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I know this is a very old post, but I had to share - I just overheard my daughters (9 and 6) discussing beautiful names: Laloo, Mildred, and Ermengard. I'm ridiculously excited to actually see the naming turnover that I already knew existed :) 

September 1, 2016 08:47 AM

I believe it was around the time of Nixon that people stopped naming their kids after current presidents, preferring to wait until the president was dead (or at least unlikely to cause a scandal) before using the name. I assume the name Hillary fell for the same reason.

June 6, 2016 04:14 PM

I read your blog on feedly, and today I got the RSS for a post about renaming fictional characters with today's trends (Michael Mouse, Liam Wonka) but when I tried to read the rest the site made me log in and then said I wasn't authorized. Site glitch? Something new for paid members? I hope I get to read the rest at some point - it's a great post!

August 21, 2012 10:52 AM

I'm told I burst into tears in the middle of my younger sister's church dedication, because "I thought her name was Buttercup!"

And when my sister was eight, she had the firm plan to change her name to Pocahontas as soon as possible.  Which is actually slightly mysterious, since I'm pretty sure Mom didn't let us see that movie.  But after all, it's the style that sells the name, not the character/celebrity.

Leafy-Green is actually kind of awesome.  Not exactly usable, but awesome.

April 24, 2012 12:30 PM

Jordan would be pretty, though possibly I only thought of it because I know a musician whose stage name is Jordan Elias.

All of your boy names are Biblical classics.  Is that something you're looking for or just an accident?

April 24, 2012 12:26 PM

I love Ophelia Pepper, and it gives her the option of going by Pepper if she wants to.  Ophelia Violet is lovely, but the names have such similar style that it almost feels a bit bland.  Still, no reason not to use it if you love it.  Ophelia Opal is pretty too.  I don't think the double-O would worry me unless your last initial makes it problematic.

April 20, 2012 12:39 PM
In Response to Names that Mean Lucky?

Gad was the first one that came to mind, as I've just been studying Genesis (his mother said "what good fortune!" and named him Gad)

April 20, 2012 12:33 PM

LOL.  the above poster and I posted simultaneously - I guess great minds think alike :)

April 20, 2012 12:32 PM

Well, there's always the Jewish version of namesakes, which is to use the first initial - so baby Jonathan was named to honor grandpa Jacob, for example.

Betty was probably short for Elizabeth.  Any chance you like any of the other Elizabeth derivatives?  There's about a million of them.  Sue also has Susan, Susanna, and maybe a couple others.

April 20, 2012 12:22 PM

YES!!  I'd forgotten him, but his company was featured in Wired years ago and I think that's what put the name in my head to begin with.  Loved his ideas.

Zane shouldn't be hard...there's tsen, which means prickly, or tsana, which means shield.  (The TS tends to turn into Z as it gets anglicized)  Or there's tsaniph, which is a stretch but a word I'm interested in using in a name somewhere (it means tiara, and notably occurs in Isaiah 62 - You will be a crown of glory, a royal gem in the hand of God.  I've felt VERY drawn to that verse in the past.)  And zun means to be well fed, and zan means type/species/kind.

So really the likeliest choice there is to use Zane as a nickname for Zaniph, only Zaniph is kind of ugly.  Or to say that Zane is "derived" from Zaniph, which sounds unlikely.  But I really like that Isaiah 62 verse.  Well, we will see.

April 17, 2012 11:22 AM

To be honest, the two names are essentially interchangable in my head.  Very similar sounds, very similar meanings, and I don't have a strong preference.  If my husband doesn't either we'll have to flip a coin to decide.  Like people trying to pick between Natalie/Natalia or other closely-related names.

And I tend to pick the pronunciation that appeals to me.  My daughter uses the American pronunciation of her name (much to the disgruntlement of a variety of people, but tough noogies) because I like it better.  (I don't mind if native Hebrew-speakers use the Hebrew pronunciation, just like I don't mind when people from the UK call me cathleen.)  If we go with Elon/Elan we're likely to use the Hebrew pronunciation because I think it's more graceful.  I do apologize if that's disconcerting; I know I get thrown for a loop when someone isn't as consistent as I am about something.

April 17, 2012 11:08 AM

of course, sometimes an accidental namesake is a good thing...not sure how I'd feel about it personally, but I bet there's plenty of people who wouldn't mind an accidental connection to Princess Diana.

April 17, 2012 11:06 AM

I can totally sympathize we went through this last time.  I never could come up with a boy's name that felt right, though admittedly I stopped trying very hard after the ultrasound was clearly a girl.  It's been easier this time around, partly because my husband's naming taste has loosened a bit.

Emerson and Atticus seem to line up well to me - plugging those in to nymbler suggests Lucius, Cornelius, Bennett, Liam, Bridger, Julius...I wish I could think of a good rock/literary intersection, but nothing is coming to mind.

April 16, 2012 08:13 AM

Kezia is pretty....

April 16, 2012 08:13 AM

Yeah, he is a guy.  He actually has a whole speech about it in one book - the bad guys snarks "isn't that a girl's name?" and he talks about how once in a while there's a male who is such a good hunter that he gets to use the name anyway and that's why he caught the bad guy.  Or something.  Probably complete nonsense, but it sounds awesome.

And despite the main character being a guy, the series is not deficient in awesome heroic ladies.  So that's cool.

April 16, 2012 08:09 AM

Pearl Barbara might work, though now that I type it out it sounds a bit like "Pearl Harbor" so never mind. Unless you're in the uk, maybe.






April 16, 2012 08:00 AM

Spencer made me think of the poet....





perhaps a little too unusual for your taste?

April 16, 2012 07:54 AM
In Response to Avel

It appears you are correct.  Fascinating.  Thanks!

April 16, 2012 07:52 AM

I generally say eh-LAWN, which is closer to the hebrew pronunciation.  (Hebrew generally accents the second syllable.)  But it's worth noting that lots of people will get that wrong.

April 16, 2012 07:51 AM

Thanks for your thoughts!  (You're corect about my daughter's name, btw - I took it out of my post after a while)

I kinda like the cowboy vibe of Levi, which surprises me because I'm not interested in any of the more common cowboy names.  But there it is.  Levin is a nice twist.  (Meaning is largely a function of parental thought process in a case like this - I probably could come up with a new meaning for Levin, but there's no need to)

My dad was actually part of the Gideons for a year or two - I'd forgotten that.  It wouldn't bother me, anyway.  (We're Messianic Jews, so that's not as bizarre as it sounds)  It is certainly true that Gideon takes out all the tree names - I was thinking I could stretch the name to "giant-slayer" or something but I'm not sure how effective that would be.

I do know an Isaac - probably more than one if I put my mind to it - but for some reason it's a name I wouldn't mind using anyway.  Weird.  He's a very unassuming guy, which might help.  The patriarch seems to have been a bit of a pushover, but there's other historical Isaacs in the world.