Story time at the library

Out of 20 babies (all under two), there were:

Elliott (x2)



Trot (b)

Cort (b)

Riley (g)

Henry (x3)

Alex (b)




I can't remember the other six. I thought it was a very trendy group! The mom of the youngest baby seemed so distressed that her son was one of three Henrys. I overheard her telling someone, "I was one of five Amys in my class and was determined not to do that. I was sure that with Henry we had chosen an unusual name." Clearly she does not anticipate the annual release of the Social Security data quite the same way that we do!


September 12, 2012 3:10 PM

Part of me hopes that Trot is short for Trotsky. :)

September 12, 2012 8:18 PM

The mom didn't look like a closet Bolshevik, but one never knows!

September 13, 2012 1:30 AM

I hope that Trot wa not short for Trotula.  Trotula of Salerno (c. 12th century) was an obstetrician/gynecologist whose name is attached to several important texts concerning women's health.  She may or may not have written all of them, but collectively they were majort resources for handling medical problems pertaining to pregnancy, childbirth, and menstruation for several centuries.

September 13, 2012 10:55 AM

If I meet Trot's mom again, I'm going to have to figure out a way to ask! I heard her call him Trotter, but couldn't decide if that was a nickname for Trot or the full name. Trotula! Good heavens! On sound alone, it sounds like Dracula's twin sister.

September 14, 2012 9:25 PM

That's awesome to know that there's a boy out there named Trot. Trotter is a family name and I could see using it for a little boy. 

September 17, 2012 10:00 PM

I know it's not nice to diss the names other people love and having thoughtfully given to their beloved offspring, but... Aren't tr0tters what you call pigs' feet in the culinary arts? A brief, unpleasant Google search tells me that, yes, my memory serves me well on this point. Yikes!


I hope against hope that his full name is Trotsky.

September 18, 2012 1:49 PM

My mind went there, too, Dorit, and I immediately felt horribly guilty for thinking it. I also thought of the slang expression "the trots", which means having diarrhea. The boy was absolutely adorable, about 18 months old, and I felt like I had mentally besmirched him for going there. Here's to hoping that people aren't saying those things to his mom...

September 18, 2012 2:19 PM

"The trots" is immediately what I thought of too.  Very unfortunate- I hope once people meet him they can get those negative associations out of their heads!

September 18, 2012 8:05 PM


September 19, 2012 8:57 PM

I'll have to tell my mom that Trotter is off the table since it's from her side of the family. 

October 11, 2012 6:44 AM

I went back to story time yesterday. Attendees included:

Aidan (x2)

Raylin (g)



Robey (b)

twins Piper and Sydney


and the winner of the least expected: Michelle! Imagine a little six-month-old Michelle. So cute! It immediately made me think of zoerhenne, and then I felt sad.

By hyz
October 11, 2012 10:07 AM

Elizabeth T.--you felt sad just because we haven't heard from zoerhenne in awhile, or is there some more specific news that I missed?  Has anyone heard from her?

October 11, 2012 12:48 PM

No news as far as I know. I just miss her comments and hope all is well.

October 11, 2012 4:23 PM

I agree. I always enjoyed her perspective, her un-self-conscious enjoyment of names of her own style, and that she was such a kind and welcoming voice, especially to the newbies and casual visitors. As much as anyone she set the tone and made it clear that this was a safe place to be our quirky selves. I wish there were a better way to let her know she is missed!

Quite a few regular contributors from way back when have vanished... I hope they're all well and know they made a positive impact here.

November 27, 2012 8:18 PM

Figured I would share here rather than start a new post. Did three baby storytimes today (0 to 24 months) and had an interesting batch of names :)










Nissan and Shimon (m twins)

November 28, 2012 8:49 AM

Wow! That's awesome! Any idea if Bitsy is a nickname? It's sounds very retro! My mom went to high school with twins nicknamed Bitsy and Bunny.

November 28, 2012 5:51 PM

I really don't know. I was wondering about that as well! I feel like it would be, but who knows? :)

February 21, 2013 5:35 PM

Two new surprising ones today: Edna (looks to be about 1-1/2) and Ricky (about 2).

February 21, 2013 8:17 PM

Oo interesting - Edna is a name I've occasionally thought about and wondered if it could return to popularity...then thought "Nah."  Maybe time to rethink?

Is Ricky a boy or a girl?  I'll guess girl, as I wouldn't be too surprised by a male Ricky.

February 22, 2013 10:57 AM

This particular Ricky is a boy.