Are you getting nervously excited for the start of school? My big girl starts Kindergarten, but she’s staying at the same school for one more year so no heartache just yet. We did get the class lists, and there were some fantastic monikers happening in this next generation. Highlights from new names in our lives (some from summer activities) include Annika, Collins (girl), Desmond, Genevieve, Gus, Holland, Louis, Margaret, Mercy, Mila, Miriam, Nina, Nixon, Orla, Oscar, Patton, Rex, Rhys, Sully, Sylvia, Thatcher, Violette, Willa and Willow. Central Texas has definitely hopped on the name nerd band wagon in a big way. I can’t tell you how exciting this has been for me. My children’s names fit in here far better than I ever predicted they would when they were born.
What new names have you come across? Anything you would love to use yourself? Share those camp and class lists! If you feel comfortable, include your general geography too — always interesting to see what the trends are across the country / world.
We know now! He’s here, and he’s named. As predicted, the future king of England is GEORGE!!! (I really cried it from the hilltops too — whew). His Royal Highness PrinceGeorge Alexander Louis of Cambridge.
Just as YCCII arrived at George by process of elimination, so too did the royal parents, I imagine. It is the name of many kings, and most recently belonged to Queen Elizabeth’s father. Alexander, which for some reason was calling to me yesterday, honors the queen in the best way they could. It’s after her second middle name, Alexandra. Louis is slightly more of a surprise. There are many names that could have taken precedence: Philip after Wills’ grandfather, Charles after Wills’ dad and next sovereign, Michael after Kate’s father, Francis, after Diana’s middle and Michael’s middle, and so on. Louis is likely after Louis Mountbatten, Philip’s uncle who featured prominently in his upbringing and died in an IRA attack in 1979. It is also William’s third middle name. His full moniker is William Arthur Philip Louis.
Is anyone surprised? They straddled tradition and modernity: George is as regal as it gets, Alexander is somewhat more pedestrian but recalls voyagers like Alexander the Great. Louis is worldly, regal, and slightly exotic.
Expect a rise in the name George on both sides of the pond.
The biggest surprise to this name nerd is why on Earth did they not seize the opportunity to use at least four names?
Sorry to disappoint, but Prince Spencer is about as likely as Prince Crown Royal. Sussing out Queen Elizabeth’s direct line yields some fascinating gems. While my money’s on George, here’s a list of his ancestors that in all likelihood will not be the young prince’s Christian name:
The internet has been aflutter with this video from a talk show based out of England. Katie Hopkins gets nearly ten minutes of air time postulating on why she judges children based on their names. The views expressed in this video are not those of this site or its author.
It makes you wonder how she sleeps at night.
This Katie Hopkins character is to be both pitied and reviled. She uses the names as a “shortcut”, pre-judging CHILDREN and won’t let her own precious progeny associate those who have less desirable names. She will even cut a friendship off at the pass, and assumes that working class children don’t do their homework and are behaviorally disruptive. Equally ridiculous, she makes opposite assumptions about upper class parents and their child-rearing skills by the names they choose. Would she be shocked to find that little Araminta’s mother drinks too much at birthday parties? Or what about young George, who bullies her precious Maximilian with a cruelty and snobbery that rivals her own?
The similarities between some of Hopkins’ hit list and my Seven Deadly Trends are not lost on me. I am a self-professed name snob. Yet there is a world of difference between preferring some names to others and allowing this snobbery to spill over into judgement. I will not claim this woman as one of my own, and would counter that if she is raising her children with this kind of antiquated elitism she is doing them a great disservice. Yes, I have been unnaturally excited to meet the mother of “Adelaide and Barnaby”, but I’ve also found that an affinity in names does not a friendship make. As would be the case should I meet said offender.
What I try to do at You Can’t Call It “It”! is help families come up with the names that best suit them and their children. Liken it to a difference in taste: some people prefer mid-century modern furnishings, others may opt for Hollywood Regency, others still have no defined “style” at all. But does that determine whether or not I would want to befriend them, or promote play dates with their children? Does it mean that I think less of my children’s friends who have monikers that I wouldn’t have chosen myself? Shudder at the very thought.
English readers, is class still a nightmare of an issue there as Katie Hopkins would have us believe? Do any of you think that she has a point?
So… it appears I took a little breaky-break after the whole Kimye debacle. I’m still not sure we have the true name on that score, but we shall speak no more about it. For now.
In other celebribaby news, Jessica Simpson has given birth to a baby boy. Poor Jessica. She can never seem to keep her mouth shut, this one. The name Ace Knute was announced years ago! I like Ace quite a bit, and as for the middle? You do pronounce the K.
I failed to mention here but Anna Paquin’s twins’ names were revealed: Poppy and Charlie. I like. Simple and friendly. Perfectly in harmony with half-siblings Lilac and Billy.
Busy Phillips has also gone and had another one. What would you name Birdie’s sister?
More recent celebrity births include Maven, Sterling, Everly, Emerson, Justice and Doone. All girls. Gone are the days when a gender-bending girl’s name is even remarkable. Now the goal perhaps is to find one that is remotely attractive.
I am taking the weekend to look over the Sibset Games from weeks past. Will post a few favorites soon. In the meantime, I’ve noticed some of you have taken this time to play catch up. More great lists still come in every day!
Now that the Sibset Game is over, I’m considering what’s next on the blog this summer. What would you like to read? More “Names Like…” posts? A list of 100 alternates? Lists of Babycenter or London Telegraph births? International gems by country? Your suggestions welcome!
It’s not Kaidence. It’s not Kai. And thank heavens she kept poor Clementine from bastardization with a K.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have evidently chosen the cheeky North to add to his surname. According to People Magazine, this is the name on the birth certificate at Cedars Sinai Hospital. ETA E! Entertainment News, Kardashian’s host channel, is also reporting now that she is North West, no middle name. They might have considered a double middle name, South Easton, perhaps? If this is indeed it, trademarks and domain names will be a trick. Although “North by North West” might still be available in certain genres aside from film…
Their baby will at least have some direction in life. How awesome would it be if she grew up to be a crunchy Doc Marten sporting hippy on the Oregon Coast? It would also be nice if the child can always listen to her own true north if you catch my meaning. I guess if they have another child this really only leaves South (South By South had become a running joke for this babe), East, or Easton, which they actually love.
Kim indeed did throw us a red herring, as she denied that North was even in the running. Many people thought at the very least it would be something like Knorth. It’s much more gender neutral than I might have expected, and really quite simple, beyond the obvious pun. Maybe my compass is off, but I don’t actually hate it.
Welcome little North West, A.K.A. “Nori.” We can get back to regular programming now, and rest easy knowing that our choices are likely still safe from going the way of celebribaby. That’s all I really cared about anyway.
Thank you to Babble.com and blogger Aela Mass (pretty name, by the way). You Can’t Call It “It”! was included amongst theirTOP 25 Pregnancy Blogs of 2013. Quite an honor. I’m in good company. You should head over there to see the whole list.
I got interviewed. Thank you also to the lovely Anna Otto over at Waltzing More Than Matilda. Let me know what you think! ETA: In the interview, I mention that I think it’s time to rewrite the Seven Deadly Trends, which are now 5 years old (as is the blog). I have a few hits on my list, but I’m open to suggestions.
Rumors continue to swirl surrounding the Kardashian-West child. It seems not only the name-conscious are obsessed with this impending announcement, but the whole Twittersphere. In addition to Klementine Star, I’ve read Kai Georgia Donda, Kaidence Kardashian-West, and even Khrist. Something like Kaianya or Kelila seems more their speed…or maybe Kassi’D (Cassidy)?