names are family surnames, but I like that both could be considered nature names as well.
Also, I saw a set of interestingly named siblings on a reality TV show recently: Josh, Gage, Marina, Darius, Venna, Turin, Tristan, and Kain. They ranged in age from 18 to newborn.
I also found a mix of old and new editions on the shelves today at my local Barnes & Noble.
Re: Justa as a FN
I know of a woman named Justa Dahl (pronounced doll).
I just read that Anne Heche has named her newborn son Atlas. Although it's nms, I think it pairs well with her older son's name, Homer. Funny that Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" was just discussed on the board yesterday.
Thanks for posting that list christinepearl!
For me, Saydi Truth brings to mind Sojourner Truth. It seems unlikely that the parents had the latter in mind as a namesake given how different the first names are, but this association makes me like Saydi Truth nevertheless.
It's interesting to me that Paul Rene, Jr. is joining a family with four older boys. Is that just the result of a blended family as discussed above (e.g., mom already had four boys, but little Paul is dad's first)? Does anyone know of other examples where the first-born child wasn't given the parent's name but a later child was? In my partner's family, it is the second-born son rather than the first-born son who shares a name with their father. I asked my mother-in-law about it once and she didn't offer much of an explanation. Maybe it's not as unusual as it seems to me.
Amy3 (#216)- I know someone named Demphn@. I don't know anything about her name, but it seems likely that it is a form of Dymphna. A Google search suggests that the former spelling is uncommon (it only results in pages for four or five individuals). I'll ask her about her name when I next see her and report back.
zoerhenne - Arise, Cedar, and Light were all pronounced in the same way as the words, which I suppose is a good thing. The names are unusual enough without the addition of pronunciation confusion.
At a restaurant yesterday I overheard (OK, shamelessly eavesdropped on) a discussion about some interestingly named siblings:
Apparently the names were inspired by specific Biblical verses, but the woman discussing the names didn’t seem to know the details.
Maybe McCai is short for Micaiah? That would fit the theme.
The names of the octuplets have been released. I can't attest to the accuracy of the spellings as they seem to vary across news agencies. The mother gave an interview on Today in which she mentioned the names and I think people are guessing on the spellings at this point.
Given that the rest of the names end in "ah" I'm wondering if McCai is short for something else.