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I used to hear Maggie May by Rod Stewart constantly as a kid, but now I can't remember the last time someone sang it to me. Maybe it's because there are so many more Maggies now, or maybe the song has just gotten too old.
I love that you mention Edward Eager. His series of books is one of my very favorite. I love that he has Katherine and Martha as children in some of his books and then as the parents of Roger, Eliza, Jack, and Ann in others. I think the first are set in the 1930s and the later ones in the 1950s. Plausible names?
I had a friend tell me she was pregnant around 10 weeks. Her son was about 3 and said he wanted a brother. I asked what he would do if it was a girl. He said "call her Sophie". I laughed and said I bet there are 4 Sophies in his class and that's where he got that. My friend looked at me confused and said that was her name if it was a girl.
It did end up being a girl and it took everything I had not to say how many little Sophies I knew every single time she referred to Sophie in utero. I was struggling with the idea I should warn her as it wasn't "too late" but she obviously had made up her mind.
I just want to remind everyone that the original Tinker Bell was simply a spotlight in the Barrie play, which came before the book I believe. Again, Peter calls her Tink in the play as well.
The most sigificant change to the character is that she speaks instead of just tinkling. I completely agree with zoerhenne about the female empowerment aspect (as a part of marketing to a new audience). If she is dressed more like Peter, I think that is just the outcome of more practical adventure gear for a character originally designed by Disney as a coquettish sidekick for Peter.
@ Beth the Original-
Love the dog analogy at the end. It seems like everyone I know has a dog named Bella. I wonder about the Jennifer-Juniper analogy though (unless this is a joke about the song)since Jennifer was more popular than Juniper could ever be.
I absolutely love feminized male names. I understand where you are coming from, but there is something so classic about them compared to many of the other female names. Your story is funny though since Tamasin is a short form of Thomasina which is also a feminized male name (and also my daughter's name). There is no Thomas in my family so it isn't really a diminutive, so maybe that makes a difference. I think of it as a totally separate name.
I actually know a Nevayah IRL. I asked her mom about the name and she said she had seen it on MTV cribs! I didn't realize that was the genesis of it all. She just liked the sound though and didn't care about it being spelled "right".
I have some friends who are planning on naming their son Anders. They are huge Battlestar Gallactica fans. I need to ask them if this was their motivation.
I tried the our365 and found my local hospital, but they listed only the mother's name. Also, I looked for my dd's birth in Feb, and I wasn't listed. I don't think my local births are very accessible.
Ayaka- I can tell you that in the short time since Tamsin was born no one has ever called her Tammy.
I had a reunion of my birth class last week and thought I would report the names along with some from my baby and me exercise class. All are under 4 months.
Devlyn (male- that makes 2 zoerhenne)
It was interesting to me that we only had one Aiden, no Emmas, but 3 Evelyns (and Devlyn is pretty close).
Looking over the list today I noticed number 74 was Valeria. Is this a variation of Valerie?
I remember stopping the backward name game after my friend Tara got very upset.
I misread the post at first also, but Laura actually said that the Hispanic name declines have nothing to do with Hannah, and so it still remains a mystery.
I find I love Elinor, but hate the spelling Eleanor, which is the more traditional I suppose. I generally like to stick with the more recognizable spellings for names.
Mirnada- I don't know if this helps but I have a friend named Ron whose mother is Israeli and says his name means "song". This is his explanation of why he is not a Ronald.
I am so interested in this post as I am planning to bring a Tamsin into the world in a little over a month. I thought I would share that the reaction to this name has been very mixed based on age. People my age (around 30) love the name as cute and original. My parents and others their age hate it because it reminds them of Tammy. And my grandmother and her sister enthusiastically said "And you can call her Tammy for short!"
How funny that today there would be a post from another person naming after an Ethel. My husband and I have chosen Thomasina as the fn for our daughter due in 8 weeks, but are a bit stuck on the mn. I like Ethelyn as a sort of update (even though it's old), and he likes Ethelene, which reminds me of the gas rotting fruit gives off. Of course we could always choose another E like Elinor or Edith. Our last name is the same as a Disney princess if that helps. Any suggestions or preferences?